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The best outdoor decor to buy now, from twinkle lights to throw pillows

Summer is coming

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Target’s 2019 spring collection has some fun outdoor decor, including these terra-cotta pillows ($19.99) and a white-and-black outdoor pouf ($47.49).

Memorial Day is in sight, which means it’s time to get your patio in order, stat. Over the past few weeks the Curbed has searched our favorite brands for everything you need to upgrade your outdoor spaces. We’ve dished on the best hammocks, dining sets, and outdoor sofas you can buy, and now we turn to a much more nebulous category: patio decor.

While “decor” can be hard to define, it’s also what makes a space feel like home. From twinkle lights to area rugs, decor transforms a patio from an impersonal stage room to a fun expression of your personal style. Behold, here are 24 picks sure to level up your garden spaces this summer.

Outdoor Lighting

Lighting makes even the blandest spaces feel hip. Opt for funky string lights or romantic lanterns.

Outdoor Rugs

You may not need an outdoor rug, but it’s an easy way to help your space feel more cohesive.

Nathalie Cream Indoor/Outdoor Area Rug

Available in a multitude of sizes—rectangle, round, and runner—this well-reviewed polypropylene rug is made with a flat pile for durable construction and outdoor traffic. A cheery blue, green, and orange floral pattern adds a pop of color.


A trickle of water aids in relaxation and is one of the best ways to drown out the sounds of traffic or neighbors.

Garden Stools

Tight on space? Opt for a garden stool that can work as seating or as an impromptu side table.


A few whimsical planters really make a patio come together.

Throw pillows

Whether you want something neutral or love going all-in with pattern, a throw pillow helps an outdoor space feel both put-together and comfy.


Poufs aren’t exactly necessary, but they sure are fun. Add a bit of whimsy and you’ll also get an extra seat or footrest.