It’s official; summertime is here! I love this time of year because that’s when you have the chance to spend more time with your friends and family. Whether it’s celebrating your loved one’s special birthday, important holidays, or just darn right fun friends and family get-togethers.
One of the most popular spaces most families entertain in during the summer is the backyard patio, right? You break out the grill, food, drinks & games. In addition to that you, all pull out the patio furniture so that your friends and family have a space to relax and chat the night away reflecting on old and new memories.
I am sure that many of you are getting ready to get your outdoor space ready for just that, but… you have the following thoughts going on in the back of your mind. Such as how can I refresh this space to make it look new and inviting? Or you may be a new homeowner, and you are thinking, I need some inspiration to help you create the perfect outdoor oasis for you and your family?
Today I am excited to share with you 25 amazing outdoor entertaining spaces that will inspire you to create the perfect oasis for your new home or help give ideas to refresh your current situation.
1. Intimate Conversations
Are you looking to create a space made for private conversations with your friends and family? Well here is an area the will inspire you to do just that. I love how this space was designed with the use of the four neutral rattan club chairs accented with a clean and simple baby blue toss pillows. Do you see how the chairs are placed in a circle format? This will draw your guests together for a long evening of fun and laughter. In addition to this space, I adore the additional accents of the lime green garden table that can be used as a side table for drinks and I also love the colorful potted plants.
2. Maximize Seating with Sectionals
If you are looking to maximize the amount of seating in your outdoor space, then a sectional is a perfect choice! In the patio shown above, you are only able to seat four people. However, with a sectional like the Cannes Collection showed below you are given the flexibility to lounge by the poolside with two people or comfortably seat 4-6 people for a fun-filled night. Don’t forget to add a coffee table for it will give your guests a place to sit drinks or play a fun board game after a long summer swim at the pool.
Source: Cannes Sectional
3. Lounge & Relax in the Sun
Do you have a pool and are looking for ideas to create the perfect poolside oasis? How about pairing some cozy neutral club chairs with ottomans for a fun day basking in the sun. The Cannes Club Chair Collection gives you the ability to do just that in a beautiful and elegant style. You can also add a side table with elegant orchids to provide your outdoor oasis that “spa” touch. Not to mention, a great place to sit down those summertime sangrias.
Source: Cannes Club Chair Collection
4. Dinner and a Movie
Now, this is an impressive space to entertain your friends and family. Just imagine a chilly summer night with the fireplace roaring, a fun family movie playing outdoors while you are dining on your beautiful farmhouse-inspired patio set. I love the mix of the rustic wooden table mixed with the charm of the rattan chair. In addition to the beautiful table, I love how color is introduced with the turquoise dinnerware. By the way. Did you notice the seating area in front of the dinner table? Perfect!
5. Hidden Outdoor Oasis
Do you have a beautiful outdoor space, but you barely enjoy it because it is too hot and the sun rays are glaring? Well, I just had to share this beautiful space from Centsationalgirl. I love the neutral patio set and how she styled it with colored tossed pillows. I also enjoy the element of nature brought in with the use of potted plants. Lastly, and most importantly I am impressed with her creation of the instant shade by the use of painters tarp purchased from Lowes. What a great way to enjoy your space and also create an element of privacy too!!
6. Cocktails By The Fire
What a great space that brings the kitchen, bar and the ambiance of the fireplace together! If you are blessed to have ample space to entertain, then you can create different zones for your guests. I am in love with the conversation area by the fireplace and the fireplace…such a beautiful focal point to create your seating around. Then to the right, you have additional seating by the kitchen for guests to enjoy cocktails and conversations with the chef of the hour.
7. Small Beautiful Spaces
Sometimes apartment living can limit the amount of outdoor entertainment space, but don’t let that stop you from creating your oasis. I love how this blogger utilized the storage unit as the additional seating of decorative pillows on top. Then I like the simple use of a shower curtain rod to hold extra colorful toss pillows to give their guest comfort. Lastly, you will see a small bistro table with two chairs for more seating.
8. No Patio? No Problem
Most people think that they must have a designated patio area to create a space to entertain. That is false. You can create your outdoor space anywhere in your yard. Just like this photo below, you can find a shaded area in your yard and build your space from theirs. I love how this homeowner defined the space with a bold blue and white patterned rug. Then they added a neutral sectional by Canyon adorned with pops of green and blue toss pillows. I adore the coffee table with the additional hidden seating to accommodate other guests. Lastly, they added the cute lanterns with the candles inside to create a bit of glowing radiance at night. Gorgeous space!
Source: Canyon Sectional
9. Color Play With Blues
10. Clean, Crisp Coastal Views
If you are fortunate enough to have a gorgeous porch with the coastal view to go with it, then you will love this space below. I love how clean, crisp and bright this outdoor furniture looks with the white chair cushions against the naturally toned rattan chairs.
For added relaxation, each chair has an ottoman that you can stretch out and soak up the clean breeze from the oceanfront. Instead of using the traditional side tables you will notice the use of the rustic trucks used. Finally, to complete the look, you will see the beautiful clear vases filled with summer greens. Just beautiful and breathtaking!
11. Adding A little Sparkle
Getting ready for a fun celebration? How about adding a bit of sparkle to the photo below. Merely adding a few stands of lighting creates a beautiful ambiance for your guests at your next dinner party. If I were a guest at this party, I would be ready to dive right in and enjoy the views of the gorgeous party furniture and the decor created in this space.
12. Feeling a Bit Patriotic
Do you have white outdoor furniture and you are looking for ways to jazz it up a bit? Well, if you are feeling a bit patriotic, then the space below will inspire you. Look at how amazing this space looks with the burst of red, white and blue cushions and toss pillows! I love how they mixed in printed toss pillows from geometric, floral and even polka dots. How fun!! In addition to that, I love how this blogger added colorful red flowers, mini bistro set and the cute birdhouse for added interest to the eye.
13. Simple and Chic
Are you color shy? Playing it safe with neutral tones is the way to go. I love neutral-toned furniture because it is timeless and will never go out of style. Just like in this beautiful set from Restoration Hardware everything is simple, clean and comfortable look to the eye. From the neutral tone furniture to the gray tone toss pillows this space feels calm. To enhance the look and feel of this area greenery is a must because it brings life from the earth layer with metal like lanterns that will illuminate this space at night.
Source: Restoration Hardware
14. Keeping it Simple
Maybe you are not into having a patio set adorned with a thousand pillows, and that’s okay! Keeping it simple at times is a great way to refresh you outdoor space. Like in the photo below, the area is clean and straightforward. The only element added is a simple bouquet of flowers and a bottle of wine for a fun afternoon with the girls by the poolside.
Source: Tangkula Ratan
15. Cheerful & Colorful Space
On the other hand, if you love color, then this patio collection is for you! The Member’s mark Carnaby collection is just that. I love how plush the palm green colored cushions look on this dark-toned all-weather and hand-woven wicker set. Such a great contrast! In addition to that the swivel glider chairs are perfect for your guest to relax and enjoy the sun. Lastly, a coffee table is a must, and this coffee table offers ample room for serving food, drinks, and additional storage for books and games.
Source: Member’s Mark Carnaby
16. Cozy Up Your Space
You may already have the outdoor space of your dreams, but know what? How about layering on some throw blankets for the cool summer nights. Just imagine having a cup of coffee, an excellent book to read, and peace. You’ve just created your outdoor sanctuary that is embellished with lanterns with lit candles for hours of relaxation.
17. Bright & Cheerful
This cheerful space below just makes me HAPPY!! I love the neutral-toned cushions that are affixed to the sturdy and robust wicker, but with the addition of the orange-colored accents made my day! From the orange flowers on the coffee table that is accented with the organic wooden trays to beautiful orange garden stools, this space screams fun times with your friend and family.
Source: New England Home
18. Farmhouse Inspired Cabana
Are you maybe on a budget and looking for a way to re-purpose your existing patio collection and garden tools you have around your home? Well. You have got to check out this space from Centsationalgirl. I love how she re-purposed her existing outdoor furniture with new plush cushions. For the side tables believe it or not they are merely wine barrels turned upside down adorned with beautiful lanterns and greenery. How cool is that! Lastly, she scored this fantastic trunk from a thrift store and redesigned it to what you see in the photo. Just Beautiful!
19. Master Suite Retreat
Do you have a 2nd-floor master bedroom retreat? If you are fortunate to have a private space of your own, then check out this retreat from Garden & Gun. Since this is a master retreat, I love that there are two areas to lounge. From the sectional with loads of toss pillows to the Chaise lounge that is perfect for getting cozy with your favorite book.
Source: Garden and Gun
20. French Country Chic
This space screams french country from the mixtures of different patterns fabrics utilized in the drapes and toss pillows to the distressed decor of the mirror and intricate detail of the coffee table. I love the neutral all-weather wicker sectional with the accent of the club chair.
Now, to make this space more amazing, I love how this homeowner accented the ceiling with the stained planked wood and introduced elements of stonework on the fireplace. Lastly, the cherry on top is that beautiful chandelier that adds elegance to this outdoor area.
Source: Houston Culture Map
21. Clean & Modern Touch
How sleek is this space? The construction of the fireplace is very linear and modern. The color is very clean and smooth to the eye with the gray tones. Usually, I am not a fan of see-through wicker, but this style has me blown away. I love the element of texture this style provides for it creates interest in this space. If you are one for clean and modern, then this look will inspire you.
22. Contemporary Classic
What a bright and cheery space. The construction of the patio is already bright and clean with the white bead-board ceiling accented with an elegant metal candle chandelier. Then there is an element of warmth added with the rattan wicker furniture. However, the cushions and toss pillows are kept neutral to keep that clean look. Lastly, I love how this homeowner created a conversational space by setting the furniture in a basic square format. This makes conversation easy, game playing fun, and simple access to drinks and treats.
Source: At Home Arkansas
23. Charming & Relaxing Swing
How fun is this space! I don’t know about you, but if this were my outdoor retreat, I would swing here for hours! I love the mixtures of metal, and various textures of wood, very pleasing to the eye. In addition to the texture, I adore the mix of the soft blue & linen colored toss pillows accented with the bold pattern of the chevron rug.
Source: 1001 Gardens
24. Just The Two of Us
You can’t tell me that the red colored cushions are not eye-catching! I love how this homeowner went bold with the cushion color and kept the wicker warm and rich in color. As a result, I am drawn in and want to relax and cozy up with my hubby, how about you? They even kept the accent rug warm and added a side table with a simple lantern with greenery to complete their outdoor oasis.
25. Summer Getaway by the Fire
You don’t have to live on the coast to have this luxury, why not create this look in your very own backyard! However, if you are blessed to have the great outdoors like this, then go for it!! By now, you already know how much I love sectionals! They provide ample space for your guests and the Echo Beach collection by pier1 does just that!
This collection is modular which gives you the flexibility to rearrange your seating according to your entertaining needs. I love how this photo is styled below with the pops of navy and white toss pillows, ottoman with a tray for serving yummy drinks, and lanterns ready for instant lighting at night time. Not to mention I love the addition of the fire pit for added warmth on the cold summer nights. Beautiful space to inspire.
Okay, friends, I hope that this post has inspired you to either refresh your existing outdoor space or if you are in the process of creating one you are filled with ideas to get started. I know I have been inspired and can not wait to build that space in our existing home for next summer. Until then have a great day.