Backyard patio ideas: A quick guide to affordable patio decor

by Cary Garcia 05/12/2024

patio with four chais and table

Patios are often referred to as extensions of the home. It’s an excellent place to build an outdoor kitchen, entertain around an outdoor fireplace or just generally lounge about on a breezy day. 

However, there may be a few other ways you can give your patio the ultimate facelift without lifting too many fingers.

Here are a few excellent patio ideas to spruce up your outdoor space to get the most out of your home’s extension.

Inexpensive patio decorating ideas

Use painted flower pots to give your backyard extra vibrancy. You can find affordable flower pots at your local home goods stores and some thrift shops. Use acrylic paints in your favorite colors to really make your painted pots pop. 

Another affordable DIY project is creating a small, paved patio walkway. A cement or stone patio pathway can add an elegant yet earthy vibe to your backyard space. 

Give outdoor furniture a try

Do you have well-loved plastic outdoor furnishings? Don’t throw it out! Give your outdoor patio furniture a makeover by spray-painting them. For example, if you have an older wooden outdoor bench, try exterior wood paint to bring it new life. 

Floating garden beds

If you have a small pond, floating gardens make for delightful backyard decor. While this is a more advanced DIY endeavor, it tends to bring tranquility and added relaxation to your backyard space.

Key materials for this project include: bamboo, a bed of leaves, soil and seeds. Once you have created your bamboo raft, add your soil and plant the seeds. The garden’s aesthetic is sure to delight and relax as your rafts float gently in the water.

Your outdoor patio is an extension of your home. Outdoor spaces can be fun, cozy and a great place of relaxation.

About the Author

Cary Garcia

As a real estate broker licensed in Virginia, Maryland, and Washington, D.C., I work strictly by referral. For over 20 years, my success has hinged entirely on detailed, efficient service to clients like you.


Finding a real estate agent is easy. Finding a skilled agent is the hardest…What separates me from other real estate agents is my extensive knowledge of contract law. You need an agent who understands the legality of the contract by enforcing the terms of the offer as well as all of the contingencies, addendums and disclosures. Before signing the offer, I will thoroughly explain the contract in detail, so you understand what you are committing to.I bring an expert’s perspective to help buyers and sellers make the right decisions. 

Because I understand the legal and highly emotional aspects associated with real estate transactions, I am able to provide expert guidance to help you make informed and educated decisions. In addition, I’m very skilled at project coordination. 

With so many people involved in the home sale process, I know how to create satisfying resolutions and make the process go as smoothly and successfully as possible.