In the thick of summer, you may be reflecting on the design of your outdoor patio. Is it a little drab and lifeless? Wicker furniture may be a practical solution, but perhaps it’s not the most attractive. Many homeowners will agree that the patio is one of the most difficult spaces to decorate.
Between weather considerations and an overabundance of wicker on the outdoor furniture market, it can be difficult to achieve seamless and stylish patio design. That’s why the best place to start is by determining the overall color scheme of your patio.
You may be wondering: How do I implement a patio color scheme? It’s easy, just start with the major hardware like your outdoor kitchen cabinets, flooring, and other fixtures. Then, once you’ve got that down, you’ll move to finding furniture that matches and accessorizing it to a tee.
So, say goodbye to wicker and hello to these patio color schemes that’ll spruce up your outdoor space like no other.
Black & White
Sleek, modern, and minimalist, the black and white color scheme is an all-time favorite. This timeless design works well with more contemporary homes, and can go either way. You can either pursue all-black, all-white, or a mixture of both if you’re really feeling daring.
The beauty of black furniture is that it doesn’t show dirt as easily. It also blends well with dark woods, such as cherry and mahogany. Meanwhile, white is a light and airy look that can take a little more work, but is undoubtedly elegant.
Muted grays and blues can pair beautifully with black and white furnishings. It’s best to keep this look plain, without too many patterned accessories sprinkled throughout, as it’ll throw off the entire aesthetic.
Earth tones can be implemented in a couple of ways. You can opt for furniture in hues of terracotta, honey yellow, forest green, and sandy brown. Or, you can go full-throttle with the woodsy look, giving your patio a warm and inviting feel.
Western red cedar, redwood, and cypress are some of the most favorable woods for outdoor projects. Seek out furniture and cabinetry with these finishes, and accessorize with some of your favorite earth tones by adding some throw pillows and rugs to soften the look.
The rich hues will also be complemented well by some string lights or fairy lights to bring the ultimate cozy-factor to this patio color scheme.
Eclectic & Colorful
One thing that makes contemporary design so wonderful is that it (seemingly) lacks rules. There’s more freedom to experiment than ever, yet still within some basic design guidelines that allow even the most diverse aesthetic to flow.
Create an upbeat, vibrant patio space by starting with a neutral base. This means plain white, black, or wood furnishings that you then accessorize with some varied colors. Cushions, throw pillows, and an area rug can now feature different shades, textures, and colors.
Play with some patterns as well by incorporating throw pillows featuring stripes, polka dots, or other geometric shapes that are sure to catch the eye of your guests. The patio color scheme you choose should reflect your home’s overall interior design style and enhance your outdoor experience, so make sure it’s an adequate expression of the mood you wish to set.