Now that the weather is warming up I am looking forward to spending more time outdoors. Creating a stylish outdoor patio doesn’t have to be a chore. With this guide, you will have all you need to enjoy some quality family time or a little relaxing alone time.

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I want you to think of your outdoor patio as an extension of your home. That way you will remember to use it more during the warmer months. I hate getting to the end of the summer and wishing I had used our patio more. Outdoor patios are a great way to spend time with the family, get a change of scenery, or entertain friends.

Outdoor Patio Shopping Guide

This shopping guide will take you step by step in creating an amazing outdoor patio. Enjoy, and be sure to send in pictures!

Patio Umbrellas

If your patio doesn’t have a built-in roof you will want to find the perfect shading for your area. There are so many to choose from. I love one that is set to the side for seating areas. For dining sets, you might consider an umbrella that comes from the center of the table. 

Umbrellas with lighting are fun for entertaining during the summer nights. 

I’m showing neutral umbrellas here because I love to add some color with rugs and pillows. If you would prefer an umbrella with some color then go with a more neutral color for your other decorative elements. 

Outdoor Patio Lighting

Lighting is so important for those fun summer nights with friends and family. I just love string lights but feel free to get even more decorative with a chandelier or some cute lanterns. 

If you are more of the DIY type, get my scrapwood lantern tutorial here.

Outdoor Rugs

This is where I love to add color and design. You might be thinking, why do I need an outdoor rug? Rugs will tie the space together, giving the space a purpose and a place you will feel like gathering. 

Outdoor Dining Sets

Be sure to pick a set that matches your style and has enough seating for the type of entertaining you want to do. If you want dinners with the whole family these sets are great. For larger gatherings that don’t need a table setting, you can create additional seating areas.


Is your patio furniture tired and worn? Don't throw your set away, update it! Grab some paint and tape and turn that set from drab to fab!

If you have a patio set that has good bones but is in need of a makeover, visit my tutorial on updating your patio furniture with paint here.


Outdoor Seating

You might not always entertain dinner guests on your outdoor patio. Additional seating sets like these are comfortable and allow you to entertain more guests. 

Outdoor Pillows

Pillows are another way to add color and design. Outdoor pillows are made to be a more durable in the outdoors but outdoor storage can help make your pillows and blankets last longer.

Want to make your own custom throw pillows?  Check out my no-sew tutorial here.

Decorative Planters

Plants help complete a space indoors and outdoors. These decorative planters are perfect to get you started planting this spring!

Wanting big planters that make a statement but do not want to pay up to $100 a piece for them? Then I have the perfect DIY planter boxes for you!

No budget for buying new planters? Check out my tutorial on homemade planters made from old shutters.

Outdoor Patio Storage

Don’t forget your storage! It can double as seating or as a table but will always help protect and organize your outdoor patio essentials.

And now lets put it all together for some outdoor entertaining inspiration…

Create an outdoor dining room:

create a stylish outdoor patio


Create a conversation area:

Create a place to chat fireside:

This fire chat outdoor patio set is perfect for those cool summer evenings

I hope this post has inspired you to get out and transform your outdoor patio.  Whether you buy new pieces or create them yourself, I am confident you can create the outdoor space of your dreams.

Learn how to create a stylish outdoor patio by bringing some of the indoors out

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