Enjoying the great outdoors is good for your physical and mental health. Being with nature and breathing fresh air can create a relaxing and meditative emotional state that helps deal with everyday stressors. If your home has an outdoor space, this can become a place to enjoy a good book or a meal and create a new spot for working out. Outdoor areas can also expand your square footage by offering additional entertaining room. But turning your balcony, patio, garden, rooftop deck or backyard into a place you want to spend time requires some fun and functional patio decor.
To make your outdoor space an area that you and your guests want to hang out, having useful and attractive decor items improves the functionality of the space and makes it more aesthetically pleasing. Decor pieces can also help mask unattractive areas and pull the eye away from spots that may still need some improvement. Laying down a beautiful new rug is also much more affordable and less time-consuming than completely re-covering a faded deck.
If you’re ready to turn your outdoor eyesore into your favorite spot in the home, check out some of our top picks for patio decor.
1. Lighting Ever LED Curtain Lights
Outdoor spaces need lights to be functional and help set the mood, which is why we like the Lighting Ever LED Curtain Lights. Measuring 9.8 x 9.8 feet, this waterfall style set of string lights come with 18 strings and 17 bright LED lights per string. Safe for outdoor use, the attractive string lights are great for covering unsightly windows, walls, fences or pergolas. The lights come with an ETL Certified transformer and are operated with low voltage that is resistant to overheating.
Pros: The lights come with eight modes to choose from, including twinkle, flash and steady on.
Cons: The lights can easily become tangled. Although the strings are waterproof, the plug and power box is not.
2. Nourison Aloha Indoor and Outdoor Floral Blue Rug
Pull your outdoor space together (aesthetically-speaking) or create a visual division of spaces using the Nourison Aloha Indoor and Outdoor Floral Blue Rug. Built for both indoor and outdoor use, the multicolored rug is a versatile piece that will work with several design schemes. Made from 100% Polypropylene, the rug is designed to withstand heavy foot traffic and is available in several size and shape options.
Pros: Cleaning the Nourison can be done with a vacuum and a hose.
Cons: Although the Nourison is an outdoor rug, it’s recommended to bring the rug inside during extreme weather to help extend its life. The makers also recommend using a rug pad.
3. Keter Resin Rattan Set of 2 Round Hanging Planter Baskets
Grow flowers, vegetables, herbs or make an arrangement of bulbs and lights using the Keter Resin Rattan Set of Two Round Hanging Planter Baskets. The hanging design is a great space-saving option for outdoor spaces. The baskets measure 13.78 inches wide by 13.78 inches deep by 8.66 inches high. A sealed inner bowl and drainage plug makes these baskets conducive to planting and growing a variety of flowers, vegetables and herbs. Available in four color options, the baskets are secured using an iron hanger and hook.
Pros: The Keter baskets are designed to look and feel like rattan but are much more durable thanks to their dent-, rust- and peel-resistant polypropylene resin construction.
Cons: The plug for the drain is located inside the planter and this makes it difficult to empty excess water once items have been planted.
4. DIKAOU Led Flame Table Lamp
For a multi-use item that is definitely worth the small amount of table space it takes up, we recommend the DIKAOU Led Flame Table Lamp. A light source and speaker in one, the outdoor unit has 96 LED lights that mimic a flickering flame. The Dikaou also acts as a speaker and has Bluetooth connectivity that works from as far as 33 feet away. The speakers are powered by five-watt drivers to create a rich and impressive bass sound. The top of the compact unit includes user-friendly controls for the speaker and light functions.
Pros: The rechargeable and wireless unit has a five hour charging time and can last up to eight hours of music playing time and up to 24 hours of flame time on a single charge.
Cons: The volume may not be loud enough to fill large outdoor spaces. The flame effect is only slightly realistic.