Try This Look: Renewing an Outdoor Space

  1. After the long chill of winter we’re eager for warmer weather. It’s almost time to fling open the doors and welcome spring, so now is the time to spruce up your outdoor spaces. This season, we’re introducing a mix of patterns, an unexpected pop of color and indoor comforts for an entirely new look. Do try this at home!

Punch it up with purple

Nothing revives a space quite like color. We love spring’s new crop of bold hues, and this vivacious plum is no exception. We weren’t afraid to go a little overboard, either. From accessories and serveware to the rug and pillows, we splashed it everywhere.

Pile on the comfort

Soften existing outdoor furniture with cushions and pillows. We added pillows in a mix of solids and traditional florals in complementing colors for a relaxing vibe. These fabrics are so durable you can leave them out and hose them off when they get dusty.

Add in interior details

Consider your porch or patio an extension of your home. Long, flowing drapes close in the space to keep the heat out, create privacy and add a sense of comfort. Side tables give you a place to rest your drink or magazines. And extra cushions or floor pillows make room for additional seating when the party arrives.

 
Patricia Palermo

Patricia Palermo

Patricia Palermo has been writing about home décor and design since 1999, which is when she first learned the term faux bois. She's passionate about helping others find their design style, because she believes with a little know-how and inspiration, anyone can decorate with confidence. Patricia has a degree in Journalism and lives in Atlanta with her husband and four-year-old twins.

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    DEBBIE

    June 18, 2012
     

    I HAVE BEIGE CUSHIONS ON BLACK IRON FURNITURE. ON A BLACK AND BEIGE MEDALIAN RUG,NEED PILLOWS FOR OUTDOOR COUCH, CHAIR AND LOUNGE CHAIRS. THINKING OF STRIPE, DAMASK AND SOLID OR LEOPARD. ANY THOUHTS?

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      Ballard Designs

      June 19, 2012
       

      Debbie: We love the Sinclair Damask and the Black Canopy Stripe pillows – If you want a “pop” of color, try some solid Green Pillows to add to the mix.
      The Style Studio Team

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    Regena Page

    March 21, 2012
     

    I have the zebra belgique on my patio and would like to purchase cushions for my patio table. What would you suggest. I have a pool, so am thinking of blues and browns.

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      Ballard Designs

      March 22, 2012
       

      Why not try Arden Chocolate, Sand and accent with Seneca Stripe.
      The Style Studio Team

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