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The best outdoor decor to buy now, from twinkle lights to throw pillows

Summer is coming

Target’s 2019 spring collection has some fun outdoor decor, including these terra-cotta pillows ($19.99) and a white-and-black outdoor pouf ($47.49).
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Memorial Day is in sight, which means it’s time to get your patio in order, stat. Over the past few weeks the Curbed has searched our favorite brands for everything you need to upgrade your outdoor spaces. We’ve dished on the best hammocks, dining sets, and outdoor sofas you can buy, and now we turn to a much more nebulous category: patio decor.

While “decor” can be hard to define, it’s also what makes a space feel like home. From twinkle lights to area rugs, decor transforms a patio from an impersonal stage room to a fun expression of your personal style. Behold, here are 24 picks sure to level up your garden spaces this summer.

Outdoor Lighting

Lighting makes even the blandest spaces feel hip. Opt for funky string lights or romantic lanterns.

Bachmann 100-Light Globe String Light

No matter the size of your outdoor space, if you string some lights up, your patio can go from boring to alluring in seconds. These well-reviewed globe string lights span 100 feet from end to end with 100 glass lights.

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Wayfair / $75.95 Buy

Gilded Lantern

Available in three sizes (votive, small, and large), these sparkly lanterns create a lovely ambiance that will fit in with almost any type of decor. You’ll thank us when Mom’s evening soirees are the talk of the town.

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Anthropologie / $20-$48 Buy

10-count Wire Outdoor String Lights

Want a funky twist on the classic white string light? Check out these black lights with a metal wire frame and incandescent bulbs.

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Target / $14.99 Buy

Outdoor Rugs

You may not need an outdoor rug, but it’s an easy way to help your space feel more cohesive.

Mod Fish Outdoor Rug Navy

Available in two sizes, this rectangular polypropylene rug gives you a playful maritime look without sacrificing modern style. The rug is stain and water resistant.

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Target / From $42 Buy

Nathalie Cream Indoor/Outdoor Area Rug

Available in a multitude of sizes—rectangle, round, and runner—this well-reviewed polypropylene rug is made with a flat pile for durable construction and outdoor traffic. A cheery blue, green, and orange floral pattern adds a pop of color.

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Wayfair / From $39.99 Buy

Serrano Black Indoor/Outdoor Area Rug

No matter the size you choose, this neutral, Southwestern-inspired rug in black, cream, and gray hues is made from a durable synthetic material that resists staining and fading.

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AllModern / From $53.99 Buy

Fountains

A trickle of water aids in relaxation and is one of the best ways to drown out the sounds of traffic or neighbors.

Ceramic Azul Fountain

Made from two-toned cobalt blue ceramic, this three-vase fountain adds a dash of deep blue to your outdoor decor. Other perks: The pump is included and you can control the flow rate of the water.

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Wayfair / $239.99 Buy

Concrete Arroyo Fountain

Part planter, part fountain, this concrete fountain adds charm and a zen-like atmosphere to any patio.

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AllModern / $249.99 Buy

John Timberland Indoor/Outdoor Waterfall

This sleek gray and black faux stone waterfall uses lightweight polyresin construction that looks hearty without the weight.

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Amazon / $179.95 Buy

Garden Stools

Tight on space? Opt for a garden stool that can work as seating or as an impromptu side table.

Seeded Stool

Made from weather-resistant glazed earthenware, this run stool can be used as an extra seat or side table, and we love the playful colors.

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Anthropologie / $148 Buy

Stackholmen

Made from hard, durable acacia wood and a comfortable braided seat, this compact stool is perfect when you need an extra seat.

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Ikea / $24.99 Buy

Natural Glazed Side Table

This tough hand-glazed earthenware table works as a stool and features inset handles for easy carrying.

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CB2 / $139 Buy

Planters

A few whimsical planters really make a patio come together.

Rattan Round Hanging Planter

Filed under so-extra-but-so-good: This hanging planter from Target’s boho-inspired Opalhouse line is uber Instagrammable and just plain cute.

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Target / $24.99 Buy

Marble Shape Planter

Bring the ultra-trendy white marble trend home with these sleek planters, available in round or square.

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Urban Outfitters / $12 Buy

Rivet Mid-Century Ceramic Planter with Stand

Add a stylish accent with this color-blocked planter, available in four colors and various sizes.

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Amazon / $54.99 for Medium Buy

Throw pillows

Whether you want something neutral or love going all-in with pattern, a throw pillow helps an outdoor space feel both put-together and comfy.

Outdoor Throw Pillow

If you’re looking for well-priced basics, check out these solid outdoor throw pillows. Each set includes two pillows—available in two different sizes and eight colors—that are 100 percent waterproof and anti-UV.

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Wayfair / $34.99 Buy

Forrest Throw Pillow

This polyester pillow can withstand sunshine and rainstorms, but what we really love is the cute dotted pattern in hues of blue and white.

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AllModern / $36.99 Buy

Square Color Splash Outdoor Pillow in Terracotta

Brighten up your outdoor seating with a splash of terra-cotta in a breezy, abstract pattern.

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Target / $19.99 Buy

Poufs

Poufs aren’t exactly necessary, but they sure are fun. Add a bit of whimsy and you’ll also get an extra seat or footrest.

Braided Jute Large Pouf

Available in natural or black, this pouf is made from dense poly-fill that makes for a sturdy seat or ottoman. Also looks great if you top it with a tray for an impromptu coffee table.

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CB2 / $159 Buy

Geo Woven Outdoor Pouf Black

Level up your patio with a geometric ottoman in black and white. Easily used as both a stylish footrest or an extra seat.

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Target / $47.49 Buy

Indoor-outdoor Pouf

Available in blue or red, this colorful ottoman works inside or out and is made from fade-resistant fabric.

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Ikea / $59.99 Buy