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24 Backyard Pavilion Ideas You Didn’t Know You Needed

Nature is a strong antidepressant. We all need some fresh air and greenery in our lives. While the park may be too far or too cold, you can make the most of what you have, your backyard pavilion.

Looking for some awesome backyard pavilion decor ideas? Well, your search is over. I am here to help you transform your backyard sitting area into a truly cozy space you will not want to leave.

Pavilions (including gazebos and pergolas) are very flexible and can be decorated and supplemented with a variety of items, each adding a great deal to your enjoyment as well as to the style of your backyard.

Just keep in mind that pavilions are considered to be accessory buildings and are subject to local regulations.

I’ve gathered up some ideas in this article that might help you upgrade your pavilion and transform your patio into your favorite comfort zone.

Go Green

Hang It Up

Hanging your plants from your pavilion’s ceiling

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Speaking from the experience of a true plant lover like myself, this is the perfect solution for someone that loves the atmosphere created by plants but doesn’t want to limit ground space.

Whether you want space to move around or something other than overhead lighting, I can assure you that hanging your plants from your pavilion’s ceiling will definitely add a green feel to your space without overcrowding it. Just look at how does it.

Cozy Up in a Greenhouse-Like Space

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I truly love the way glass and wood add a rustic feel to my space while keeping a sense of calm and clarity, especially when paired with plants.  My tip for you is to include a sky window in your pavilion to allow the sunlight to peek through your space.

I would also cozy it up with comfortable seating, a cup of coffee, and a book on a Sunday morning, and you’re all set! Head to for more simple décor inspiration for a rustic backyard pavilion.

Bring the Forest Home

For a bolder look, skip potted plants and go for a tree! Letting it branch out to blend with your space will make you feel more in tune with nature.

Not to mention, it’ll automatically turn your space into a mini magical forest and serve as a beautiful addition to a simple outdoor space.

Add a Taste of the Arabian Nights

If you want to add a touch of the exotic to your outdoor pavilion, I would recommend incorporating some elements of Arabian Nights-inspired decor. Here are my top outdoor pavilion decorating ideas for a truly Middle-Eastern vibe!

Set up a Tent

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Whether you’re looking for ways to decorate small pavilions or those bigger ones, you can create an awe-inspiring space using beautiful chiffon or lace curtains draped over a tent frame. I made sure to use a light material for my outdoor pavilion that gave me a sense of privacy while allowing the sunlight to peek through and light up the space inside.

This design option not only turned my pavilion into an orient-inspired setup, but also created a nice ambiance on days when there’s a breeze and the light curtains will flutter in the wind. Bonus: you can add a few strings of fairy lights, like the guys at did.

Make it Boho Chic

Boho chic chill spot with lots of pillows

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In my humble opinion, nothing says boho chic like a bunch of cushions and throw pillows! I love to layer fabrics and cushions for an earthy atmosphere, and I’m never afraid to hang a couple of dreamcatchers or lanterns next to the cushions or on a nearby tree branch.

Such a setup makes my outdoor pavilion the perfect chill spot during spring and summer gatherings – just look at how did it. You can also bring your picnic basket and have a feast, just like I did!

Go Crazy with Pattern

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You know how they say less is more? Not always! I have to say that sometimes, the more pattern, fabric, and color you add, the more it adds to the charm.

Follow my steps and go crazy with Bedouin patterns and colors and turn your patio into a laid-back pillow pit. Head to for more pattern inspiration for your garden space.

For more inspiration, check out these covered patio ideas.

Speaking of Food…

Install a Built-In Grill

Outdoor cooking station with built-in grill or stove and kitchen counter

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Take it a step further with a built-in grill or stove for BBQ parties. I paired mine with a beautiful kitchen counter, like the ones at, to create my dream outdoor cooking station where all the good stuff happens.

From my experience, a built-in grill will keep your kitchen close at hand without taking up too much space or adding unnecessary clutter to the area.

You can also create a spot for washing hands, which for me was one of the best decisions I made when decorating my patio; check out our post with the best outdoor wash stations to see what options are available on the market.

Keep it Basic

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Want to keep things accessible, but don’t really want a whole outdoor stove or cooking station? I’ve been there. What I did is I added a small counter with storage space and a few shelves to my pavilion to keep my most important items close at hand.

I also added a pop of color and a few rustic accessories here and there, and I got myself a beautiful handy corner. Exactly how did it!

Take a Slice of Your Own Kitchen and Move it Outdoors

Pavilion kitchen with countertops, shelves, cupboards and mismatched tiles.

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Sounds a little extra, but is it really? I went for a full-on pavilion remake, with countertops, shelves, cupboards, and even mismatched tiles for a literal piece of home, outdoors!

For a natural feel that matches your backyard atmosphere, go for rustic wood, like pine, red oak, or hickory. Not convinced yet? I ask you to check out the Instagram account @revistaaec, and you’ll know what I’m talking about!

Take the Grilling Outside

Pavilion with a grill and a a seating area

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I’m pretty sure you’ll agree with me on this: a simple grill sometimes changes the whole atmosphere, especially when you throw on a couple of steaks! No need to overcrowd the space with unnecessary counters if you don’t plan on using them.

Pair this with a nice seating area, just like I did with the ones at, and create the perfect space for chitchats and lunch.

Take Game Night Outside

Sitting on an outdoor patio on a sunny day is definitely one of the best ways for me to enjoy my comfortable pavilion. But apart from that, my family and I love to cozy up there at night time instead of sitting at home. Here’s what you can do to elevate your outdoor pavilion experience after dusk.

Keep it Warm

TV screen and comfy sofas on a pavilion

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I installed a TV screen and placed comfy sofas around a firepit for a nice, cozy time while watching football on a lazy Saturday. Don’t hesitate to gather the kids around for a fun movie night and make s’mores around the fire. I’m sure you’ll love it just as much as we did!

Pull out a few fuzzy blankets and I doubt you’ll want to leave your new space. Just look at how beautiful these setups at are.

Add a Luxe Touch

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For me, nothing says French luxe like stone walls and beautiful wood-paneled ceilings. Add carpet and a modern couch to break up the cold stone, and stick to neutral colors.

Dark wood adds allure to spaces, so I would recommend you go for mahogany or rosewood. From my experience, an imperial chandelier makes it even better!

Bring the Bar Home

A pavilion with a bar, stools, and big screen tv.

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Remember the kitchen island we spoke about? It doubles as a bar! Place high stools around your bar, a big screen TV, and crack open a few beers for an at-home local bar experience. has so many more ideas for outdoor setups that inspired me to create a truly relaxing area where me and my buds can spend late nights after work.

Keep it Cozy

Loungers around an outdoor tv area

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And, if you’re not one for late nights at the bar and would rather keep things cozy, I’ve got you covered. Place a few comfy loungers around your outdoor TV area and turn your pavilion into an outdoor living room. Trust me, it won’t even feel like you’re outside the house.

Don’t believe me? Check out for some of my favorite outdoor space ideas that will make you feel like staying in.

Build a Poolside Lounge

I cannot imagine hot summer days without a pool to take a refreshing dip in. Can you?

Check out some of my favorite pool pavilion ideas and transform your outdoor space into the private holiday resort of your dreams!

Use the Pool as Your View

A pavilion near the pool

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There’s another use for swimming pools that I think is often overlooked. Use your pool as a beautiful view for your sitting space and give yourself an outlook your friends will envy you for.

My ideal design solution is to keep things bright and simple with garden furniture, like the options at Country Lane Gazebos (via, and maybe add a few throw cushions and a potted plant here and there. Another good idea is to get a shade over the pool.

Turn Your Space Into a Cabana

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So posh! Build a private gazebo and turn it into a resort cabana, by adding a glass back wall or drapes for extra privacy.

I love to keep things slick with a modern seating arrangement, throw cushions, bold patterns, or solid colors, like did, and add a slick centerpiece to bring the area together.

Zen Out

Pavilion with wood structure paired with minimalist white decor

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Simplistic, raw, and enlightening! A simple wood structure paired with minimalist white decor gives me a zen feel to anything! I added this to some warm lighting and simple accessories, like the ones at, and I got myself a romantic and trendy photoshoot-worthy space, right next to my pool.

Make Your Space the Perfect Spot to Chill After a Dip

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Know those times when you’re exhausted from a day in the sun and you just want to pass out in bed? Well, I know them pretty well! That’s why I placed sun loungers under my pergola, so I can head there right after my daily swim for a nap.

Just be sure that your loungers are comfortable enough for a snooze, like these ones which I truly love both for their design and practicality. Add some pretty fabrics in the form of drapes or throw sheets, and you’ll be good to go.

Cozy Up Around Fire

There’s nothing more comforting than lighting up a fireplace in your peaceful zone. Whether it’s winter or summer time, a fireplace can give your space an incredibly decadent look and cozy vibe. Here are a few of my go-to ideas for pavilion fireplace decors that will turn your patio into a homey safe haven.

Fire up Your Pavilion, Literally!

11 Backyard Pavilions Ideas You Didn’t Know You Needed: Pavilion with a yellow lighting

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A fireplace, in my opinion, is a great investment for your pavilion or gazebo.

Although it might seem like a hassle, it’s extremely rewarding with a warmer atmosphere on cold nights and a majestic look all around the year. I like to use it as a cooking option, a way to gather around with friends, or just for a stylish new look.

Fireplaces do all these things and more and can help you make the most of your pavilion during all seasons. Read about this and more at

If you are concerned about safety, read my post about how to properly set up a gazebo with a fire pit inside

Minimalism is the New Black

11 Backyard Pavilions Ideas You Didn’t Know You Needed: Wooden Pavilion with a firepace

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I absolutely love this design’s austere simplicity. Every item is clear, purposeful and intentional. I think it’s a common misconception that fireplaces can’t be modern. Well, this rounded firepit proves it wrong. Check out more of my favorite contemporary designs at

For Game of Thrones Fans

11 Backyard Pavilions Ideas You Didn’t Know You Needed: Family gathered in their Pavilion

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The stone frame of the fireplace gives a remarkably ancient rustic air to the patio, which I’m truly passionate about. I’ve always thought vintage decor exudes elegance and sophistication. The pillars are made of raw wood which adds a natural look and interrupts yet complements the rugged construction of stone. Find out more at

Add a Touch Of Futurism

Do you fancy adding some futuristic look to your pavilion? I have some truly unique ideas in mind which I’m sure you’ll find perfect for your outdoor garden area. Check them out!

Picasso in Your Backyard!

11 Backyard Pavilions Ideas You Didn’t Know You Needed: Backyard glass pavilion office

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“Cubism is like standing at a certain point on a mountain and looking around. If you go higher, things will look different; if you go lower, again they will look different. It is a point of view.” Picasso’s cubism has not been understood for years. It’s now known as depicting objects from multiple viewpoints.

When I look at this design, I can see a perfect example of architecture as a form of art. It’s abstract, cosmopolitan and clearly shows multiple views through its simplicity and transparency. See this at

BTW, you can easily convert a pergola into such a room if you put plastic on the roof and the walls (this is another purpose you can use a pergola for).

Garden Igloo

11 Backyard Pavilions Ideas You Didn’t Know You Needed: Glass Igloo Pavilion

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Garden igloos are always promoted as a multifunctional piece. Their uses are numerous including a stylish conservatory, play area for children, greenhouse or a pavilion. An igloo is easily each of these things individually or all at once.

I also really like this decor idea by Designer Cagla Isin Alemdar for its practical aspects: it’s strong and resilient, as it’s weatherproof, rust-resistant and recyclable.  I find its transparent geodesic design to be nothing short of bold and innovative. It’s a compelling choice for lovers of practicality as well as style. Take a closer look at

3 Reasons to Finally Build a Pavilion in Your Backyard

  1. It will have you spending more time outdoors
  2. You can use it for parties, events, and gatherings, either as a designated space for your friends and family or as part of the overall decor
  3. It will revamp your backyard and make it look like a page out of a magazine

Things to Keep in Mind

  1. Building a pavilion can be costly, but that depends on what it includes and what it is made of
  2. Some pavilion structures offer little flexibility to change placement, so if you think you’ll want to move your set up around, you may want to consider a portable pavilion or canopy.

A Bit About Pavilions

Some backyard pavilions can be attached directly to your home and will not have solid walls. That is, they are shade structures that have completely open sides. Gazebos, one type of pavilion, can have partially-open sides.

Gazebos are almost always unattached to a larger structure, so most of the time they stand alone and have a rounder structure than pergolas.

pergola is asimple shade structure that is also usually unattached to the house. Pergolas tend to look better without stone or wood flooring. You can almost always attach shade sails to any pavilion to add an extension of shade to your space.

If, however, you don’t want to be confined to the permanent space where your pavilion is set up, you can look into building a tent in the form of a portable pavilion.

As for the materials you can use to build your pavilion, the options are endless. The structure can be made out of stone, wood, aluminum, vinyl, fabric, glass, you name it! You can add tiling to the floor, carpet, or wood panels, among other things.

And as you’ll see on my list of backyard pavilions ideas below, hanging plants, fabric, lighting, or even picture frames will definitely make your space more homey and comfortable.

The cost of building a pavilion will vary widely, depending on what you include. For example, a 9-foot gazebo that has a simple structure and is made out of inexpensive materials, like wood or vinyl, and includes simple furniture and accessories can cost as little as $1,500.

A more complex gazebo, with more features and accessories, can cost anywhere up to $12,000 – it all really depends on your needs, preferences, and budget!

If you want to know more about the difference between a gazebo and a pavilion, read this post by A Nest With A Yard.

For more inspiration, look at this charming pavilion constructed with stone and salvaged wood by architecture studio Hoedemaker Pfeiffer:

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Did You Like My Backyard Pavilions Ideas?

I hope this article was as interesting to you as researching it has been to me. I’ve always been deeply fascinated by home decor and how renovation requires creativity, taste, and patience.

Decorating my gazebo into a backyard pavilion and digging up new ideas has been my new passion. If you found it useful, please tune in for more on the topic and share with your friends. Any further questions are always welcome.

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Nadya Jones

Nadya's the creative mind behind this blog, sharing her passion for landscaping, gardening and making spaces that nourish the soul. An entrepreneur and writer based in Raleigh, NC, Nadya turns imaginative ideas into inspiration, fueling home and garden dreams. Though Nadya crafts gorgeous posts and photos showcasing lush yards or blooming gardens, the real magic happens behind the scenes where Nadya's partner Brett provides endless support, implementing each vision with care and dedication. Brett's the one ensuring her creative concepts come to life. At heart, Nadya remains an imaginative soul, forever dreaming of whimsical details, vibrant hues and lush landscapes. Each manicured edge or blossoming bloom fuels inspiration, expanding her vision of what's possible in design and life. She shares her love for landscaping, gardening, and outdoor design in her blog, the one you are visiting right now. If you are interested in the same things, be sure to check it out! Also, follow Nadya on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, Flickr, and LinkedIn!

3 thoughts on “24 Backyard Pavilion Ideas You Didn’t Know You Needed”

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