5 Patio Essentials to Bring Your Patio Dreams to Life

 

One of the best parts of summer is the opportunity to enjoy the outdoors. Sometimes, an old folding chair just doesn’t cut it. Take your outdoor space from weathered to wonderful with these 5 key components plus awe inspiring imagery from our favorite designers!

Design by  Giannetti Home

Design by Giannetti Home

1. The Best Base

There are a few simple steps that go into creating the perfect patio or deck space. When designing for the outdoors, you have to use materials that can withstand the elements. Luckily, you don’t have to sacrifice style for durability. 

Design by  Hommeboys

Design by Hommeboys

Design by  Change & Co.  | Photography by  Raquel Langworthy

Design by Change & Co. | Photography by Raquel Langworthy

The flooring of your outdoor space acts as a staging area for placing your furniture. Traditional options include concrete, gravel, laid bricks or pavers, or wood decking. 

Design by  Orlando Soria  | Photography by  Zeke Ruelas

Design by Orlando Soria | Photography by Zeke Ruelas

The majority of decks are built with natural woods but building with composite wood is a growing trend. When it comes to composite wood, Fiberon is the best. Fiberon comes in tons of different finishes and styles and looks just like real wood! 

Fiberon is created using recycled wood and plastic. This tough, recycled material is practically invincible to the elements and does not need to be restained every few years like wood. In the long run, you’ll spend less time and money caring for a Fiberon deck or patio than you would with traditional wood flooring, making it a worthy investment. 

2. Divine Dining 

Design by  Eric Olsen Design | Photography by  Karyn Millet

Design by Eric Olsen Design| Photography by Karyn Millet

Whether you’re unwinding at your favorite bistro or your own backyard, eating outdoors is a staple of summer. Build your own outdoor dining oasis with just a few pieces. 

Design by  Jute Home  | Photography by  Lisa Romerein

Design by Jute Home | Photography by Lisa Romerein

Design by  Giannetti Home

Design by Giannetti Home

If your patio doesn’t have a ton of space to work with, a bistro table is the perfect solution. The Simone Bistro Table is one of our favorites! Pair it with the Muestra Dining Chair to bring a natural touch to this metal table. 

Design by  Studio DB  | Photography by  Matthew Williams

Design by Studio DB | Photography by Matthew Williams

Design by  Chango & Co  | Photography by  Jacob Snavely

Design by Chango & Co | Photography by Jacob Snavely

Design by  Giannetti Home

Design by Giannetti Home

3. Luxurious Lounging 

When dinner is over and it’s time to relax, kick back on a chaise or lounge chair. When it comes to relaxation, the Dimitri Collection is the perfect combo of comfortable and stylish. 

Design by  Starr Sanford

Design by Starr Sanford

The Dimitri Double Daybed is so comfortable and perfect for sharing with a friend or sprawling out by yourself. The Tribal Print Rust Pillows are especially eye catching when paired with this lounger. 

Shop the Look |  Dimitri Day Bed

Shop the Look | Dimitri Day Bed

Shop the Look |  Phoenix Outdoor Stool

Shop the Look | Phoenix Outdoor Stool

Keep the summer heat at bay with the breezy Julian Outdoor Chair. This rope woven beauty is perfect for those hot summer days when a fully upholstered chair just won’t keep you cool enough. When the evening chill comes in, cozy up with a light blanket like the Kathleen Throw

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4. Fabulous Firetables

Fire pits have been a staple of outdoor fun for years, but we think it’s time to upgrade the traditional summer campfire. Meet the fire table. This gorgeous outdoor feature brings elegance, style, and functionality to any outdoor space. Roast s’mores, chat with friends, and keep the late night chill away with a fire table. 

Design by  Jute Home  | Photography by  Lisa Romerein

Design by Jute Home | Photography by Lisa Romerein

The Cosmopolitan Round Firetable features a hidden propane tank and a rounded edge perfect for setting your drink or s’more supplies on.

5. Lighting and Layering

Design by  Urban Grace

Design by Urban Grace

Design by  Change & Co . | Photography by  Jacob Snavely

Design by Change & Co. | Photography by Jacob Snavely

No space is complete without accessories. Light up your outdoor space with lantern-inspired sconces and pendants. The Dunston Dark Sky Wall Mount Lantern is the perfect is you’re looking for a more modern fixture. 

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When the breeze isn’t enough, an outdoor fan will work wonders to cool down your space. With 8 blades, the Bluffton 72” Ceiling Fan is the perfect solution to hot summer days. 

Layer your lounge and dining chairs with sturdy outdoor pillows to keep you comfortable while you chat the night away with friends and family. Layering pillows adds depth and texture to a sofa or chaise. Simply spot clean your outdoor pillows to make them last through the seasons. 

Design by  Jenkins Interiors

If you’re looking to add some privacy to your outdoor space, place a few tall, leafy plants around the area to act as both a privacy wall and gorgeous natural decor. Opt out of digging up your yard in favor of using planters like the Fauna Small Outdoor Planter. When the winter chill comes in, bring your planters inside to make sure that your plants will flourish for years to come. 

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During dinner, keep the bugs at bay with the Brasserie Glass Cloche and Round Trivet. These gorgeous pieces are made from recycled materials and look amazing in any setting. Pair them together or use them separately to get the most out of your serving tools. 

Design by  Change & Co . | Photography by  Raquel Langworthy

Design by Change & Co. | Photography by Raquel Langworthy

Shop the Look |  The Isle Rug

Shop the Look | The Isle Rug

Add a layer of comfort with an outdoor rug. These tough but beautiful rugs are available in a variety of styles, colors, and sized to fit any outdoor space. We’re particularly fond of the vintage inspired Mika Collection

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Design by  M. Elle

Design by M. Elle

Whether you’re working with a small apartment deck or acres of land, make the most of summer with beautiful, durable, irresistible outdoor furniture and accessories. For more outdoor inspo, be sure to check out our founders’ new patio reveal.