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10 things that make your patio area look more expensive

These items can transform your outdoor space.

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Summer will be here before we know it. And, warm weather means we’re finally able to enjoy our outdoor patio area. Not only is it a peaceful and socially distant place, the patio is also the entertainment center for family and friends, the ideal spot for al fresco meals, and an extension of your indoor living space. So, naturally, you want it to look good.

No matter what your style is when it comes to making your outdoor space one that evokes those coveted oohs and ahhs, there are a few ways to make it look and feel luxurious—and you don’t have to spend a ton to do so. Below are 10 gorgeous (and inexpensive) things to add to your outdoor space that’ll make it look like it came straight from a catalog.

1. Sparkling curtain lights

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Opt for vertical curtain lights instead of horizontal ones for a different look.

Nothing makes the crowd go wild more than twinkly lights. Don’t believe me? Check out these curtain lights from Walmart and try not to immediately add them to your cart. As opposed to string lights that only drape above your head, these curtain lights give the feeling of enclosure and create an incredibly cozy oasis. At 8 feet long, they’re just short enough to not drag on the ground, depending on where you hang them from (maybe, a pergola?). Reviewers love the warm glow of these lights and many grabbed multiple boxes to hang throughout their yard.

Get the LED Curtain Lights from Walmart for $14.86

2. An outdoor-friendly area rug

outdoor beige rug
Credit: Wayfair

Choose a rug that's conducive to your space.

A rug can pull any room together—and the same goes for your outdoor patio. If your space is looking a little lackluster, adding an outdoor area rug will give it the extra pop it needs to feel more inviting. Try a neutral braided rug for a beachy boho feel or a bold-colored pattern to keep it tropical, and Wayfair has some highly-rated options that will suit any style. The size will vary depending on your patio, but you should aim for something that can fit your patio furniture.

Shop outdoor rugs on Wayfair

3. A privacy screen

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Keep your privacy and add shape to your space.

You can create a more enclosed outdoor oasis with a room divider or privacy screen, which will also make the space feel more luxurious. This folded room divider is made from wood and woven fiber and features two-way hinges, so you can easily move it from place to place. It will also provide some extra shade and protection from the sun’s harmful rays. When not in use in the wintertime, the screen can be easily stored away or used indoors. While the screen is a bit pricey, it’s still less expensive than, say, building a wall or screened-in porch in your backyard.

Get the U-MAX Room Divider from Amazon for $109.99

4. An outdoor chandelier

rattan pendant light
Credit: Target

Using a soft light will perfectly set the mood.

Who says your patio can’t be glamorous? Try installing a hanging light fixture to emit a chic feel to the space. This pendant light is made from wicker for a classic look and is considered “all-weather,” meaning it will withstand the elements. Even better, it’s battery operated so you won’t be fussing with plugs and cords. Reviewers do warn that it’s not completely waterproof, so be sure to hang it somewhere covered.

Get the LED Solar Pendant Outdoor Ceiling Light from Target for $100

5. Mismatched table and chairs

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Mixing up your table and chairs creates a totally curated look.

Now, bear with me here. Mismatching your tables and chairs may seem like an affront to interior design, but it’s actually one of the best ways to make a space look more expensive and interesting. Bring out your personality by following a simple two-scheme rule: chairs in one finish and a table in another. This makes any dining combo look more curated and high-end, as opposed to a cheap set from a big box store. These West Elm pieces are on the pricier side, but provide great inspiration to incorporate into your own patio.

6. Large plants

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Tall plants promote lots of texture and color elements.

I love big plants, and I cannot lie. Incorporating tall or large plants into your patio area not only adds more greenery but elevates the perception of the space and breaks up the monotony. You should also add some unique planters for texture and color for an overall striking look. Plants can also add balance, scale, and proportion by leading the eye upwards for an expansive feel to what might be a smaller-sized patio. Looking for a plant to start with? We love this majesty palm plant from 1-800-Flowers, which has some funky planter options.

Get the Majesty Palm Floor Plant from 1-800-Flowers for $109.99

7. An outdoor heater

propane outdoor heater
Credit: Amazon

Keep yourself and your guests warm and toasty while you enjoy the outdoors all season.

For those summer nights that can lean towards the chilly side, an outdoor heater is a useful and aesthetically pleasing feature to include in your patio ambiance. Not only does it create a cool industrial feel to an otherwise farmhouse or boho vibe, but it also makes sure you and your guests stay cozy all evening long without shelling out for a custom fire pit. This propane patio heater comes in both bronze and black finishes and has a small attached table and wheels, so changing its location is a breeze.

Get the Hiland Propane Patio Heater from Amazon for $259.99

8. Hanging seating

hanging chair
Credit: Wayfair

Use a hanging seat for a conversation piece or to add interest.

Hang out—literally—with this swing chair that’s perfect for relaxing outdoors. Everyone will be fighting to curl up with a book, lounge with a drink, or even take a nap in this delicate-looking but sturdy chair. Its water-resistant cushions mean that you can leave it outside all summer long without worrying about damage, and its faux-rattan look makes for a lovely addition to any patio decor.

Get the Berkshire Swing Chair With Cushion from Wayfair for $309.99

9. Textured throw pillows

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Credit: Target

Don't underestimate what a few patterned pillows can do for an outdoor space.

Pillows are a great but under-utilized way to make a space feel more lavish. You can play around with various colors, lengths, sizes, and textures for a combination that’s interesting to the eye (and comfy!). This tufted pillow from Target is a great start, with its knitted look and beautiful terra cotta color that’s perfect for summer. Bonus: it’s made for the outdoors, so you can leave it out throughout the season.

Get the Tufted Throw Pillow from Target for $20

10. A sleek side table

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Credit: Wayfair

Often overlooked, a side table can be essential to an outdoor space.

A patio area isn’t complete without a couple of side tables to hold drinks, books, phones, and more. Go for something understated and not bulky to not overwhelm the space. While the bigger furniture pieces like couches, dining sets, and chairs take center stage, the side table is often an overlooked aspect that helps tie the space together. This one from Wayfair is minimal but also has an eye-catching and sleek design that would look great with any seating area.

Get the Rison Outdoor Side Table from Wayfair for $54.99

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