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Comfy seating, cozy mood lighting, and unique uses for your outdoor space are why we're loving these Pinterest patio ideas

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A good patio design will make or break your outdoor space. What use is a patio without comfy seating, some overhead shade, and a few functional pieces to make the outdoor space more relaxing and unique? That’s why we’re sharing some fantastic backyard patio ideas from Pinterest to help inspire you to revamp your patio space and introduce more fun and functional elements to your design.

Outdoor movie theater patio ideas
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The outdoor movie theater

The outdoor movie theater is a timeless addition to your patio. Following in the footsteps of people like Wonder Forest on Pinterest, you can hang up a projector screen outside for fun summer movie nights in the sweet outdoors. This pin features soft-toned string lights for some mood lighting and a whimsical ambiance. In addition, a DIY screen mount made via 2-by-4s is supporting the projector screen. Alternatively, if you don’t want to DIY a screen mount, you can always hang the projector screen on the side of the house. Just be sure to add some comfy pillows, blankets, and extra seating for a cozy movie night outdoors.

Small and cozy outdoor patio design from Luis Lodge from Pinterest
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The small but cozy backyard haven

Luis Lodge on Pinterest features a cozy backyard haven tucked in a small patio space. Even if you don’t have much room for a back patio design, you can still create an effective and comfortable layout. This pin shows off the use of unique lighting, like the miniature fire pit in the center, the glowing mushroom lamps, and the hanging string lights for a fun touch. In addition, this patio setup focuses on having plenty of seating with a large outdoor wicker sofa to optimize the space available.

Chair swings on a small covered outdoor patio
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You can’t go wrong with chair swings

For those with a covered back patio, you can’t go wrong with chair swings. Fun for all ages, chair swings are great for relaxing, curling up with a good book, and lifting the look of the space. This pin by @garciamaria319 on Pinterest shows just how much chair swings elevate the space. These seating choices help clear up the floor, making the area feel more expansive and less cluttered. Lifting the seating can make room for a full rug without the hindrance of patio furniture, making it easier to clean the floor and work with limited walking space.

HGTV separate covered outdoor patio space with barbeque

The separate covered patio space

HGTV shares a unique spin on the patio by presenting a separate covered patio space in the backyard. While most of us are familiar with the attached patio, the separate patio offers its own unique features. As you can see in this pin, the separate patio features a large fireplace, outdoor bar, and plenty of seating for a fun game night or backyard barbecue. Having the enclosure separate from the house can help generate more fire safety, reduce noise beside the house, and limit the number of times someone needs to go in and out through the back door.

Small backyard patio design from Carly Morgan on Pinterest
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Quaint patio hangout for the small backyard

Carly Morgan on Pinterest shows off a small patio idea that’s a secluded hangout fit for even the tiniest backyards. To save space on this patio, the designer backed the sofa up to the building, allowing plenty of seating while maintaining enough walking space. In addition, crossed hanging string lights create the illusion of a covered space without enclosing the area and making it feel too compact.

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The outdoor patio is a great way to enjoy the outdoors and find space to relax in the summer months. But how you design the space is essential as this will make or break your desire to be there. Follow the inspiration shared in these designs to help create a cozy and private space for relaxation.

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