One of the best things about summer (especially if you live in a place that's not always warm) is expanding your living space to the outdoors. And you don't need a giant backyard to do it. Whether you've got a small patch of grass or even just a balcony, there's a way to create a fresh and inviting space you'll love.

We get it—landscaping and scoring the perfect outdoor decor might seem intimidating, especially with kids running around , but you can still create a cost-effective space with an inviting vibe that's uniquely yours.

We searched the internet for the best patio ideas, and they are serious #patiogoals. The spaces are so dreamy you'll never want to leave the comfort of your own home for some R&R.

From herb gardens and stunning string lights to round pools to sleek grills, we found the best approachable outdoor patio ideas you can recreate along with some products to get you there:

1. New style dining

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Globe Electric Sansa 1-Light Black Outdoor/Indoor Pendant

Globe Electric


Sansa 1-Light Black Outdoor/Indoor Pendant

We love the industrial look of these geometric cage lights. The chain length can be customized allowing you to use just one or hang a few at different levels to create a look that’s all your own.

2. Modern nautical style

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Gertmenian Nautical Rug



Nautical Rug

Gertmenian’s durable indoor/outdoor rugs have been sprucing up patios since 1896. Pull your nautical-themed digs together with this blue anchor motif!

3. Lanterns & lighting

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Pottery Barn Cage Lantern LED String Lights

Pottery Barn


Cage Lantern LED String Lights

We admit, we may be a touch obsessed with these copper cage lights. The look is absolutely 💯 and they’re USB powered so you can light things up even if there isn’t an outlet nearby.

Addlon Outdoor String Lights



Outdoor String Lights

Or, you could go the classic route with these highly-rated string lights. The key is the Edison style bulb which not only looks cooler, but offers that amber quality light that gives instant vibes.

4. Natural vibes

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DUOSHIDA Tatami Floor Pillow



Tatami Floor Pillow (Set of 2)

As extra seating, or stacked up as a coffee table, these straw poufs are versatile and easy to incorporate into all kinds of spaces.

5. House of greens

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6. Relaxing cozy

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Laurel Foundry Modern Farmhouse Norton St. Philip Wicker Set

Laurel Foundry


Modern Farmhouse Norton St. Philip Wicker Set

Take your living room hangs outdoors with this not-totally-outrageously-expensive set. Throw a rug underneath and you’ve got an instantly cozy spot you won’t want to leave all summer long.

7. Floating in the trees

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8. Minimalist decor

Bay Isle Home Andresen Seating Group

Bay Isle Home


Andresen Seating Group

An airy wicker set that’s nothing like grandmas? Yes please.

9. Poll vibes only

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10. The good old days

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11. Light & airy

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Bonzer Sheer Outdoor Curtains



Sheer Outdoor Curtains

Sheer curtains are a light and airy way to define a space and add an ethereal vibe to your outdoor living room.

12. All the bright places

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13. Screened in dreaming

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14. Brick & greens

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Ceramic Indoor:Outdoor Wallscape Planter

West Elm


Ceramic Indoor:Outdoor Wallscape Planter

Even if you don’t have the space (or wherewithal) to create a living wall, you can still add some greenery with these wallscape planters from West Elm. They come in two sizes and three colors and can be arranged in endless formations. Prices start at $29.

15. Pretty in pinks

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16. Vacation living

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17. Chic patio style

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Dalya South Shore Outdoor Plastic Side Table

South Shore


Dalya Outdoor Plastic Side Table

With its clean Scandinavian vibe, this plastic side table is just begging you to perch a fancy cocktail atop it. I mean, what’s more ‘grammable than that?

18. Grill & chill

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19. Black & white

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20. Farmhouse living

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21. Summer chillin'

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LeisureMod 2-Person Wicker Swing



2-Person Wicker Swing

Sure there’s room for two, but you don’t have to share if you don’t want to. In fact, we can’t think of anything better than curling up here with a book and some coffee before the rest of the household finds us.

A version of this story was published July 22, 2020. It has been updated.