Colors. Pantone has more than 2,100. Benjamin Moore, 3,400. Even Crayola comes in at 152, more than double the 64 that most of us grew up with.
At first blush, that seems like a lot of colors. But the human eye can see approximately 10 million! Every shade, every tint and hue. We can’t get enough. Yet when it comes to decorating, we often pale at the thought.
Yet color is what makes decorating fun. Like accessorizing an outfit, it can be a subtle statement or a show-stopping pop. Regardless, color is an easy way to make your furnishings feel up-to-date indoors and out. Here’s how to approach it outside. You’ll also find more inspiration in our “Color Changes Everything” lookbook.
Dive in feet first.
An outdoor rug does more than add color. As nothing else can, it turns your outdoor area into an extension of your home’s living space. And here’s a case where you don’t have to use your inside voice. The pattern and design of your outdoor rug can definitely be more vibrant and playful.
Outdoor throw pillows instantly change the look of your furniture and the way you experience it. You can make a statement with one color, then play with shades and patterns to really bring your sofas and lounge chairs to life. A designer’s trick: find a pattern you admire in hues you love … and let it inspire the palette and pieces that make up your entire look.
You’d never skip adding the finishing touches to your indoor decor. And you should give the same creative consideration to polishing your outdoor space. Accessories like gorgeous lanterns or whimsical wall art add tons of ambience.
Play with the Unexpected.
A red birdhouse. A turquoise grill. A green daybed. Why not let your true colors shine through?
Even outdoors, naturally awash with every shade under the sun, vivid accessories add tremendous impact.