50 Beautiful Backyard Design Ideas to Enjoy Year-Round

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SG Style Blog

If there's one mistake most dwellers make, it's not paying enough attention to the spaces outside of your home. While we appreciate an impeccably designed interior—obvi—you'd be remiss not to decorate your backyard with an equal amount of style as any other room inside of your house.

Whether you're working with endless square footage or you have a tiny deck that needs a little something to get you outside more often, we have the inspiration you need to up your backyard design game.

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Make It Comfortable

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SG Style Blog

Do yourself a favor and invest in comfortable outdoor furniture. Extra comfy pieces will call out to you after long days, which will ensure that you're always getting the most of your backyard setup.

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Circle Around a Fire

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Room For Tuesday

Gathering around a fire is one of the oldest forms of socializing. There's something to be said about toasting your favorite wine with friends and family outdoors under the stars, huddled around a crackling fire.

While most dwellers only take advantage of this age-old activity when partaking in outdoor activities, like camping or beach bonfires, there's no reason you can't bring the age-old ritual to your very own backyard.

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Try Outdoor Curtains

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Room For Tuesday

Installing a rod with outdoor curtains will give your backyard an upscale cabana feel, plus some added privacy for lounging, reading, or hanging by the pool.

Outdoor curtains are stars for much more than their good looks—they provide tons of shade on extra sunny days.

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Warm Things Up

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Room For Tuesday

An impeccably decorated backyard will inevitably make your home the go-to for outdoor gatherings all season long. Our best advice is to be prepared for chillier nights. Invest in an outdoor heater to keep your guests comfortable after the sun goes down.

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Install Statement Lighting

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Room For Tuesday

If you have a pergola, here's your sign to dress it up with statement overhead lighting. Hang a cluster of paper lanterns and fairy lights from the beams and you've got yourself an outdoor take on a modern chandelier.

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Make It Kid-Friendly

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Emily Henderson Design

Whether all your friends have kids or it's just your little ones running around, creating an outdoor space that's kid and parent-friendly will make the perfect backdrop for lifetime memories. We're building this snow cone station in our own backyards stat.

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Give Old Pieces New Life

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Emily Henderson Design

Redesigning your backyard can be expensive. If you have some family heirlooms lying around, here's the perfect place to display them. If you don't, there's never a bad time to visit a thrift store.

Not only is it easy on your wallet, the final look will have just the perfect amount of old-world charm.

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Upcycle Your Outdoor Furniture

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Emily Henderson Design

Sometimes, the coolest furniture pieces are the ones you can't buy. Don't believe us? This table was made with a piece of scrap metal and a slab of stone for the top—and still looks utterly chic.

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Try the Rattan Trend

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Emily Henderson Design

There's no better time than spring to try the rattan trend, but the good news is the timeless look will look fabulous in your home all year round. Potted plants and string lights will make it the most Instagrammable backyard on the block.

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Plan for Outdoor Entertaining

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Emily Henderson Design

If you pride yourself on being the hostess with the mostess, the ultimate backyard showpiece is elusive outdoor movie screen. A tent and plenty of floor cushions cozy things up and make it the perfect place to crash under the stars when the movie runs late.

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Make It Dinner-Party Ready

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SG Style Blog

As the weather warms up, you're going to want to spend more time outdoors. Designate a space for dinners al fresco and keep it dinner-party ready with plenty of seating, outdoor lighting and fresh flowers clipped from your garden to dress up your table.

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Keep a Well-Stocked Bar Cart

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Emily Henderson Design

Nothing gets a backyard boogie going quite like a well-stocked bar cart. Some ice, sparkling water, and citrus garnishes will keep your guests hydrated—and it looks cute to boot.

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Go With Fancy Tiles

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Emily Henderson Design

When you think of fancy patterned tiles, formal dining rooms might come to mind. But if your budget allows, installing a statement tile in your outdoor space will transport you to a resort on the Italian coast.

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Think Outside The Furniture Box

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Emily Henderson Design

Take it back to basics with a rustic setup like this backyard retreat. Set up some seating made of tree stumps—just like our ancestors did it—and stock the space with plenty of cozy blankets and tools for cooking the perfect s'more.

This rustic approach will make for a backyard campsite you'll never want to pack up.

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Create Entertaining Zones

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Emily Henderson Design

The secret to a well-balanced backyard lies in the layout. Creating entertaining zones, like a cozy seating area and separate dining space, will ensure that your guests always feel at home. And when you're not hosting, you have plenty of lounging options to enjoy.

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Establish a Color Story

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Emily Henderson Design

Creating and sticking to a gorgeous color story will make your outdoor space look so polished. We love this royal blue setup that includes porcelain plates and lumbar pillows on each chair, which pop against the wooden tabletop.

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Soak Up the Sun

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Emily Henderson Design

Whether your backyard boasts a sparkling pool or not, a couple of outdoor chaise loungers make your space the perfect place to lay out and work on your tan.

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DIY a Fire Pit

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 DESIGN: KRISTIN LEWIS, PHOTO: CHARLOTTE LEA 

Fire pits can sometimes be expensive, and if we're being honest, sometimes the best home décor items are the ones you take to make yourself. An afternoon DIY project, some boulders, and some firewood can provide backyard entertainment for years to come.

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Bring On the Old-World Charm

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Tim Melideo

It's often proven that less is actually more and this backyard setup is what we mean. The rustic, solid wood dining table and chairs in this adorable home will make you think you're in your very own Moroccan hideaway.

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Install an Outdoor Shower

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Tim Melideo

There's nothing like an al-fresco shower on a sunny spring day. Install an outdoor shower head and switch up your shower routine all season long.

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Give It a Resort Feel

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Design: Charlotte Safavi for Grey Hunt Interiors, Photo: Stacy Zarin Goldberg

Who said you need to book a flight to have a five-star lounging experience? A couple of resort-ey loungers will make you feel like you're hanging poolside, whether or not you have a pool, or a plane ticket.

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Hang Market Lights

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DESIGN: JACKIE OF FINDING LOVELY; PHOTO: RUTH EILEEN PHOTOGRAPHY

Overhead string lights are the go-to lighting option for most dwellers because it complements most design styles, it's easy to install, and is suitable for owners and renters alike. 

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Take an Outdoor Fan for a Spin

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CALIMIA HOME

If you're considering adding overhead lighting to your outdoor space, keep in mind that exterior fans are also an option. Not only do you get plenty of lighting after sunset, the fan gives you a comfortable breeze on even the hottest of days. 

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Make It Party-Ready

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MICHELLE BOUDREAU DESIGN

A poolside bar is the ultimate entertaining spot. A TV, some bar stools, and a well-stocked mini fridge are sure to get the party started every time. We love how the natural textures—like the marble bar, wooden slats, and concrete pendants—all mesh together so well.

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Infuse Some Color

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Courtesy of Dazey Den

If you can't infuse bright hues outdoors, where can you infuse them? This fairly neutral backyard area made good use of some colorful paint shades and added geometric shapes to make the deck decor pop.

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Add Extra Privacy

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Design, Photo: Laura Genevieve

Retainer walls work wonders at separating your space from your neighbor's, but they're not always high enough to provide the privacy you want. If your existing wall is too short, add a few wooden slats to make your wall higher and up your privacy.

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Dine Al Fresco

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Design: Charlotte Safavi for Grey Hunt Interiors, Photo: Stacy Zarin Goldberg

If you're lucky enough to have a wooded area in your backyard, take advantage of it and create a proper outdoor lunch escape. A full-sized table, overhead chandelier suspended from a tree and a bottle of wine is all you need to feel like you're dining in the south of France.

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Create a Cabana

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Design: Charlotte Safavi for Grey Hunt Interiors, Photo: Stacy Zarin Goldberg

Poolside furniture, loungers, and cabana curtains all contribute to that resort and spa feel, but it's the smaller details that really make it feel like a getaway. Rolled towels within reach, comfortable pillows and throw blankets, and drinking glasses on the coffee table make it feel like poolside service.

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Make It Fun

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Design: Leah Alexander of Beauty Is Abundant, Photo: Shii Took It Photography

What's an outdoor space if it's not fun? Having plenty of boardgames and entertainment ready to host friends and family will make your backyard the go-to spot on a Saturday night.

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Plant a Living Greenery Wall

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Design: Kate Lester Interiors

You've planted greenery in pots and sowed them in the ground, but this hanging garden defies gravity in the best way.

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Get Yourself a BBQ

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Design: Kate Lester Interiors

If you're going to be entertaining, you'll need a place to prepare meals for your guests. An outdoor kitchen will make cooking for a crowd a breeze—and the best part is you won't need to be holed up inside while everyone is enjoying the outdoors.

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Put In a Pool

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Design: D2 Interiors, Photo: Amy Bartlam

You might think you need acres-worth of land to dig in an olympic-sized pool, but this narrow Spanish-style setup is proof less can be more.

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Bring the Inside Out

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Design: DLRhein, Photo: Amy Bartlam

If you have big comfy couch in your living room, you know it's the place your friends and family tend to gather. Bring the comfort of your living room to your backyard with an oversized patio couch.

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Make a Grand Entrance

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Design: DLRhein, Photo: Amy Bartlam.

If you've spent time and money making your backyard look resort-worthy, the entrance should feel equally as luxe. This rounded archway with climbing ivy is equivalent of the stairway to heaven.

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Try a Sandbox

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Design: Jette Creative, Photo: Amy Bartlam

Sandboxes aren't just for kids. This backyard sand area looks like a million bucks in this space and happens to be an affordable alternative to most flooring treatments.

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Keep It Simple

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Design: North Design, Photo: Amy Bartlam

Sometimes all it takes is a couple of chairs and a table to set your morning coffee down to make your backyard feel complete. This setup is just what we need for lazy Sunday sunrises.

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Don't Cover It Up

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Courtesy of Laura Brophy Interiors

Now that you've decorated your backyard patio to a T, don't cover it up with a heavy fence. Instead, opt for glass railings that look modern and show off your gorgeous décor.

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Install a Waterfall

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Courtesy of Brophy Interiors

A wall of trickling water will turn your backyard into a zen getaway. Not only does it look fancy in any setting, the sound will relax you the second you step out your back door.

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DIY An Outdoor Coffee Table

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Courtesy of Calimia Home

Patio furniture is made to withstand year-round weather, so it can be an investment. DIY a unique piece that's sure to endure the elements, like this tree-stump coffee table. All you need is a good piece of wood and a can of paint.

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Make Al Fresco Dining Feel Special

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Courtesy of Calimia Home

If you're arranging a brunch or dinner party in your backyard, paper plates aren't exactly the picture of 'hostess with the mostest.' Invest in an outdoor set of tableware, silverware, and glasses. And if you're feeling fancy, fresh centerpieces really help set the tone.

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Break Out a Rug

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Courtesy of Calimia Home

Rugs are traditionally reserved for indoor use, but placing a weather-proof rug outside makes your backyard gathering space feel much more homey. This neutral jute rug elevates this patio dining space in a snap.

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Build a Pergola

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Courtesy of Calimia Home

An overhead structure with lattice panels provides just the right amount of shade, without looking heavy or blocking out natural light. It also makes your patio space look complete and is perfect for hanging string lights.

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Get Into Gardening

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Courtesy of Calimia Home

If you have a green thumb, this micro garden is proof you don't need a sprawling yard to show off your skills. Pick a few of your favorite plants and watch them thrive.

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Take The TV Outdoors

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Courtesy of Chelius Houseof Design

Perfect for enjoying football on Sunday throughout the fall or movies on warm summer nights, an outdoor TV just makes watching feel so much more fun. Be sure to pick out a TV that is made for the outdoors.

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Hang a Hammock

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Courtesy of Erin Williamson Design

We can see it now: We step outside to our patio for an afternoon nap on our cozy hammock. Paired with a glass of wine, morning coffee, or a good book, this hammock is the perfect way to enjoy the outdoors.

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Make It Semi-Indoors

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Design: Pure Salt Interiors, Photo: Vanessa Lentine

A transitional space makes it feel both indoor and outdoor at the same time. Create a hangout space under your porch and open up your home to it with panoramic sliding doors.

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Create Built-In Furniture

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Design: Pure Salt Interiors, Photo: Vanessa Lentine

You can buy patio furniture, or you can actually build it into your patio. This setup includes a built-in couch, made comfy with a seat pad, pillows, and a throw blanket for a Mediterranean-style set-up.

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Add a Couch Swing

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Design: Pure Salt Interiors, Photo: Vanessa Lentine

You've heard of a tire swing and a hanging chair, but this hanging couch looks as comfy as it does stylish. Just be sure to get it professionally installed to ensure safety.

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Be Prepared For Additional Guests

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Design: Pure Salt Interiors, Photo: Vanessa Lentine

With a backyard as gorgeous as yours, you shouldn't be surprised if extra guests make their way over. Have plenty of extra seating, like these floor poufs, to accommodate additional people.

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Convert Your Garage

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Design: Pure Salt Interiors, Photo: Vanessa Lentine

If you have a detached garage, convert it to an entertaining space that opens up to your backyard. It'll be a major step up from the storage space it might currently be.

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