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Tips for Decorating a Classic Southern Patio

Tips for Decorating a Classic Southern Patio

Nobody loves outdoor entertaining quite like a Southerner. From ice-cold sweet tea to pimento cheese sandwiches and a good book, enjoying outdoor living is a right of passage. Although many adore porch living, patio life is equally as relaxing and perfect for inviting over a large group of friends while kids run wild. Creating a classic Southern patio is all about blending comfort with elegance, evoking a sense of warmth and hospitality. Here are some key elements to achieve this look:

Tips for Decorating a Classic Southern Patio

  • Hydrangeas: These quintessentially Southern plants are a must for your patio. With their lush, voluminous blooms in shades of blue, pink, purple, and white, hydrangeas add a burst of color and a touch of grace. Plant them in large pots or along the border of your patio for a vibrant, welcoming display. Their fullness and color variety can complement any theme, making them a versatile choice for your outdoor space.
  • Lounge Seating: Comfort is king in creating a Southern-style outdoor space. Opt for plush lounge seating that invites guests to sit back and stay awhile. Wicker or rattan furniture with deep, cushioned seating maintains a traditional Southern aesthetic while providing modern comfort. Arrange your seating to facilitate conversation, perhaps in a semi-circle or facing each other, to create an inviting atmosphere.
  • Outdoor Pillows: Add an extra layer of comfort and style with a selection of outdoor pillows. Choose fabrics that are both durable and soft, in patterns and colors that complement the natural beauty of your hydrangeas and the overall color scheme of your patio. Stripes, gingham, and floral patterns can accentuate the Southern charm, while also providing an opportunity to introduce vibrant colors and textures.
  • Coffee Table with Centerpieces: A central coffee table serves not just as a practical piece for setting down drinks, but also as a focal point for your patio. Choose a table that matches the aesthetic of your lounge seating, and adorn it with centerpieces that draw the eye. A vase of fresh-cut flowers from your garden, a collection of candles, or a decorative tray with outdoor-friendly decor can enhance the inviting feel of your space.
  • Oversized Gold Lanterns: Lighting plays a crucial role in setting the mood for your Southern patio. Oversized gold lanterns offer a blend of functionality and decorative appeal, casting a warm, gentle light as the sun sets. Hang them from overhead beams, place them on the ground beside your seating, or use them to frame your patio entrance. The warm glow of the lanterns, paired with their sophisticated gold finish, adds an element of luxury and charm to your evenings

Michiel Perry

Michiel is a Black Southern Belle living a lowcountry life. I love all things fashion, home decor and southern! When I am not running around doing fun stuff for Black Southern Belle, I live in antique stores and have a minor obsession with historic homes 🙂

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