Backyard Ideas

Sun’s out, fun’s out! Now that you’re spending more time outside, all eyes are on the backyard. Whether you’re planning a party for friends or just relaxing with family, a serene outdoor oasis is the perfect place to chill in style all summer long.

There are many ways to refresh your outdoor space. Size doesn’t matter—from rooftop decks to small urban balconies to large backyards and patios, a few new easy, breezy touches can take it to the next level. From backyard ideas to patio ideas, we’ve got you covered on everything you need to make your outdoor space the place to be this summer.

When it comes to backyard ideas, décor is a great place to start. Outdoor furniture, outdoor pillows, outdoor blankets and throws, picnic essentials, outdoor lighting and indoor/outdoor rugs are all easy ways to refresh an outdoor space. Whether you choose a colour theme or mix and match patterns with solids, adding a touch of personality to your outdoor space makes it feel extra special. A striped indoor/outdoor rug is an ideal patio idea, because it creates a fresh, preppy vibe. While a stylish pouf featuring a bold, colourful print, is a versatile outdoor accent that works overtime as impromptu seating or a comfy footrest. Add a tray and it becomes a side table for outdoor entertaining.

Beach readers are great for backyards, too, because you can create an outdoor reading space under a shady tree. Grab one of summer’s hottest new releases then read, relax, and repeat. Classic sling chairs make great backyard ideas or patio ideas, because they add comfort and style to any space. String up a water-repellent print hammock for a laid-back island vibe, grab your portable speakers and your playlist of favourite summer tunes.

Summer weather calls for outdoor entertaining any day of the week. Update your outdoor table with melamine dishes —lightweight and virtually shatterproof, they add a fun touch to any summer table. From tropical palms to pretty florals, mix and match your Melamine dinnerware for an unexpectedly fresh look when dining al fresco. Other great versatile serveware pieces include enamel and wood trays and ceramic outdoor dishes splashed with whimsical prints such as pineapples. Perfect for the patio—and beyond.

When it comes to entertaining, outdoor drinkware makes a great backyard idea or patio idea, too. Get the party started with insulated wine glasses, shatterproof highball and lowball glasses and shatterproof tumblers. Great for outdoor or indoor get-togethers, look for colourful print versions to kick things up a notch.

Another great backyard idea or patio idea is to give your garden a fresh look. Decorative garden items add a cheery punch of colour and a personal touch to any outdoor space. Opt for stoneware flower pots, ceramic and wood plant pots, hanging planters, garden grow kits (hint: even indoor versions look great on a patio or a balcony, or as table décor when dining outdoors.) Keep a few planter misters on hand to give plants a few watery spritzes to keep them happy and healthy on a hot day.

When you’re planning your backyard refresh, make sure to include some kid-friendly updates made for some serious fun in the sun. A pop-up beach tent makes a cool backyard idea or patio idea for the kiddies, because it’s perfect for playtime, and also provides a shady spot to read or have a snack. Another great backyard idea for little ones is an inflatable pool (perfect for kids or adults) to splash around in or sit in and play while cooling off. Shop inflatable pools from Big Mouth or La Vaca.

Whether you’re looking for backyard ideas or patio ideas, our curated selection of outdoor décor and outdoor entertaining essentials is sure to inspire your next backyard refresh.