Pretty Patios and Porches

Get inspired to create the perfect outdoor space for entertaining!
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Make your patio area a space where you can entertain guests, or just hang out and relax in the evening. With these great ideas, you can transform your patio into a beautiful backyard area. With planted containers, pretty furniture, pops of color, DIY furnishings, and more, there are patio ideas for everyone’s style and taste.

16 Great Patio Ideas

Landscape design can be intimidating, especially for beginners. If you’re trying to find out where to start, you need to check out these tips and tricks for new landscapers. Find out what your yard needs, come up with a plan, study the weather patterns, don’t make decisions impulsively, start small, choose a focal point, focus on scale and placement, and be patient and open to change. Before you know it, you’ll have the yard of your dreams.

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If you’re looking for a way to add cozy seating or pops of color, a pergola may be the perfect addition to your yard or garden. Make a stylish place for a little shade and relaxation with a lovely structure! You can pair a pergola next to a patio or attach to a house. Go artsy, rustic or modern – it’s up to you! Check out our creative inspiration ideas for more ways to transform your outdoor space with a pergola.

Add Interest to Your Yard with a Pergola

Get ideas for putting pergolas in your front yard or backyard to boost your home’s curb appeal. These 14 stunning pergolas will inspire you to consider pergolas that are attached to a house and ones that are freestanding.

14 Gorgeous Pergolas (+ 3 Things to Know Before You Build)

Check out the before and after photos of these amazing deck makeovers. You’ll get a ton of inspiration for how to build your very own patio, whether you’re working on a budget or are building a porch in a small yard.

Before and After Deck Makeovers

Instead of completely demolishing your deck and building a new one, just use these decking tiles that snap on over your existing deck. This is a great budget-friendly idea to completely makeover your deck without much work or money! See our top picks for decking tiles that can be installed in less than a day.

10 Easy-to-Install Decking Tiles

Good news: you don’t have to be an expert builder to create this amazing sand-based patio! Create a rectilinear shaped patio with a few basic materials such as gravel, sand, and paver bricks. Follow our easy, step-by-step instructions to get a gorgeous patio you’ll love relaxing on. Plus, you can substitute stone or concrete for the pavers used in this project to create the perfect look for your yard.

How to Build a Sand-Based Patio

If you need to remove stains from your deck, patio, or porch, the best method for doing so depends on the stain. We’ll give you the best tips for cleaning mildew stains, rust stains, sap stains, and more.

How to Remove Stains on Decks & Porches

Jump on the bohemian vibe by dressing up your house or patio with boho inspired decor. Soft colors, macrame, wood accents and dreamy fabrics are just what you need to bring the calmness of the bohemian lifestyle into your home.

16 Dreamy Bohemian Decor Ideas

Add curb appeal to your front porch or your backyard patio with these outdoor DIY ideas. See how to upcycle patio furniture, add a decorative wall, decoupage terra cotta planters and other fun and easy DIY projects.

Creative DIY Patio Ideas to Try

Whether you’re working on a budget or not, you’ll appreciate these beautiful patio ideas you can use in your backyard. Small yards and big yards alike will be able to use these inspiring outdoor deck ideas and tips.

16 Great Patio Ideas

These DIY outdoor fire pits are just what your backyard needs! Choose from a variety of styles and then get the directions for the DIY fire pit. You'll love to come out and relax by your fire through the spring, summer and fall seasons. Complete your landscaping plans with one of these handmade fire pits!

8 DIY Firepit Ideas to Beautify Your Backyard

Gain inspiration ideas for how to transform your own yard by seeing this homeowner’s amazing outdoor renovation! The small backyard patio was extended to accommodate more seating and socializing needed for outdoor entertaining. Smart and stylish touches (like a potting bench which became an outdoor buffet area) make this space beautiful and full of character. Plus, we’ve provided DIY tips so that you can get the look yourself.

Backyard Patio Transformation

Save time and money by learning how to make a cheap paver patio the easy way. This project only takes a day! Check out our inspiration ideas and designs for the DIY paver patio you’ve always wanted. Concrete pavers make a beautiful addition to your backyard. With simple step-by-step instructions on how to build a paver patio on a budget, you’ll feel totally confident and ready to tackle this project!

DIY Project: Install a Paver Patio

Good news: you don’t have to be an expert builder to create this amazing sand-based patio! Create a rectilinear shaped patio with a few basic materials such as gravel, sand, and paver bricks. Follow our easy, step-by-step instructions to get a gorgeous patio you’ll love relaxing on. Plus, you can substitute stone or concrete for the pavers used in this project to create the perfect look for your yard.

How to Build a Sand-Based Patio

You can have a fabulous yard without grass, which means less time mowing and more time soaking up the sun and enjoying summer! Create a large patio that limits the amount of grass, widen a garden path and add oversize flower pots, add an in-ground swimming pool, or try one of these other creative ideas that will beautify your backyard.

Landscaping Ideas for Yards with No Grass

Give your curb appeal a major boost by using some of these ideas for the front yard and exterior of your home. Adding a walkway, exterior lighting, colorful porch furniture or a mailbox garden are a few of our cheap and easy projects to make your home look more welcoming.

Creative Curb Appeal Ideas to Copy Now

Check out this amazing home renovation and remodel that took the bones of a vintage cottage and gave it a little charm. Check out all the rooms and exterior of the home. Some DIY projects and flea market finds are mixed in with major home renovations to give a major facelift. Get inspiration to bring cottage charm to your home!

Vintage Cottage Renovation

Design your dream deck, whether you’re working on a budget or not, by using this free planning tool. Creating your dream front yard or backyard has never been easier. We’ll show you how to build a porch or patio that fits perfectly in your outdoor living space.

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Refreshing your front yard or backyard on a budget is made easy with these inexpensive landscaping ideas. We’re sharing our favorite easy budget patio ideas that will inspire you to create an affordable outdoor room with low-cost furniture and decor.

Budget Patio Ideas

Adding a pergola to your outdoor landscaping instantly boosts your home's value and style. Check out our ideas for pergolas, including attached pergolas. These outdoor structures are perfect for entertaining or adding shade to your backyard patio.

Pretty, Inspiring Pergola Ideas

These gorgeous porches will provide you with so many inspiration ideas, you’ll be running off to create or redecorate your own this summer! Whether you want a southern-style porch, a pretty porch swing, a pastel vintage vibe, colorful accents, or cute and charming details, there are porches designed for every taste. Plan out seating, colors, and accessories in relation to the scale and style of your porch.

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Adding on a porch or remodeling your current porch is an inexpensive way to add major curb appeal to your home and a little more square footage for relaxing and entertaining. See our favorite porch remodels and additions in this gallery. We feature a variety of home styles with a variety of porch styles from a turret porch to a wraparound porch.

Before & After Exteriors and Home Additions: Porches

Mosquitoes have the habit of ruining evenings outdoors, but you can keep the patio or porch party going strong with these natural ways to banish those pesky bugs. Add an herb garden with plants such as lemon balm, basil, and mint that discourage mosquitoes. Try DIY citronella candles, turn on a fan to keep guests cool and blow mosquitoes away, and let spiders stay so that they’ll snack on pesky mosquitoes.

7 Natural Ways to Keep Mosquitoes from Ruining the Party

What’s not to love about string lights? Sparkly lights add instant style to your porch, patio, deck, or other outdoor space on summer nights (but they also look great indoors, too). Try fun lantern lights, caged bulbs, twinkle lights with a subtle sparkle, Mason jar string lights, and more! You’ll love these great lighting options.

String Lights to Brighten Up Your Summer Nights