Patio Decorating Ideas: A Modern Chic Patio Refresh

Article Posted By: Tobe Reed

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Patio Decorating Ideas: A Modern Chic Patio Refresh

It’s amazing what just a few new cushions, an outdoor rug, and some rearranging can do to make a patio look new again.

We loved the casual, eclectic patio designer Tobe Reed created for our Patio Style Challenge series. Tobe writes about the continuing improvements to her beautiful home on Because It’s Awesome, and we wanted to see what she might do to give her patio a bit of a refresh.

Her patio decorating ideas are so simple, but, as you’ll see, they are so very effective.  

I had a great time putting our outdoor space together last spring, and welcomed the opportunity to give it a refresh with this year’s Patio Redux. We’ve been fortunate to have expanded our family since the last time I was here so a bit of simplifying and baby-proofing was definitely in order.

I initially felt like we didn’t change much about our space, but looking back on last year’s patio, it really has evolved quite a bit! We needed to relocate the fire pit and simplify the seating situation in the lounge area. To do this, I opted to break the sectional up into a sofa and chair combination. I love that the chair backs keep a low profile so you can look out into the yard no matter where you sit.

Because I have eclectic taste and prefer that things not match perfectly, I chose to repurpose the back cushions from the dining set instead of the original modern cushions that came with the lounge furniture. This keeps the sectional from looking too modern, and the color ties the otherwise mismatched lounge and dining furniture together beautifully.

Patio Decorating Ideas: A Modern Chic Patio Refresh

Patio Decorating Ideas: A Modern Chic Patio Refresh

Patio Decorating Ideas: A Modern Chic Patio Refresh

Patio Decorating Ideas: A Modern Chic Patio Refresh

Patio Decorating Ideas: A Modern Chic Patio Refresh

Patio Decorating Ideas: A Modern Chic Patio Refresh

We spray painted the vintage fiberglass coffee table matte black for a more cohesive look with the sectional. Vintage rattan stools are lightweight and extremely versatile, acting as either side tables or extra seating as needed. A striped rug grounds the furniture and keeps it from “floating” too much on an oddly-shaped patio (a similar outdoor rug is the Momeni Baja Rug). Vibrant toss pillows and varied potted plants add a punch of color and texture.

I chose to calm the palette slightly from last year by keeping to mostly greenery and a single hue for blooms in classic terra cotta pots. My husband is thrilled to finally have a working grill this year, which we have put to good use from day one. A natural rattan bar cart acts as a server and prep station.

Patio Decorating Ideas: A Modern Chic Patio Refresh

Patio Decorating Ideas: A Modern Chic Patio Refresh

Our dining set got a bit of sprucing up with gorgeous new paprika cushions. We absolutely love the deep seat feature of these chairs. Perfect for lingering over coffee or cocktails after a long meal with friends and family. (Our dining set is a Home Depot collection from several years ago, but is very similar to this year’s Fall River collection from Hampton Bay.)

Patio Decorating Ideas: A Modern Chic Patio Refresh

Patio Decorating Ideas: A Modern Chic Patio Refresh

Our next order of business was finding a new home for the fire pit. We really enjoy kicking back in the Adirondack chairs in front of the fire, so we couldn’t bear to get rid of it all together. Instead, it found a new home in the yard. It’s been great to enjoy a view we’re not used to seeing and simultaneously keep curious little fingers at bay!

Patio Decorating Ideas: A Modern Chic Patio Refresh

All in all, our patio and backyard have really become a wonderfully cozy outdoor “room” for family and a perfect extension of our home.

Patio Decorating Ideas: A Modern Chic Patio Refresh

Patio Decorating Ideas: A Modern Chic Patio Refresh

Patio Decorating Ideas: A Modern Chic Patio Refresh

Patio Decorating Ideas: A Modern Chic Patio Refresh

Patio Decorating Ideas: A Modern Chic Patio Refresh

Big thanks to The Home Depot team for inviting me to participate in this Patio Redux. And thank you to Jason from Jason Hanna Photography for capturing our outdoor space so beautifully!

Because It’s Awesome founder Tobe Reed is a graphic designer, blogger and interior enthusiast. She lives with her husband and their precious baby girl in Kansas City. 

For more patio decorating ideas, see other Patio Style Challenge articles as well as our Style Challenge pinboard on Pinterest. And browse our Outdoor Department for everything you need to enhance your outdoor space.

Tobe received a Home Depot gift card to complete her patio refresh, but the ideas and opinions she expressed are her own.

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