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Laundry Room Decor Ideas that Will Make You Actually Enjoy Doing Your Laundry

Laundry rooms can be dismal places, especially when they’re tucked into a dark, dreary basement. When not thoughtfully designed, these spaces can make you dread doing laundry. But, as a necessary life task, it’s worth the time and money to make your laundry room into a place that you actually enjoy.

But that’s where many people get stuck. What, exactly, goes into a good laundry room design other than a washing machine and dryer? Well, prioritizing functionality is key. You’ll want storage and surfaces that make laundry less of a chore. But you can’t spell functionality without FUN! As a small space in your home, this is a great place to make some daring and bold design decisions that takes this space from boring to oh-so-fun.

Want a breakdown of all the fun and functional design decisions you can make? Read on for laundry room decor ideas, with tips for making this a beautiful and practical space in your home! Whether your laundry room is in your basement, tucked away in a closet, in your mudroom, or in another nook of your house, these laundry room decor ideas will help you make the most of your space, no matter how large or small!

Laundry Room Appliances

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Ok, first things first. You can’t have a laundry room without a washer and dryer! Make sure you have a washer and dryer that works for your family’s needs. This is where you’ll have to make some decisions. Do you want side-by-side models or space-saving stacked appliances? High-efficiency (HE) or traditional? Front-load or top-load washer (with or without an agitator)? The options are endless—and what you choose depends entirely upon your needs and wants!

But beyond those decisions, you can also choose appliances that make a stylish statement in your space. Many new washer/dryer sets are quite stylish and come in fun colors beyond the typical white or stainless steel, and they’re design with sleek profiles. This lets you make more of a stylistic choice for appliances that jive with your laundry room decor, if you so desire.

Optional Add-Ons: Utility Sinks and Dog-Washing Stations

Want to take your laundry room to the next level? Add a utility sink. These deep sinks are a great place for pre-treating stains, hand-washing delicates, and even filling up a mop bucket or rinsing off muddy boots.

Do you have a dog? As long as you’re working with plumbing, you could also consider installing a dog-washing station. They’re kind of like mini showers without doors where you can more easily give your dog a quick bath! Just make sure the nearby walls and floors are tiled if you go for this add-on, since we all know that bathing dogs (and the subsequent shaking off that happens) leads to water flying everywhere! Tile is fine if it gets wet and is easy to clean up.

Laundry Room Floors

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It’s important to carefully consider your flooring choice for your laundry room. You’ll want to go with a practical material that’s waterproof (in case of any water leaks), easy to clean, and tolerant of high moisture and heat levels from your water and dryer. Our top recommendations are tile or vinyl flooring, as they’re both waterproof (if properly installed) and easy to clean. Concrete or waterproof laminate flooring are good secondary options.

Make a Style Statement

However, when choosing your laundry room flooring, you can go beyond the practical! Flooring, specifically if you opt for tile, is a great way to make a major style statement. Since laundry rooms tend to be smaller spaces, you have an opportunity to take bigger decor risks and add bold, stylish flooring. We love the look of intricate tile layouts, tiles with patterns, or a design of high-contrast black and white tiles. This is a simple, easy way to up your laundry room decor game!

 

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Laundry Room Walls and Storage

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Another great way to blend style and practicality in your laundry room decor is with your laundry room walls and storage.

First, it’s important to get practical and consider your storage needs. Hampers and baskets for clothes (dirty and clean) are an absolute must. You’ll also want a clothing rod place to hang clothes to dry, steam, or iron. It can also be nice to have a foldable clothes-drying rack. You’ll also want to have some storage spaces for your laundry soap and supplies, as well as irons, steamers, and other cleaning supplies. (A laundry room is a great place to store all of your household cleaning supplies!) For this storage, you can either have open, floating shelves or install a couple cabinets if you prefer closed storage.

Then, have some fun with your walls. Like any room, you can keep your walls simple with a neutral paint color that keeps your space light and bright. But, like your flooring, you can also use this surface to make a big statement. Adding patterned wallpaper or millwork can give your laundry room the extra pop of personality it needs to make it a stylish space where you enjoy spending time.

Designer Tip: When it comes to your flooring and wall treatments, choose one or the other to make a big design statement. If you go for patterned wallpaper and bold tilework, you may end up with a small space that feels visually overwhelming.

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To take your laundry room design to the next level, add thoughtful decorative accents throughout the space like you would in any other room of the house. On a practical level, if you have open shelving, the storage baskets or canisters you use can help make a stylish statement. You could also layer plants and simple decorative accessories on open shelves.

When it comes to laundry room decor, don’t neglect artwork! While laundry rooms may not be a space for showing off your favorite work of art, it’s nice to hang some playful or cheerful pieces of wall art to add some additional color and personality to your laundry room decor. This is also a great space for some themed signage! Laundry room artwork can hang on the wall or you could layer pieces into a small gallery on a floating shelf.

The lighting in this space is another way to add to the laundry room decor and design. Good overhead lighting will make the task of doing laundry easier, and you could also add sconces for directional lighting. With both of these lights, you can choose stylish fixtures that help add to the overall aesthetic of your laundry room decor.

One last piece of laundry room decor that’s often neglected is a padded (patterned!) rug in front of your washer and dryer for comfort and practicality. A padded rug will be easier on your feet and back when doing those endless loads of laundry. And if you have tiled floors, a rug will keep your feet warmer, especially in the winter! Pick a rug in a style and colorway that goes with the rest of your laundry room decor in either a 3×5 or a runner, depending on how much space you need to cover, then layer a thick rug pad underneath!

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DIY Outdoor Kitchen Ideas for Al Fresco Aficionados

When the weather is warm, there’s nothing quite so pleasant as eating dinners on the patio. But it can be a hassle to transfer food, plates, and utensils from your kitchen out to your outdoor dining space.

That’s why the real al fresco aficionados have an outdoor kitchen setup! For those who have a large outdoor space, they may have a full outdoor kitchen, while others will simply have a small serving area where they can stash their outdoor eating utensils. Either way, having an outdoor kitchen area to complement your dining space will really level-up your life.

And here’s the great news: it’s possible to design an outdoor kitchen on a budget—and even to install an outdoor kitchen on your own. Today, we’re sharing some tips on designing a low-budget DIY outdoor kitchen, plus sharing some DIY outdoor kitchen ideas for every skill level.

Essential Elements for Designing a Low-Budget DIY Outdoor Kitchen

Designing and installing a DIY outdoor kitchen on a budget? Here are some essential elements for any outdoor kitchen, with ideas on how to make it work on a budget.

Counters

For any countertops you’re installing in your DIY outdoor kitchen, opt for materials that are weatherproof, durable, and easy to clean for when you’re tackling food prep. Natural stone and concrete countertops are common choices for outdoor kitchens, and you could save even more money by opting for salvaged stone. To save on your budget even more, stick with a smaller countertop space.

Appliances

Exactly what appliances you’ll need will depend on what kind of outdoor kitchen you’re designing and how big it is. But here are the key elements we’d suggest:

  • A grill, griddle, smoker, or pizza oven for cooking meals outdoors
  • A beverage cooler or mini-fridge for keeping cold drinks close at hand
  • A sink for washing hands during food prep and washing up dishes after meals

Designer Note: Installing a sink will certainly add to your budget, so this is an easy one to skip if you’re going super low-budget on your DIY outdoor kitchen!

Storage

Storage for outdoor cooking and dining supplies is an absolute must. Ideally, you’ll have some cabinets and drawers for housing cooking equipment and dinnerware, serveware, and glassware, so they’re tucked away from the elements. (Uness your outdoor kitchen is partially enclosed—then you could get away with some open shelving!) It’s also nice to have hooks for utensils near your cooking station to keep things close-at-hand.

Custom built-in cabinets will be a higher-lift DIY and have a higher price point, while freestanding storage is a better option for low-budget DIY outdoor kitchens.

 

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DIY Outdoor Kitchen Ideas

Whether you’re a skilled DIY-er or a novice, there are DIY outdoor kitchen ideas for all skill levels! Here are our top three suggestions for a DIY outdoor kitchen, depending on what skills you have and how much space you have to work with.

Patio Kitchen

If you’re someone who loves to cook and eat outside on a daily basis, if you love to entertain, and if you live in a moderate climate, you may want to consider a full patio kitchen! This can include not just a grill, but a grill that’s “built-in” to surrounding cabinets and countertops, along with a sink, fridge, and plenty of storage space. You could even incorporate some bar seating.

Of course, for a full outdoor kitchen you’ll need utility hookups, as well as proper coverage so that the kitchen isn’t fully exposed to the elements. And if a lot of building is involved, be aware that you may need to pull permits! This is definitely the biggest, most involved DIY lift, so, only attempt if you have pro-level skills! Otherise, leave it to the professionals.

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Tips for Designing a Patio Kitchen

  • Include elements you’ll use the most, like a grill, a beverage fridge, and a sink. Just remember that outdoor kitchens are meant to be convenient, but they are smaller than a normal kitchen. So, you won’t have everything your normal kitchen has!
  • Incorporate closed storage for outdoor dinnerware, serveware, and flatware so that you don’t have to bring your normal indoor stuff outside.
  • Go easy on decor. With exposure to the elements, delicate decor and materials can get ruined! So, don’t decorate with anything too precious.

Outdoor Pizza Kitchen

Want something a bit simpler? Try a DIY outdoor pizza kitchen. All you need is a freestanding pizza oven and ideally some prep space and a drink fridge. (However, if you want to keep it really simple, you can prep pizzas inside, bring them out to cook, and serve drinks out of a cooler!)

This is obviously a great choice for those who love pizza—but it’s also great for entertaining. What friends don’t want to come over for woodfired pizzas and drinks?? And if you live in a climate where year-round outdoor dining isn’t possible, this is a great option that’s more than just a grill but can still easily be packed away for winter. And, of course, it’s not as expensive or involved as a full DIY outdoor kitchen.

DIY Difficulty Level: Intermediate

Tips for Designing an Outdoor Pizza Kitchen

  • Make sure you have the necessary surface space around the pizza oven for your cooking utensils and pizza stones. You may also want to consider adding a stone countertop as a place to prep your pizzas and set down and serve hot pizzas!
  • Install your pizza oven in a place with good circulation and low fire risk. Because of the heat and smoke pizza ovens generate, you don’t want the oven too close to where people sit or stand, or to be too near anything flammable.

Outdoor Serving Cart

Looking for a low-budget DIY outdoor kitchen that’s also easy to execute? Keep it simple with an outdoor serving cart. This is an inexpensive and easy outdoor kitchen set-up that can be the perfect complement to a grill or smoker. It can serve as a prep space to accompany a grill, then transform into a serving station as the food is being cooked.

And, if you opt for a serving cart on wheels (vs a stationary outdoor kitchen island) you can easily move it around or even move it to the garage when not in use to protect it from the elements. This is a great DIY outdoor kitchen option for rentals! And, because it doesn’t actually involve any building, it’s a DIY anyone can tackle! All you need is to stock your serving cart with your outdoor serving dishes and utensils, then load it up with food when you’re ready to entertain!

DIY Difficulty Level: Beginner

Tips for Designing an Outdoor Pizza Kitchen

  • Use a bar cart, outdoor rolling utility cart, or DIY a kitchen cart for your storage and serving needs
  • Include practical items, like shatter-proof glasses, durable melamine plates, napkins, and enamelware trays. By having an outdoor-specific kitchen and dining goods,  you don’t have to bring all of your indoor gear outside every time you want to eat outside. Plus, opting for more durable materials is simply better for outdoor dining!
  • Stock the cart with sturdy and durable storage pieces to house these kitchen items. Adding baskets and bins is a great way to maximize storage space on a lower shelf!

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Tips for Creating a Sleek, Chic Modern Patio Design

If your home interior has a modern design style, you’ll probably enjoy a modern patio design to match. But you might be curious about how to start creating your modern patio space. Well, we have some good news for you! With the right furniture shapes and materials, along with a couple of decorative elements and features, you’ll have a modern urban outdoor patio design in no time!

Below, we’ve outlined everything you need to create a stunning, sleek modern patio design. Plus, you’ll find plenty of modern patio design ideas along the way!

Modern Patio Furniture

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When it comes to patio furniture for a modern outdoor space, look for pieces with clean lines and sleek modular designs that prioritize functionality. So skip the ornate details and instead opt for clean, minimalist designs.

We’ll touch more on materials later, but here’s a high-level look: modern patio furniture like outdoor sofas, patio chairs, and dining tables tend to have either metal or wood bases (and if it’s wood, it’s probably teak or mahogany). Comfort will be added with boxy upholstered cushions. Accent furniture is often crafted from concrete or stone in modern patio designs.

In addition to furniture, you may also want to consider an indoor-outdoor rug to zone a seating or dining area and make the space a bit more welcoming. Simple natural-fiber rugs complement the clean lines of modern patio furniture and have an understated appeal. But, if you’d like something a bit bolder, you could also go with a graphic black and white print in a synthetic material!

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Modern Patio Color Palettes

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Color palettes for modern patio designs tend to be either high-contrast or monochromatic. But either way, you’re going to see a lot of neutrals. Think: black, white, gray, beige, and navy, with occasional pops of earth tones.

A high-contrast neutral look is great for furniture, which you can see in the designs and products we’ve selected above. Pieces with dark bases and light upholstery create an eye-catching modern look. If this color palette feels too cold, you can warm things up with natural wood tones in your furniture bases or decorative accents.

Modern Patio Materials

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When designing a modern patio, choosing furniture and decor in materials that will drive home that modern vibe is important. Look for sleek materials like concrete, stone, and metal. But don’t be afraid to warm things up a bit with wood or natural materials.

Metal and wood are great choices for the bases of your furniture—whether that’s an outdoor sofa, accent chairs, or a dining table. (If you choose metal, just make sure you have cushions for comfort!) Then, incorporate concrete, cement, and stone in your tabletops, outdoor planters, side tables, and tabletop accessories.

Lean into the metal and concrete if you want your modern patio design to have a more industrial look. And if you prefer an organic-modern style, lean into wood elements to warm up your space and try on some organic shapes to break up all the hard lines. You can also incorporate furniture made of natural materials if you want to lean a little into boho style for a modern boho patio.

Extra Features for Modern Patio Designs

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The right furniture will make your patio functional. But it’s the extra features and decor that will take it to the next level!

For a modern patio, consider adding either a water or fire feature. Look for rectangular stone fire pits with a gas range. Gas outdoor fire pits are more modern than a rustic, wood-burning fire pit and have a simple on-off feature too! Alternatively, you could opt for a water feature—whether that’s a zen and tranquil fountain or a sleek, relaxing hot tub.

Next, add some lighting for evening hangouts. Tabletop lanterns with candles are a great choice, and you can never go wrong with a string of cafe lights. But depending on your space, you could also add ground lighting, tiki lanterns, or spotlights for extra lighting or ambiance with a modern flair.

And, of course, an essential feature for any patio is greenery! Plants add life and natural color to your patio design, making your space feel more inviting. So incorporate a variety of well-maintained foliage—from small potted plants to potted trees. And make sure they’re potted in sleek, modern planters!

Modern Patio Layouts

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Opt for a more open layout for a modern patio design that invites people in. If your space is large enough to have multiple zones, keep each area open and flowing into the next. Consider a casual vibe with seating that faces each other (with a coffee table or fire pit in the middle). Or try a seating arrangement that creates a U-shape and is open to your backyard or a nice view. Whatever approach you choose, keep the design of your modern patio space minimalistic and uncluttered. A simple layout is best for a modern patio design!

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How to Create a Delightfully Eclectic Boho Patio Design

It’s just as important to think about your design style when designing an outdoor patio, porch, or deck as it is when designing an indoor space. After all, as an extension of your home, you want it to reflect your personal style.

But outdoor spaces also allow you to be a bit more adventurous in your design choices than in other parts of your home, since these tend to be totally separate spaces. One particular design style that’s quite popular for outdoor spaces is boho design.

What is Boho design?

Boho design is an eclectic, global-inspired style that consists of colorful patterns and layered materials. You’ll find an artful, eclectic mix of textiles and furniture styles, with an emphasis on natural materials. Overall, this is a casual style that prioritizes comfort and personal expression. This casual approachability lends itself well to outdoor spaces—which is why we love this style for boho patio designs.

If you want to design a boho patio, read on! We’ve rounded up some of our designers’ favorite boho patio furniture and decor, along with tips on what to look for when designing a boho patio space.

The Essentials: Boho Patio Furniture

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When designing a boho patio, you’ll want to consider how you want to use the space. Are you looking for a conversation area? An outdoor dining space? Or perhaps a mix of the two? The purpose of the space will help guide your furniture choices.

In general, for a conversation area, you’ll want an outdoor sofa, chairs or benches, a coffee table for the center of your space, as well as some side tables for people to set their drinks. For a dining area, you’ll want a dining table large enough for the groups you’d like to host, along with comfortable chairs.

But what styles and materials are best for boho patio furniture? Since boho design leans into natural materials and textures, that’s a big focus on boho patio furniture. Rattan and natural wood are the most popular choices for materials, along with other woven natural materials. But we also love the addition of concrete pieces for a modern industrial spin on boho design.

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Rattan Furniture

Rattan is about as boho as you can get when it comes to furniture. This natural material is a great choice for boho patio furniture like seating (both sofas and chairs), as well as accent furniture like side tables. However, it’s worth considering how exposed to the elements your furniture will be, since this material can fade in the sunlight and isn’t highly moisture-resistant.

If you love the look of rattan, specifically wicker rattan, but want something more durable, opt for wicker furniture made out of a synthetic resin, which will be more weather-friendly.

Natural Wood Furniture

Wood is a great addition to boho patio furniture. It has a natural feel that beautifully compliments rattan and other natural materials. Opt for wood furniture that has a global-inspired or eclectic vibe.

Woven Textile Furniture

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Layer in even more textures with additional woven furniture. Hammocks and hanging chairs have a casual air which helps drive home a boho vibe on your patio or porch.

Concrete Furniture

Concrete is a great material for coffee and accent tables or fire pits. Concrete beautifully compliments and accents the abundant natural materials in a boho patio design, while offering a modern industrial spin.

The Nice-to-Haves: Boho Patio Textures and Textiles

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Since a key tenet of boho design is layers of textures, patterns, and colors, then plenty of textiles is an absolute must. This will also make your boho patio design feel much more cozy, comfortable, and inviting.

Pillows and Throws

Throw pillows, oversized floor pillows, and blankets are excellent ways to add pops of color and textural layering to your boho patio. Look for textiles with global-inspired patterns and decorative accents like tassels and pom-poms, which have a very boho vibe.

Outdoor Rugs

Want to make your boho patio a bit more comfortable and welcoming? Layer an indoor-outdoor rug under your outdoor seating or dining area. Natural-fiber rugs made of jute, seagrass, and sisal rugs are great options for a boho vibe. But you could also opt for something with more color and pattern, like a Moroccan-inspired design or something with fringed edges!

Poufs

Poufs are a great small furniture piece that’s great for extra seating or use as a footrest! They’re easy to move around and also very kid and pet friendly. Opt for materials like jute, seagrass, cotton, or leather for a chis boho patio style. Simple styles with textural weaves are a great choice, but we also love global-inspired designs like shibori.

The Finishing Touches: Boho Patio Decor

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Once you have your furniture and textiles in place, you can add some finishing touches with extra decor! By adding plants and flowers, baskets, trays, and screens, you can add additional texture, color, and organization to your outdoor space!

Baskets and Trays

For any room, indoor or outdoor, baskets and trays are a great way to add stylish organization to your space. And for a boho patio in particular, this is a great way to drive home the boho style of your outdoor space. Incorporating baskets, bowls, and trays made of natural materials give you a place to corral blankets, magazines, drinks, and more!

Plants and Flowers

Is any patio complete without some greenery? For a boho patio, incorporate large, leafy tropical plants and flowers, as well as some tabletop accent plants. Succulents are a great choice for a boho patio. Worried about your plants getting too much sunlight—or not enough? You can always opt for faux plants for all the look without any maintenance!

Artistic Woven Textiles

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Incorporating some woven textiles into your boho patio’s decor is a great way to add a bit more texture and boho style to your porch. We like to do this with macrame hangings and plant holders, outdoor curtains (which offer privacy and a romantic vibe), and even woven pendants if you have a set-up for an overhead light.

Folding Screens

The use of folding screens on your boho patio or porch is a great way to add texture and an element of privacy to your space. Opt for screens made of carved wood, rattan, or caning to help drive home a boho vibe.

Lighting

You can’t have a good patio space without some lighting to help set the mood after the sun goes down! A mix of lanterns, string lights, and candles is the perfect way to add some cozy boho ambiance to your outdoor space.

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How to Choose the Right Style and Material for Your Patio Chairs

When designing an outdoor space be it a large or small patio, good seating is an absolute must. This is true whether you have a small patio or a large one, one that’s focused on lounging and conversation or used as an outdoor dining space. No matter the size or purpose, you’ll always need good seating.

But with so many options out there, how do you know where to begin when shopping for new patio chairs? When designing a patio, you want to consider the style of the space the same way you would with rooms inside your home. This can help you narrow in on specific patio chair styles and materials. You can then focus on finding patio chairs that reflect your design style while suiting the needs of your specific patio and finding chairs that can withstand the weather where you live.

Want to see what your options are when shopping for patio chairs? We’ve rounded up the most popular patio chair styles and materials to help you find the perfect furniture for your outdoor space!

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Patio Chair Materials

Will your patio furniture be exposed to a lot of direct sunlight or heavy rain? Are you looking for chairs that will last a decade or just suit your space for a year or two? And what comfort level are you looking for? Considering these questions will help you land on which patio chair material is right for your style and needs.

Wooden Patio Chairs

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A classic outdoor chair choice, wooden patio chairs are highly durable.  With the variety of wood types, stains, and shapes, wooden patio chairs can suit a variety of styles, from rustic and traditional to contemporary and modern. Teak is one of the most popular wood choices for outdoor furniture since it has all-weather capabilities and can withstand harsh weather while continuing to look beautiful. Acacia, eucalyptus, cedar, and cypress are other popular wood choices. Some wooden patio chairs are designed to be comfortable on their own, but many come with back and seat cushions for optimal comfort.

Metal Patio Chairs

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Metal patio chairs are a durable and sturdy choice. They’re typically made of aluminum and are powder-coated for durability. Aluminum is rust-resistant, which makes it a great choice if you live near saltwater, since that can corrode and oxidize other metals. This type of metal is also a fairly lightweight material, making metal patio chairs easy to move around. Steel is heavier and more resilient to high winds, but it does rust easily, so it’s important to choose stainless or galvanized steel for outdoor furniture. Overall, metal patio chairs are cost-effective, an ideal choice for someone looking for a modern or industrial vibe on a budget.

Rattan Patio Chairs

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Rattan furniture is made of durable natural rattan fiber strips that are woven together, often in a wicker style. This material can fade in the sunlight and isn’t highly moisture-resistant, so this material works best on a covered patio. Otherwise, you can simply cover them or bring them inside when not in use outside. Rattan patio chairs are classic in appearance and versatile so can suit a wide range of styles—from classic and contemporary to boho and modern. However, some people find it uncomfortable to sit on woven materials, especially if it’s a looser weave. Because of that, rattan patio chairs are often accompanied by a cushion for comfort.

Wicker Patio Chairs vs Rattan Patio Chairs: What’s the difference?

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Confused by the difference between wicker patio chairs and rattan patio chairs? We don’t blame you. Some people erroneously believe that these are different materials, while others think of them as two names for the same thing. But the truth is actually a bit more nuanced. While rattan is a natural material, wicker is actually a weaving method. Because of this, wicker furniture can be made out of rattan but it could also be made of synthetic materials. (Like plastic resin, which we mention below.) Plus, not all rattan furniture is woven in the wicker method. However, when rattan furniture is woven in a wicker method, pieces are often referred to as wicker rattan.

Plastic Patio Chairs

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Plastic chairs (which include recycled plastic, resin, and polymer) are durable and affordable, and they come in just about every shape and color. This makes plastic patio chairs a popular choice for many households—especially those with kids. Plastic resin is often made to resemble natural materials like wicker rattan and wood. While plastic sourcing and quality differ, many plastic patio chairs on the market today are made of recycled materials and are highly durable, resisting fading in the sun. Recycled plastics and resins are resistant to moisture, stains, mildew, and insects—plus, they won’t peel, crack, or fade. Talk about a low-maintenance material!

Patio Chair Styles

Having a design style in mind when designing your outdoor patio can help you figure out which chair shape and style you want to use on your patio. Below are four trendy patio chair styles.

Patio Egg Chair

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Egg chairs are an iconic piece of mid-century design. And in recent years, patio egg chairs, made of woven materials, have gained popularity. They’re comfortable and great for relaxing and reading. Plus, with the curved shape, you get both some privacy and sun protection! Some patio egg chairs are on legs, like the one above, while others are hanging designs.

Lounge Chairs

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One of the most popular types of outdoor chairs, lounge chairs are very comfortable and are a great choice for sitting back and conversing, lounging and reading, napping, or sunbathing. Most lounge chair styles have an adjustable back to allow for both sitting upright, lounging back, or laying down flat. This makes them popular chairs for pool decks! This is one of the patio chairs with the widest price range, going from affordable to high-end and luxurious.

Rocking Chairs

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Indoors or outdoors, rocking chairs are a true classic. A rocking chair is a great choice for comfortable and casual seating on a patio or porch. It’s a great chair choice if you enjoy sitting outside while you read!

Adirondack Chairs

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Adirondack chairs have been a popular choice for outdoor spaces for decades. Whether they’re made of wood, plastic, or metal, the style of this chair is incredibly sturdy and long-lasting. This is a popular patio chair style due to its comfort and stylistic versatility. It’s an excellent choice for sitting around a fire, enjoying drinks on the deck, or relaxing poolside.

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Everything You Need to Create a Stunning Patio Design

If you live somewhere that has an outdoor space, it’s worth investing time and money into designing it and maximizing its usability. After all, a nice deck, porch, or patio can serve as a beautiful extension of your home—one that you can use year-round in warmer climates!

But if you’re starting from scratch, the process of designing a patio can feel overwhelming. And to make your patio really sing, you’re going to need a lot more than just patio chairs and a table. In fact, great patio designs should be thought of as something between a living and dining space, with thoughtful details beyond the basic furniture to make it feel really special.

The great news is, you don’t have to embark on a patio overhaul on your own. With Modsy’s Renovation Design service, you can work with a renovation design expert to plan and visualize your patio designs before bringing it to life!

But if you just want to start wrapping your head around what a patio design involves, read on. We’ve put together a guide on everything you need to create truly beautiful and functional patio designs.

The Essentials: How to Decide the Best Layout and Use for Your Patio

When preparing to design a patio or other outdoor space, it’s important to first decide on the function you’d like it to have. Would you like to primarily use your patio as an outdoor dining area? Or perhaps you want it to be more conversation-focused, with a firepit or coffee table in the middle of a seating area? Deciding how you want to use your patio will help you land on the furniture and decor that you need to make your space work for your needs.

Essential Furniture for Dining-Focused Layouts

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A patio with a dining-focused layout is best for those who love to entertain and dine outdoors. To make this work, you’ll need a large table paired with sturdy chairs that can hold up to lots of use. You’ll also want to think about how durable and easy to clean your furniture is. Spills and inclement weather are inevitable; so, opt for synthetic wicker or treated wood, both of which are popular choices for outdoor dining furniture.

Essential Furniture for Conversation-Focused Layouts

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A patio geared toward conversation is perfect for those who like to host small gatherings and game nights. These layouts have the same idea as a conversational living room layout—but are simply designed outdoors rather than indoors! To make this happen, you’ll want to focus on conversational seating with comfy outdoor chairs and a sofa. Opt for styles that have cushions so you and your guests stay comfortable for hours on end. Make sure the cushions are washable and made in a fade-resistant and water-resistant material. It’s also helpful to have a coffee table for setting down drinks, laying out snacks, and playing cards. An outdoor pouf or ottoman is a great addition to your set-up as well, perfect as an extra seat or a footrest.

Essential Furniture for Mixed-Use Layouts

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Don’t want to choose between dining and conversation? Create a mixed-use layout, with two zones—one for lounging and conversation and another for dining. To bring this layout to life, be sure to include a table and chairs for meal-time. For extra variety, opt for lounge chairs rather than a chair and sofa set for your conversation area. Lounge chairs are great for laying out in the sun, but they can also offer a nice place to kick back, relax, and chat with friends. Just be sure to include some small side tables next to the chairs! This is a perfect layout for those who have larger outdoor spaces and can fit two separate zones on their patio.

Patio Nice-to-Haves: Water Features and Fire Features

Want to take your patio design to the next level? Include a water feature or fire feature. These can compliment the purpose and layout of your patio while also enhancing the visual design of the space. Scroll down to explore your options.

Fountains

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Want your patio to be a truly zen environment? A fountain might be the perfect add-on to your space. Bubbling and flowing water has a relaxing auditory sensibility, and they also promote feng shui in your outdoor space. Fountains are also relatively low maintenance and come in a variety of shapes and sizes. If you have a small patio, you could even get a tabletop fountain!

Ponds

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Ponds are a great choice for those who want to create a meditative outdoor space. They have a relaxing sensibility and can vary quite a bit in size and shape to suit the space that you have available. But they do require more upkeep than a fountain, especially if you choose to include fish in your pond.

Pools

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Pools are great for active households and for those who entertain. After all, is there anything quite as fun as a pool party in the summer? In-ground pools are a great choice for warm climates where you can maximize your use of this amazing water feature. They can add a lot of fun to outdoor gatherings, especially when kids are involved. But just know that they do require a great deal of maintenance, especially if you need to drain and cover them in the winter!

Fire Pits

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Fire pits are great for conversational seating areas on a patio, or off your patio in the backyard. There’s something really meditative about staring into a fire, and they somehow manage to help facilitate better conversation! But they’re also fun for family activities like making s’mores! Fire pits can be used year-round in warmer climates, and they’re a great way to extend patio season in colder environments. Just pair your fire pit with some blankets in cooler weather and you can still enjoy time outside! Fire pits can be large or small, built-in or freestanding, wood-burning or gas-powered. Essentially, anything you need!

If you want something more low-maintenance than a fire pit but like the idea of adding heat on cold evenings, you could instead opt for a simple outdoor heater.

The Patio Finishing Touches: Textiles, Accent Lighting, Foliage, and Garden Features

Once you have the big pieces in place, you can add extra style, personality, and ambiance to your patio with the finishing touches. Accent lighting like string lights and lanterns offer both ambiance and practicality for late-night dining and conversation. And potted plants and other foliage are a great way to add color and life to your patio!

Rugs and Pillows

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If you want to add a little extra hominess (and personality) to your patio, don’t skimp on the textiles. Indoor-outdoor rugs are a great addition to conversational patio layouts. They’re made to withstand the elements, and they keep your feet from having to rest on cold concrete or wood. And, in addition to the cushions that come with your outdoor furniture, consider adding a few outdoor pillows to add additional color, pattern, and comfiness to your seating area. And having a basket of blankets that you can bring outside is always nice for cool evenings!

Lanterns

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Lanterns are a classic and versatile lighting choice for patios. They can be electric or candlelit, plus you can find lanterns that sit on tabletops, as well as designs that can be hung or mounted, depending on your style and needs.

String Lights

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String lights are a fun, casual and in-expensive way to add lighting to your patio. We especially love cafe-style bulbs for patio lighting, but any sort of string light or twinkle light will do. They’re easy to hang up, and since they’re lightweight, they can be hung with adhesive or removable hooks, making it a great lighting solution for rentals.

Candles

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Candles are a simple and affordable way to add light and ambiance to your patio—no electricity required! They offer a soft, flickering glow, perfect for tabletop centerpieces or inside hanging lanterns! Some candles, like citronella-scented candles, can also be used to fend off mosquitos!

Potted Plants and Flowers

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Potted plants are a great way to add visual texture and diversity to your patio. You can spread them throughout your patio, with different plants in different places, depending on the amount of light they need to thrive. Sweet-smelling plants and flowers can also add an aromatherapy element to your patio; a live lavender plant near your seating area could be very calming and grounding! You could also include hanging potted plants or even add small potted plants to your outdoor dining table as a beautiful centerpiece.

Foliage

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If you want something a little larger than potted plants, opt for more significant foliage. Potted trees and large tropical plants—like palms, elephant ear plants, or birds of paradise—can offer a large visual design element to your patio design, as well as as offering small amounts of shade. If you want more significant foliage and shade, you could also plant trees around the outside of your patio.

Herb Gardens

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In addition to regular potted plants, it can be really nice to have a small herb garden on your patio—offering the beauty of green vegetation, plus a functional element for home cooks! While they can certainly be planted in a larger backyard gardening bed, it’s actually more functional to have them closer to your kitchen. You’ll be much more likely to run out to your patio for a handful of basil leaves than to trek out to the outer reaches of your backyard for a small handful of herbs. Having them close-at-hand will ensure you use them more often! Plus, having them near a seating area on your patio means you can enjoy the fresh, herbaceous scents they create!

What does your dream patio look like? What layout would you choose and what else would you include to finish off the design? We’d love to hear! And if you’re ready to embark on a patio redesign, our renovation design experts are here to help!

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