Add these pillows to a plain patio for a fresh pop of color. Plant flowering container gardens with blooms in complementary hues, and you can take your space from blah to bright in just one afternoon.
PB Classic Stripe Outdoor Pillows
Available at Pottery Barn
An unusual lighting option, these path markers make a backyard party safer for kids and adults alike. Plus, these lights are solar powered, so no cords are involved. Mount them on decks and posts, or place them along plant borders or between seating areas for a well-lit walk. Bonus: they self-illuminate at dusk!
Solar Path Markers
$14.95, Available at Wind & Weather
Ballard Designs has gone above and beyond to create a set of outdoor rugs that will fit any style. With more than 20 borders to choose from -- including stripes, solids, and floral patterns -- you have the chance to make a customized statement underfoot.
St. Tropez Indoor/Outdoor Rugs
$119.95 to $519
Available at Ballard Designs
Create a soft glow around your garden with these light-up flower pots. Lit by flameless LED tea lights, these pots available in warm summery colors like tangerine and lemon look great on tables or lining garden steps.
Flower Pot Luminaries
$6.77 for set of 3, Available at Gardener's Supply Company
Once the dog days of summer strike, a hammock is a backyard essential. When you sit back in the shade with an ice-cold beverage and a good book, the heat will be the last thing on your mind. Add a few colorful pillows (covered in weather-resistant fabric) for warm-weather flair.
$99 to $109
Available at L.L. Bean
Create an instant romantic atmosphere with sheer outdoor drapes. Give shade to your patio, porch or deck during the day. Then, get cozy behind the curtains once the sun has set.
Outdoor Grommet Drape Curtains
Starting at $49.95 from Plow & Hearth
For the seamstress in you, this outdoor fabric would be great for a summer project. You can dress up an entire outdoor room with hand-sewn pillows, cushions or even a tablecloth. Plus, it's mildew and sun resistant, so your efforts will not go to waste.
Summer Cream Duralee Fabric
$18.95 (per yard)
Available at HouseFabric.com
What a great conversation starter for your next pool party! Made of recycled flip flops, this ottoman won multiple awards for its eco-friendly design.
Miss Rio Ottaman
Available at Design Within Reach
With summertime comes warmer-than-usual days in most parts of the country, which can put a damper on outdoor entertaining. Keep your guests comfortable with this fan designed for covered outdoor areas. It's just right for a gentle breeze.
Bronze Outdoor Fan
Available at Neiman Marcus
-- By Dawn Williams, Associate Editor