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.


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.

Designing Outdoor Spaces: How to Seamlessly Mix Different Styles

Using a consistent color, creating a cohesive look.

Decorating with a consistent color allows you to mix styles while still creating a cohesive look.  While there are multiple elements in this outdoor space, the simple, yet subtle, color palette ties everything together.   The taupe and driftwood shades blend perfectly and create a layered, yet relaxing environment.

Our contemporary Coronado Club Chairs here are paired with a contemporary square coffee table, while the pedestal end tables incorporate a traditional style.  The stone fireplace, walls, and exposed support beams are rustic, however the neutral color palette is consistent, and allows the room to flow and appear balanced.

Despite the mix of styles and patterns, the balance of styles is equally distributed.  The overall feel is that of contemporary comfort and a classic, beautiful space.

Neutrals can unify different styles.

This space mixes styles beautifully.  By starting with the larger, functional pieces in one style and a neutral color palette, the main style is created.  Other elements can be added in while still carrying the main style throughout.

Here, the functional pieces include our outdoor furniture which can be used inside the home too, as shown by the Laguna Sofa and Laguna Club Chairs.  The driftwood sofa and chairs of this modern seating group adds warmth along with the varying natural shades of the kitchen cabinets, exposed beams, and trim around the windows.

The coastal end tables, white cushions, light wall colors and tiled floor continue the neutral palette and allow the open floor plan of the home to flow while showcasing multiple styles.

Create a focal point.

The stunning fireplace and landscape of this home shine by allowing them to be the focal point of this outdoor space.  With the focus on the fireplace, the complementing furniture does not need to compete with the view.

While the fireplace reflects a global style, the space is wonderfully balanced with both traditional and contemporary styles.  The scale of our contemporary Coronado Armless Club Chairs surrounding the coffee table mirrors the scale of our traditional Montecito Loveseats in the background.

The two seating groups both create inviting, comfortable options for relaxing outdoors.  The overall color palette is simple and subtle, and the weight of the pieces is distributed perfectly, helping to tie the different styles together.


Styling your Outdoor Living Space for Fall

When fall finally arrives, everyone is quick to purchase pumpkins and decorate their front porch to celebrate the season.  But what about your outdoor space in the backyard?  Make fall the coziest time of year with outdoor fall décor and seating that complements your indoor space.

The same way you decorate your interior, you want your personal style to be reflected in your outdoor space.  Bring cohesion between your indoor and outdoor space by incorporating fall décor that matches your home’s interior.

To accomplish your outdoor fall look, here are a few tips and advice.

Soak up the incredible fall weather as you sit under your pergola and enjoy the breeze.  To transform your pergola into a fall oasis, string some lights to set the mood.  Then, add a focal point—a chandelier.  This adds cohesion to your indoor and outdoor spaces.  Finish off lighting your yard by adding walkway lights.

Once lighting is complete, add depth to your outdoor furniture.

Montecito Collection

To accommodate the guests that will come over for fall dinner parties and cozy firepit nights, make sure you have enough seating.  A sectional sofa sets the mood for an intimate gathering.  To ensure that your furniture will fit in your outdoor space year-round, opt for a neutral upholstery.

To add a little piece of fall to your décor, change up the look of your outdoor chairs and sofa by keeping seasonal pillows on hand.  Take away the bright summer pillows and exchange them with more neutral, green, and orange hues.  Add layers by keeping various sizes of pillows and plenty of fall throws draped over the sofa.

Provence Collection

For your dining space, a cozy table is the perfect setting for hosting dinner parties with your closest friends and family.  Guests can chat across the table and you can easily display your favorite fall centerpiece.  From pumpkins to cornucopias, you’ll love the feel of fall around the table.

For the more modern fall look, add in black and white gingham.  This pop of pattern is a staple that can transition from fall to winter.  You can add the perfect balance of black and white gingham through throws, cushions, rugs, pillows, and table runners.  Use this as a foundational pattern then layer with solid fall colors.

Complete your fall feel with fall foliage.  Add life back to your falling foliage.  Add in plants in well-layered containers that can withstand the fall weather.  When arranging your containers, you want to create a balanced and full look.  Don’t just stick to you plant or color of plant.  Add in plenty of fall tones and different plants.  This creates natural décor that can withstand Mother Nature and keeps your outdoor space full and alive.

Fire Tables coming soon from Sunset West

Once your outdoor space is full of fall, enjoy your outdoor living space.  Light up your backyard and gather around the firepit to enjoy pumpkin carving, smores, and all fall festivities.  Creating the perfect environment to enjoy the brisk fall weather, you’ll never want the night to end.

Designing Outdoor Spaces: How to Seamlessly Mix Colors

Have you updated your outdoor space recently – if not, what are you waiting for?!?  With summer well underway, it is definitely time to create your perfect space to relax and unwind outdoors.  Last time, we shared how to design your outdoor space by mixing materials.  Another trend for designing outdoor spaces is mixing colors.

One of the best and easiest ways to decorate an outdoor space is by including our resin wicker deep-seating.  The finishes are traditional enough to withstand décor trends, neutral enough to allow you to change up or complement your color scheme without breaking your budget, and sturdy enough to withstand the elements.  You can seamlessly decorate with differently colored furniture, by following these helpful tips:

Add a Buffer

Our Coronado Loveseats, the tiled floor, end tables, fireplace, and coffee table here are each a different neutral shade, which on their own could be distracting – or even worse – boring. But by adding a rug or repeating an accent color, they create a focal point so the furniture doesn’t compete.  Here, the bright blue rug and blue pillows lend a beautiful pop of color and create a buffer, which keeps the room interesting and adds a lovely balance.


White Creates the Perfect Neutral

Teak & Table mixes these neutral tones beautifully with our Coronado Swivel Rockers and this coffee table, creating an inviting space.  Though these pieces vary in color, finish and material, they contrast just enough so that they don’t compete.  The addition of white cushions keeps the space from looking too busy, while repeating the same shade of blue on the umbrella, pillows, and rug creates the perfect harmony.

Balance Light and Dark

Balancing varying wood tones throughout this patio keep the space from feeling too heavy in any area.  Our Teak Coffee and End Tables in Rustic Natural beautifully complement the varied tones of our Montecito Sofa and Club Chair weave.

This space works because well – it incorporates the rule of three by presenting each shade three times and maintains a similar scale with the tables and seating.  It still feels inviting without disrupting the balance and flow of the space.

Designing Outdoor Spaces: How to Seamlessly Mix Materials

As we roll into warmer weather, many of you (and us!) are looking to refresh your outdoor space. American Home Furnishings Alliance and the ICFA surveyed 1,000 adults with an outdoor living space and an overwhelming 70% stated they enjoyed spending more time in their outdoor living space than their indoor space. With this many Americans migrating to the outdoors to spend their time, the demand for better design that complements their indoor style, and easily transitions outside, is here to stay.

One of the latent trends for outdoor furniture, everything pre-packaged and matching, is quickly fading as homeowners are looking to curate different materials to mirror the comfort and style of their indoor space.

Doing this well can be tricky, though it can be accomplished if you ensure your space is unified through coordinating colors, style and layout.

Coronado Club Chairs - Sunset West Outdoor Fine Furnishings

Take a cue from inside your home.

First, consider furniture that is a natural extension of the style inside your home. As the Toll Brothers demonstrate here in one of their model homes, the furniture in the breezeway is in the same vein as the inside of the home, the same color palette, style and mix of wood and metal with wicker. Coronado Club Chairs shown.

La Jolla Dining Chairs - Driftwood Teak Dining Table - Sunset West Furniture

Keep it neutral.

The number of different materials you can use in a given space is limitless. As we see in this beautiful example of mixing different materials and silhouettes, this space is perfectly unified with matching upholstery on the grand dining chairs as the seat cushions on the metal frame chairs. Accents such as candles and pottery thread the theme throughout the space resulting in a cohesive, inviting setting. La Jolla Dining Chairs and Driftwood Teak Dining Table shown.

Montecito Club Chairs - Sunset West Outdoor Furniture

Use an accent color.

DMI (Denise Morrison Interiors) does an excellent job of mixing, wood, metal and wicker with different tones by following the ‘rule of 3’. We see the presentation of 3 concrete tables with 3 wicker pieces (two club chairs and an accent tray). The finish of the wooden swing is married with the undertone in the wicker and the stone colored cushion ties the piece to the concrete tables. The continuity of blue as an accent color creates a flow that allows each piece to complement each other. Montecito Club Chairs shown.

Laguna Dining Table & Coronado Dining Chairs - Sunset West

Choose similar colors and tones.

This sophisticated dining space perfectly balances contrasting textures by mixing a teak-inspired aluminum with woven dining chairs. The similar wood tones and neutral shades give the space an inviting, on-trend rustic farmhouse style and look. The complimentary tones also set the stage for introducing and experimenting with different pops of color to add even more dimension and interest. Laguna Dining Table and Coronado Dining Chairs shown.

Creating Paradise in a Small Outdoor Space

Provence Deep Seating Collection
Provence Deep Seating Collection

When your outdoor space is limited, it can be difficult to find the motivation to create a luxurious outdoor living space.  Often times, homeowners will draw the blinds and pretend the backyard doesn’t exist.  This can be true for condo and apartment living too.  Instead of shutting off your outdoor space, transform it.

Small outdoor living can be your home’s greatest asset, if your design is right.  Here are some tips to help you take your outdoor space to a new level of luxury.


You can have the greatest furniture with the best view of the city skyline, but if you don’t bring in natural elements to your landscaping, your space will feel incomplete and unnatural.  Whether you’re working with a balcony or a small yard, you can create a beautiful oasis that easily becomes your favorite place to relax at the end of each day.

Landscaping makes a huge difference in the way you view your space.  You don’t have to add a full garden to make your space feel approachable.  Pressure wash your space, clean and repaint if necessary, and add some green (that doesn’t require a lot of maintenance).


Once you’ve got a clean space to work with, it’s time to fill it.  When you have a small space, you want furniture that is sleek, not bulky.  Find pieces that fit your style and create cohesion with your indoor living space.

Here are some pieces that make a small outdoor space pop! From stools and pub tables to club chairs and occasional tables, there are so many options that will keep your outdoor space cozy and classy.

Cardiff Dining Collection
Cardiff Dining Collection

The Cardiff collection has a transitional frame and is designed with a thick walnut resin weave.  This collection shows that a thick weave can work in a small space.  With the tall pub table and stools, the eye is drawn up and it makes a small space seem bigger.

The Moorea club chair and end table are the perfect complement to a small outdoor space.  With an open design, this set doesn’t create a bulky look that creates a cluttered look in a small space.

Venice Bar Counter Stool
Venice Bar Counter Stool


Determine the focal point of your outdoor space.  Do you have a fire pit?  Do you have a great view? Do you have absolutely nothing to work it?  Whatever your situation, create a focal point.  Maybe you have the beach as your background.  Position your furniture to allow the setting to be the focal point.  If you don’t have a focal point, create your own.  Position your furniture around a fire table to create an intimate and relaxing setting.

Staging is a crucial part of designing any space.  You can have all of the right supplies, but without proper placement, your space looks cluttered and forgotten.  Transform your small outdoor space into a piece of paradise and enjoy the peace of outdoor living.

Manhattan Outdoor Furniture Collection
Manhattan Outdoor Furniture Collection

Modern Style Throughout Your Outdoor Space

Outdoor space is an extension of a homeowner’s living space.  And when the interior of a home is full of the latest technology and modern aesthetics, it’s important that outdoor space reflects that same style.  Read our top two tips to help you achieve a high quality, upscale, modern look in any outdoor space.

1) Clean and Simple Lines

Modern style doesn’t exist without clean, simple lines.  It flows throughout every feature in a modern home.  From the hardware to the furniture, from the flooring to the backsplash, every aspect of modern style is fused together with clean lines.  When creating an outdoor living and dining space, these same rules apply.  From the flooring to the furniture, clean and simple lines make a bold statement.

Featured in the photograph below is a modern furniture collection accenting a modern outdoor space.  Look at how every element in the space is symmetrical with sleek details.  The flooring is a crisp white, setting the tone for the contrasting black aluminum frames.

La Jolla Cllection from Sunset West
La Jolla Cllection from Sunset West

2) Coordinating Landscaping

It’s easy to purchase an outdoor furniture collection and place it in an outdoor space.  But if that outdoor space lacks the basic aesthetics, it loses its luster.  When designing an outdoor living space, you want to consider the function as well as aesthetics.  What will the space be used for?  Dining by the pool, relaxing in the hot tub, sitting by the fire table, romantic escapes from the kids?  There are so many different ways to transform your outdoors.

Knowing the primary function helps to determine how to landscape and create a backdrop.  When you design a modern outdoor space, you need to find not only furniture and flooring that matching the interior design, but also the outdoor elements, such as modern plants, ponds, water features, etc.

Take a look at how you can create a serene atmosphere with a modern flair.

La Jolla Round Dining Table from Sunset West
La Jolla Round Dining Table from Sunset West

Notice the landscaping with the cactus plants?   Or the stone contrasting against the pop of black on the handrail?  Or the glass that allows the eyes to enjoy the water beyond the patio?  These tiny details come together to create an unforgettable setting.


Outdoor Collections that Create an Elegant Design

We believe that outdoor furniture has the ability to transform any outdoor space.  When you’re looking to create an elegant design to your outdoor space, furniture should be the foundation of your design.  At Sunset West, we turn ordinary spaces into elegant additions to your residential or commercial space.  Don’t settle for the mundane.  Transform your outdoor space into the living space you’ve always wanted.

The outdoor furniture collection you choose sets the tone for your outdoor space.  Choose from teak, resin wicker, or metal furniture and update your outdoor living.

The Teak collection is made from 100 percent solid teak wood.  The beauty of this collection is in the natural grooves, knots, and splices found throughout.  With a rustic design, the unique quality of each piece creates a sense of purpose.

The Driftwood teak tables invite guests to dine outdoors.  The breathtaking length of the tables adds depth to your outdoor space.  Add elegant chairs for a complete look of luxury.  Other pieces in the teak collection include a sofa table, end table, and coffee table.

Finding the perfect collection to create an elegant design is simple with the incredible options from Sunset West.  Whether you’re looking for a more contemporary style, rustic look, or European design, finding a collection to fit your style has never been easier.

The La Jolla collection boasts a European design and aluminum structure.  Creating the perfect blend of aesthetics and comfort, this collection transforms your outdoor space into your own personal oasis.

Creating a sense of warmth, the earth tones used in this collection take outdoor living to the next level.  With choices of stools, sofas, club chairs, dining tables, dining chairs, and more, there’s nothing this collection doesn’t have to offer.

The most important element in designing an outdoor living space is creating cohesion between the living, dining, and entertaining spaces.  Whether you’re lounging by the pool, hosting a dinner party, or gathering around the fire pit, create a cohesive feel to your outdoor space with the La Jolla collection.

For a timeless outdoor living style, the Provence collection adds class and comfort.  The wrought iron outdoor furniture in Century Pewter finish transforms your outdoor living space into an extension of your indoors.  The timeless look of this classic collection transports you to your own personal resort.

Provence Collection

The wrought iron features on the Provence collection are breathtaking.  With clean lines and crisp fabric, there’s nothing this collection lacks.  Choose from the chaise, ottoman, coffee table, sofas, chairs, stools, and dining set.  The love seat and rocking club chair are perfect for creating an intimate setting for conversation around the fire pit.  Open your outdoors to entertain with the barstools and pub table.  With the Provence collection, the options are endless.

When you want create an elegant outdoor living space, start with your outdoor furniture.  Transform the way you live—live outdoors.  From entertaining to dining, when you have the right furniture in your outdoors, you’ll never want to go back inside.   

Transform your Outdoor Space with Patio Design Inspiration

Even small spaces can become grand with the right patio design.  If you have a small outdoor living space, don’t worry.  We have outdoor furnishings that can create the illusion of space without cluttering your space.

When designing an outdoor space on a smaller scale, every piece matters.  The focus of your space become having space.  And one of the most important factors in this process is choosing the right furniture.

When you choose bulky furniture for a smaller area, the area shrinks in size.  Find furniture that is sleek and airy to create the illusion of more space.  The Solana collection is the perfect blend of sophisticated and clean.

This collection has a rich, dark chocolate weave contracted with a crisp fabric.  The beauty of this collection is the incredible amount of versatility and options.  From the small, 44-inch dining table to the sleek Solana chaise, the options are endless with this collection.

When staging the Solana collection in a smaller outdoor space, it’s important to make every square inch count.  Avoid shoving furniture against the walls.  While it might save you some extra square feet, it creates a cramped feel.

Don’t add too many accessories.  Minimize your accents.  When you have limited square feet to work with, less is more.  You can create a gorgeous airy and open feel when you limit your accent pieces.  Make your furniture the focal point.

If entertaining is your main purpose, center your furniture on a fire pit.  If you love gathering together with friends over a good meal, make the dining table the center of attention.  When lounging is your favorite pastime, keep it simple—the Solana chaise and nesting tables are the perfect trifecta.

The Laguna collection is another great option for limited outdoor space.  The sleek lines of the Laguna club chairs allow the eyes to wander through the chair for a more open feel.

Choose furniture that will highlight your space in the best light.  You want to design your outdoor space to highlight its best features.  If you have a great view, let that be the focal point.  Point all of your furniture toward your view.

When you have the right furniture, you can make any outdoor space feel grand.  Choose from among our most prestigious collections and enjoy your outdoors.

The Cardiff collection features a transitional frame with a thick walnut resin weave and a T cushion boxed back for incredible support and comfort.  This collection boasts beautiful style to keep your outdoor space classic and comfortable.

Choose from the armless club chair, sectional, ottoman, pub table and stools, daybed, chaise, and much more.  The Cardiff collection has it all for a complete outdoor look.

It’s easy to transform your patio into an oasis when you have the furniture to update your space.  When small space is an issue, find sleek furniture that will give you the seating you need and the look you’ve always dreamed of.