Longer, warmer days are best spent on the patio, whether you’re working on your tan with a lemonade (or classic cocktail) in hand or hosting dinners alfresco. Transforming your space into an outdoor entertainment oasis for summer or fall doesn’t have to be costly or time-consuming thanks to a few design savvy tricks. We’ve rounded up some of our favourite outdoor decor ideas to help you create your ultimate patio bar or outdoor entertaining space.
Work with the size of your space
ÄPPLARÖ Storage Bench, IKEA, $129.
Put your bar on wheels
A fun solution? A bar cart on wheels makes it easy to take your cocktail essentials from the kitchen to the patio. Add luxury to your space with a bright indoor-outdoor cart (which can also double as a plant stand when you’re not entertaining) or refurbish a thrifted piece with a bright new paint job and some vintage glassware.
Indoor or Outdoor Folding Metal Rolling Serving Cart, Amazon, $132.
Create mood lighting
LE LED String Lights, Amazon, $23.
Bring on the greenery
Rectangular Planter With Stand, Indigo, $66.
Umbra Triflora Hanging Planter, Amazon, $
Try a balcony bar
Acacia Balcony Bar, Views, $296.
Add ethereal elements
Canopy Netting Mesh for Indoor/Outdoors, Amazon, $19.
Opt for cozy seating
Square Pouf Ottoman, Jute, Indigo, $83.
Embrace colourful dinnerware
OUI Bamboo Dinner Plate, Indigo, $6.
Borrow indoor design elements
nuLOOM Braided Lefebvre Indoor/Outdoor Accent Rug, 2' x 3', Charcoal, Amazon, $50.