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Modern Outdoor Ideas for your Backyard or Patio

Need an outdoor space refresh? Take a look at these outdoor ideas to spice up your balcony, patio or backyard

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Over here in Canada, we like to squeeze every second out of the warm weather. Our summers only last about 3-4 months. So why not spend it outside with a little help from theses modern, outdoor ideas.

Whether you have a large 100-acre backyard, a small patio or a balcony, these outdoor ideas will create a relaxing, beautiful, modern outdoor space. Featuring luxury accents, and plush outdoor furniture, you’ll end up loving your outdoor space more than indoors.

So are you ready for a backyard, patio or balcony refresh? Keep reading for modern, stylish ways to refresh your outdoor area, perfect for summer.

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Modern, outdoor ideas for your patio, backyard or balcony.

Outdoor Globe String Light with S14 Clear Bulbs, Vintage Edison String Lights Great for Garden, Patio, Wedding, Party Decor


Squeeze every last second of summer, well past sunset with a well lit outdoor space. Hang beautiful outdoor lights, or try cool looking outdoor lamps. Make sure you securely attach your lights and lamps to prevent them from blowing away in the summer winds.

Keep the party going all night long with these long lasting string lights.

Lanterns and lamps provide modern lighting to your outdoor space.

Choose finishes and designs to match the decor and general feel of the space.

Solar lights and panels are a great energy saving way to light up the night.

Ever heard of a solar powered patio umbrella?

Ainfox 15-foot Double-sided Solar LED Lighted Patio Umbrella

Enjoy your outdoor space day and night with the Ainfox 15-foot Double-sided Solar LED Lighted Patio Umbrella.

2. Planted Paradise

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Add more green to the scene! I have a mild obession for plants, so this is how my balcony will be looking!

Greenery adds a relaxing, paradise feel to your outdoor space. This is the perfect outdoor idea for those looking to create a tranquil backyard oasis.

Invest in beautiful potted planters and hanging baskets to add colour and personality to your outdoor oasis.

These are my favourites from Amazon.

3. Comfy Cozy

Choose cozy outdoor furniture to cuddle up on in the late afternoons. Add outdoor pillows and throws to really complete the look.

Aim for outdoor furniture with plush fabric and thick comfortable seats.

Removable, washable cushion covers are your best bet, plus, you can switch colours and designs easily!

Breeze Floral Outdoor 17-inch Square Accent Pillow (Set of 2)

These fun outdoor pillows are perfect for late afternoon cuddles.

Check them out here.

6-piece Cushioned Faux Rattan Patio Sectional Sofa Conversation Set

4. Add an outdoor fireplace

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Heat up the evenings with warm fireplaces. Roast marshmallows and share family stories.

Fireplaces are perfect for bringing the family together.

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This new modern outdoor idea is all the rage, and seriously needed in your outdoor space.

Of course, you can always DIY your own. Grab some stones, make a pit out of pea gravel, pull up your favourite chairs, and relax.

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Have a smaller space?

Don’t be fooled. This tiny gas firepit packs a serious heat punch.

A gas fireplace is the perfect alternative to a wood fireplace. No smoke or sparks, no dragging with firewood!

5. Add personality with outdoor floor tiles

Floor tiles come in many styles and designs. Add some colour to smaller spaces for a pop of excitement.

Or go for a neutral design like these wood plank floor tiles featured.

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or a colourful outdoor rug

Exo Coastal Geometric Indoor/Outdoor Area Rug

Add softness and comfort with waterproof outdoor rugs. Rugs also help to liven up a small outdoor space. Perfect outdoor idea for those with small patios or balconies.

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