Spruce up your patio this summer with these neutral summer patio decorating ideas. Glean a few outdoor living tips to help you make the most of your backyard space!
Neutral Summer Patio Decorating Ideas
From spring until late fall, we love to take advantage of all of our beautiful outdoor spaces! We have two porches in the front, a deck off of the barn/shed, our back patio, and our rustic fire pit. Out of all of our outdoor spaces, the back patio is by far the most popular! It is where everyone seems to gravitate, so I like to switch up the look a few times during the season just for fun. Today I’m sharing our neutral, everyday look with you. This look is pared down and comfy like a good pair of chinos and wedges!
Outdoor Living Tips
One of the best tips I have regarding keeping your outdoor living area looking fresh all season is to store your cushions and accessories when not in use. It may sound like a pain to put it all away, but with the help of child labor it’s very easy to tear down and set-up in a flash! We have open shelving units in the shed/barn which hold all of the cushions. The boys know where everything goes and with their help I’m able to put it all away when needed. I leave our outdoor rugs outside all summer, but all of the cushions and sometimes the umbrella get stored during inclement weather.
Define Your Rooms and Make Them Cozy
I love a patio that feels more like outdoor rooms! Define your sitting area the same way you would indoors with a smart space plan and cozy accessories. A sectional sofa, additional chairs, poufs, and garden stools can all be arranged to provide conversational seating.
Use Texture to Add Interest
When decorating with neutrals, it’s important to layer textures to keep the space from looking too flat and boring. Cable knits, macrame, and tasselled accessories in neutral tones are all great options to consider! You can shop all of the items I used in this space at the end of the post if interested.
Take Advantage of Container Planters
Planters are a fantastic way to add small pops of color to your otherwise neutral palette! I love to rotate my planters and move them around to suit my mood. Ferns, topiaries, and florals are all beautiful accessories that enliven a neutral space.
Use Outdoor Rugs
Indoor/outdoor rugs are one of the best inventions ever! They help ground your outdoor space, clean up easily, feel great under foot, and look beautiful. I prefer not to spend a lot of money on our outdoor rugs since I tend to change the look of our space often. If your patio is full sun you can get away with keeping your rugs out all season. If you’re in the shade, you may have to store the rug when not in use. Consistently wet rugs will mildew and rot.
Rugs in darker shades obviously will stay cleaner looking for longer. I use an outdoor blower once a week to keep the patio clean. I also use a broom between blowing as needed.
Creating the Perfect Al Fresco Dining Space
We eat most of our dinners outdoors during the summer. Our patio is typically shaded during dinner time and it’s a beautiful spot to dine! The metal chairs are stackable and can be easily moved around to accomodate guests. I like having the bench on one side of the table for kids.
I often fill a bucket with clippings from the yard for a quick, easy, and free flower arrangement. It looks great and stays put on the table until it needs freshening.
On hot summer nights, I use an oscillating fan to keep us cool and blow the bugs away. We store it in the shed when not in use. It’s a great investment to keep guests cool outdoors when entertaining!
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