Is your backyard in need of a makeover? We’ve compiled a list of our favorite backyard decor ideas to get you started on your journey to creating your dream outdoor space.

At Outer, we’re on a mission to bring life back outside, and we want to show you how to have fun doing it. Let’s create a backyard you’re excited to spend time in and can’t wait to show off to your friends, family, and neighbors.

With a mix of DIY and pro-level ideas, there’s something for everyone in our list of backyard decor ideas below!

12 Backyard Decor Tips, Tricks, And Ideas

White hammock backyard decor for a zen zone

Set Up A Zen Zone

A dedicated space in the backyard just for relaxing? Yes, please!

Creating your own zen zone is surprisingly easy. Start with one of our Eco-Friendly Rugs to lay a soft foundation, then add accessories such as outdoor cushions for meditating or a hammock for spending a relaxing afternoon reading.

Take it one step further by dressing up the area around your relaxation zone with your own zen garden. Keep it eco-friendly by choosing native plants where possible and avoiding chemicals, like herbicides and pesticides.

Decorate For Each Season

Love decorating your home with holiday decor? Carry that theme outdoors by using seasonal backyard decor to spruce up your outdoor space.

Take spring cleaning to a new level by adding fresh linen accessories to your outdoor seating area. Bring in Halloween-themed pillows, Christmas-colored blankets, and all the Thanksgiving decor you can find to bring the warmth of the indoors outside.

Covers can help prolong the life of your furniture through the changing seasons. If you have an Outer sofa or sectional, you know all about our built-in cover (the OuterShell™) that tucks neatly behind your sofa cushions.

For more inclement weather, we’ve also specially designed All-Weather Covers that fit like a glove around your Outer furniture. With their waterproof design, easy-to-use zippers, and vents to keep airflow happening, think of these covers as a finely tailored suit made just for your sofa.

Implement Hygge Techniques

grey colored backyard decor

Hygge is a Danish concept that’s all about designing a cozy, comfortable space that makes you feel content — what could be better?

Hygge techniques don’t have to be confined to the indoors. You can easily bring the warm and fuzzy feelings from your living room or lounge into your outdoor space. Think warming fires, cozy blankets, soft rugs, and, of course, somewhere comfortable to sit and relax.

Try snuggling up on our Teak Outdoor Corner Sectional, paired with soft-toned accessories to bring a little hygge to your backyard decor.

Try Upcycling

Upcycling planters for backyard decor

If you’re craving a DIY project that won’t blow the budget, upcycling (turning discarded or unused materials into new objects) old furniture and accessories is a great way to add to your backyard decor without spending a fortune.

Whether you search your Grandpa’s shed or head to your local antique store to find some treasure, try these ideas:

  • Upcycle wooden crates to make tables
  • Bring new life to vintage chairs with fresh upholstery
  • Create a portable bar for your patio out of unused boards
  • Add colorful accessories to your backyard with flea market finds

Upcycling projects are great for the planet, and they can really jazz up your backyard when done right.

Whether you’re a seasoned pro or brand-new to upcycling, there are plenty of YouTube tutorials to help you create the perfect upcycled backyard decor.

Create A Ladder Garden

Ladder garden backyard decor
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Ever heard of a ladder garden? This upcycling project is a fun way to add potted plants to your outdoor space, even if you don’t have a sprawling garden to work with.

Whether you have an old ladder lying around or you’ve tracked one down at your local thrift shop, sprucing up your ladder with paint and adding some potted plants, flowers, or herbs will instantly bring life to your backyard.

Try painting your ladder a rustic white for a farmhouse feel, or keep it industrial with a mix of metal frames and wooden boards to rest your plants on.

Build Your Own Veggie Garden

Veggie garden backyard decor

This backyard decor idea is inexpensive, easy, and a fun project for families to learn about sustainability while spending quality time together outside. It’s also a great way to save money on your weekly trip to the grocery store!

You can start your own veggie garden by building an open box out of wood, using a pre-made trough, or by planting your veggie seeds directly into a dedicated section of grass if you have one available.

Start small and choose up to five vegetables that your family is excited to eat. Try starting with produce that in season where you live to test out your growing conditions — you’ll be a pro in no time!

Make A Vertical Garden

Just like the ladder garden, a vertical garden is perfect for those wanting to add a little greenery to their outdoor space without taking up too much room. It’s especially handy for those with a patio or balcony.

Building a vertical garden as backyard decor is all about getting creative! Try using wooden crates, hex wire with hanging pots, woven baskets, or even attaching your vertical garden directly to your fence.

Design An Outdoor Movie Space

Family enjoying a movie outside with their DIY outdoor cinemas

It’s not the first article we’ve mentioned this idea in and it probably won’t be the last — we love DIY outdoor cinemas!

If you have a projector screen, you’re already halfway there. If you don’t, grab a white sheet and hang it on your fence or between two trees.

Buy, borrow, or hire a projector and you’re good to go. The toughest decision will be which movie to watch!

Use a seating set like our Wicker Outdoor Sofa with Armless Chairs, grab as many pillows and blankets as you can find, and gather way too many snacks to make your backyard movie night the perfect evening outdoors.

Make An Outdoor Dining Zone

If you have extra space on your hands after taking care of your seating needs, why not create a dedicated space for family meals?

An outdoor dining zone is a simple way to go technology-free and focus on mealtimes together as a family (or even with a group of friends). Can’t we all afford to switch off a little more often?

Create your outdoor dining zone by starting with an outdoor rug to define your space. Add in your favorite dining set (maybe an upcycled piece?) and style to your heart’s content!

Build (Or Buy) A Fire Pit

There’s nothing better than cozying up around a fire and roasting marshmallows with your friends and family. So many fond memories are made during simple times like these!

We love fire pits for adding a focal point to outdoor spaces and bringing warmth to backyards. Whether they’re a DIY project or bought pre-made, they also create a fun opportunity for backyard camping.

Grab your sleeping bags, gather the s’mores ingredients, and snuggle up to gaze at the stars together beside your fire pit!

Create An Outdoor Kitchen

Outdoor Kitchen backyard decor

From outdoor pizza ovens to built-in cookout stations, outdoor kitchens let you bring the heart of your home into your backyard. They also allow you to spend more time with your guests while you’re cooking up a storm.

Choose your favorite outdoor kitchen pieces — a mini-fridge, an outdoor sink, a state-of-the-art barbecue, the list goes on! — and build your food preparation benches around these key pieces to create the outdoor kitchen of your dreams.

Building an outdoor kitchen can be a pretty big undertaking, but the end result is worth it.

No outdoor kitchen is complete without a comfy seating area to relax after a big meal. We recommend choosing a sofa or sectional with stain-resistant fabric to avoid scrubbing out any food spills.

Our Teak Outdoor Loveseat with Armchairs is not only stylish and incredibly comfortable, but it’s also resistant to water, mold, bleach, stains, and UV rays (just like all Outer furniture!).

Build A Deck Or Patio

While this project might sound overwhelming, it can be straightforward if you have a level block of land. Start by deciding which structure works best for your needs, measure your space, and get building!

Though they can take time and resources to complete, decks and patios are a great way to add value to your home when it comes to resale time. Plus, they’re the perfect place to relax with a drink after a long week or entertain friends and family on the weekend.

Decorate with a comfortable sofa or sectional, like our Wicker Outdoor U Sectional, throw in a fire pit, and you’ve got yourself the best seat outside the house!

Create Your Dream Backyard With Outer

Deck furniture overlooking the backyard pool

Backyard decor can completely change your outdoor space for the better. From upcycling furniture to creating your own personal zen zone, it’s amazing the difference some extra backyard decor can make to your space.

Whichever backyard decor ideas you choose to implement, be sure to enhance your outdoor space with comfortable seating and sustainable accessories.

Between our Wicker Outdoor Sofa with Armless Chairs, Teak Outdoor Corner Sectional, and range of Eco-Friendly Rugs, Outer has got your outdoor furniture needs covered!