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.
Lighting makes even the blandest spaces feel hip. Opt for funky string lights or romantic lanterns.
Bachmann 100-Light Globe String Light
No matter the size of your outdoor space, if you string some lights up, your patio can go from boring to alluring in seconds. These well-reviewed globe string lights span 100 feet from end to end with 100 glass lights.
Available in three sizes (votive, small, and large), these sparkly lanterns create a lovely ambiance that will fit in with almost any type of decor. You’ll thank us when Mom’s evening soirees are the talk of the town.
10-count Wire Outdoor String Lights
Want a funky twist on the classic white string light? Check out these black lights with a metal wire frame and incandescent bulbs.
You may not need an outdoor rug, but it’s an easy way to help your space feel more cohesive.
Mod Fish Outdoor Rug Navy
Available in two sizes, this rectangular polypropylene rug gives you a playful maritime look without sacrificing modern style. The rug is stain and water resistant.
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.
Serrano Black Indoor/Outdoor Area Rug
No matter the size you choose, this neutral, Southwestern-inspired rug in black, cream, and gray hues is made from a durable synthetic material that resists staining and fading.
A trickle of water aids in relaxation and is one of the best ways to drown out the sounds of traffic or neighbors.
Ceramic Azul Fountain
Made from two-toned cobalt blue ceramic, this three-vase fountain adds a dash of deep blue to your outdoor decor. Other perks: The pump is included and you can control the flow rate of the water.
Concrete Arroyo Fountain
Part planter, part fountain, this concrete fountain adds charm and a zen-like atmosphere to any patio.
John Timberland Indoor/Outdoor Waterfall
This sleek gray and black faux stone waterfall uses lightweight polyresin construction that looks hearty without the weight.
Tight on space? Opt for a garden stool that can work as seating or as an impromptu side table.
Made from weather-resistant glazed earthenware, this run stool can be used as an extra seat or side table, and we love the playful colors.
Made from hard, durable acacia wood and a comfortable braided seat, this compact stool is perfect when you need an extra seat.
Natural Glazed Side Table
This tough, hand-glazed earthenware table looks sleek, works as a stool, features inset handles for easy carrying.
A few whimsical planters really make a patio come together.
Rattan Round Hanging Planter
Filed under so-extra-but-so-good: This hanging planter from Target’s boho-inspired Opalhouse line is uber Instagrammable and just plain cute.
Marble Shape Planter
Bring the ultra-trendy white marble trend home with these sleek planters, available in round or square.
Rivet Mid-Century Ceramic Planter with Stand
Add a stylish accent with this color-blocked planter—it graces the patio of news editor Megan Barber and is available in four colors and various sizes.
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.
Outdoor Throw Pillow
If you’re looking for well-priced basics, check out these solid outdoor throw pillows. Each set includes two pillows—available in two different sizes and eight colors—that are 100 percent waterproof and anti-UV.
Forrest Throw Pillow
This polyester pillow can withstand sunshine and rainstorms, but what we really love is the cute dotted pattern in hues of blue and white.
Square Color Splash Outdoor Pillow in Terracotta
Brighten up your outdoor seating with a splash of terra-cotta in a breezy, abstract pattern.
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.
Braided Jute Large Pouf
Available in natural or black, this pouf is made from dense poly-fill that makes for a sturdy seat or ottoman. Also looks great if you top it with a tray for an impromptu coffee table.
Geo Woven Outdoor Pouf Black
Level up your patio with a geometric ottoman in black and white. Easily used as both a stylish footrest or an extra seat.