5 Spaces to Inspire Outdoor Area Decor

Welcome, summer! We’re glad you’re here! Enjoy the season’s lazy days and long evenings in the outdoors. Here are five inspiring ideas for creating the perfect outdoor area decor.

Outdoor room with red furniture
Photo: Home Depot

When we saw this photo, our first response was, “That’s adorable!” This colorful dining spot is within reach of just about every budget — a definite plus when planning your outdoor living space. All it took was a colorful table and chairs, an outdoor rug, a bar cart, and a grill.

Outdoor room with gray furniture and star lantern
Photo: House Beautiful

Just like indoor rooms, an outdoor room’s story is told in the decorative details. In this Los Angeles limestone-tile veranda, a garden bench and star pendant light add a rustic sense of luxury. What are your favorite ways to bring the style?

Outdoor dining area with long table, bench and stumps for seats
Photo: Decoholic

Nobody incorporates nature into an outdoor room better than Australian designer and environmentalist Jamie Durie. When designing your room, take a leaf from Jamie’s book: Use existing trees as part of the design or recycle branches or stumps for seating, as he did in this welcoming outdoor dining room.

Front porch with antique swing
Photo: Country Living

Nothing says summer more than porch swing. Hang it from a porch, pergola or even from a hefty tree branch, and get ready to swing the days away, cold drink in hand. Bonus points if you can find an antique wicker swing like the one shown here.

Don’t forget the lighting. Whether you use in-ground solar lights, suspend candelabras from the trees or string party lights as in this backyard party area, the proper illumination will keep the party going all night long.

So ring in summer your favorite way — with a backyard bash for 20 or on the porch swing solo, book at your side. No matter how you like it, this is the year to create the outdoor room you’ve always wanted.

Want an exterior paint quote while you’re at it?