Relaxing backyard lounge ideas to inspire your summer


We’re still a month away from the official start of summer, but the warm temperatures are making it feel like summer’s already here. It’s got me dreaming of lounging by the pool on the weekends, dining al fresco and late night hangouts at the fire pit with family and friends. 

When you think about transforming your outdoor space into a relaxing backyard lounge, the most important thing to remember is you want the space to be somewhere where you can sit back, relax and enjoy. You want to make sure there’s plenty of seating and shade, but don’t be afraid to incorporate fun colors, bold patterns and even some accessories into your design!

Here are a few of my favorite ways to create a backyard lounge you’ll enjoy with friends and family all summer long.

Poolside lounging in sunny Los Angeles - Laura U Interior Design

The Best Seat in the House

Lounge chairs (or even a daybed!) in a bright white outdoor fabric are a must for any backyard. They give guests a comfy spot to sit when they aren’t in the pool and are perfect for lounging and soaking up the sunshine.

Poolside backyard retreat with modern lounge chair and white linen awning - Laura U Interior Design

Water-friendly chairs placed in the shallow end of the pool are a great option too. You get to lounge and enjoy the pool at the same time. Because why would you leave the pool when you can relax in the water?! And kids love using these chairs too.

California luxury backyard retreat with pool house and water recliners - Laura U Interior Design

Plenty of Shade

Protection from the sun is incredibly important, especially in the Texas heat! Huge umbrellas not only provide shade but are a great way to introduce a fun pattern into your outdoor lounge design. This navy and white striped umbrella is a fun take on the classic striped beach umbrella.

Serena and Lily classic striped large patio umbrellas

Serena and Lily

Backyard patio umbrella with modern ghost chairs - Laura U Interior Design

Al Fresco Dining

Gathering around the table for a meal fresh off the grill is my idea of the perfect summer night. So when you’re thinking about your outdoor dining area, consider using a simple, neutral color palette for the seating. Wood and metal are great options and can handle the environmental elements with ease. Add pops of color with your barware, seat cushions and serving dishes to seamlessly transition between indoors and outdoors.

Al fresco dining in sunny california with white rope chairs and wooden table - Laura U Interior Design

Al Fresco dining with large modern farmhouse table and black metal chairs

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Fireside Chats

Whether you’re chatting with friends and family or roasting marshmallows for s’mores with your kids, gathering around the outdoor fireplace or fire pit is the perfect way to end a summer evening. Use outdoor chairs and a sofa to create an extra cozy seating area by the fire.

Modern outdoor fireplace with patterned tile, acrylic coffee table, and large outdoor kitchen - Laura U Interior Design

Don’t be afraid to show off your style. Incorporate a coffee table with a few accessories in the center of the seating arrangement. Or add a side table next to a sofa to give guests a place to put their drink.

Cozy, minimal outdoor firepit with Dedon outdoor seating and CB2 lanterns - Laura U Interior Design

Blue and white Tidelli rope outdoor lounge chairs, table and lamp


Oversized brown and tan Minotti outdoor lounge seating


Don’t skip the accessories!

Accessories aren’t just for inside. Line the edge of your pool with some fabulous lanterns, candles or whimsical decorative objects. Use oversized plants to provide additional shade for the pool. These pieces instantly elevate your outdoor space and make it feel special.

Poolside metal and glass hurricane lanters from CB2


Gold, glass and wooden candle holders and hurricane vases by West Elm

West Elm

To make the outdoor space feel more like a living room, add a few decorative pillows. You can use them on lounge chairs to add a nice pop of color or a fun pattern. Use them on the sofa so you can curl up with them and your favorite book by the fireplace.

Serena and Lily geometric and floral outdoor throw pillows

Serena and Lily

The key to designing a backyard lounge is to think of it like you would an indoor space. Anything you do inside you can do outdoors! Make sure there’s comfortable seating, use pieces to add a splash of color or pattern and definitely incorporate some stylish accessories. You want the space to be warm and welcoming to your guests.

Looking for more backyard lounge ideas and inspiration? Follow me on Instagram to see more of my favorite spaces for summer.