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11 Ideas For Patio Accessories To Liven Up Your Outdoor Space

11 Ideas For Patio Accessories To Liven Up Your Outdoor Space

Your patio isn’t just an afterthought or an extra space in your house. It’s a place to gather, rest, relax, feast, and laugh. And with the right patio accessories, you can make it inviting and welcoming.

If you’re at a loss for what accessories to choose to spice up your patio or deck, stick around. In this article, we’ll give you 11 ideas for patio accessories to fit your style that will make your space come alive. Let’s jump in.

11 Ideas For Patio Accessories

1) Patio Furniture

Cushion weather cover
Outer Wicker Outdoor Loveseat

To make your patio an inviting and comfortable place to be, start with the basics: patio furniture. There are a variety of options to choose from. Here are a few ideas to get you started:

For cozy, intimate seating, outfit your patio with a loveseat, like the Outer Wicker Outdoor Loveseat, which is available with cream or gray fabric cushions that are fade-proof, stain-resistant, water-resistant, and easy to clean.

For a larger patio, a sectional couch might fit the bill. Our Wicker Outdoor U Sectional seats six people on comfortable, memory foam cushions. And the all-weather wicker is handwoven using a special technique by our master artisans that results in a durable weave.

To enjoy a coffee on your patio, kick back at a sleek and sophisticated table and chair set, like our Teak Outdoor Coffee Table with a Teak Outdoor Armchair Conversation Set.

2) Fountain

Fountains make great patio accessories

For as practical as tables and chairs are, fountains are at the other end of the practicality spectrum. They might not be useful, but fountains are certainly lovely to look at and so relaxing. A fountain is one patio accessory that can really change the feel of your space for the better!

Here are a few ideas to get your creative juices flowing:

  • A small, table-top fountain
  • A sleek, modern rectangular fountain
  • A stone fountain inspired by nature itself
  • A birdbath fountain
  • An artistic, tiered fountain

Big or small, natural-looking or clean-cut, there is a fountain to fit your style.

3) Patio Bar Or Serving Cart

Here at Outer, we’re all about taking your life outside. And what’s better than spending a summer evening outdoors sipping on a drink and enjoying the company of your friends?

Adding a patio bar or serving cart to your outdoor space will make serving drinks a breeze. Go for a bar complete with stools, or choose a smaller serving cart where you can store beverages, mixers, glasses, and the like.

4) Umbrella

Patio umbrella and patio furniture on a water front patio

To add cool shade to an otherwise sunny patio or deck, look no further than an umbrella. An umbrella that goes in the center of your table is a good choice, or you can offer shade for your couch or armchair with a stand-alone umbrella.

The right umbrella can be both practical and aesthetically pleasing, adding a special touch to the look and feel of your patio.

5) Fire Pit

When it comes to inviting patio accessories that change both the look and feel of your space, we think fire pits and fire tables take the cake.

Just like most other patio accessories, there are different styles of fire pits and fire tables to meet your needs. First of all, you can choose your fire pit based on your preferred fuel: wood, propane, gel fuel, or natural gas.

Secondly, you’ll choose between a fire pit, fire bowl, fire column, fire table, chimney, campfire, or a sunken pit that fits into your deck or the earth in your backyard. And that’s just to name a few of the options and designs.

We crafted the Outer Fire Pit Table to be the center focal point of your outdoor furniture, keeping you warm and adding an elegant touch to your patio at the same time. Use it during cool summer nights and cold winter days (or anytime!) to cook up something delicious on the Hibachi grill.

6) Plants

Even the smallest patio accessories can make a big difference. And plants come in all shapes and sizes. You’ve already got mother nature surrounding you when you’re outside, but why not add some curated potted plants to your patio scene?

Depending on your patio’s theme and style, you can go with big pots, small pots, pretty flowers, leafy green plants, wall-mounted planters, cacti or succulents, hanging baskets, and so much more. The plant possibilities are endless.  

Another option is to keep a vase full of fresh flowers on your outdoor table.

7) Pillows

Pillows are great patio accessories
Outer Outdoor Throw Pillows

Just as throw pillows complete the look of your living room or bedroom, they’ll also add the perfect touch to your outdoor living space. Add pillows for comfort as well as style.

Our Throw Pillow Collection provides three different sizes of pillows as well as nine patterns, and we encourage you to mix and match to add warmth and color.

These comfortable and durable pillows are fade-, stain-, and water-resistant, and the covers are easy to remove, so washing them is a cinch. And the fill material is made with recyclable materials, while the insert and pillow covers are made with recyclable solution-dyed Olefin for colors that won’t fade.

8) Blankets

The right outdoor blanket can enhance your and your guests’ outdoor experience  — especially when your blanket also shields you from pesky bugs. That’s what you’ll get with Outer Bug Shield Blankets.

These lightweight throw blankets are made with our invisible and odorless Insect Shield®️ technology, which is proven to repel pesky mosquitoes, ticks, fleas, flies, ants, chiggers, and no-see-ums.

We created this blanket to be lightweight so you can get comfortable all year long. But we also want you to feel safe. The Insect Shield®️ was given the most favorable and lowest-risk rating by the EPA and is approved for use by pregnant women, children, and pets.

Our Bug Shield Blankets are also made with 100% recycled fibers, giving existing materials a second life. Choose from three different patterns (houndstooth, pinstripe, and plaid) to fit your look.

With less time spent worrying about annoying pests, you have more time to sit back and relax with friends and family.

9) Outdoor Lighting

Friends gathering for dinner on outside patio table

If you’ve ever been under the enchantment of twinkling lights on a warm summer night, you’ll know that the right lighting can make a space something magical. This is why we think outdoor lighting is on the must-have list of patio accessories.

Lighting comes in all shapes and sizes, from string lights to ceiling lights, candles to lanterns.

10) Mirrors

You might think of mirrors as an indoor accessory, but they also do wonders to liven up your outdoor living space. They can be used to make your area look bigger and reflect the beautiful green and blue hues of the great outdoors.

Keep in mind that mirrors don’t always have to be hung on a wall. To add interest, a large mirror can sit on the floor or a table as long as it’s placed correctly and safely. Of course, you can always hang a stylish set of mirrors if you have an accessible wall in your space.

11) Rugs

Wicker patio furniture with an aluminum coffee table
Outer Aluminum Coffee Table

The last on our list of great patio accessories: an outdoor rug. We started by mentioning patio furniture like tables and chairs, and we’ll finish with rugs — the perfect accessory to go under your furniture and the unsung hero of comfortable, stylish outdoor spaces.

Outer Outdoor Rugs have a neutral look to ensure that they fit within your decorating style, yet are attractively designed with a subtle texture and understated herringbone pattern. Plus, they’re eco-friendly to lessen our impact on the earth we love.

In fact, we use 100% recycled PET plastic bottles to make each rug, which not only gives plastics a second life but also lends to the rug’s overall durability. PET plastics are naturally stain-resistant, retain color, and won’t fade in sunlight or after a harsh cleaning.

Last but not least, these rugs are easy to clean because it’s just a fact of life that outdoor rugs get dirty in no time.

Spruce Up Your Space With Patio Accessories

Aluminum patio furniture
Outer Aluminum Outdoor Armchair Conversation Set

You’ve read about several ideas for patio accessories to add life, color, warmth, and character to your outdoor living space. Now, it’s time to get to work!

Once you have chosen the perfect patio furniture — like Outer’s Wicker Outdoor Loveseat or Teak Outdoor Armchair Conversation Set — accessorize with Throw Pillows, mirrors, potted plants, Blankets, and lighting. Add a fountain, fire pit, or patio bar to bring your space to the next level.

We have no doubt that with the right planning and the perfect accessories, your patio will turn into a special outdoor space where you, your family, and your friends will enjoy spending hours on end.