Now that the summer solstice has officially passed (marking the first day of summer on June 21), it’s time to bask in the warm forecast ahead in the Northern Hemisphere. The best way to do that is, of course, lounging poolside with a favourite read in hand while lathered in SPF. If you want to add style and function to your outdoor space, look no further than these poolside decor items that will give major beachy vibes to your backyard, all for under $100.
A Dreamy Hammock
Laze those summer days away in this cozy hammock that’s an affordable backyard essential. The natural fabric is neutral enough to complement any space, while the decorative trimming gives it a boho feel that will transport you to a forest or festival.
Dreamer Hammock, Simons, $30.
Textured Serving Trays
Serving trays are always a welcome addition to any outdoor dining area. They make transporting snacks and dishware so much easier, plus they add a hint of natural materials that’s needed near concrete or tiled pool settings. Our choice is these dark rattan trays that are handcrafted in the Philippines.
Artesia Rattan Tray, Crate & Barrel, $70.
Tasteful Pool Towels
Your beach towels don’t have to be brightly coloured with logos splashed across them. Why not opt for something that’s beautiful enough to be decor in its own right, like these tile-patterned cotton towels? They’re oversized for easy lounging and come in a variety of patterns with the same colourway, so you can mix and match a tasteful set.
Cotton Terry Beach Towel, H&M, $40.
A Versatile Outdoor Ottoman
Doubling either as a table — just add a tray for stability — or a stool, this versatile jute ottoman brings a lovely bit of natural texture to your pool area.
Small Round Pouf Ottoman in Jute, Indigo, $63.
Sleek Outdoor Hooks
A sleek and practical choice for hanging up hats, wet towels or bathing suits, this over-the-door matte black hook can be easily tucked over a backyard fence for additional storage space.
Malibu Metal Outdoor Row of Hooks, Pottery Barn, $71.
Comfy Patio Seating
Coming in a variety of colours (and even kids’ size!), these low-maintenance and stylish patio chairs are great for relaxing on after a swim. They don’t require cushions to make for cozy seating, meaning there’s no need to stow them away or dry off from the pool before taking a seat.
UBBERUP Patio Chair, JYSK, $60.
Personalize your outdoor space with a rustic wooden sign made just for your family. There are plenty of options on Etsy to suit your style — wooden to iron signs that range from modern to rustic. Customize the details down to the font style for an oh-so-personal pool decor item.
Custom Pool and Patio Sign, Etsy, from $85.
Sunny Statement Pillows
Don’t these sunny pillows just scream la dolce vita? Bring a taste of Mediterranean summers to your backyard with these outdoor pillows that are as stylish as they are durable. The zipper covers are easily removed and tossed in the wash so don’t worry about splash stains and enjoy lounging by those blue waters.
Monte Pillow, Article, $99.
Light rattan and a touch of black iron give these lanterns a modern, yet tropical look. Hang them or place them near the edge of your pool or pathway, adding flameless candles inside for a soft glow of light in the evening.
Brighton Rattan Lantern, Crate & Barrel, $80.
An Understated Outdoor Rug
If you’re looking for a durable outdoor rug that’s not too flashy, we love this cream and tan striped weave rug from Simons (doesn’t it give elevated beach towel?). It’s UV resistant to avoid getting faded from the summer sun and water resistant for those big splashes in the pool.
Sandy Stripes Outdoor Rug, Simons, $30.