Are you as excited to refresh your outdoor spaces as I am? Learn the easiest way to give your spaces a new look with outdoor pillows!

Outdoor pillows are built to withstand sun, heat and moisture. With an incredible range of styles, colors, materials and price points, making these decisions can be overwhelming!

We’re here to guide you! Get the best tips for choosing the right outdoor pillows for your budget, as well as maintaining them over time. You’ll find the prettiest curated outdoor pillow options for this season, too.

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Whether it’s your spring porch or a cozy back patio that’s twinkling with string lights, new outdoor pillows can totally transform a space.

They are wonderful for adding a cozy layer to your space (just like my favorite indoor outdoor rugs) and they can bring in such cheerful color and texture. No matter what style of furniture you’re working with, cute new pillows are sure to breathe new life into your space!

As you may already know, I’m a big fan of pillow covers for changing up the look of your home. They store easily, and they’re fun to change out with the seasons to completely restyle any space.

A white living room with white furniture and a white coffee table, adorned with soft outdoor pillows.
You don’t want to miss my simple tutorial on how to mix and match Pillow Covers, Pillow Inserts, and even this curated guide to Amazon Pillow Covers.

Outdoor Pillows

We’ve renovated many homes during the last 20 years, and I am always thrilled to pass along the knowledge we’ve gained along the way. See the complete Before and After tour of our St. Louis home here, and our modern Table Rock Lake Cottage as well.

Outdoor pillows are meant to stand up to daily sun, wind, rain and more. They are the perfect way to add a cozy layer to any outdoor space where your family love to congregate.

Two outdoor decorative pillows with scalloped edges on a bright, sunlit bench.

Why You’ll Love Them

  • The Easiest Change – While patio furniture and cushions are quite an investment, adding new pillows is a more affordable way to update a space.
  • Use them Anywhere – In fact, you can use outdoor pillows indoors, too! What a great way to fend off stains from kids and pets.
  • Easy to Clean – Just like outdoor rugs, these pillows can be hosed off for cleaning. Leave them in the sun to dry!
A bright and cozy corner with a beige cushioned bench, decorated with outdoor pillows: one green scalloped-edge pillow and one white pillow with green botanical print.


  • Choose appropriate outdoor pillow inserts, filled with soft polyfill or foam that is meant to dry quickly. This is no place for down feathers!
  • Indoor pillows can be treated to be used outdoors. However, since there are so many outdoor pillows available from your favorite retailers these days, it’s not necessary!
  • If you decide to attempt to waterproof your indoor pillows, use a product like Scotchgard. Keep in mind that the treatment process is only temporary (you will need to retreat at least once a year), and you’ll always use more spray than you think!
  • Any stains can be treated with Folex, just like your indoor fabrics. However, always be sure to test an inconspicuous spot first.
A white porch with wicker furniture and a mirror adorned with outdoor pillows.

Frequently Asked Questions

What kind of pillows can go outside?

Be sure to specificially choose pillows and inserts that are meant for outdoor living. They will be labeled as such, with features that are noted as water resistant or repellant, mildew resisitant, and fade resistant.

How do you keep outdoor throw pillows from blowing away?

If you live in a particularly windy climate, this can be difficult. The best option is often to store your outdoor pillows in a deck box when not in use. You can also add bows to your throw pillows, attaching them to the furniture in a more secure fashion.

A wooden bench with a fringed white outdoor pillow and another outdoor pillow with green botanical print against a white brick wall.


This white and green pillow with fringe trim is perfect for adding a touch of elegance to your space. Check out this stylish option on Amazon.

Embroidered Block Print

These are such a great Serena and Lily look for less!

A light blue chair with a white outdoor pillow on it.
This floral blue and white pillow can be found on Amazon.

New Addition

We added this pretty blue and green one to our living room. The wipeable material is perfect for active families, anywhere in your home! (If this sells out, keep watching – it comes back!)

A living room with a white couch and blue outdoor pillows.
An outdoor pillow cover seen in our living room, on our Serena and Lily sofa.
A wicker swing hanging from a porch, perfect for relaxing with outdoor pillows.
A stack of white outdoor pillow inserts.

Outdoor Pillow Inserts

While some outdoor pillows come with an insert, many do not. This is a great affordable four pack option with excellent reviews!


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