22 Outdoor Home Decorating Ideas to Create Beautiful Summer Retreats

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Beautiful dining area with outdoor lights, wood furniture, plants


Summer decorating is about comfort and relaxation. It is about creating beautiful outdoor living spaces for enjoying the warm season. Any corner of your yard can turn into a cozy nook or a recreation area where you and your family will love to spend weekends and nights in summer. Here are attractive, practical, and straightforward summer decorating ideas which will help to blend comfort and beauty in your outdoor rooms.

These outdoor decorating ideas are versatile and easy to implement, perfect for summer cottages, patios, and terraces. Get inspired and ready to create a relaxing and beautiful oasis where you can relax in privacy and have fun with your family or friends. Envision a stylish, comfortable, and beautiful places in all free spaces in your yard and start decorating. Small changes make a huge difference and add lovely touches to summer home decorating.

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1. Hanging chairs

Hanging chairs are not only attractive but comfortable and modern furniture pieces that add chic to home interiors and outdoor living spaces. Create a romantic and cozy nook with a hanging chair or a swing. Hanging chairs are perfect for summer decorating. They add a cottage feel to backyards, decks, and verandas, creating inviting and relaxing nooks where you can enjoy a cup of coffee or a fresh juice.

Hanging chairs with pillows, contemporary design

2. Creative design ideas

Black is a surprising color for outdoor home decorating, but black paint and accents can beautifully transform yards. A fence or gazebo in black looks elegant, offering a cozy place to relax.

Black paint color, mirrors, metal furniture, glass top table, creative ideas for outdoor home decorating in summer

3. Firepits

Firepits are beautiful accents that transform outdoor living spaces and create inviting seating areas. A place with a stone firepit is a romantic and warm seating area perfect for summer night entertainment and relaxation. A firepit adds a mysterious and adventurous touch to outdoor living spaces and complements beautiful yard landscaping.

Contemporary outdoor seating area with a stone firepit, Al Faya Lodge by AnArchitect, photo by Fernando Guerra

4. Outdoor bar

Outdoor bar furniture is a practical idea to save money on entertaining. You can enjoy your favorite drinks right in your garden. Outdoor bar furniture and creative accents create original and comfortable outdoor bars, perfect for enjoying the summer season outdoors.

Minibar, the wheel design

5. Festive outdoor lights

Outdoor lighting is beautiful and romantic. Hang a garland or use solar-power lights. Decorative and functional outdoor lights make the atmosphere incredibly festive and cozy. Even small spaces turn into bright and beautiful retreats at night, creating a place with an open-air cafe-like atmosphere.

Beautiful dining area with outdoor lights, wood furniture, plants

6. Hammock

Hammocks are ideal for those who like to nap outdoors. A few minutes of rest work wonders. Comfortable suspended beds are the best way to relax in the shade of trees and sleep a bit in the fresh air.

Colorful fabric hammock with throws and pillows

7. Sun loungers

Chaise longers provide excellent rest. These outdoor furniture pieces are comfortable and stylish. They create a feeling of a luxury resort, particularly when combined with a garden fountain and an umbrella.

A secluded outdoor seating area, a wooden lounger under a tree

8. Green accents for outdoor seating areas

Beautiful and original outdoor rooms increase home values. Modern furniture, lighting, flowering plants, and unique accents decorate outdoor seating areas with chic and style. Bring succulents and beautiful flowers, use attractive containers, and think about creating unique designs to brighten up and personalize your outdoor seating areas.

Original decorating with plants, recycling wood shutters for a miniature vertical garden

9. Outdoor curtains

Outdoor fabrics are fabulous decorating tools. Curtains make patios and gazebos look cozy and improve their functionality in summer. Making light curtains for your yard and creating more shade on your patio is fabulous, stylish, and inexpensive backyard ideas that enhance your outdoor rooms dramatically. Light white curtains are elegant and breezy. These outdoor decor accessories create comfortable shady oases, perfect for hot summer days.

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10. Outdoor showers and spa tubs

Outdoor showers and spa tubs are excellent investments. Water features bring chic into backyards and allow to create more comfort and beauty.

Outdoor bathtub surrounded by plants

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  by Ena Russ   

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