The revitalizing power of patterns and colors isn’t limited to your indoor living room. From stripes to brights, they can establish an energetic tone in a new outdoor seating area, or rekindle your love for existing patio furniture. With that in mind, here are a few tips for introducing a powerful outdoor palette using upholstery and accessories.
Try variations on a shade
Pairing different shades of the same color is a bold move that pays off with big impact. Here, a tropical Aruba blue contrasts with a rich navy for a look that’s eye-catching but not overpowering.
Mix up your stripes
While stripes are a classic choice for outdoor upholstery, accessorizing with a medley of stripes – in different widths, styles and complementary colors – can produce a relaxed, eclectic aesthetic. Best of all, it’s a timeless look yet easy to edit.
Build off a white base
Whether you’ve got wicker, mesh or aluminum, allowing white furniture to take center stage can create a cool, clean look – which always feels appealing as the mercury rises. Just add white and clear accessories, and small pops of color.
Play with patterns
You know that saying about the whole being greater than the sum of its parts. When it comes to patterns, this old adage couldn’t be truer. In this outdoor space, polka dots, stripes and an oversized floral print combine to create a look that’s far more inviting than each could create individually.
Go bright and bold
An outdoor living room must face everything that Mother Nature can muster. And it rarely demands a dress code, or even shoes. So this is the perfect place to cut loose with bright colors and bold patterns. While you might not want to commit to a sunshine-and-gingko palette indoors, outside it’s an extra breath of fresh air.