Earthy hues that blend into the landscape tend to dominate the outdoor furniture market. Understated woods, metals and cushions are easy-to-incorporate neutral elements.
But outdoor spaces also offer the chance to be more adventurous than we are inclined to be indoors.
Maybe bolder balconies and peppier patios on your redecorating radar?
“Vibrant color has dominated the home furnishings arena since last fall, and after an unusually cold winter, the time’s ripe for bright color to become a focus for our outdoor spaces. Color is a great energizer,” says Jackie Hirchhault, marketing vice president for the American Home Furnishings Alliance, based in High Point, N.C.
Aimee Beatty, in-house stylist at Pier 1, says lively outdoor pieces give people a way to make a statement: “Incorporating pops of color with furniture and accessories adds personality and flare.”
She suggests adding a colorful bench to the patio to coordinate with a more traditional or neutral dining set. “One new piece is a simple, budget-friendly way to make a big impact,” she says.
“Brightly colored furniture is also a quick way to punch up a small space,” she adds. A bistro table and chairs in playful hues sets the stage, and you don’t need much more than a few additional pieces to create an inviting space, even if it’s a tiny terrace.
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