58 Beautiful Outdoor Patio Design & Decor Ideas

58 Beautiful patio design & decor ideas such as paver & flooring, seating, outdoor kitchen, shade covers, lighting, landscaping, furniture, DIY, etc.

The patio is the center of outdoor living. It’s a functional space where we can enjoy the warm sunshine, sit and read a book, hang out with family and friends, cook and eat together, etc. How do we make a patio look nice, inviting and cozy?

Beautiful patio design & decor ideas such as paver or concrete floor, seating, outdoor kitchen, shade covers, lighting, landscaping, furniture, DIY, etc.

Let’s look at these inspiring patio design and decor ideas. No matter you have a large backyard or a small apartment balcony, you can create a beautiful patio to enjoy outdoor living to the fullest. For more, here are 52 Best landscaping ideas & designs for front & backyard garden.

Patio design and layout ideas

Patio design and layout ideas

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This small and tranquil backyard garden has a gravel seating patio next to a flagstone patio with a fountain surrounded by lush plants. 

Modern patio and deck in small backyard 

Modern patio and deck in small backyard 

Create a retreat that looks like a mini resort with wood deck around a spa, and concrete pavers with grass in between. The clean lines and geometric layout make this small backyard feel modern and spacious.

Patio tree seating area 

Patio tree seating area 

When you have a beautiful mature tree in the landscape, it does take much to create a blissful outdoor patio space under the tree. Via Saladino

Boho style cozy patio decor ideas

Boho style cozy patio decor ideas

A combination of hanging plants, warm natural materials like wood and rattan combined with clean white walls and sofa cushions gives this small patio a relaxed and cozy vibe.

Courtyard patio design with water feature 

Courtyard patio design with water feature

Soft gravel paving, a bowl fountain and some garden benches make up this simple and elegant patio design.

DIY solar patio fountain

DIY solar patio fountain

You can easily make this DIY solar fountain on your patio with minimal work and enjoy beautiful sounds of water all summer long.

Patio pond ideas

Patio pond ideas

Here is a collection of some of our favorite outdoor patio ponds and water fountains you can create.

Garden paths and walkways

Garden paths and walkways

Don’t forget the garden paths and walkways that connect a patio to the house and other outdoor spaces. Here are 25 inspiring garden path ideas for you.

Patio floor design ideas

Patio floor design ideas

When designing and planning a patio, the paving material will offer the best function and style to an outdoor space. Let us look at the next group of ideas on patio floors. ( Image sources below)

Beautiful brick patio design 

Beautiful brick patio design 

This stunning patio designed by Claus Dalby gives us lots of inspiring ideas such as the use of symmetry and a white flowering plant palette. 

Paver patio ideas

Paver patio ideas

Instead of hiring professionals for $10k to $25k, Carrie and her family decided to DIY this English garden inspired patio using concrete pavers with artificial grass in between. Look at how beautiful this DIY paver patio turned out on Carrie’s blog here.   

How to install a paver patio 

How to install a paver patio

This DIY paver patio looks great, and is very functional for seating, entertaining, and hanging out in the backyard. Via Room for Tuesday

DIY paver patio with fire pit 

DIY paver patio with fire pit

If you have a door that opens out onto the grass in the backyard, it’s a great place to add a patio. Here’s what Megan at Room for Tuesday has to say about their DIY paver patio with fire pit: This space is where we hang out the most in our backyard now – we have fires all the time, it’s the perfect spot for hanging out when friends come over, or when we’re just hanging out as a family!

Flagstone patio and railings 

Flagstone patio and railings 

A former backyard full of small rocks, dead grass, weeds and lots of ivy is transformed into an oasis with this new stone patio and a composite deck. Jackie and her family now thoroughly enjoys their weekly S’mores parties around the fire pit. Via Finding Lovely

Fireplace patios

Fireplace patios

These two fireplace patios are both beautiful and inviting, with two distinctly different styles: one is rustic Mediterranean style with an outdoor kitchen, the other is modern Santa Barbara style with a shade pergola. Via JRSID | SFA

Patio screen ideas

Patio screen ideas

This outdoor privacy screen on a modern & rustic style gravel patio creates a charming retreat in this small backyard at City Farmhouse.

DIY privacy screen and planter for patio

DIY privacy screen and planter for patio

Alicia and her family built a flower box with a privacy wall, add an outdoor rug, and hung patio lights up to create a charming and cozy outdoor living area.

Patio covers and shade structures 

Patio covers and shade structures 

Shade structures and patio covers are favorite garden and landscape design features to enjoy beautiful days outdoors to the fullest. Check out these 12 creative & attractive shade structures and patio cover ideas such as DIY friendly fabric canopy, shade sails, simple pergolas,  vines for sun shades , etc! 

Patio pergola landscaping ideas 

Patio pergola landscaping ideas 

A pergola is a landscape structure that instantly creates this inviting outdoor room. It also provides shade, and adds beauty to a front garden or backyard. You can also get creative by hanging lanterns or growing flowering vines on a pergola.

Coastal style patio shade pergola with curtains

Coastal style patio shade pergola with curtains

This coastal style patio looks fresh and elegant with a combination of white pergola, airy white curtains, blue outdoor rug, and warm rattan lanterns

Easy DIY fabric patio shade canopy

Easy DIY fabric patio shade canopy

One of the easiest DIY patio shade ideas is a fabric canopy. Below is the video tutorial on how to use fabric with curtain rods to create a shade canopy.

Colorful fabric patio roof

Colorful fabric patio roof

You can also use an artistic mix of colors and patterns to create colorful backyard shade structures and beautiful patio covers. ( Via Mi Casa Revista )

Easy DIY patio cover

Easy DIY patio cover

Here’s a tutorial by Vtwonen on how to create patio shade structures using fabric and PVC pipes. A little idea on improvement: PVC pipes can deteriorate in sunlight, consider using bamboo poles, 2×2 wood, or metal rebar to build similar outdoor shade structures.

Shade sails patio cover ideas

Shade sails patio cover ideas

Shade sails are easy and versatile patio and backyard shade structures. There are many shade sail colors to choose from. You can also use different shapes such as triangles and rectangles, and overlap them in creative ways. Add string lights to them for magic evenings.  ( Via Flores Artscape | House Tweaking )

Dining patio design ideas

Dining patio design ideas

An outdoor kitchen and dining patio is often the favorite gathering place in a front garden or backyard. You can make this space really nice and inviting by incorporating design elements like an old stone table, a tree canopy, hanging lanterns, potted plants, a pergola, and attractive paving. Clockwise from top left 1 | 2 | 3 | 4

Small backyard patio outdoor kitchen

Small backyard patio outdoor kitchen

This BBQ grill and side bar table in an L-shaped layout is a great idea for outdoor cooking and gathering on small backyard patios.

Apartment balcony patio décor and design

Apartment balcony patio décor and design

Even if you are a renter with a small balcony in an apartment, you can create a beautiful outdoor patio. Check out how we transformed our former apartment balcony patio into a tropical island style retreat, using pallets.

Rooftop patio design and décor

Rooftop patio design and décor

City dwellers often have rooftop spaces to enjoy the outdoors. This rooftop patio and garden makes you feel surrounded by nature with well designed outdoor living and dinning spaces, and lush planter boxes filled with large trees and smaller shrubs.

Patio lighting ideas

Patio lighting ideas

One of my favorite patio lighting ideas is to hang bistro lights or a group of enchanting outdoor paper lanterns. Source: 1 | 2

landscape lighting ideas

You may also love these 10 best landscape lighting ideas.

DIY pallet patio furniture 

DIY pallet patio furniture

This set of patio coffee table and benches are made from pallets. Tutorial here. Also here’s a detailed guide on where to find good quality pallets and lots of pallet project ideas.

DIY outdoor built in bench

DIY outdoor built in bench

Built-in bench seating looks stylish and saves space, which is great for small patios. Via Room for Tuesday

DIY outdoor sofa

DIY outdoor sofa

When building outdoor benches and sofas, it’s a great idea to purchase ready-made outdoor cushions first, then use the dimensions of the cushions to plan the sofa or bench designs. This DIY outdoor sofa by Pine and Poplar has a slanted back. The bottom cushion measures 25”×25” and the top cushion measures 25”×21”.

DIY porch swing bench

DIY porch swing bench

Brooke and Henry at Plank and Pillow built this enchanting porch swing bench to fit a crib mattress. So smart!

DIY outdoor patio dining table

DIY outdoor patio dining table

This 8 feet long DIY outdoor patio dining table and bench by The Thrifty Pineapple is so stylish. Because it is an outdoor table, remember to space the top planks 1/4″ to allow for rain to fall through.

DIY no sew cushions for outdoor and indoor

DIY no sew cushions for outdoor and indoor

These DIY no sew cushions by Fall for DIY would look so pretty on a modern or boho style patio.

Colorful patio décor and design ideas

Colorful patio décor and design ideas

Colors can create such cheerful and happy vibes. From colorful patio furniture to painted rainbow fence, there are many simple and easy ways to bring more colors to your outdoor space. Clockwise from top left  BHG | At Home with Ashley | Arterra | I Spy DIY

Patio furniture colors

Patio furniture colors

Use different patio furniture colors to create different moods. Blue creates a peaceful relaxing mood, while yellow feels happy and cheerful

DIY patio umbrella stand

DIY patio umbrella stand

This DIY planter umbrella stand and the DIY outdoor side table umbrella stand (see video below) are functional and attractive ways to add shade umbrellas to a patio.

Patio screen vertical planter

Patio screen vertical planter

This vertical planter with succulents is a creative way to add a privacy screen to a patio.

Patio wall décor ideas

Patio wall décor ideas

Make a blank outdoor patio wall attractive with hanging pots or vines trained in a pattern. Source

black Patio wall décorations

Happy creating! See you soon!

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