In this post: Looking to refresh your deck decor for the summer season? These patio decor ideas will help you update your outdoor sofa and decor with a new color palette.⇒
I haven’t changed the patio furniture since the day we moved in.
In fact the patio sectional was the first piece of furniture we got for this house and it was delivered before anything else. I can still see my whole family sitting on that sofa when there was nowhere else to sit.
Now, to be 100% accurate, I have tweaked the tables a bit but they are still neutral and made no marked difference. They were simply changed to replace materials that didn’t age well.
But every piece of furniture on our patio is still a mix of neutral and white.
And yet our patio looks different every summer!
This is a conscious choice on my part and one of the main reasons I love decorating with neutrals so much. I use the same tactic on my interiors for maximum flexibility.
It’s not that I don’t enjoy living with whites and neutrals on their own. That’s a look I’ve embraced wholeheartedly, to be sure.
But it generally doesn’t take long for me to infuse my rooms with color for interest, or mixed metals at the very least. The same feeling can be achieved using greenery and woodsy bits.
Patio Decor Ideas
When it comes to the patio, it’s always the palette that gets an update. In fact, I excitedly look forward to selecting my accent colors each year.
From there, I do a design board to see how the pieces might look together. I select a few new accessories to mix with items I already own. And as the weather warms and my purchases arrive, I put it all together to realize the plan I envisioned before the season began.
For this year’s patio, you can see the plan and the design board in this previous post. You may enjoy seeing how the finished outdoor styling compares with conceptual plan.
Here are the four key areas I typically address to do my summer update.
No doubt the single biggest opportunity for change is using throw pillows, so this is what I addressed first.
The colors I selected were fuchsia, lime and royal, so I opted for new patterned pillows in a fuchsia check, solid cushions in lime green with embroidered sea creatures and I mixed them both with some of my existing royal blue pillows, including solid, stripe and floral.
The new combination comprised my full color story and went a long way toward updating the look.
To complement the new pillows and solidify the palette, the next most significant change was in the plants I chose. Shades of pink and blue, in particular, work great with the cushions and help add freshness to the patio.
I also paid attention to the planters themselves. This year I put away the rustic chippy pots as I was going for bright and cheerful rather than subtle and rugged. I used crisp blue and white chinoiserie instead, in varied shapes both large and small.
The other big change was the outdoor rug and this year I decided to go back to the blue and white rug that I bought several years ago. This replaced the very subtle neutral piece I’d been using the past couple of years when I went more sedate in my decor.
There’s no question my pivot to bright and cheerful was very intentional. Some years I’m looking for tranquility and other years an upbeat look is my priority. This is definitely the year for vivid color!
To fill in the details, especially when entertaining, I use items from indoors to round out the look. A vibrant fuchsia throw, blue and white outdoor dishes, colorful books and other details add finish to the scene and serve guests, as well.
There have been many palettes that I’ve used over the years, from straight blue and white, to purple and green to yellow and pink and several others, and each year the fresh look motivates me to enjoy this outdoor space.
Without the white sectional and the neutral tables, this easy and inexpensive update would be near impossible.
And since I need to buy plants each year anyway, for the price of a few pillows I can have a brand new space!
Decorating should always be this easy…
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