Best Wall Art Ideas to Upgrade Your Patio

Wall art isn’t limited to your interior. You can use this versatile décor outside as well! If you’re lucky enough to have a patio or garden space, consider using wall art to brighten up your seating area. Summer is the perfect season to experiment with wall art, as the weather is fairly predictable. Once the elements start to pick up again, artwork is best hung under an overhang or a gazebo. This is also an excellent option for commercial spaces like cafes and office parks. From color trends to decor ideas, follow our expert guide to selecting wall art for your patio.   

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Make Room for Art

A Stylish Outdoor Space

Summer Color Schemes

Patio Wall Art Sizes

Patio Wall Décor Shapes

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Make Room for Art

Art is an easy way to brighten your outdoor space without breaking the bank. You don’t need to commit to a full patio makeover to give it a brand-new look. Choose a piece of artwork that reflects the atmosphere you want to create. You can’t go wrong with nature-based prints and botanical themes. Another cheeky option is to choose trendy typography. Determine whether you want a space primarily for entertaining, or a serene escape from reality.

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Patio Wall Art: Pro Tips

ElephantStock's interior design expert Elimar Lobo Sáenz suggests décor ideas to pair with your patio wall art:

"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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A Stylish Outdoor Space

Don’t let your décor stop at the door. Bring your unique aesthetic outside too! Decide whether you want to convey a traditional or trendy theme.  Choose your print based on your personality, and the current ambience of your space. For example, if you have a sleek, modern balcony, go with a contemporary piece of art. If your home has a traditional patio space with vintage details, go with a classic print.

Patio Wall Art: Pro Tips

Decorating your patio is the perfect opportunity to experiment with the “cottagecore” trend. View this excerpt from our expert article on “cottagecore” décor:

“We’ve long been obsessed with fairytales, so it’s no surprise cottage decor has found its heyday. This décor concept is slightly moodier than traditional shabby chic, but it incorporates many of the same elements. Cozy fabric, wooden details, handcrafted furnishings, and the celebration of nature are all commonalities between cottagecore and shabby chic.”

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Summer Color Schemes

Summer is the perfect season to experiment with bright, lively colors. Dare to design with trendy hues like fuschia, turquoise, and bright yellow.

Patio Wall Art: Pro Tips

Interior design expert Elimar Lobo Sáenz supports the sunny yellow trend:

Yellow, with its radiant charm, is the color of pure sunshine. When the summer season rolls around, this sunny color is always at the forefront of design trends. Yellow is said to represent happiness and a love of life. This color exudes individuality and the desire for creativity and new ideas. Using yellow will instantly invite warmth, happiness, and love into your space."

Our “summer greenerycollection was curated by ElephantStock art director, Tirzah Goodman. Hang one of these vibrant prints to make a striking (albeit playful) visual impact.

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Patio Wall Art Sizes

Reference these handy tips from our Ultimate Wall Art Size Guide to choose the perfect dimensions for your patio artwork:  

Your wall art should take about 60% to 75% of the available empty wall space. 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.


Opting for an oversize gallery wall? Go with a canvas size of 66"X33! This is the perfect size to create a focal point on your patio.

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Patio Wall Décor Shapes

We offer both single and multi-panel canvas shapes to choose from. A single-panel canvas is sleek and classic, whereas a multi-panel print is more modern. If a multi-panel canvas set is calling your name, follow this guide to hang your panels like a pro:

Patio Wall Art: Pro Tips

* Width: for all layouts, we recommend leaving 1" space between each panel when hung, for the best airy but tied-together look! If the gap is too big or too small, you'd lose the effect of the split canvas. 

* Height: the height of the rest of the panels depends on the layout you selected. Some layouts are symmetrical, and some layouts resemble a wave and feature different heights. In general, be consistent! For example, if you hung the left panel 3" lower than the middle panel, be sure to hang the right panel in the same proportion. Use your ruler and pencil to measure the right height!

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More Interior Design Topics

Looking for more ways to up your home design game? Our design inspiration blog is perfect for homeowners who want easy tips and tricks to take their interior (or exterior!) to the next level. Stop dreaming and start planning! Wall art is a foolproof way to enhance any space. From exploring top décor trends, to walking you through each room step-by-step, our blog covers every popular design topic.

Once you’ve chosen your perfect piece of patio wall art, it’s time to sit back and enjoy your elevated outdoor space.

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