It looks like it’s going to be a staycation kind of summer. But with modern patio furniture and decor, you can set up an inviting outdoor space that makes the backyard feel like a getaway.
For me, quarantine has made room for the relaxation time that I never prioritized before. I always used to think, “Someday when I have time, I’ll read a book on this hammock or sip wine on this patio.”
When we went into quarantine, I decided someday is now. The to-do list is always beckoning, but it’s important to ignore it sometimes.
Now I’ve finished my patio makeover, and it’s a turquoise oasis. So I wanted to share how it turned out, plus some of the prettiest outdoor furniture sets and decor to help give your patio a facelift. Bring on the staycation vibes…
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Mid-Century Modern Patio Furniture
Wood patio furniture gives you a modern look, but it may not handle the weather as well as other options in powder-coated steel or aluminum. It works best for a covered outdoor space, like under a pergola or deck, and you should expect to see some wear and tear added with each season.
Overall, I’m happy with how my set has held up. Maybe in the future I would opt for aluminum patio furniture. I just can’t resist the pretty look of warm wood grain against my dark house.
Here are some outdoor furniture sets to bring mid-century modern style to your patio, including options in wood and aluminum.
Outdoor Loveseats, Chairs and Conversation Sets
Retro Mod Outdoor Dining Sets
Dining alfresco is sure to give you those staycation vibes. The minute Portland dries out from our rainy winters, I dash outside for meals on the patio.
You can always dine at your outdoor loveseat and coffee table, but when you want a more formal or comfortable spot for summer meals, you may want to invest in a table and chairs set.
Here are some adorable options from retro to modern. If I wasn’t all-in on my turquoise theme, I would be putting this pink bistro set in my cart.
Dining Tables and Chairs for Alfresco Meals
Cozy Lounge Chairs
Sun loungers remind me of sitting poolside in Palm Springs. I’ve already shared ideas for bringing those Palm Springs feels to your front porch, but the right lounger can also turn your backyard patio into a mini vacation.
If your patio feels like it’s missing a touch of fun, try a cozy chaise lounge or hammock.
Porch Swings, Hammocks and Chaise Loungers
Modern Outdoor Rugs
The outdoor rug is the piece that brings it all together. I debated between a practical neutral or a loud and colorful turquoise. Of course I can never resist turquoise decor, and I love how this modern rug completes the patio.
The rug ties in all the shades of turquoise, from my side tables to my pillows to the door. It’s made of eco-friendly plastic and should last a long time outdoors.
You might like the outdoor rug I picked or these additional options, including the neutral rug that was a close second.
Fun and Funky Patio Accessories
Adding the right accessories to your patio will transform it to a uniquely you space for enjoying an extended staycation. These retro outdoor side tables were on my wish list forever, and I finally picked them up this spring.
Since this patio is right outside my future tiki bar (I swear I’ll get around to setting it up someday), I decided to hang some tiki art to carry over the theme.
A cozy blanket and durable outdoor pillows invite you to kick back for a long afternoon of relaxation. Potted plants are a must-have. And the most important accessory: string lights.