On a perfect spring day when the sun is shining and the breeze is just right, there’s nothing better than relaxing outdoors and enjoying the fresh air. But before you can truly put your feet up, you’ll want to ensure that your outdoor space is in order.
While we often spend time and money choosing the perfect color palette for the living room and bedrooms, the outdoor space is often overlooked. Yet, in the spring and summer time, it’s where we invite our guests to spend the most time.
From fluffy pillows to tablecloths, the following tips are simple ways to choose a color palette for your outdoor retreat.
Let Nature Be Your Guide
Choosing the perfect color palette doesn’t have to be difficult. This goes without saying, but you’re outside, so you might as well take a few pointers from nature.
In fact, in many cases, you may just need to take a picture of your yard and bring it into the furniture store.
A good rule of thumb is that your porch or patio should blend well with nature, not outshine the loveliness of the world around you. If you have a beautiful garden, cherry blossom tree, or plush yard, use those as your guide. You may even choose a quiet color palette to truly let the gorgeous landscape take precedence. As with most decorating, less is more.
With lush hedges, blooming trees, and a colorful garden, your surroundings may actually pick the color palette for you. Go for subtle blues and pinks, reds and oranges, vibrant pinks and yellows pillows to highlight the neutral beige of upholstery if your furniture is bland. Adding pops of color can add versatility to your decorating. The finished look will always feel pulled together and effortless.
Accessorize with Plants
Whether your color palette is soft and light or vibrant, by accessorizing with plants and flowers you can continue your natural motif. Too often outdoor spaces get cluttered with large bulky chairs, statues, and more unnecessary elements.
Mix and Match
Pulling it all together doesn’t mean everything has to be uniform and look the same. If you wouldn’t buy completely matching furniture for your living room, why would you go for a boring look for your outdoor space? Mixing patterns, colors, finishes, and furniture styles is a way to create an aesthetically pleasing and comfortable outdoor patio or porch. Keep in mind that the shades and tones of your wood or wicker furniture will change as the light changes during the day. Additionally, go for weather resistant cushions so the color you choose stays the same as the day you purchased it.
Define the Space
When keeping with a natural color palette some wonder who they will be able to define their space and keep it separate from the yard. This can be done with outdoor furniture and hardscaping material. Even a colorful outdoor rug can help link all your outdoor plants and furniture together. A rug is also a great choice if the outdoor cement is cracked or unsightly. No one will even notice and instead may compliment you on your decorating skills.
Finish the Look with Candles
Once you have your space designed and furnished, it’s time to accessorize.
Some of our favorites are:
- Three Wick Pillar Candles accessorize with subtle color while also being functional for your outdoor entertaining at night. Try placing in a hurricane holder.
- Votive Candles add pops of color and light without distracting from the overall look.
- Floating Candles in a pretty dish are a fun way to add color to a side table.
Outdoor decorating does not have to be stressful. In fact, in many ways, it is easier than decorating indoors thanks to nature’s guide. When in doubt, just remember to keep it simple, follow nature’s direction, and always accessorize with candles to create the ultimate relaxing and refreshing paradise.