Whether you’re hosting a formal dinner party or having an easy meal with family, there’s something magical about being able to dine outside under the open sky. We know decorating your outdoor spaces can be tricky, so we built out this handy dandy guide to help you create the outdoor dining room of your dreams. Read on to see how to make it happen in your own home!
Take inspiration from indoors.
The first thing to consider when decorating a space outdoors? Treat it just like you would a room inside your home! Of course, you’ll want to decorate with pieces made of outdoor-friendly materials. But aside from that, all the same rules apply! Think of your patios, balconies, backyards, and porches like they’re actual rooms—and not just places to slap down outdoor furniture and call it a day. If you’re starting from scratch, pick a large item like a dining table, credenza, or rug, and build your space around that. With some thoughtful planning, we promise your outdoor dining room can be just as lovely as its counterpart indoors!
Roll out an outdoor rug.
And speaking of treating your outdoor spaces like those indoors, rolling out a rug is a key component of accomplishing just that! For any outdoor space (including covered patios!) we strongly recommend choosing an outdoor rug, which is crafted to withstand mildew, fading from sunlight, and other issues that come from being outside in the elements. We have a huge collection of outdoor rugs—ranging from subtle stripes to bold geometric prints to boho Moroccan styles—so you can find one that perfectly suits your desired look and space.
Want to learn more about outdoor rugs, including how to care for them? Check out our guide here! And if you’re looking for info on what size rug to get for your outdoor dining room, you’ll find all the info you need in our story here.
String up some lights.
The pros of entertaining outdoors? The beautiful scenery, the birds chirping, the fresh air, the big blue sky. The cons? When the sun sets, you need to find a new source of light! Luckily, there are so many amazing options for bringing a little light and ambience to your outdoor dining room—and a favorite of ours happens to be string lights. Hang several strands above and around your space to bring out all the cozy and romantic vibes!
Go big on greenery.
Like we said before, part of what makes being outdoors so beautiful is all the amazing natural greenery. So turn your outdoor dining room into a true entertaining oasis with a mix of gorgeous greens! Think a mix of small and large potted plants on and around the table, trees for added shade and privacy, flowering vines hanging from a pergola… your backyard is your oyster!
Top with an umbrella.
Sure, trees can provide extra shade, but there’s nothing like an oversize umbrella to block out the sun when it’s at its brightest and hottest. Look for a style with a fun trim or color to bring a little extra panache to your patio.
Add little extras.
Remember how we said to treat your outdoor dining room just as you would an indoor space? This rule definitely applies to accessorizing and adding in all those decor pieces that will make your outdoor area feel extra homey! Bring a few throw pillows covered in outdoor fabrics to add comfort to seating, decorate the table with beautiful dishes and tea candles, create a memorable centerpiece on the table, layer a throw over chairs for chilly evening air. Any of those special touches you gravitate toward indoors will absolutely work in the great outdoors, too.