Style your patio for Summer with Ivyline

Styling your patio for summer

As summer unfolds, your patio becomes the heart of your home’s outdoor living. It’s the perfect venue for sun-soaked gatherings, al fresco dining, and tranquil evenings under the stars. To transform your patio into a vibrant and inviting oasis, focus on key elements that blend style and function. This guide will walk you through creating a summer-ready patio with carefully chosen outdoor dining sets, planters, lanterns, water features, and firepits.

We’ve pulled together an easy guide on patio styling, and how to transform your space for the Summer months ahead! 

1. Outdoor Dining Sets: The heart of alfresco living

An outdoor dining set is more than just a table and chairs; it’s the centerpiece of your summer gatherings. When selecting a set, consider the size of your space and your entertaining needs. For a small patio, a compact bistro set or a tall bar set can maximize space without compromising on style.

The Spitalfields Tall Acacia Wood Furniture Set is perfect for creating the perfect entertaining space in your outdoor space. 

It's an inviting spot to enjoy morning coffee, evening cocktails, or vibrant conversations under the open sky.

Looking for somewhere to entertain friends and family for an alfresco brunch or sunset dinner? Our Spitalfields Square Acacia Wood Furniture Set is a beautiful addition to any space. 

Made from FSC Certified, durable acacia hardwood and robust frames finished with a kiln-baked protective powder coating, our furniture sets are built to withstand all the elements of the Great British Summer.

2. Outdoor Planters: Bringing nature to your patio

Outdoor planters are a fantastic way to introduce greenery and colour to your patio. With a whole host of shapes, sizes, materials and colours, adding planters is an easy way to add interest and character to your patio.

If you’re looking for space-saving options for your patio space, wall planters are a great way to add greenery to your space whilst leaving floor space open for furniture sets and activities.

The Vertical Gold Metal Wall Plant Stand will liven up bare walls and make a head-turning statement. Designed with six planters this lightweight design is great for giving your patio and garden a sensational uplift.

Not only does this wall planter look wonderful, it’s a great way to start your own kitchen garden! With space to fit 6 herbs, or small bedding plants, this planter makes easy access whilst cooking or barbequing! 

Looking for a table-top or window sill accessory for your patio? Opt for our stunning Hampton Copper Herb Planter, inspired by the copper kitchen pans used at the Tudor palace of Hampton Court.

Choosing plants

Select plants that thrive in your local climate and suit the amount of sunlight your patio receives. For a lush, vibrant look, mix different types of plants—flowers for colour, herbs for fragrance and culinary use, and succulents for low-maintenance greenery.

Consider adding hanging baskets or a vertical garden to maximize space and add a dynamic visual element.

Ivyline Hanging Basket planted with viola and pansies.

3. Lanterns: Setting the Perfect Mood

Lanterns are a quintessential element of patio décor, adding warmth, ambiance and style to your space. 

Strategically place lanterns to create a welcoming glow. Line pathways with smaller lanterns to guide guests or place on tables to illuminate seating areas. Mixing lanterns of different sizes and styles can add visual interest and a whimsical touch.

For a modern, classic look, we love our Hampton Tall Lantern in Copper

Creating a serene and intimate ambiance for entertaining or relaxing, these lanterns are an ideal centerpiece for your dining table or patio furniture. 

Its sleek design, highlighted by a single leather handle, adds a touch of elegance, while its tall frame offers space for multiple pillar candles to illuminate your patio.

For a Moroccan vibe, we love the Hampton Copper Woven Lantern. The outdoor Hampton Lanterns embody classic luxury with their intricate woven design, creating a warm and intimate ambiance for your outdoor spaces. 

Perfect for gatherings with friends and family throughout the seasons, these timeless lanterns are a cherished addition that you'll treasure for years to come.

4. Water Features: Adding serenity and elegance

Water features can transform your patio into a serene retreat. From simple fountains to elaborate waterfalls, there’s a water feature for every space and style. Water features not only enhance the aesthetic appeal of your patio but also provide soothing sounds that you can unwind to. 

Place your water feature in a prominent spot where it can be both seen and heard, such as near seating areas or as a focal point in a patio corner.

To maximise space in your patio, add the  Contemporary LED Cube Water Feature  with built in Planter. Seamlessly combining a planter with a water feature, this unique piece adds a distinctive touch to your home or garden.

Enhance its modern appeal by filling the planter with succulents and pebbles for a contemporary flair.

Additionally, the built-in LED lights illuminate both the plants and water feature after sunset, showcasing their beauty well into the night.

5. Firepits: Creating warmth and ambiance

A firepit adds warmth and ambiance, extending your patio’s usability into the cooler evenings.

Nothing beats the warmth of a roaring fire to extend your outdoor enjoyment on cooler evenings. 

Our Fornax chiminea creates a cozy, inviting atmosphere. Designed to reduce sparks and direct smoke away (important if you’re limited on patio space), its chiminea style ensures a comfortable experience, while the foldable wood grate makes cleaning effortless.

Or for a slim, space-saving design, for a more contemporary style , we love the Square Console Firepit

Its slim and minimalist stand also doubles up as storage, so you can neatly stack spare logs so they're ready to throw on the fire.

Styling your patio for summer is all about creating a space that reflects your personality while providing comfort and beauty.

By carefully selecting accessories such as outdoor dining sets, planters, lanterns, water features, and firepits, you can craft a patio that is not only visually stunning but also a joy to spend time in.

Embrace the season, and transform your patio into a summer sanctuary where memories are made and relaxation is guaranteed. So, roll out the outdoor rug, light the lanterns, and let your patio shine this summer!