10 Fun finds that dress up your outdoor space for summer
When your favorite outdoor space is welcoming and appealing, there's no reason to come indoors. These decor pieces will brighten up any porch or patio.
1. Fun porch signs
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Hang a friendly welcome by the back door. The Hello Script Wall Art is available in 70 different colors to match your porch decor. We love this sunny yellow background with a sky-blue "hello." (peartreegreetings.com, $20)
2. Colorful garden stools
Garden stools are all the rage this summer, and every porch needs one. They come in so many shapes, sizes and colors and can serve as an extra seat, a side table or a plant stand. The bright orange Safavieh Sakura Garden Stool can be moved indoors when summer draws to a close. (Wayfair.com, $132)
3. Whimsical patio furniture
Whether your porch is a stoop, a poolside patio or a sprawling deck, you need a place to sit. "The Gelati Bistro Set provides a welcoming spot," says Bill Herren, Creative Director at Woodard Furniture. "Set up with sunny yellow placemats and a vase of white daisies for a cheerful way to greet the day. Add vibrant seat cushions and a colorful pitcher of refreshments for an afternoon treat. In the evening, Gelati sets the scene for romance with candles, a bottle of wine and a plate of fruit and cheese." (PatioLiving.com, $724)
4. Bright pillows
Add flair to your summer seating with cheery throw pillows. Mix colors and patterns to create an inviting place to sit and enjoy a glass of lemonade. (WickerCentral.com, $33)
5. Fun drinkware
And speaking of lemonade, why not enjoy your favorite drinks with beautifully designed drinkware? Premium tumblers from the Entertaining Collection by Tervis keep drinks cold and reduce condensation for perfect outdoor parties on the patio. (Tervis.com, $15 and up)
6. Practical (but attractive) table coverings
Avoid sticky situations (and a call to ants!) with an oilcloth table covering. "The 100 percent water- and stain-proof feather oilcloth brings style, color and substance to your table," says Niki Cheng, interior designer and co-owner of BoConcept NY stores. "The colors and modern feather design mix really well with natural textiles, pebble stones and terracotta pavements." (BoConcept.com, $19)
7. Personalized coasters
"At my house, spending time on the porch usually involves having a drink of lemonade, iced tea or something stronger," says Rodney Brazil from HomeWetBar.com. And liquid refreshments served on Personalized Tike Bar Coasters instantly transport you to the beach! (HomeWetBar.com,$25)
8. Hand-painted planters
Every porch needs plants and flowers. The hand-painted Gladstone Ceramic Hanging Planter is a great way to add a pop of color, and it can be moved indoors when the weather turns cold. (Sondermill.com, $72)
9. Bold print area rugs
"Blur the lines between the indoors and out with an area rug," says Lieve Saether of Turnstyle Interior Design. "Not only will it define an area, it will help make any outdoor space feel instantly finished." The turquoise green Threshold Indoor-Outdoor Flatweave Area Rug is a great choice for instant panache. (Target.com, starting at $42)
10. Inexpensive string lights
"String lights are a simple and inexpensive way to create subtle atmosphere in any outdoor space," says Michael Murphy, Design and Trends Producer at Lamps Plus. Shown here are Metal Cage Lantern String Party Lights ($25), Solar Powered Paper Globe Lantern LED String Light Set ($15), Galvanized Metal String Party Lights ($20) and Multicolor Glass 10-Light Teardrop String Set ($20). Each features 10 lights and is available at LampsPlus.com.
"Patios and porches should be irresistible," says Saether. "Once you catch a glimpse, you have to get out there."