It's Hot AF, Stay Cool (or at Least Look Cool) with These Pieces of Outdoor Decor

Blue, pink, and clear acrylic drinkware on round tray by the pool
credit: West Elm

When the weather warms up, everyone's excited to spend time outside. But as soon as the temperature jumps from pleasantly sunny to sweltering, things get a little trickier (and definitely a lot stickier). Before you throw in the towel on patio parties and staycation sunbathing, check out these 15 pieces of outdoor decor that will help you keep your cool under the unbearable summer sun.

yellow pineapple shaped drink dispenser
credit: Target

This adorable pineapple-shaped drink dispenser is perfect for a big batch of ice water or party punch poolside.

teak wood serving tray
credit: Home Depot

Serve those cooling cocktails on this eco-friendly teak tray. Teak is a sustainable hardwood that can stand up to the elements (which is why it's often used for outdoor furniture), so if you like to entertain outside, it's worth the investment.

Ivory and black Moroccan style outdoor rug
credit: RugsUSA

If you plan to live outside this summer, shouldn't your outdoor space feel like, well, a living room? Tie the "room" together with this durable area rug. Bonus: Unlike a deck or patio, you can walk on it barefoot without burning your feet!

Article modern outdoor rattan chair with upholstered back cushion and seat cushion
credit: Article

Trust us: You're going to want to spend the entire summer in this super deep, boho-inspired outdoor lounge chair from Article.

Target Opalhouse woven outdoor pouf
credit: Target

Let's be honest: Target's Opalhouse line can do no wrong, and the outdoor collection is no exception. Put your feet up in style on this woven pouf while you browse the big-box brand's app deciding what to buy next.

Swingasan hanging rattan chair with ivory cushion
credit: Pier1

Are you really "hanging out" on your porch or patio if you're not literally hanging? OK, maybe. But you probably still need this art deco-inspired chair, anyway. (If you don't have a ceiling beam or tree from which to hang it, you can buy a stand separately.)

outdoor throw pillow with a geometric design
credit: World Market

There's no such thing as too many throw pillows. And that doesn't change when you go outside. Add a pop of color (and texture!) to your patio with these colorful indoor-outdoor pillows from World Market.

Red wire outdoor side table in outdoor setting
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If you're really ready to play with pops of color, your outdoor space is a great place to start. Set your drink on this bright-red, 16-inch iron side table while you reapply sunscreen.

free-standing black privacy scren with modern star laser cut-outs
credit: Hayneedle

Need to block an ugly view or a nosy neighbor? This free-standing decorative screen has you covered, literally. Bonus: It's also a cool backdrop for all of your summer selfies.

Palm leaf colored curtains in an outdoor beach setting
credit: Wayfair

Outdoor curtains are a great way to add shade and privacy to your tranquil space with very little effort. Plus, they feel kinda fancy.

yellow beach umbrella with fringe tassel and stripes
credit: Anthropologie

Throw some shade on your fun in the sun and protect yourself from those harmful UV rays with this striped beach umbrella with fringe from Anthropologie.

two candles, one in a hammered copper holder and one in a hammered gold holder
credit: World Market

OK, candles aren't cool-cool, but you know what else isn't cool? Mosquitoes. Keep summer's most annoying bugs at bay with these super cute citronella candles from World Market. Each candle burns for 35 hours, and you get both copper and brass in the set.

black rolling cooler with ice and wine bottles in a tropical outdoor setting
credit: CB2

Keep your canned cocktails and La Croix cold (and close at hand) with this rolling cooler from CB2. It's basically an outdoor bar for the rest of us.

mixed-metal string lights hanging from a wood beam outside at dusk
credit: Pottery Barn

No outdoor space is complete without some string lights to set the mood after the sun goes down. These mixed-metal beauties from Pottery Barn feature little cactus cutouts. What's even better? They're solar powered!

Blue, pink, and clear acrylic drinkware
credit: West Elm

Last but not least: You're going to need a refreshing beverage to stay hydrated in this heat. Sip in style from these colorful vintage-inspired acrylic glasses by West Elm. They won't break if you drop one, and they're sold individually so you can mix and match colors and sizes.

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Emily Farris

Emily Farris

Emily Farris lives in a century-old Arts & Crafts bungalow in Kansas City, MO with her burly husband, toddler son, and two rowdy rescue mutts. She's written for Bon Appetit, Food & Wine, and The Cut. When not busy cleaning up after somebody, she's posting about drinks and decor on Instagram @theboozybungalow.