Looking to spruce up your outdoor space and give it that Instagram vibe that makes you want to stay home and relax? Here’s how to make the magic happen.
Think twinkling fairy lights, colorful poufy pillows, lots of lush greenery, and plenty of photo-worthy accessories. Basically, you want to create a backyard that is comfy, cozy, and aesthetically pleasing. Here are a few products that will help you do just that:
Anthropologie Woven Bistro Indoor/Outdoor Bar Cart
Regardless of whether you’re having company over or not, a bar cart is so nice to have in your backyard. It’s a nice spot to hold glasses and bottles of alcohol, soda, or water if you’re planning on eating out there, and it also just adds to the ambiance.
This Woven Bistro Bar Cart is made of beautiful weather-resistant rattan with a natural finish that looks so nice in the outdoors. There is storage space for bottles and glassware, it has a four-wheeled base so that you can move it around easily, and there’s plenty of open space for whatever else you want to store there. Just a note: this is meant for indoor/outdoor use but should be taken inside in bad weather and covered up when not in use.
Urban Outfitters Margo Hanging Planter
Even if you’re in a space where you’re surrounded by natural bushes and trees, it’s never a bad idea to add some more greenery. Hanging planters like this Margo Hanging Planter are a gorgeous addition to any patio or deck. Buy a plant that with vines that will cascade out of the sides, so it looks even better. This one is made of rattan with a natural finish that will look right at home outside.
Allsop Soji Stella Market Handmade LED Solar Lantern
Add some pretty lighting with these Allsop Soji Stella Market Lanterns. They give off a beautiful glow that will make your backyard space look enchanting, especially if you’re able to hang from the branches of some nearby trees. (They look just as great hanging from an overhang, though.)
Aside from being pretty, they’re also very convenient: because they’re solar, they charge up during the day and glow at night on their own, no wiring required. They’re made of high-quality, weather-resistant, and UV-treated Tyvek, so they can withstand rainy conditions.
Allsop Home Garden 31598 Solar Lighting, 12X12, Pearl
These lanterns look dreamy glowing from a tree branch.
Opalhouse Outdoor Pouf
This bright Opalhouse Outdoor Pouf is a fun way to add some color to your backyard. Not only will it look great sitting beside your outdoor furniture, but it also has two uses: it can be used as a comfortable footrest or an extra seat if you end up having some friends over. It’s perfect for indoor or outdoor use, so feel free to use it year-round.
Opalhouse Macrame Outdoor Throw Pillow
Adding a bunch of different throw pillows to your outdoor seating area is an easy way to add some personality and make the area seem a lot cozier and inviting. If you’re going for a boho vibe, opt for this Opalhouse Macrame Outdoor Throw Pillow. The neutral shade goes with anything, and the fringe is a cute touch. It’s also made of durable material that holds up surprisingly well outdoors. And, not to sound biased or anything, but I own this, and I get compliments on it all the time.
Sorbus Hanging Rope Chair
To create more of a casual atmosphere, you want your outdoor furniture to be a mix of items instead of a complete matching set that looks like it came out of a Pottery Barn catalog, (There’s nothing wrong with that look, it just doesn’t achieve the same vibe!) If you already have a sofa and chair, try adding something like this Sorbus Hanging Rope Chair. It’s different and fun, and it’s also pretty and functional. Hang it in an empty corner to fill that space.
Opalhouse Chunky Knit Throw Blanket
Not looking to spend a lot on new furniture? Some well-placed accessories are an inexpensive addition and can add a lot. Grab this Opalhouse Chunky Knit Throw Blanket on your way to sit outside and drape it over a couch or chair. You can cuddle underneath it when the weather gets a little chilly or just leave it out for someone else to use—or just for the look.
Threshold Cauldron Fire Pit
If you have the space for it, I truly believe that a fire pit is one of the best things you can add to your backyard. They create such a cozy atmosphere and are wonderful to sit around during chilly evenings and nights. They add a really nice ambiance and are just super relaxing and comforting. Plus, they smell amazing!
This Threshold Cauldron Fire Pit is on the smaller side, so it won’t take up too much space, but it’s perfect for a small crowd. It comes with a removable lid and a slated base to keep it clean.
Latigo Patio Hanging Egg Chair
Another fun seating option that really gives off that boho vibe is this Latigo Patio Hanging Egg Chair. This is a really unique piece of furniture that will just add something special to your patio, and it’s super comfortable.
While some hanging egg chairs have to be hung from something, this one is great because it comes with its own base. Add a throw pillow and this becomes a cozy little cocoon space, perfect for reading.
Yunlights LED Outdoor String Lights
You can’t have an Instagram-worthy backyard without twinkling string lights hanging in at least one spot. They create the perfect glow that will instantly make your space more cozy and welcoming. These Yunlights LED String Lights are over 50 feet long, so you can cover plenty of ground with them. They’re also waterproof, so you don’t need to worry about them getting ruined in the rain.
YUNLIGHTS Outdoor String Lights Waterproof - 50FT Hanging LED Patio Lights for Backyard Balcony Porch (30+3 Bulbs)
These Yunlights string lights are romantic and dreamy.
Opalhouse LED Solar Pendant Light
A light hanging over your patio table or seating area makes it easy and comfortable to sit outside in the evening and at night—and it’s perfect for dinner outside as well. This Opalhouse LED Solar Pendant Light is convenient because it’s solar powered, and it’s also nice to look at. While it may not give off the brightest light, it’s ideal for the dreamy atmosphere you’re looking to create.
Christopher Knight Home Paolo Acaia Wood Chaise Lounge Chair
Again, having a versatile seating area is an excellent way to make your space seem more inviting. If you have the space for it, a chaise like this Christopher Knight Home Paolo Acaia Wood Lounge Chair is a wonderful option. It’s ideal for sunbathing during the day, but it’s also comforting at night when sitting (or laying) around a fire pit, curled up under a blanket. This also comes in at a great price point.
Christopher Knight Home Ariana Acacia Wood Chaise Lounge with Cushion, Teak Finish
This chaise lounge is comfortable and relaxing.
Scandanovia Unbreakable Premium Juice Glasses
Outdoor glasses aren’t exactly a decoration (although they can be if placed on a bar cart!), but they’re definitely an excellent thing to have if you plan on spending a lot of time outdoors. Anything made of glass can break easily on the hard surfaces outside, and it’s just not something you want to worry about.
These Scandanovia Unbreakable Glasses are made of a high-quality plastic that doesn’t have a weird scent and feels sturdy and durable—more like glass than plastic. They come in bright colors and are fun to mix and match.
SCANDINOVIA - 8 oz Unbreakable Premium Juice Glasses - Set of 4 - Tritan Plastic Tumbler Cups - Perfect for Gifts - BPA Free - Dishwasher Safe - Stackable (Assorted Colors)
These glasses are bright, fun, and difficult to break.
Lights4Fun Wooden Battery-Operated LED Flameless Candle Lantern
There’s something about the soft glow of candles that instantly makes a space seem more dreamy and soothing. Walking around to individually light candles or lanterns can be annoying, and if it’s a bit breezy, you might worry about fires catching. Solve that problem with something like these Lights4Fun Wooden Flameless Candle Lanterns.
They are battery operated with a flickering bulb that mimics a real flame—so they look like legitimate candles and give off that same effect, but they’re much more convenient. They have a six-hour timer and are made for indoor or outdoor use, so they’re also versatile. And, the wooden look is perfect for your patio.
Lights4fun, Inc. 13" Large Wooden Decorative Rustic Battery Operated Flameless LED Candle Lantern with Rope Handle
These Lights4Fun Wooden Lanterns are battery powered with a realistic "flame."
World Market Natural Umbrella Canopy with Fringe
An umbrella is basically a necessity for any outdoor area. It will shade you from a lot of sunlight, keep you cool, and it just adds a little extra something. You can use this World Market Natural Umbrella with a table if you have one, or you can buy a weighted base and use it as a patio umbrella. The fringe gives this one a bohemian vibe, and the neutral color ensures it will go with anything else you have.
Urban Outfitters Lilla Outdoor Chair
You truly can never have enough seating options when it comes to decorating your outdoor space. These Lilla Outdoor Chairs are ideal for a smaller setting, like a balcony or a small deck. They don’t take up too much space, and they’re really cute and unique. Add some throw pillows and a throw blanket or two to make them feel more comfortable to sit on.
Mateyka Brown Indoor/Outdoor Rug
When decorating their backyard or balcony, many people don’t even think about adding an outdoor rug. But rugs made for the outdoors are actually great to add for a decorative element—they make your space look instantly more cozy and chic. This Mateyka Brown Indoor/Outdoor Rug is great because you can bring it inside during the winter, but it works outside as well. The pattern is also perfect for that Instagram vibe you’re looking for.
Zen Tile Outdoor Floor Cushion
You can’t have a dreamy boho space without a floor cushion (it’s basically a rule). This Zen Tile Outdoor Floor Cushion is made for the outdoors, and will look so cute plopped down on the grass or on your patio. It’s an extra seating option that barely takes up any space and is super easy to store, and you can buy two or three of them and throw them around when having company over so people can spread out easily.