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.