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Our 14 Favorite Outdoor Pillows & How To Style Them

It is that time of the year again- long summer nights, cuddled up on an outdoor sofa. Like interior spaces, the perfect outdoor patio is pulled together with the accessories. Whether you choose to incorporate outdoor lanterns, lights, candles or other items, these pieces truly make the cozy difference. The most important decorative item for outdoor spaces? Our design team loves the power of outdoor pillows for their ability to add in personality, pattern and texture.

Outdoor pillows are available from a variety of vendors- from West Elm to Wayfair and even Target and Walmart. Below, take a look at a few of our favorite outdoor pillows that you can mix and match on your dream patio. 

World Market Woven Tasseled Indoor Outdoor Lumbar Pillow

yellow world market pillow

Something to keep in mind when styling your pillows is to mix and match the shapes and styles. Lumbar pillows are easy to layer on top of larger square ones, and this tasseled version from World Market easily blends in with all decor styles. 

West Elm Outdoor Speckled Moon Pillow

west elm outdoor pillow

What we love about this pillow is that it incorporates a few different trends: speckled terrazzo patterns, abstract shapes, asymmetry, and fun colors. It comes in three colorways so you can find the one that matches your vibe, and it's water-resistant so you don't have to worry about it getting a little wet. 

Society 6 Mid-Century Modern Sun & Rainbow Throw Pillow

society 6 pillow

This pillow perfectly toes the line between a staple that you can keep on display year-round and a statement piece that acts as seasonal decor. The circle and arched design is both timeless and trendy, and will look especially beautiful with a more modern style. (Bonus: If you love the style, you can also choose to have it made with a more indoor-friendly fabric as well.) 

West Elm Simple Stripe Pillow

West Elm Stripe Pillow

Stripes are such an easy way to incorporate a pattern into your decor style, from farmhouse to eclectic, and we love that this pillow comes in so many colors. West Elm offers these both individually and in sets of two so that you can decorate appropriately for your space. 

World Market Tan Faux Raffia Indoor Outdoor Throw Pillow

World Market Outdoor Pillow

We always love incorporating boho elements into patio decor since rattan and wicker furniture are common on patios and those pieces lean to that style. This statement pillow would fit in perfectly on any boho patio, and it's even made with discarded water bottles so it's an eco-friendly option that looks so stylish. 

Urban Outfitters Inez Justine for Deny Retro Sunny Outdoor Throw Pillow

Urban Outfitters Outdoor Pillow

We’re all for adding unexpected touches to your design, and these ever-changing throw pillows will add a fresh statement to your outdoor patio. Add a touch of color to your seating space with these blooming outdoor throw pillows that will work great with a boho-chic style aesthetic.

Society6 Leopard Vase Throw Pillow

Society6 Outdoor Pillow

We’re not going to lie, we have a slight obsession with this pillow from Society6. From the  eclectic print to the soft and timeless rose background, this pillow is summer goals. Picture this over a striking white couch as a pop of color and a statement piece. Or, even over a natural rattan accent chair for a contrasting effect that will make the space look more modern and exciting. 

Anthropologie Bianca Pillow

Anthropologie Outdoor Pillow

In our opinion the best pillows are the ones you can squeeze the most use out of them. This Bianca pillow will not only gracefully decorate your patio, but when the winter comes, it will also look fabulous indoors. Perfect for that summer to fall transition that we all struggle to master. The chunky texture and the pattern makes it ideal for year-round use that will look fabulous, no matter what else you have going on around it.

Pottery Barn Tassel Trim Indoor/Outdoor Pillow

Pottery Barn Pillow

While some people like to change their pillow covers all the time, others want to keep it classic but striking. If you’re part of the second group, then finding tassel trim pillows in dark-hued tones is your best option. These types of pillows will look fabulous year-round and can serve as the perfect color accent for minimalistic outdoor patios. 

Crate & Barrel Striped Lines Green Outdoor Pillow

Crate and Barrel outdoor pillow

If this pillow doesn’t scream summer to you, we don’t know what could. The lovely deep pine green against the striking white creates a lovely print that will liven up any outdoor decor. Perfect to brighten up your outdoor sofa or lounge chairs while adding a bit of extra cushioning. Pair it with a solid pillow so that it balances well with your outdoor patio furniture.

Target Outdoor Tasseled Throw Pillow

Target Outdoor Pillow

There’s this misconception that outdoor pillows have to be tough and boring. Well, this fluffy pillow is the absolute proof that that is not true. The chunky weave with the big tassels make this the perfect addition to a contemporary patio. Perfect to blend in with other colors, patterns, and decorative styles to create a truly eclectic look. 

Urban Outfitters Alisa Galitsyna for Deny Citrus Outdoor Floor Cushion

Urban Outfitters Floor Pillow

Okay, we know technically this is a cushion, but who says cushions aren’t big pillows? Dress up your outdoor floor area with this zesty cushion. Perfect to add a tropical and summery vibe to your outdoor patio, that will also work as a side table or additional seating space to enjoy longer summer nights with friends and family. 

Overstock Humble+Haute Sumbrella Canvas Outdoor Pillows

Overstock Outdoor Pillow

Anyone with a lounge area or a pool chair on their patio needs to invest in these pillows. They might look simple and not be as decorative as the other pillows. But, don’t let their simplicity fool you. They can be a beautiful addition to your lounge area, but most importantly, they’re comfortable and functional. These pillows will be perfect to set by a lounger, a sectional, or pool chairs to sit back and relax as you read your favorite summer novel in pure blissful comfort. 

Walmart Belham Living Rochelle Outdoor Throw Pillow

Walmart Outdoor Pillow

Fool everyone with this outdoor pillow that looks as if it just stepped out of your living room. The chunky, braided pattern in taupe makes it look like the ultimate comfort pillow. This is a great example of another summer to fall transition piece that will look great in your patio for seasons to come.

Spacejoy Outdoor Lounge

When it comes to styling the pillows on your patio, there are a few tricks to remember. First off, keep in mind that you want to invest in pillows that are mostly weatherproof. Wool, cashmere, and other delicate materials that don't react well with water probably aren't the best choice since they're likely to be exposed to the elements. Instead, look for materials like acrylic and polyester. A general rule of thumb is to invest in a few staples that can always serve as the backdrop for more trendy pillows that may change throughout the different seasons. Solid-colored or neutral-patterned pillows can stay on your patio year-round and you can change out the patterned pillows throughout the year. And finally, pick out pieces that fit the vibe of your overall decor. If you have a boho patio, look for pillows that are more woven or made with jute; for more modern, sleek patios, pick out neutral colors and geometric patterns. 

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