Summer is on its way, and so are those hours spent out on the patio. You might be thinking about throwing a party, or relaxing with a cold lemonade and a book. Whatever your plans may be, we want to make sure your patio is ready to go. Reveling in color not only brightens the look, but also makes for an effortlessly festive setting. Read on for 14 fun and easy ways to transform your patio into a summer oasis.

1. Plants: Add a few unique plants in their own vases. If you’re nervous about your brown thumb, a few succulents can bring on the greenery without the frequent waterings. (via Apartment Therapy)

2. Flower Pots: While you’re adding some plants to your patio, settle on a color scheme and apply it to your planters. Hang them on your patio fence for a uniformed look. (via Better Homes and Gardens)

3. Matching Door and Furniture: If you’re feeling like a major change is in order, grab your favorite summer paint color and dress up your door and patio table with it. (via Tatertots and Jello)

4. Rug: If your patio is tiny (and more like a balcony), cover the ground with a bright rug. Your patio doesn’t have to be basic just because it’s small. (via 79 Ideas)

5. Repurposed Pallets: Painted pallets are easy and inexpensive to use for your patio, and DIYing them will make you feel like you can take on the world. (via Place Of My Taste)

6. DIY Table: If you’re looking for a fun way to add color and function, we’ve got your answer. There’s a cooler tucked inside of this ottoman, so your drinks will be ice cold while you’re hanging outside. (via Home Depot)

7. Table Cover: For all those summer dinner parties, just throw a colorful tablecloth over your table. Match the print on your tablecloth to the seat pillows for a pic you’ll want to Instagram right away. (via VOGUE México)

8. Paint Cans: After sprucing up your home with a new coat of paint, save those empty cans for your newest flowers in search of a home. Upcycling never looked so colorful. (via HGTV)

9. Pillows: Collect pillows with different prints and colors for your patio. Not only do they add color, but they’ll also provide some comfort for your guests. (via Barrington Blue)

10. Chairs: When your chairs aren’t bursting with color, just paint them. Throw a colorful rug underneath your patio set, and every meal will feel like a party. (via Ten June)

11. Curtains: You don’t need a trip to the beach to score your own private cabana. Add bright curtains to any patio for a fun and “private” decor scheme. (via Better Homes and Gardens)

12. Stepping Stones: Let your inner artist come out and paint the stepping stones in your patio. They’ll add a personal touch, and will earn you bragging rights with your friends. (via Better Homes and Gardens)

13. Rocks: If you’re looking for a small yet powerful way to add color to your spot, you can spread these little pots with brightly colored rocks around your patio wherever color is needed. (via Jen Lauren Grant)

14. Color Palette: Once you’ve settled on a color palette, load up on the pillows and seats. You won’t want to leave this spot all summer long (except for those drink refills!). (via Better Homes and Gardens)

How are you planning to include color in your patio decor? Tell us in the comments below.