5 tips to renovate your outdoor space this spring + summer

I think we can all agree that having any degree of outdoor space is fun—and while it’s usually underrecognized and underutilized for most of the year, spring and summer are the time to shine. To prep your space for the impending sun, outdoor coffee, cocktails, and cookout to bring, replace this rusty patio furniture and give your outdoor space a modern makeover. Whether you work in a backyard, balcony, or anything in between, we have Top 5 outdoor decorating tips It will make your outdoor space the place to be this season. Discover more outdoor goods at Design Milk Shop!

Photo: Will Ellis Courtesy of Fanny Abbas

1. Furnishing for the job

Any outdoor space is a luxury, so make the most of it with functionality in mind. “Depending on the space you have—a balcony or terrace versus a more open patio—think about the use you find yourself enjoying most and needing most,” advises Fanny Abbas, Creative Director of The New Design Project. Instead of cramming all the items you think belong in your outdoor spaces – think ahead about how you’re actually using the space. For example, if you crave quiet mornings reading your magazine with a cup of coffee, invest in a comfy lounge chair with a side table—even if it takes up most of the space. But if entertainment is more your speed, choosing an outdoor dining or lounge group will ensure that every square foot is used to its fullest.

Bend merchandise bar table

Bend Goods Cafe Bar Table
If you love the idea of ​​enjoying morning coffee or afternoon cocktails on your balcony, look no further than this café bar counter designed by the wire experts at Bend Goods. Made of powder-coated recycled iron, this sturdy dining table easily seats two, perfect for compact outdoor spaces. Design lovers will appreciate the simple silhouette, and the clean lines on the table base that create an interesting criss-cross effect when they intersect! We recommend pairing them with Lucy Bar Stools.

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inflatable pool

MYLLE Original Recolored Inflatable Swimming Pool
Hot Take: Inflatable pools aren’t just for kids! And if you have enough room to spare, this inflatable pool from MYLLE is perfect for those hot spring and summer days spent on the patio. The MYLLE Inflatable Pool is made of heavyweight vinyl that outlasts any flimsy kids’ pool and has a modern mesh print and a cool blue colored road that acts as a decorative accent on its own. Most importantly, the large inflation and degassing valve makes packing away and pool setup a total breeze.

$100 dollars
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2. Pumping pillows

“An easy way to spruce up outdoor spaces is to use pillows, often the least expensive option and give your space color and pattern,” says Nicole Fisher, founder and principal designer of BNR Interiors. Find cushions that can hold the outdoors and bring an interesting mix of shades and textures to your space. Nicole recommends using removable pillows for easy machine cleaning. For maximum effect, take a tip from interior designer Ghislaine Viñas’ playbook and use your monochromatic pillows.

navy pillow

Gillian Renee Decorative Navy Striped Cushion
Don’t miss Jillian Carmine simply when it comes to its shimmering pillows, this navy blue striped pillow cover is designed for outdoor living thanks to its durable Sunbrella material. We love the modern combination of timeless cushion stripes and navy moldings—and the bold visual interest they bring to outdoor furniture. Mix and match square and velor pillow designs for a stunning, cohesive stripe display.

$89 or more
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color block pillow

Gillian Renee Decorative Cushion, Two-tone
If stripes aren’t your speed, two-tone gradient throw pillow covers add just as much color and personality to your outdoor space. Handcrafted using durable Sunbrella material, the Colorblock outdoor cushion can withstand the elements in your yard without losing its bold look over time. It features a dark blue base and an array of vibrant complementary colors – from yellow and coral to delicious coriander green and cobalt blue – so you’re bound to find the shade that fits your style.

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Atelier Davis Outdoor

Photo by Heidi Harris, courtesy of Atelier Davis

3. Play in the green

Greenery is an often overlooked design feature in outdoor spaces, says Leia T. Ward, luxury owner and founder of LTW Design: “This step is often skipped because there can already be a lot of natural green space in your yard, and with So, they make a huge difference.” So lay back on the plants and flowers and watch your outdoor space come to life (no pun intended). “Think about textures as much as you think colors,” interior designer Jessica Davis of Atelier Davis recommends, “I like mixing plants in one pot, using plants like begonias and ferns that have gorgeous foliage and delicate leaf structures, rather than your standard flowering plants.”

Evergreen Unlimited Planter

Wythe 30 Large Planter by Greenery Unlimited
“Potted plants can bring a lot of elegance to an outdoor space and can make spaces look polished and upscale,” says Ghislaine Viñas. And the simple, elevated look of Wythe Planter is all the guides you need. The pot’s round bottom makes for a modern upgrade to the traditional cylindrical planter, while the high-quality fiberglass material is as elegant as it is durable. For more visual appeal, Viñas recommends choosing matching plant pots, “grouping pots in monochromatic colors works beautifully.”

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terrazzo pots

Multipurpose terrazzo bowl from Bend Goods
We’re instant fans of all things terrazzo, and the Terrazzo Cap from Bend Goods is a perfect way to incorporate playful style into your outdoor space. A modern microcosm of blue, tan, rusty color spots scattered across a crisp white base; This multicolor plant pot provides a great opportunity to color coordinate with other decorative pieces you’ve got outside. Bonus points for the versatile design that makes for a stylish storage container indoors too!

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4. Don’t forget the floor

Contrary to popular belief, you are not doomed to live with laying outdoor floors forever. “After a long winter, I love renovating the floors of my garden spaces for instant height,” says interior designer Maryline Damour. Beautifying your floors can be as simple as adding a rug or floor mat to the mix. “Laying rugs can be a way to add some unique flair and color to a space,” recommends Ghislaine Viñas. When searching for the perfect outdoor rug, prioritize materials that are durable, weather-resistant and easy to clean for maximum comfort.

Slash Objects . Black Spotted Rectangular Floor Rug
Slash Objects’ Spotted Floor Mat is sustainably made from post-consumer recycled rubber, making it completely weatherproof and a shoe in outdoor spaces. The simple design and flexible materials make it easy to maintain too – just wash with soap and water and pat dry. We love the modern look that the sleek black and checkered design brings to outdoor spaces, and the fact that it’s understated enough to pair well with other design elements in play.

$94 or more
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sand rug

Heymat . sand rug
Loved by the Design Milk team and the community alike, Heymat’s Sand Rug features a Zen garden-inspired design with sweeping curves and a neutral “sand” color scheme. Made from 100% recycled plastic, the sand rug thrives on outdoor spaces and is the perfect complement to natural textures while playing on your backyard, porch, or patio. We love the textural interest that the mat’s 3D design brings to your floors and the way its earthy look accentuates the natural feel that can be seen outdoors.

USD 195 or more
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5. Treat it as an extension of your interior space

Leah Ward says your outdoor space should be an extension of your interior. Ward recommends “keeping the color and style consistent and furnishing as if you were in an interior room,” deciding to “choose a color palette, pieces of furniture, and a rug and then layer in accessories like blankets, pillows, and things for making coffee tables (trays, vases).” Make your outdoor space comfortable and elegant. Like the rest of your home by incorporating lighting, table decor, and other modern touches. “Indoor and outdoor furnishings should work together,” advises Ghislaine Viñas, “They can be different, but similar to the design of adjacent rooms, indoor and outdoor spaces must be appropriate.”

cement candlestick

Cement candle holder from Ohio workshop
We love this cement candle holder from Ohio Workshop as a centerpiece or decorative accent on your outdoor table. The hand-cast concrete candle holder not only brings a contemporary look to the tabletop, but also creates a compositional contrast with the vibrant greens of the outdoor greenery and natural materials commonly seen in outdoor spaces. Add your own citronella votive candles for a candlelit ambiance at night that also keeps pesky bugs at bay!

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Pola lantern

Paula Lantern designed by Pablo
New to the Design Milk Shop, Pablo Design’s Paula Lantern is the epitome of modern elegance appropriate for the outdoors. The portable spherical light fixture has a convenient rechargeable battery, and a luxurious leather handle that transitions easily between indoor and outdoor spaces. The glowing orb design emits a diffused warm glow that’s even more gorgeous thanks to the disc-like reflective lantern base. Consider the battery life that can be up to 400 hours, and you’ll have your own spring and summer lighting!

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sico . coasters

Buick Seiko coasters
Treating your outdoor space like your indoor space means outdoor tablets should get just as much love as their indoor counterparts, and these Puik bases keep surfaces protected in style. Its modern engineering design interweaves to cover maximum deck area providing ship and stilt functionality in one – perfect for those planning outdoor recreation this season. Plus, it comes in a range of fun shades, so be sure to find one that complements your personal style.

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Alexa is the Commerce Editor at Design Milk. She lives in Miami, Florida with her fiancé Alex and retired greyhound Phoebe. Longtime art and design enthusiast, Alexa’s first stop in any new city is art museums. When she’s not writing about her favorite DM’s shop picks, she might be buried in a book, watching reality TV, or venturing around her town with her partner and puppy.

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