Looking for new ways to spruce up your space this season? Outer has 10 cozy patio ideas that are sure to bring comfort and warmth to your outdoor space, no matter the time of year.
In this article, we’ll explore some simple and creative solutions for always keeping that intimate feeling in your yard. From finding cozy colors to functional decor, there are many ways to build your backyard oasis.
10 Cozy Patio Ideas You’ll Love
Let There Be Light
How you decide to light up your space will depend on the type of ambiance you’d like to create. Want your paths and walkways to guide guests through the yard, day or night? Landscape lights are the perfect way to add comfort when the sun goes down.
These lights are offered in a variety of path lights and floodlights. Depending on your preference, you can keep them low or aim them up to illuminate more of your space.
String lights also add coziness to your yard. Try hanging a few lines of these outdoor bulbs around your patio’s perimeter to create a feeling of warmth within the area. Or you can try staking a few tiki torches to help everything feel perfectly intimate.
Pro Tip: Consider citronella tiki torches for a stylish, practical, and functional ambiance. They’ll look great, and, especially when paired with our Bug Shield Blankets, they’ll also help keep mosquitoes away!
Need something to light up your nights and excite your guests? Our Fire Pit Table offers an innovative and comfortable way to extend your outdoor season by keeping everyone warm and snug around the fire.
Adding the Outer Fire Pit Table to your patio’s setup provides more than just light and warmth. The reversible cast iron griddle serves as a heat source and a cooking surface, so no one has to leave the party to cook dinner when everyone starts to get hungry.
We love the look of this table with sleek aluminum, but it’s thoughtfully designed to complement any style in the Outer collection. Even the propane cover doubles as a side table that’s beautiful enough to stand on its own.
Set Up Space For Movie Nights
Lights, camera, movie time! Making room for outdoor movie nights isn’t just a comfortable way to spend your Friday evening; it’s also super easy.
Here’s what you need to get your movie night started:
First, make sure you have enough space to seat all of your fellow moviegoers. Choosing an 8-Seat U-Sectional gives everyone room to get cozy and relax.
Next, you’ll need a home theater projector. Some projectors have built-in audio, but plugging in a couple of speakers for that surround-sound experience will really mimic the feeling of being in the cinema.
What’s a trip to the movie theater without popcorn? Don’t forget the snacks! It’s that simple, and your guests won’t be able to get enough of your outdoor movie nights with good company and soft blankets.
How could you forget the most comfortable part of any movie night? Having the right blankets is the ultimate way to make sure everyone is wrapped up and cozy.
The best blanket options for spending time outside will be lightweight, soft to the touch, and durable enough for long nights outdoors. Our Bug Shield Blanket brings all of these elements together. Bonus: It helps repel mosquitoes using Insect Shield® technology.
Choose Cozy Colors
What makes a color feel cozy? These varying shades are typically warmer, saturated tones that give off a feeling of comfort and safety.
They’re the colors that make you want to lounge by the fire with a light blanket and a good book. Popular cozy colors include reds and golds, but many neutral shades provide that sense of warmth, too.
For example, the Dark Pebble Gray cushion option offered with the new White Aluminum Collection contrasts a cool matte white with a warm shade of gray.
Hang Out In A Hammock
We get it — sometimes, even the most comfortable furniture can’t give you that cozy feeling you’re after. When you need something that sways the stress away while you watch the clouds, try adding a hammock.
With so many different types of hammocks ranging in sizes and materials, you’re sure to find one that works best for your space.
Rope hammocks are one of the most popular options due to their quality build, support, and durability, but you can also find quilted, fabric, woven, or even camping hammocks that fit with the look of your yard.
Bring Your Guests Together
Before you buy outdoor furniture, it’s important to consider how many people you’ll typically be seating. Once you have this answer, you’ll be able to find something to comfortably seat your guests.
For larger groups, U-sectionals help spread things out without making everyone feel like they’re too far apart. Paired with an Outdoor Coffee Table, it’s the ideal setup for game nights or an evening of cocktails and conversation.
If you’re only seating a few people at a time, then a 4-seat Aluminum Outdoor Loveseat with Armless Chairs helps you do a lot with a little. Whether it’s date night or family night, you can easily reconfigure your arrangement to make sure everyone feels right at home.
Make Your Space Modular
Speaking of reconfiguring your space, don’t limit your desire to freshen the look of your patio with furniture that isn’t functional. Your space is the most comfortable when you can arrange things exactly how you want them.
The best way to do this is to choose modular furniture. These styles are designed to accommodate endless configurations and additional seating without having to mix and match sofa options for that perfect fit.
At Outer, for example, a Teak Outdoor Sofa with Armless Chairs can transition from a five-seat sofa to three armchairs and a loveseat with minimal effort.
Want to choose exactly how your furniture is arranged for your unique space? We make it easy to build your own seating so your patio matches your vision without any compromise.
Grow Your Garden
Warmer colors like orange or charcoal can give your space an intimate feel, but green is the color that keeps on giving. Literally!
Using the space around your patio to grow an edible garden means you never have to travel too far to get salad fixings and burger toppings. Whether it’s vine tomatoes, radishes, squash, hot peppers, or zucchini, your produce also adds a soft and brilliant aesthetic to your yard.
For the best year-round crops, consider veggies like lettuce greens, herbs, and kale. And if tending to the garden isn’t your speed, there are a variety of low-maintenance plants, like peonies and liriope, that require little attention while adding a lot of comfortable colors.
Complete Your Look With An Outdoor Rug
Jeff Bridges said it best in The Big Lebowski: “The rug really tied the room together.”
A surefire way to complete any space is with a stylish rug. Choosing the right option can add a pop of color, help continue the flow of neutral shades, or add a unique design or texture.
At Outer, our 1188 Eco-Friendly Rugs have every element to create a foundational piece that is neutral enough to match your style without being boring.
Our rugs are also durable against the elements and made with recycled plastic soda and water bottles to lighten our overall environmental impact. And they look and feel fantastic while encouraging responsible outdoor living.
For us, this means that every decision is made with future generations and our beautiful planet in mind. We share a passion for enjoying the world around us, and we’re committed to protecting this playground that brings us so much joy.
Lounge On Premium Comfort
Finally, what better way to give your patio the comfort and coziness it deserves than making sure your outdoor furniture has the world’s most comfortable cushion?
The multi-layer memory foam we use in our cushions provides luxurious comfort typically found in premium mattresses. Sitting on an Outer sofa feels just like you're sitting on a cloud.
Plus, you can rest easy knowing that the mayhem of outdoor life won’t ruin your furniture. Our hand-sewn, life-proof fabric protects against everything life can throw its way. Kid and pet messes, weather, and spills don’t stand a chance!
Don’t believe us? Check out our spill test to see just how ready our furniture is to withstand dirt and debris like it’s nothing.
Find Cozy Patio Ideas At Outer
Cozy shouldn’t be just for the fall season. With our cozy patio ideas, you can keep comfort going outdoors all year long.
From outdoor blankets to functional fire pits and an endless range of modular options, we hope this guide gives you plenty of new ways to add warmth to your space and make memories that last a lifetime!