If you’re fortunate enough to have a deck, porch or patio, it’s time to start thinking about sprucing it up for summer. Your outdoor living space is an extension of your home, so why not make it even more inviting by incorporating a few elements that add personality and style?

Could your patio use a refresh? Transform your backyard into the outdoor oasis of your dreams with these patio decorating ideas. We’ll show you some easy ways to add style that stands the test out time without busting your budget!

1. Paint

When brick, stucco, tile, fencing and cinderblock look tired and dated, a splash of paint is a quick and affordable way to breathe new life into your outdoor space.

The colors relegated to patio and outdoor décor tend to be shades of brown, brown and more brown. Why not experiment with an unexpected color? After all, it’s only paint.

Just look at how these palms pop against a striking black background.

black-patioImage via SF Girl

outdoor-sectionalImage via 100 Layer Cake

Tropical colors like pink, yellow and turquoise are summery, playful and instantly transport you to Palm Springs.

pink-patio-mexicoImage via CN Traveler 

Limewashed brick and a Southern-style haint blue ceiling transform this porch into a summertime sanctuary.

haint-blue-porch-ceilingImage via Bless’er House

Cobalt blue is a daring choice for any space, but it works quite well for a patio. Pair this saturated shade with furnishings in more muted colors to prevent it from becoming too over the top.

blue-patioImage courtesy of Ashley via Flickr

Concrete and white are clean, natural and anything but boring when paired with the right mix of décor.

backyard-firepitImage via Almost Makes Perfect

If you’re not ready to take the painting plunge, test the waters by painting steps or an accent wall.

how-to-paint-patio-stepsImage via Marisa Vitale for Domino

patio-decorImage via The Inspired Room

tiny-house-patioImage via Molly Culver Photography for Kim Lewis Designs

2. A solid foundation

The foundation of your outdoor living space is such a great opportunity to add a little flair. Whether you’re working with wood, tile, brick, stone, grass or concrete, keep it clean and well-maintained. That way, your outdoor oasis always feels like just that: an oasis.

Laying down tile or pavers is a splurge, but it adds visual interest and makes an area feel more defined. Plus, investing in something so high-impact makes decorating everything else a breeze. When you’ve got one big element that does all the talking, you can decorate with more affordable furnishings and the space will still feel polished and put together.

english-countryside-patio-tileImage via Emily Henderson

pavers-hardscapingImage via Falling Waters Landscape, Inc.

Still, real tile can be really expensive. If you’re not one to shy away from a DIY project—and you have the patience to spare—fake your own with stencils and paint to save some money.

It’s hard to believe these “tiles” are just stencils on a slab of concrete, but they are!

diy-painted-tiles-patioImage via Old Brand New

diy-painted-patio-tileImage via A Beautiful Mess

3. Shade

Nothing puts a damper on summer fun like the scorching summer sun. Some kind of shade-making element is absolutely essential, whether it’s a pergola or an umbrella in a bold shade or pattern.

patio-umbrella Image via Ballard Designs

villa-pergola-bougainvilleaImage via LIV for Interiors

palm-springs-pergolaImage via Sarah Sherman Samuel

brooklyn-patio-pergolaImage via Brooklyn Blonde

4. Lighting

You may be dueling with the sun during the day, but don’t forget to make sure your patio is well-lit long after the sun goes down. That’s prime patio time!

Turns out string lights aren’t just for decorating during the holidays. String lights will make your outdoor living space stand out, and there’s just something about their ambience that makes you want to linger.

Strands of string lights look so sophisticated. Who can resist their warm glow?

patio-string-lightsImage via Local Milk

string-lights-deckImage Annette Nordstrom

String lights draped above Adirondack chairs and a fire pit make this setup feel cozy and inviting.

adirondack-chairs-firepitImage via Hometalk

Install weather-resistant rope lighting to illuminate walkways or draw attention to landscape features.

diy-rope-light-walkwayImage via Christmas Lights, Etc.

5. Rug

A patio without a great rug that ties everything together feels a little bare. Adding a great weather-friendly or indoor-outdoor rug is an instant upgrade for your outdoor living space. They add so much style and can be used to designate spaces, like a dining or lounge area.

blue-outdoor-rugImage via The Inspired Room

Jute is natural, textured and complements just about everything. Take good care of it, and you’ll be able to use it year after year. Just update the accessories to switch up your style.

jute-rug-outdoorImage via Old Brand New

Layer rugs for a vintage, bohemian look.

layered-patio-rugsImage via Dabito for Domino

black-indoor-outdoor-rugImage via Fresh Exchange

rattan-rugImage via Bless’er House

6. Greenery

What’s a patio without plants? Whether you want your patio to look like a greenhouse or you prefer something more minimal, adding a touch of green can make your backyard feel like a lush, tropical oasis.

If you don’t have a backyard full of natural greenery, make your own. There are plenty of plants that thrive in containers, making them perfect for balconies and other small spaces, and they also cut down on maintenance.

You could also attach casters to larger planters for easy rearranging.

patio-plantersImage via Dangar Barin Smith

Berry plants and citrus trees do well in containers if they’re the right variety and get enough sun.

black-white-patioImage via Liz Marie Blog

Stock your space with a variety of colorful plants in decorative pots and planters.

backyard-courtyardImage via Gal Meets Glam

Plants like ferns, hostas and creeping phlox provide lots of ground cover, transforming what might otherwise be an empty garden bed.

black-patio-backyardImage via Kelsey Heinze for YIELD

Pots of palms and lush hanging baskets make this patio feel complete.

how-to-decorate-your-deckImage via Old Brand New

rustic-patio-designImage via Angelica Marie Photography for West Elm

cacti-gardenImage via Nicki Sebastian for Jenni Kayne

striped-outdoor-rugImage via Danielle Moss for The Every Girl

7. Pops of color

To prevent your patio from turning into a sea of shades of beige, tan and gray, work in pops of color wherever you can. Take a cue from the Kimpton Rowan Hotel in Palm Springs, CA. Outdoor furniture in unexpected shades, textures and patterns is so fun.

kimpton-palm-springs-outdoor-furnitureImage via The Taste SF

french-bistro-setImage via Addison’s Wonderland

This orange outdoor bistro set is so bright and sunny. Easily transform existing outdoor furniture with a simple coat of spray paint in a cheery color.

patio-bistro-setImage via Michael Wiltbank for Domino

Swap out your outdoor pillows every season for a quick and easy upgrade.

outdoor-pillowsImage via Old Brand New

Varying shades of blue keep this lounge area from becoming too matchy-matchy.

blue-outdoor-living-spaceImage via Emily Henderson

Feeling inspired? Let the home renovations begin!

Maybe your patio isn’t the only thing that needs a refresh for summer. Your insurance policy could use a refresh too! Call 1-800-499-3612 or meet with a Homegrown Pro in your neighborhood to review your homeowners or renters insurance policy and make sure you’re adequately covered.

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