Designing Outdoor Spaces- How to Decorate with Color

The holidays are behind us, and with the upcoming change in seasons from winter to spring, we will soon see light, bright colors everywhere.  Now is the perfect time to refresh or re-decorate your home, including your outdoor space.

Decorating your space can be a wonderful, enjoyable and creative process, or it can be overwhelming!  With endless furniture options, styles, functions, and colors available, knowing where to start can be difficult.  If you are starting from scratch, or adding a refresh, you can start by deciding the color scheme that you would like to use while decorating.

When it comes to using color, the palette and shades you use help to set the overall tone of your space, while also reflecting your personality.  Color can also affect your emotions so think about the mood you would like your space to convey.  For instance, yellow is a cheerful color that reminds you of the sun, blues can be calming, and reds evoke passion.  Or, if you decorate with all shades of white or ivory, the overall effect is a serene and relaxing space.

However, keep in mind that the best way to ensure that you love your space is to decorate it with colors that make you happy.

Playing with Color and Prints.

Did you know that Sunset West offers custom cushions?  We work exclusively with Sunbrella fabrics, and you can place a custom order for our products using any Sunbrella fabric!  If you are wanting to create your own individual space, the perfect way to do that is through colorful, custom cushions.

Just like your clothes, colorful fabrics can allow you to express your own style and create a look in your home that reflects your personality, and shows off your individual taste.  Fabrics and finishes are some of the few options where you can personalize your furniture, therefore creating your own personal fashion statement.

On this gorgeous poolside patio, designed by Denise Morrison Interiors, this textured, printed fabric shows off a sophisticated yet playful side while still acting as a neutral as it is paired with an ivory pillow and navy umbrella which perfectly complements the stripes.  The warm shade of orange at the foot of our Provence Adjustable Chaise adds an unexpected pop of color and creates a vibrant, inviting look.

Mixing Patterns.

While texture is definitely something to incorporate when decorating your outdoor space, color and patterns are important as well.  Shades of blue are extremely popular in home decorating, as blue can also be used as a neutral, especially in outdoor spaces.

Mixing patterns or shades of the same color adds interest and depth while giving your outdoor space its own custom style. The patterns don’t need to match each other, it’s enough for them to coordinate and go together.  When selecting your patterns or shades, it is helpful to remember to work in odd numbers.

In this beautiful space, also designed by Denise Morrison Interiors, the focal point is our Montecito Sectional with our Montecito Armless Club in this vibrant, rich shade of blue.  Though the throw pillows are in a different shade of blue, the print of the pillows are in a similar shade and still ‘go’ with the sectional’s cushions.  The same is true for the mosaic on the fire table.  Though the shades of blue in the mosaic don’t match the cushions or throw pillows, they still blend wonderfully and create a balance in this space.

Keep It Simple.

Though outdoor fabrics have become more decorative, you can still have your outdoor space be an extension of your home by decorating the outdoors just like your indoor rooms.

If your goal is to have a serene and calm outdoor space, or if color isn’t your thing, you can keep it simple by sticking with neutrals. By taking cues from the continuing popularity of the farmhouse trend, a subdued elegance can be accomplished by mixing grays, and neutral tones.

In this peaceful space, multiple shades of beige are represented in our Coronado Club Chairs, Coronado Sofa, and Coronado Ottomans.  The ivory cushions on the club chairs and sofa are complemented by the ivory and beige printed throw pillows which also ‘go’ with the striped pillows as they are similar shades.  The darker gray throw pillows and ottoman fabric are still in the same monochromatic color palette and when added in, they create a complete look.

Accessorize.

A quick and inexpensive way to refresh your outdoor space is with the accessories.  This can include an umbrella, outdoor rug, blanket or of course- with throw pillows.  Adding new colors or patterns can change up the whole feel of your space.

If you are wanting to add new colors and patterns, there are no rules, but there are a couple tricks you can use.  When combining patterns, companion fabrics can be a great way to mix them, and keep in mind that they don’t need to ‘match’.  Placing companion patterns evenly throughout your space will provide a cohesive look and add visual interest as well.  Stripes can go with almost any other pattern, and when combining multiple prints in a similar color palette, you will create a beautiful combination of patterns.

Under this covered patio, the floral and striped pillows are two very different patterns, but they share the same shades of taupe, ivory and the pop of yellow.  When paired with the driftwood finish of our Coronado Sofa and Coronado Club Chairs, they create a cheerful, yet cohesive space.

Backyard Bliss – Helping Customers Turn Outdoor Areas into Beautiful Spaces

Sunset West was featured in the Patio & Hearth Products Report in the November / December 2018 issue.

by Cherise Forno, Patio & Hearth

Sunset West has developed a broad line of patio furniture that appeals to a diverse consumer base looking to elevate their outdoor spaces with high-quality, fashion-forward pieces.

“Each collection that we bring out appeals to a different customer,” says Wes Stewart, co-founder. “We do a lot of things well in a manner to allow people to get a custom solution. People are really starting to see us for this ability.”

Founded in 2004 as a distribution company reselling patio furniture under a different name, Sunset West has grown into a well-respected industry leader. After a few years, Sunset West began importing its own products and designs, and has continued to expand and fine tune the company during the last decade. “What started as a two-man operation has grown to 30 employees on-site,” Stewart says.

Sunset West has also taken ownership of various aspects of its furniture, including the formation of a sewing operation, and expanding its experienced dealer network throughout the United States. “We’ve been very successful this year in adding dealers in the Midwest and East Coast,” Stewart says. “We’ve done about 98 per-cent of the sewing in-house this year.”

Sunset West has also focused on steady growth, allowing the company to maintain a high level of quality craftsmanship and customer service. “We try to bring in two collections a year,” Stewart says.

“We don’t want to grow too big, too fast.”

In an effort to stay a step ahead of ever-changing design trends, Sunset West released the Milano collection this year, which features an acrylic rope material for a finished look that is eye-catching and sophisticated. Pieces such as a club chair, ottoman, and cushionless chaise are crafted with comfort and performance in mind. Stewart says the look, feel, and utility of this premium all-weather material has been very popular. “People have thought these are really interesting and exciting,” he says. “It’s really starting to catch on this year.”

Other flagship collections include the Coronado, which captures a casual yet upscale aesthetic with its driftwood resin wicker. The pieces in this collection showcase the company’s commitment to comfort, quality, and timeless style. “Our Coronado, Laguna, and Provence are all doing well,” he says. “I think the style is there, the comfort is there, and the value is there.”

Another recent collection that pairs exquisite design with unparalleled value is the Laguna which features sleek lines and a driftwood finish. This pairing of aluminum and driftwood make these pieces ideal for any location, from modern homes to backyard decks. A luxurious design is achieved with Sunset West’s Provence collection, which evokes the elegance of Rome coupled with the comfort of high-end furniture featuring sleek, clean lines in its dining and seating products.

Stewart emphasizes that Sunset West is committed to offering products that deliver true value with the highest level of quality. The company has exclusively used Sunbrella’s performance fabric since its inception, but Sunset West also allows customers to supply their own fabric to create a truly customized piece of furniture. The furniture’s frames are made in Asia, and cushions are produced domestically, which Stewart notes is a large advantage. “Because we make them domestically, we can get custom cushions to customers in 4-6 weeks,” he says.

Collections from Sunset West stand apart from other outdoor furniture sets because they were designed to complement each other, all while offering distinct styles for different customers and locations. Stewart explains that they are craft-ed so that customers can take several pieces from one collection such as the Laguna and add a piece from another collection, such as a Majorca club chair, which is woven in a textured resin wicker, to create a one-of-a-kind furniture design.

“One of the things I really think has been catching on is mixing and matching items together,” Stewart says. “Different textures and pat-terns can go together for a complete, finished look.” While purchasing an entire set still dominates the market, this ability to pair pieces from different collections provides dealers and customers limitless options to take their patio furniture collection and outdoor areas to the next level. “To differentiate ourselves, we have different collections that work together to create a lot more visual interest for a more custom solution for customers,” Stewart says. “We also have a very keen, clean scale, and the designs are on point for each look we are trying to achieve. Dealers have opportunities to offer curated packages to make a backyard have a better, higher-end look.”

This innovative mindset extends to selecting color schemes, patterns, and materials that are trending or will be popular in the near future. Stewart notes that Sunset West strives to stay ahead of industry trends. He says driftwood (included in the Coronado and Laguna collections) has been very popular for the last few years. For the future, he notices the colors in high demand shifting to classic white and gray tones. “I see us stepping into gray/slate gray color trends in the next year or two,” Stewart says. “I think white is going to be a very important color in the next two to three years.”

The inventive, thriving company wants to continue to look ahead and be on the forefront of innovation. Stewart explains that Sunset West wants to avoid being behind any style, fabric, and color trends. “If you are on-trend or slightly ahead of trends, you can create more interesting showrooms,” he says. “I think we’re going to get sharper at staying a step ahead.”

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