25 Amazing & Inspiring Outdoor Spaces


It’s official, summer time 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 ones special birthday, major 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 back yard 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 in order to make it look new and inviting? Or you may be a new homeowner and you are thinking… I need some inspiration in order 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 intimate conversations with your friends and family? Well here is a space the will inspire you to do just that. I love how this space is created with the use of the 4 neutral rattan club chairs that are accented with a clean and simple baby blue toss pillows. You see how the chairs are placed in a circle format? This will draw your guests together for long evening a fun and laughter. In addition to the 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.

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Source: Beneathmyheart.net

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 4 people. However with a sectional like the Cannes Collection shown below you are given the flexibility to lounge by the poolside with 2 people or easily sit 4-6 people for a fun filled night. Don’t forget to add a coffee table. This will also your guest to have a place to sit drinks or play a fun board game after a long summer swim at the pool.

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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 in order to give your outdoor oasis that spa touch. Not mention, a great place to sit down those summertime sangria’s.

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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 cool 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 noticed the seating area in front of the dinner table? Perfect!

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Source: Livingonvirginiastreet

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. The mix of solid and prints are so chic. 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!!

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Source: Centsationalgirl

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 a large space to entertain then you are able to 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.

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Source: WarmOjo

7. Small Beautiful Spaces

Sometimes apartment living can limited the amount of outdoor entertainment space, but don’t let that stop you from creating your own oasis. I love how this blogger utilized the storage unit as additional seating of decorative pillows on top. Then I love simple use of a shower curtain rod to hold additional colorful toss pillows in order to give their guest comfort. Lastly, you will see a small bistro table with two chairs for more seating.

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Source: Forrent.com

8. No Patio? No Problem

Most people think that they must have a designated patio area in order to create a space to entertain. This is totally 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 their. I love how this homeowner defined the space with a the 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 hidden additional seating in order to accommodate additional guests. Lastly, they added the cute lanterns with the candles inside in order to create a bit of glowing radiance at night. Gorgeous space!

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Source: Canyon Sectional

9. Color Play With Blues

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Source: Thepinkpagoda

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 natural toned rattan chairs. For added relaxation each chair has a ottoman that you can stretch out and soak up the clean breeze from the ocean front. Instead of using the traditional side tables you will noticed 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!

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Source: Casetreschic

11. Adding A little Sparkle

Getting ready for a fun celebration? How about adding a bit of sparkle like the photo below. Simply adding a few stands of lighting creates a wonderful ambiance for your guests at your next dinner party. If I was 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.

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Source: SavySouthernStyle

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 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 bird house for added interest to the eye.

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Source: Midwestliving

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 easy 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.

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Source: Restorationhardware

14. Keeping it Simple

Maybe your 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 simple and clean. 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.

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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 a 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 gliders chairs are perfect for your guest to relax and enjoy the sun. Lastly, a coffee table is a must and this coffee table offer ample room for serving food, drinks and additional storage for books and games.

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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 awesome book to read, and peace and quiet. You’ve just created your outdoor sanctuary that is embellished with lanterns with lit candles for hours of relaxation.

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Source: DigsDigs

17. Bright & Cheerful

This cheerful space below just makes me HAPPY!! I love the neutral toned cushions that is affixed to the strong and sturdy 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.

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Source: New England Home

18. Farmhouse Inspired Cabana

Are you maybe on a budget and looking for a way to re-purpose you 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 simply wine barrels turned upside down adorned with beautiful lanterns and greenery. How cool is that! Lastly, she scored this amazing trunk from a thrift store and redesigned it to what you see in the photo. Just Beautiful!

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Source: Centsationalgirl

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 and are unsure what to do with it then check out this retreat from Garden & Gun. Since this is a master retreat I love that there are two areas to lounge in. From the sectional with loads of toss pillows to the Chaise lounge that is perfect for getting cozy with your favorite book.

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Source: Garden and Gun

20. French Country Chic

The space definitely screams french country from the mixtures of different patterns fabrics utilized in the drapes and toss pillow to the distressed decor of the mirror and intricate detail of the 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 home owner accented the ceiling with the stained planked wood and introduced elements of stone work on the fireplace. Lastly, the cherry on top is that beautiful chandelier that adds elegance to this outdoor area.

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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 to this space. If you are one for clean and modern then this look will inspire you.

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Source: Instagram

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 in order 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.

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Source: At Home Arkansas

23. Charming & Relaxing Swing

How fun is this space! I don’t know about you but if this was 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 mixed of the soft blue & linen colored toss pillows accented with the bold pattern of the chevron rug.

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Source: 1001 Gardens

 24. Just The Two of Us

You can’t tell me that the red colored cushions is 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.

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Source: Lowes

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 cool summer nights. Beautiful space to inspire.

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Source: Pier1

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 in order to get started. I know I have been inspired and can not wait to build that space in our existing home for next summer. Once that project gets started rest assure I will share with you all the journey to creating our very own outdoor oasis. Until then have a great day.

Natasha Hopkins

Natasha is very down to earth and compassionate person that lives for sharing content as it is relates to making your home life a joyous place to be. She loves sharing home decorating tips & tricks, home decor resources, and yummy recipes to enjoy with your family. Additionally she is very passionate about sharing talented writers that is just as passionate about home life, design and decor and simple living with her audience.