21 Simple Outdoor Summer Decorating Ideas

Looking for outdoor summer decorating ideas? Here are some simple ways to add color and summer style to your outdoor spaces.

outdoor summer decorating ideas

Just between us?

Have you ever noticed when I write that there’s a whole lot of “we” going on around here? As in “we” painted the porch and “we” painted a copper roof and “we” added new landscaping and “we” completely redid the back patio and “we” added new house numbers.


In complete and honest transparency? “We” is divided up into two GIANT responsibilities.

There’s the“we” part that does the actual work.

And the “we” part that thinks up all the projects and supervises.

I’ll let you guess which part I am. 🙂

But now?

When it comes to decorating? The roles kind of reverse.

There’s the “we” part that does the decorating.

And the other “we”? They get to sit under an umbrella with the sun setting in the background and relax with lemonade and a snack.

As well they should.

They’ve had a hard week of work.

Here are just a few outdoor summer decorating ideas for the porch from us. 🙂


Porch Decorating Idea 1: paint concrete

There are three entrances to our home.

This is one of them.

It’s the one that we use the most, but it’s the least cutest one of all.

At least it was the least cutest.

Until we took a simple concrete porch and transformed it on a dime with a little bit of paint.

You can see the entire DIY here.

Porch Decorating Idea 2: paint brick

Are you noticing a theme here?

Instead of replacing stuff?

We (there I go again) just paint it.

Wait until you see the before and after of this brick porch.

Just a little paint made SUCH A DIFFERENCE.

You can see the entire DIY here.

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Porch Decorating Idea 3: Add a bench

I know this seems super simple.

But trust me—if you have a kind of random area on your porch that you don’t know what to do with it?

Add a bench.

You can add cushions and pillows for a little bit of color.

And it’s the perfect place to store packages and other items you need to take out or bring in.

Porch Decorating Idea 4: Add planters

I have planters all over the place, including these planters by the back door.

They’re filled with hydrangeas that bring in color to the back porch.

Planters come in tons of different sizes and shapes, but I like planters with a little bit of height like these.

Porch Decorating Idea 5: Add lanterns

This is one of my favorite things to add to a porch after planters and rugs.

They just add a little character and texture to the porch.

And they are so easy to tuck in amongst the flowers.

Porch Decorating Idea 6: Add a swing


I’m from Texas.

The land of the porch swing.

If you are looking for a fun way to encourage people to visit?

Add a porch swing.

Oh—and some sweet tea to go with it.

But wait.

I forgot one more part of the “we.”


He helped us add this vintage dog door knocker to the back door (outdoor summer decorating idea number seven).

The faithful helper that watches over every project who never leaves our side and is always ready for a tail wag of approval.

I couldn’t imagine a project without him. 🙂

And now?

Here are some more porch decorating ideas from some of my favorite friends

5 summer porch decorating tips

The Ponds Farmhouse

Rachel’s blog is amazing. She enjoys an eclectic decorating style, mixing old and new, rustic and modern with the perfect”found it on the side of the road decorating but look at it now” style. She shares all of her adventures on the blog, including decorating her home with a curated style, DIY, thrifting & vintage shopping adventures, and entertaining ideas along with a few “It’s so easy even I’ll make it recipes”.

DIY Curb Appeal on a Budget

Robin’s French Nest

Robyn is passionate about her home and that is so evident on her blog. You’ll find a lot of décor, design, and DIY ideas, but more importantly? She shows us that home can be a haven for family and friends and that there is grace for the messy, hard days. There’s so much inspiration in all of her projects that showcase the simple, everyday things that make a house a home.

Life is Better On the Porch

WM Design House

Wendy is passionate about her family, friends, and her wonderful home. For her, home is a place to gather, build memories, and celebrate the journey of life. She shows us that there is a special joy in designing a space that comforts and inspires. A place that is perfect for entertaining a large party or enjoying a quiet evening at home.

Whether it’s decorating, gardening, or cooking, Wendy brings all the beautiful elements together to create something special.

Summer Porch Tour

Follow The Yellow Brick Home

Amber makes every day beautiful in her “Old Kentucky Home,” a 1921 yellow brick charmer in the (re)making. She’s a music teacher and licensed KY Realtor with a passion for old homes, decorating, collecting, creating lovely things, and decorating with found objects. Her blog features home decor and gardening tips, home improvement, DIY, and craft tutorials.

Thrift Flip Idea For the Front Porch

Stacy Ling

Stacy is an avid suburban gardener who loves home decor and creating beautiful spaces both inside and outside her home. She shares gardening and decorating tips that are all about making a home feel warm, cozy and inviting for her family and friends.

Stacy is all about an approachable, easy-going, and user-friendly style on a budget. I love following her for super helpful gardening tips and ideas.

Blue and White Summer Porch

White Arrows Home

Kristin blogs about decorating, hospitality and making memories. Her log home sits lakeside in the Northwoods of Wisconsin among pine and birch forests where all four seasons bring beauty and inspiration to all things decor and entertaining. Full of tradition and style, Northwoods living is about time well spent with family and friends

Backyard Conversation Area

Dabbling and Decorating

Ann is such an inspiration to me. She decorates with vintage finds from her family’s collected homes in Vermont and Coastal Maine. Dabbling & Decorating was launched in 2017 after she retired from a 26-year career in education sales in Connecticut and retired to the mountains of Vermont.

Back Terrace Project

Life at Bella Terra

Mary’s beautiful home is located in Arizona.

In addition to her amazing DIY projects and decor ideas, she blogs about life, positivity and joy.

To quote Mary, “Happiness comes naturally and on the days when happiness is scarce, I seek it in the simplest of things- the warmth of the sun on my face; the breeze through the trees; the hugs of my children; picking a warm tomato from the vine.”

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