Get ready to host summer soirees with these patio wall décor ideas. Outdoor gatherings are in full swing, which means it’s time to up your patio décor game. Wall art is an excellent way to give your patio a brand-new look without committing to a full renovation. Follow our expert tips and technical guide to choosing the best wall art for your outdoor space.

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There’s Always Room for Art

Patio Wall Décor: Shapes

Patio Wall Ideas: Sizes

Make Space for Style Outside

Open Air Color Schemes

Patio Wall Art Topics & Beyond

There’s Always Room for Art

When it comes to selecting wall art for your backyard, you want to be practical about placement. Prevent fading by hanging your new print in an area where it won’t be exposed to excessive direct sunlight. We recommend placing your artwork under an awning or gazebo if you want to keep it up all year long. As long as you avoid extreme weather conditions, wall art is a great way to brighten your patio or porch space.

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Patio Wall Décor: Shapes

When selecting your piece of patio artwork, the first step is determining which size best fits your space. Choose from our selection of layouts below:

Sleek, Simple, and Sophisticated: The Single-Panel Rectangle or Single-Panel Square

Traditional with a Trendy Twist: The Single-Panel Vertical Canvas or the Single-Panel Panoramic Canvas

Well-Balanced With a Bold Touch: The Triptych Tri-Panel Canvas or the Symmetrical Five-Panel Canvas

Dare to be Modern: The Split Two-Piece Canvas or the Four-Panel “Wave” Canvas

For Fun-Lovers and Eclectic Designers: The 7-Piece Hexagonal Canvas Set

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Patio Wall Décor: Pro Tips

You may want to consider a framed print for your patio, as they are easier to keep protected from the outdoor elements. Read this passage from our article on framed vs unframed art:

“Unframed canvas is artwork that is not set into any frame. Because of frameless borders, these artworks can adapt to any style. Unframed canvas prints are loved for their sleek and modern look. The minimalist look blends well with contemporary furniture and virtually all interior styles.

Framed artwork looks complete and polished. Because of the small gap between the canvas and the frame, the canvas print seems to be floating inside the frame, giving your artwork a truly unique look. One of the best benefits of framed artwork is that it looks very light and unbulky, which results in a clean appearance.”

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Patio Wall Ideas: Sizes

The next step is selecting your patio canvas size. Use these excerpts from our ultimate wall art size guide for reference:

Your wall art should take about 60% to 75% of the available empty wall space, the portion not covered by moldings or furniture. Measure the height and width of the wall. Now, multiply the measurements by both 0.6 and 0.75. As a result, you will get the range of canvas print sizes to suit the space.

For instance, if your blank wall is 9 feet tall and 5 feet wide, multiply 9 by 0.6 to get the low end of the ideal height range. Then multiply 9 by 0.75 to get the high end of the ideal height range. Do the same for your wall's 5 feet width. The ideal height of the canvas would be 5.4 feet - 6.75 feet and the ideal width would be 3 feet - 3.75 feet.

Patio Wall Décor: Pro Tips

ElephantStock's interior design expert Elimar Lobo Sáenz shares her tips for pairing wall art with patio décor:

“Whether you have a tiny patio or a sprawling garden, you can create a comfortable outdoor area that will help you to make the most of balmy summer weather (and extend the outdoor hangs into the cooler months with the right design ideas). For example:

-Add a hammock or swinging chair

-Create a fire-pit or barbecue for social gatherings

-Hang a bird feeder to attract friendly visitors

-Add string lights for a whimsical touch, or lanterns for a more romantic vibe”

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Make Space for Style Outside

Keep your décor light, bright, and organic. Your outdoor space should look refreshing, and your patio should feel like a modern oasis. Escape reality with a well-decorated patio complete with artistic accents.

Patio Wall Décor: Pro Tips

Our expert designer Elimar Lobo Sáenz shares her advice for crafting a stylish patio:  

“You can add to the comfort of your patio space by bringing the indoors, out! Add a rug and plush pillows for a cozy outdoor area. Make sure to choose material that is moisture resistant, and won’t fade due to sunlight. Natural fibers are trending inside and out. On terraces, they are a must. They add a warm, fresh look to any space, and they provide that classic summer aroma that we all love. Rattan, cane, wicker, and other light-hued woods can add elegance while still maintaining that airy, spacious feel. Boho style is hot for summer, so don’t be afraid to add organic textiles. “

Minimalist Wall Décor

When in doubt, you can’t go wrong with minimalism. Hang a piece of artwork with a simple theme, and decorate your patio with sparse (albeit functional) décor. This Scandinavian approach to design is foolproof. It’s all about quality over quantity.

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Open Air Color Schemes

Play with earth-inspired colors like sage green, sandy beige, and emerald. You can also add pops of trending summer hues like turquoise, rose pink, and sunny yellow. Wherever you live, try to match your wall art to the natural flora from your region.

Black and Blue Patio Ideas

For a trendy look, combine modern black furniture with pastel blue artwork. The soft shade of blue will offset the dark black hues, and it will give you a cool-toned space worthy of sipping a cold drink on hot summer nights.

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Patio Wall Art Topics & Beyond

If you want more style tips tailored towards patio décor, check out our article on inspiring patio wall décor ideas. Looking for guidance on how to decorate the rest of your home? Our design blog is full of expert décor advice. Elevate your living space and make your home the go-to spot for gatherings in summer 2021.

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