A cozy and inviting patio is one of my favorite spaces to relax, have a cup of coffee, or enjoy a glass of wine with some friends. Whether you have a covered space, screened in area, large or small, all of these ideas can help you create that patio that you’ll just LOVE hanging out in.
Succulents are an easy way to add greenery. They are low maintenance and can thrive in all sorts of weather. I live in Florida and it gets HOT in the summer – these babies always make it through no matter what the weather is. I love using succulents as accent pieces on my outdoor tables. Another way to use them is to put them in a hanging planter.
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Succulents come in all different shapes, colors, and sizes so they will fit into whatever style of decor you are going for.
They even come in fun colors like this one below from Home Depot. I saw these while standing in line one day. They had all sorts of neon colors!!
If you have somewhere to hang plants from, don’t skip this!! They provide another layer of style and coziness to the atmosphere you’re trying to create. Ferns are my go-to for hanging plants. They dangle down along the planter and are super cute. They are also pretty easy to take care of… I water them about once every other day.
Some plants will come in the hanging basket or you can buy your own, like this one from Target, and put whatever kind of plant you want in it.
Lighting – String Lights & Landscape Lights
String lights are the best for “mood lighting”. I have these Heavy Duty Outdoor String Lights strung along my roof line. They are durable, weather resistant, an can be attached with multiple lines to create a seamless look.
Landscape lighting is good for where you have a pathway or rocks with plants in them. It adds a little extra light. These Solar Landscape Lights come in a bulk pack and can be placed around your patio area
Area Rugs to Separate and Define Spaces
If you have a covered area, bring the inside out and it will really feel like a true living space. Area rugs are not just for inside! I love using outdoor rugs under my outdoor table or under my outdoor coffee table. My patio is pretty long and narrow so I created 2 spaces – one with a couch set and one with a dining table for eating. The area rugs really defines the spaces and you can also add a pop of color.
Check Target for inexpensive and cute/colorful options. I got both of my outdoor rugs from Target for under $60.00 and I’ve had them for over 2 years!
Their “Worn Stripe Outdoor Rug” is a great choice – it comes in a bunch of colors and is great quality.
I love adding Tiki Torches for more lighting and ambiance. I found these (picture below) for $2.00 each at Target – what a steal! There are ranges of quality for tiki torches so if you’re looking for something a little more sturdy, Target has a large selection – like this pineapple shaped one.
You can buy the refill tiki torch oil in a large bottle. The oil does last for a while but you’ll definitely need to refill them eventually, especially if you use them all the time like me.
They even make the oil with citronella. If you’re in an area that has a lot of mosquitos, I recommend the Bite Fighter Tiki Oil to keep the bugs away. I always get this one and it really does work.
Sometimes patio furniture can come in boring colors – blah! You can add color in so many different way. With plants, area rugs, accent pillows, candles, plants, or decor pieces.
Seating With Cushions & Pillows
Comfortable seating is a must for a cozy space. Including a couch or chair with a cushion is the way to go. I got the couch pictured below a long time ago but this one from Target is very similar. Pillows can add another level of comfort AND they’re cute. You can mix and match colors, patterns, textures or add as many accent pillows as you want.
Outdoor Decor Accents
I love adding fun little accent pieces throughout! Filling a glass jar with shells is also a great idea. You can use any size glass jar, grab some shells on your next beach trip, and you have a nice decor piece for your patio.