Looking for patio decorating ideas? Here are some simple ways to add color and summer style to your outdoor spaces.

Just between us?

Have you ever noticed when I write that there’s a whole lot of “we” going on around here? As in “we” painted the porch and “we” painted a copper roof and “we” added new landscaping and “we” completely redid the back patio and “we” added new house numbers.


In complete and honest transparency? “We” is divided up into two GIANT responsibilities.

There’s the“we” part that does the actual work.

And the “we” part that thinks up all the projects and supervises.

I’ll let you guess which part I am. 🙂

But now?

When it comes to decorating? The roles kind of reverse.

There’s the “we” part that does the decorating.

And the other “we”? They get to sit under an umbrella with the sun setting in the background and relax with lemonade and a snack.

As well they should.

They’ve had a hard week of work.

Here are just a few outdoor summer decorating ideas for the porch from us. 🙂

outdoor patio decorating ideas: painted concrete porch


Patio Decorating Idea: paint concrete

There are three entrances to our home.

This is one of them.

It’s the one that we use the most, but it’s the least cutest one of all.

At least it was the least cutest. Until we took a simple concrete porch and transformed it on a dime with a little bit of paint. This is the easiest outdoor decor idea.

You can see the entire DIY here.

outdoor decor ideas porch

Porch Decorating Idea: paint brick

Are you noticing a theme here?

Instead of replacing stuff?

We (there I go again) just paint it.

Wait until you see the before and after of this brick porch.

Just a little paint made SUCH A DIFFERENCE.

You can see the entire DIY here.

Patio decorating ideas: bench

Patio decorating ideas: outdoor rug.

Patio Decorating Idea: Add a bench

I know this seems super simple.

But trust me—if you have a kind of random area on your porch that you don’t know what to do with it?

Add a bench.

You can add cushions and pillows for a little bit of color.

And it’s the perfect place to store packages and other items you need to take out or bring in.

outdoor patio decorating ideas: planters

Porch Decorating Idea: Add planters

I have planters all over the place, including these planters by the back door. Adding planters is one of the easiest outdoor decor ideas.

They’re filled with hydrangeas that bring in color to the back porch.

Planters come in tons of different sizes and shapes, but I like planters with a little bit of height like these.

Patio Decorating Idea: Add lanterns

This is one of my favorite patio decorating ideas–adding a lantern to a porch after planters and rugs.

They just add a little character and texture to the porch.

And they are so easy to tuck in amongst the flowers.

One quick tip from one of my favorite readers, Kris:  “We get heavy winds in my area so I added lead fishing sinkers to the bottom of them and they have yet to blow over.”

patio decorating ideas painted bench

Patio decorating ideas flowering planters

Porch Decorating Idea: Add a swing


I’m from Texas.

The land of the porch swing.

Are you looking for a fun way to encourage people to visit?

Are you looking for great patio decorating ideas?

Add a porch swing…and some sweet tea to go with it.

outdoor decor ideas back porch with Buddy

But wait.

I forgot one more part of the “we.”


He helped us add this vintage dog door knocker to the back door (outdoor summer decorating idea number seven).

The faithful helper that watches over every project who never leaves our side and is always ready for a tail wag of approval.

I couldn’t imagine a project without him. 🙂

And now?

Here are some more porch decorating ideas from some of my favorite friends

Patio decorating ideas: wreaths

5 summer porch decorating tips

The Ponds Farmhouse

Rachel’s blog is amazing. She enjoys an eclectic decorating style, mixing old and new, rustic and modern with the perfect“found it on the side of the road but look at it now” decorating style. She shares all of her adventures on the blog, including decorating her home with a curated style, DIY, thrifting & vintage shopping adventures, and entertaining ideas along with a few “It’s so easy even I’ll make it recipes”.

Patio decorating ideas: greenery

DIY Curb Appeal on a Budget

Robyn’s French Nest

(click here to see Robyn’s post)

 Robyn is passionate about her home and that is so evident on her blog. You’ll find a lot of décor, design, and DIY ideas, but more importantly? She shows us that home can be a haven for family and friends and that there is grace for the messy, hard days. There’s so much inspiration in all of her projects that showcase the simple, everyday things that make a house a home.

Patio decorating ideas: climbing plants

Life is Better On the Porch

WM Design House

(click here to see Wendy’s post)

Wendy is passionate about her family, friends, and her wonderful home. For her, home is a place to gather, build memories, and celebrate the journey of life. She shows us that there is a special joy in designing a space that comforts and inspires. A place that is perfect for entertaining a large party or enjoying a quiet evening at home.

Whether it’s decorating, gardening, or cooking, Wendy brings all the beautiful elements together to create something special.

Summer Porch Tour

Follow The Yellow Brick Home

(click here to see Amber’s post)

Amber makes every day beautiful in her “Old Kentucky Home,” a 1921 yellow brick charmer in the (re)making. She’s a music teacher and licensed KY Realtor with a passion for old homes, decorating, collecting, creating lovely things, and decorating with found objects. Her blog features home decor and gardening tips, home improvement, DIY, and craft tutorials.

Thrift Flip Idea For the Front Porch

Stacy Ling

(click here to see Stacy’s post)

Stacy is an avid suburban gardener who loves home decor and creating beautiful spaces both inside and outside her home. She shares gardening and decorating tips that are all about making a home feel warm, cozy and inviting for her family and friends.

Stacy is all about approachable, easy-going, and user-friendly style on a budget. I love following her for super helpful gardening tips and ideas.

Blue and White Summer Porch

White Arrows Home

(click here to see Kristen’s post)

Kristin blogs about decorating, hospitality and making memories. Her log home sits lakeside in the Northwoods of Wisconsin among pine and birch forests where all four seasons bring beauty and inspiration to all things decor and entertaining. Full of tradition and style, Northwoods living is about time well spent with family and friends

Backyard Conversation Area

Dabbling and Decorating

(click here to see Ann’s post)

Ann is such an inspiration to me. She decorates with vintage finds from her family’s collected homes in Vermont and Coastal Maine. Dabbling & Decorating was launched in 2017 after she retired from a 26-year career in education sales in Connecticut and retired to the mountains of Vermont.

Back Terrace Project

Life at Bella Terra

(click here to see Mary’s post)

Mary’s beautiful home is located in Arizona.

In addition to her amazing DIY projects and decor ideas, she blogs about life and positivity and joy.

To quote Mary, “Happiness comes naturally and on the days when happiness is scarce, I seek it in the simplest of things- the warmth of the sun on my face; the breeze through the trees; the hugs of my children; picking a warm tomato from the vine.”

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  1. Image for Nan, Odessa, DE Nan, Odessa, DE

    KeriAnn, Where can I purchase your tall planters? What is the color paint? Did you buy this color or paint them? Great post, as usual.

  2. Image for Diane Diane

    I love all your porch ideas, not having a porch I need to find somewhere to get a substantial door wreath. We have a front stoop with overhang over front door - not large enough for furniture , rugs, multiple planters You’ve given me some ideas on decorating steps Have a good day!

  3. Image for Diana Diana

    KariAnne I always have a smile when reading your posts. I can identify with the "we" are going to do projects. But in "our" defense we do bring them tea and feed them and give lots of kudos during the projects.

  4. Image for Wendy McMonigle Wendy McMonigle

    Such a beautiful post full of inspiration. I adore your bright pink with the black and white, so refreshing for the summertime, You always bring me such joy when reading your posts KariAnne.

  5. Image for Kris Kris

    I also have a "we" situation in my household. Those husbands work hard, don't they? Anyway, wanted to mention that I added lanterns to my porch a few years ago. We get heavy winds in my area so I added lead fishing sinkers to the bottom of them and they have yet to blow over. I thought maybe someone else besides me might have that problem and wanted to share my solution. 😊

  6. Image for Marlene Marlene

    Dreaming of sitting on porches and these were some wonderful places. I love my porches and enjoy them, except when humidity is high. Thanks for these ideas.

  7. Image for Vicki Vicki

    Soo many ads on your site, is something going on or broken? I could barely make out your content and finally just scrolled to the bottom to comment! Hope this gets fixed!

    1. Image for Dana Gentry Dana Gentry

      I get that on almost everything I try to view...not just hers. Please let me know if you find a solution! dcgentry42@gmail.com.

  8. Image for Debbie Debbie

    I love how you decorate your outdoor spaces! So very welcoming. Such JOY. Thank you for sharing your friends outdoor spaces too. What breaths of fresh air! Loved the too. 💖

  9. Image for Dana Gentry Dana Gentry

    Tell me please, how do you keep your porches cleaned off from debris, bugs, and spiderwebs??? I am so OVER it!

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