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Patio and Outdoor Trends to Follow Now

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Updated March 11, 2022

Holly H.

By Holly H.

As we spend more time at home, our space and how we use it have become more important than ever. Our yards and patios are no exception. We’ll show you the trends and how to turn your outdoor area into an inviting oasis.

Outdoor Furniture

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Give your porch, patio or pool a face-lift with new patio furniture.

Upholstered Outdoor Furniture
They may look like indoor sofas and upholstered chairs, but they’re actually designed for outdoor living. These pieces are made with durable outdoor fabric, and they’re great for traditional and transitional patios. Pair with a wooden table and striped umbrella for a stylish dining or conversation space. For more ideas, watch Simple Ways to Create the Best Outdoor Space.

Light Wood Furniture
Light wood and clean lines are indicative of Scandinavian home décor. Enthusiasts of modern style will appreciate that this look has graduated from the inside of the house to porches and patios. See an example of this in our Screened-In Porch Makeover article.

Curved Furniture
Curves and rounded edges can be found in doorways, home décor and furniture. In outdoor furniture, look for rounded chairs and tables. In the main image above, a circular rattan chair makes a bold and fun statement.

Wicker and Rattan Furniture
Wicker and rattan have always been popular materials in outdoor furniture. But now there are different ways of using it. Thickly woven rattan, rope and wood are combined to give character to settees and chairs. View the new outdoor furniture and accessories in our Patio Furniture Buying Guide.

Picnic Tables
Picnic tables are gaining in popularity again. Homeowners, restaurants and outdoor community spaces are using them for festive garden parties, seafood boils on the beach, backyard barbecues and more. Some new versions have long, built-in ice buckets to keep your favorite drinks chilled and at the ready. For more party table ideas, read 3 Stylish and Festive Tablescapes.

Furniture for Small Spaces
Apartment, town house and condo dwellers have more options than ever. Choose from bistro sets, high-top tables and loveseats in metal, rattan and fabric. Half umbrellas are now available to place up against a wall to provide shade on a small balcony. For more ideas, watch 4 Easy Designs for Small Patios.

Good to Know

Lowe’s has a number of sustainable outdoor products, including 100% recycled patio cushions and furniture that are made of POLYWOOD lumber, a proprietary material which includes landfill-bound and ocean-bound plastics.

Umbrellas and Accessories

Two wicker chairs with a small table, a blue umbrella, pillows and planters on shelves.

In order to create a comfortable and attractive screened-in porch or patio space, you'll need the following accessories.

Umbrellas come in a multitude of types, sizes and colors. Consider an oversized version to cover an entire conversation set or a table umbrella with built-in lights for evening dining. Half umbrellas work great on small balconies.

Cushions and Pillows
Pillows are a good way to inject personality and color. Tropical palm leaves, coastal elements, butterflies and cheetah prints are all trending right now and available to purchase online or in store.

Outdoor Speakers
Add waterproof Bluetooth speakers to your porch or patio to listen to music during family get-togethers or when sitting solo listening to your favorite podcast or audiobook.

Plants are a quick and easy way to bring life to your outdoor space. Ceramic, wicker, stone and iron planters in a large assortment of colors and sizes brighten up any patio.

Outdoor Rugs
A good rug can unify a space — and a porch or patio is no different. A good rule of thumb with outdoor rugs is that they should be 2 feet wider than your dining table or conversation set on all sides. Outdoor rugs are usually made of polypropylene, which is a durable and stain-resistant fabric that comes in a variety of colors and patterns. For more information, read How to Choose an Area Rug.

Tile has made its way outdoors in a myriad of fun and stylish ways. In Stylish Screened-In Porch Ideas, we used an encaustic-look tile that's made of porcelain so it's more durable and doesn't require sealing. Tile can not only be used on porches and patios, but it can also be used for outdoor fountains, fireplaces, showers and more.

Good to Know

From patio sets and pillows to outdoor lighting and heating, Lowe’s has thousands of outdoor products to make your patio or deck picture-perfect. Many options also include free shipping.

Patio Design

Once you know the pieces you want, think about patio design ideas in terms of style. The best patio ideas combine furniture and accessories that work together to fit your taste.

Outdoor Bars and Kitchens

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Outdoor Kitchens
In the last year, people have been home and cooking more than ever. As the weather got nicer and families headed outdoors, it became even more important to have a good setup. This includes having a grill, fridge, sink and modular cabinets to create an outdoor kitchen. If you’re a do-it-yourselfer, consider making your own Outdoor Kitchen With a Concrete Countertop.

Outdoor Bars
Out of challenging times comes ingenuity. In this case, alternative dwelling units, or ADUs, have played a significant part in bringing backyards to life. Many of these ADUs are made from storage sheds and transformed into playhouses, bars, offices, home gyms and outdoor bars. For more backyard ideas, read 4 Stylish She Shed Looks or create a Deck and Patio Serving Table.

Outdoor Heating and Fire Pits

Two wicker chairs with blue cushions, a small table and a fire pit on a patio.

As temperatures drop and people gather outside to dine or entertain, heating is more important than ever. We have several ways that you can outfit your backyard, porch or patio to stay warm and toasty while gathering with friends and family.

Fire Pits
There are several versions of fire pits to choose from. Portable fire pits require little setup and can be moved if needed. If you'd like to create a more permanent conversation spot, check out our how-to articles on building a fire pit above or in ground.

How to Build a Fire Pit (With an Easy Ring Kit)

How to Build an In-Ground Fire Pit

Patio Heaters
These heaters come in several styles and iterations. There are the tall stand-alone versions that are usually found in restaurants, or you can hang one from a porch wall to save space. Choose from gas or electric heaters.

Fire Pit Tables
Create a warm and inviting ambiance with a fire pit table. Most tables are fueled by liquid propane, which creates a clean, smokeless burn. From modern metal tables to more traditional faux stone or wood fire pit tables, there's a material to match any outdoor aesthetic.

Outdoor Lighting

A brown wicker conversation set with a green umbrella, string lights and lanterns on a patio.

One of the best ways to transform an outdoor space and create a warm and inviting ambiance is through lighting. There are a variety of ways to do this, including:

DIY String Light Planters

How to Install Landscape Lighting

Fun and Games

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Whether you're having a backyard movie night or an outdoor barbecue, be prepared to entertain your friends or family with these fun ideas.

How to Build a Cornhole Board

How to Make an Outdoor Movie Theater

How to Build Yard Games

How to Build a Kid's Mini Golf Course

Transform Your Backyard Into an Outdoor Playroom

How to Make a DIY Ice Cream Maker

Pools and Hot Tubs

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If you're considering a pool or hot tub, you're not alone. With backyards becoming the latest refuge, homeowners are enhancing their outdoor spaces more than ever. Last summer, inflatable pools were completely sold out across the country, and pool manufacturers say that above- and in-ground pool requests are at an all-time high.

Lowe's sells above-ground pools and hot tubs. Before you purchase, check with your homeowners association regarding any building restrictions in your community.

How to Open a Swimming Pool

How to Clean and Maintain a Pool

Childproof Your Pool

House of Style

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