20 Items to Give Your Patio an Instant Summer Refresh, All Under $50

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Hip, hip, hooray, patio season is here! If you’re lucky enough to have an outdoor space, however big or small, make the most of it with a few thoughtful decor pieces. Think: outdoor pillows, pretty planters, portable lanterns, and more. You don’t have to blow your budget to spruce up your patio space, though. 

Scroll on for 20 affordable decor pieces—all under $50—that’ll up the ambiance of your patio, making it the place everyone will want to hang out this summer.

World Market Teardrop Solar LED Lantern

Buy at Worldmarket.com

Once the sun sets, soft lighting on your patio is key to keeping the party going. This solar LED lantern is lightweight and portable, bringing a much-needed glow without all the hassle of finding an outdoor outlet or batteries.

Simply let it soak up the sun, and it will illuminate your late-night dinner parties. It can be hung or set on a tabletop; remember to bring it inside when summer storms hit.

Around four-and-a-half hours of solar charging will give you six to eight hours of light.

Society6 Sunflower and Bee Throw Pillow

Buy at Society6.com

This outdoor throw pillow is equal parts comfortable and cool, begging for a front-and-center spot on your patio furniture. It’s available in four sizes, all with the insert included, so you can get the best fit for your specific space. This style is weather-resistant too, so you don’t have to scramble outside to protect the pillow when it starts to rain.

Xuanmuque Double Sized Macrame Hammock

Buy at Amazon.com

There’s nothing quite as relaxing as dozing off in a hammock with the birds chirping and summer breeze blowing. This macrame design can make all your hammock dreams come true. (For less than $40 too!) No need to keep it all to yourself either; this one can comfortably hold two adults, so you can get your snuggle on.

Hamlin Row Shop Strawberry Doormat

Buy at Etsy.com

You’re bound to smile each time you step on this delightful strawberry doormat. It’s almost too pretty to wipe your dirty shoes on, but don’t let that stop you. This one is made from high-quality, all-natural coir fibers, so it’s both eco-friendly and super durable. The vinyl backing ensures it won’t slip and slide out from under you, either.

Dave & Jenny Marrs for Better Homes & Gardens 3-Tier Plant Stand

Buy at Walmart.com

Upgrade your potted plants’ arrangement by displaying them on this three-tiered plant stand. Thanks to its streamlined silhouette, it’s handy for smaller patios, though with its natural teak wood finish, it’s a match for any space of any style. This stand can be used indoors or outdoors, so you can repurpose it inside during the winter, and it’s easy to assemble, too.

Arlmont & Co. Alliene Solar Outdoor LED Wall Lights

Buy at Wayfair.com

Illuminate your patio after dark with this set of four LED wall lights. Their scaly lampshades emit a glittery light pattern, perfect for lighting the way to your patio door late at night. They’re solar-powered and weather-resistant, giving off a gentle light—nothing your neighbors will complain about. Bonus: the lights are included.

Anthropologie Bekah Geometric Indoor/Outdoor Seat Cushion

Buy at Anthropologie.com

Let's make a pledge this summer: no more peeling your legs off of chairs, only to walk around with an ingrained pattern on your thighs for the next hour. Instead, be nicer to your backside with these fun and colorful seat cushions from Anthropologie. The high-density, quick-dry foam fill will keep you comfortable, and the pattern is sure to cheer up your patio too. To keep these cushions in their best, brightest shape, bring them inside when not in use and during inclement weather. 

Homarden 1 Gallon Watering Can

Buy at Amazon.com

Give your plant babies some love with this retro-style watering can. The copper design comes in a few different colors, including green, silver, and teal, and its removable spout makes for extra easy watering both indoor and outdoor plants. When not in use, it doubles as cute decor for your patio—and as a constant reminder to keep your plants hydrated.

Anthropologie Lucia Acrylic Goblet Wine Glasses

Buy at Anthropologie.com

Cheers to summer—fill these vibrant goblet wine glasses, which come in sets of four, with your beverage of choice. Since they're made from durable acrylic, you can drink from them on your patio or poolside without having to worry about any slippery fingers causing broken glass. They’re available in five oh-so-fun colors and, come your last sip, can be thrown in the dishwasher.

Sand Mine Outdoor Rug

Buy at Amazon.com

An outdoor rug is essential to defining a patio space—especially one with a graphic pattern, like this affordable option. This reversible rug stands up to all the elements and is resistant to fading and mildew. This one also comes with a carrying back, making it easy to store away for the winter or repurpose for picnics or camping.

HollyHome Metal Accent Table

Buy at Amazon.com

To make the most of your patio space, you’ll need a solid and stylish spot to hold your iced coffee and beach read (or patio read). This waterproof metal side table costs just $32, making it an ideal and affordable addition to your patio design. Now, back to your book…

Brightown Outdoor String Lights

Buy at Amazon.com

Buy at Walmart.com

For instant ambiance on your patio, add these Edison bulb string lights to your Amazon cart. While they look perfectly delicate, rest assured they’re built to last through all kinds of weather situations, from extreme heat to rain and wind. Now you can enjoy your patio long after the sun sets.

Grand Patio Round Steel Patio Coffee Table

Buy at Amazon.com

No patio is complete without a coffee table. This style, which can be used both indoors and outdoors, comes in a variety of vibrant colors and calming neutrals. It’s weather-resistant, UV-protected, and sturdy enough to hold up to 50 pounds. This is an easy “add to cart” decision.

Blissun 9' Aluminum Patio Umbrella

Buy at Amazon.com

If you plan to spend a significant amount of time this summer on your patio this summer (as you should), then an outdoor umbrella is a must. This one, which comes in an array of colors, can be used with a patio umbrella stand that you can maneuver around your lounge chairs. It’ll keep you cool and UV-safe all summer long—all without breaking your budget.

Mainstays 26" Metal Round Outdoor Wood-Burning Fire Pit

Buy at Walmart.com

Buy at Bonanza.com

Yes, you read that correctly—this outdoor wood-burning fire pit costs less than $37! Whether you want to roast some marshmallows or simply cozy up to the warmth on chilly nights, this petite fire pit will make your patio the place to be this summer. Just make sure that you have enough space to comply with local fire regulations, and that open flames are allowed in your area.

Better Homes & Gardens Battery-Powered 11'' 8 Lights Gray PE Woven Pendant

Buy at Walmart.com

If you have a covered patio space, like a pergola or gazebo, this sleek pendant light would beautifully define your outdoor dining space. It’s battery-powered, so there’s no need to find a nearby plug, and fully weather-proof too. Time to start sending out invites for your summer soirees.

LSKYTOP Artificial Daisy Wreath

Buy at Amazon.com

Wreaths are a no-brainer when it comes to holiday decorating, but don’t let your door go bare the rest of the year. Instead, brighten it up with this cheerful artificial wreath. It’s full of vibrant daisies and wildflowers—a warm welcome to both summer and your patio space. 

Better Homes & Gardens Woven Battery Operated Small Outdoor Lantern

Buy at Walmart.com

Up the ambiance of your patio space with this waterproof and weather-resistant lantern. It comes with a removable LED candle that evokes the same coziness as a real candle without the hazard. It’s designed with a built-in timer too, so you’ll never have to ask yourself “did I turn the lantern off?”

NIKY Large Citronella Candles

Buy at Amazon.com

Shoo fly, don’t bother us! That goes for pesky mosquitoes too. Don’t let the little nuisances ruin your summertime fun. Instead, stock up on this three-pack of citronella candles, which add that sweet lemongrass smell to your patio and encourage the little bugs to, well, bug off.

H&M Metal Plant Pot with Hanger

Buy at Www2.hm.com

Hang your cascading plants with pride in this petite hanging pot. The streamlined design is available in both black and light beige options, either of which would add a modern touch to your patio space. Once a chill hits the air in the fall, bring this planter inside; it’d look just as cool tucked into a gallery wall or livening up a bathroom.

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