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Adding Color to Outdoor Spaces

The impact color has on a landscape cannot be understated. It literally sets the tone for any and all outdoor activities. Fortunately, injecting color into your outdoor living spaces doesn’t have to be a difficult task. Even with minimally designed furniture, lighting and modern textiles, you can bring your outdoor space to life with colors and textures that complement the natural backdrop of the great outdoors.

With smart use of color, an outdoor space can become whatever you want it to be. Here are several quick and easy tips you can use to add color into outdoor spaces.

Be One with Nature

Bistro Folding Chair and Bistro Folding Table from Fermob. Photo by Claire Kurt.

The natural colors of the outdoors can have a very powerful effect on your outdoor patio, deck, yard or garden. Working within your yard’s existing color scheme is one of the easiest ways to enhance the natural décor around you. Keep outdoor accessories and furniture tones simple, and work within a natural palette to allow the colors in your trees and plants to take center stage. Furniture and accents boast a range of hues already found in nature, from yellows and greens to vibrant reds, so you can enhance what you already have.

Accessorize a folding table with a red bistro chair, or a green outdoor bench with modern printed outdoor pillows. Nature inspired color combinations paired with floral or leaf prints are excellent for creating an outdoor room that embraces Mother Nature’s natural design.

Use Monotone Color Schemes

Bellevie Collection from Fermob. Photo by Stephane Rambaud.

Give your outdoor space a fresh face by sticking to a monochromatic palette. You can pull off a polished modern look without overdoing it.

White can seem plain–and some don’t even consider it a color–but it is in fact reflective, peaceful and restorative. White and related shades like off-white or light gray can really give the illusion of a large space, which is great for smaller outdoor areas like patios or balconies.

Choose essential pieces like tables, lounging furniture and planters in a contemporary tone-on-tone gray and white color scheme. Using light and dark variations of one color creates harmony and relaxation, turning your outdoor space into a mini-retreat.

Choose Contrasting Color Schemes and Prints

Luxembourg Collection and Balad Lamp from Fermob. Photo by Stephane Rambaud.
Bellevie Collection, Balad Lamp and Trefle Outdoor Cushions from Fermob. Photo by Stephane Rambaud.

If monotone color schemes aren’t your style, add a touch of fun to your outdoor space with lots of colors. Sitting areas and tables often serve as focal points in the landscape, which makes them great places to add color. Trade in white, tan and brown cushions or chairs for new ones in eye-catching colors.

Accessories are the jewelry of any room, and outdoor rooms are no exception. This allows you to place a personal stamp on your outdoor space, by adding contrasting brightly patterned pillows to your seat cushions. A vibrant orange or red seating statement is also the perfect contrast to the natural gray or green tones of an outdoor space.

Try Textures and Togetherness

Croisette Arm Chair from Fermob. Photo by Clair Kurt.

Contrasting smooth and coarse textures is another way to add visual interest to your outdoor room. Smooth metal tables paired with abrasion- and weather-resistant rugs add depth to an outdoor space, especially when both feature bright and radiant colors.

From there, you want to make the color accessible to as many people as possible. Benches, chairs and stools allow family and friends to enjoy outdoor gatherings without worrying too much about space. Offering flexible seating options (pulling two chairs together for a quiet chat, or adding extra stools around the table for a big dinner) really brings an outdoor room–and your loved ones–together. After all, that’s where the real color comes in.

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