How To Add Appeal To Your Outdoor Space

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

This years outdoor trends include bold colors, patterns and shapes.  There is also a lot mismatching going on-and it is done on purpose!! I have been looking at this seasons outdoor trends and found some great buys from local ‘go to’ stores, to get the look that is HOT!

(click each photo to go to the store that carries it).

Use these products together for a fabulous look!

Brighter Color Mix

The people at Pantone tell us that brighter greens, yellows and reds are on the rise (just wait until 2013!).  Many stores have picked up on this and are showing a ton of bright outdoor furniture and decor to choose from for this spring and summer season.

How to get this look: These Antonia Sculptural Planters give off bold color and bold shape!  Their bodies areaccordion pleats handcrafted from fiberglass and resin.  So unique.

How to get this look: Add an accent table finished in one of the hot colors from the color wheel!  I bought one of these Umbra folding tray tables for my backyard in red from Bed Bath & Beyond.  Its made of steel and has ventilation slots to drain liquid spills or rain.   Plus it folds for compact storage.
How to get this look: If you need a big pop of color for your chairs or sofa, try these 18″ Peacock throw pillows in yellow and red.  Adorable!

Playful Patterns

I love a good graphic.  Mixing and matching them is so much fun.  Lattice and geometrical patterns are popping up everywhere.  You can easily incorporate this pattern into your outdoor space through pillows, cushions, and your outdoor rug!

Make a ‘quick change’ with new cushions for your lounging and dining chairs………

How to get this look: Change out your chair cushions to these intricately latticed Pavilion Cushions from Pier 1.  They come in lime green and lemon yellow.

Or take this trend to a higher level, and add more bright color by a. changing out your wicker chair to this Casbeh Chair, or b. spray paint your chairs with outdoor use spray paint!

Give your rattan chairs a modern upgrade by using a cushion with a pattern.

Don’t forget about your chaise….

How to get this look: Try this knife edge chaise cushion in a Sunbrella Raffia Gate Tuscan pattern for a bold look on your outdoor chaise!  Frontgate sells this in a blue color also that they call ‘Aruba’.

How to get this look: Love the look of this Terrene green and cream geo-patterned hooked rug from Layla Grace.  It is handmade from polypropylene acrylic for an all-weather piece that resists mildew and fading.  Works well with the yellow, red and green products from this post!
Love this door mat!  Stripes never seem out of style and this one is unique.  It is extra long (46.0 ” L x 18.0 ” W) perfect for wider doorways.  And the colors are bright and cheery.  It is a Smith & Hawken Coir doormat.

Mix Up Woods With Metals & Rattan

Everyone’s mixing it up to get more texture and color.  It also allows you to keep a table you have and just replace old chairs (or the other way around).  This keeps your outdoor space interesting looking!

How to get this look: Pair a wood dining table with fun colored iron or rattan chairs!

These Pier 1 outdoor stacking chairs in yellow (also come in a slew of other fun colors) really pop with this gorgeous West Elm Jardine wood table that has a driftwood-inspired finish.

The table will distress more over time, making a great contrast with the chairs that will stay bright because they are made of iron, covered in synthetic wicker.

Lanterns Are a HOT Accessory

Light it up with bright lanterns.  Outdoor lanterns have come a long way; they now bring architectural interest and add colorful interest (it used to be that the candle was the colorful part, but not any more!!)  They come in really large sizes and small ones great for hanging!

How to get this look: These colonial style metal lanterns in rustic red from Pier 1 are well priced and offer a warm classic red look!

Solar/battery lanterns with lighting that looks like candles but does not need to be lit are great!  You can find battery/solar operated lanterns in so many sizes and shapes.

How to get this look: These little solar powered, battery powered lanterns from Target would be great hung from trees around a backyard.  They are light weight and blend in with the environment during the day, and at night they would light up the night from above (should last up to six hours).

Don’t forget about how beautiful light looks above, hung from trees!

Create a Boundary With Appeal

If your patio does not have any walls defining it from the rest of the yard, make one!  Finish it off with something beautiful and bold like a bench.  Choose a bench that feels more like a large architectural structure vs. a slender dining bench.

How to get this look: This Luytens Wooden Outdoor Bench from Grandinroad also comes in a black finish.  Place the bench at the back of your patio and anchor the corners on either side with two large planters (see below).   You can also use a bench under a large tree or in a proud big garden.  These are great little spots to sit and enjoy the view.
I use these Toulon Planters from Ballard Designs all the time when I want to get some beautiful color and create a sophisticated space.  They come in really large sizes!


Paint your house numbers, or a beautiful design to an inexpensive planter in front of your door to welcome guests and show them how creative you are!  Use a pair of planters on either side for a grand entrance.

CLICK HERE to see the steps to create this unique planter.

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