In this post: Looking for fresh patio decor ideas? Here are 4 chic design themes to help you create an outdoor oasis at home.⇒
I never start a diet on a Thursday.
I’m just the sort that needs to mark a new phase with a distinct time boundary.
Whether it be the beginning of a new year, the start of a new season, or a Monday morning, the promise of a fresh start always motivates me.
And no season inspires a fresh start more than spring. The longer days, the increasing sunshine, the emergence of buds in the garden and birds in the trees, spring’s arrival energizes me, encouraging the perception that anything is possible.
This is the season I love to drink my coffee outside, even if it means nestling into that tiny corner of the sectional that captures those first bits of sunshine, while the sun is still low in the sky and I need to wrap up in a blanket to ward off the lingering chill.
There will be quiet moments of reading, intimate conversations à deux, and large groups to entertain in the coming months.
Patio Decor Ideas
For this reason, before I begin to even think about plants in the garden, my thoughts turn to decorating the patio.
I approach dressing the patio in much the same way I tackle my spring wardrobe. I take stock of what I have, fix what needs fixing, let go of what’s no longer working and fill in where there are holes.
It is precisely this filling in, however, where the magic happens. This is the point where I look at current trends, decide which ones work for me, and hone in on a concept for the season. I never just buy pieces, but rather, come up with a plan first. No matter how much I love that pink chair, if my palette is blues and greens this year, then the pink will sabotage the look.
In today’s post I’ve curated 4 distinct patio themes that can help create an outdoor oasis for your home. They take in account what’s trending as well as the most popular and livable color options. In each case, both white and natural tones work with the selected palette, so there’s a very good chance what you already own can evolve into at least one of these looks.
The collections are comprised of furniture and accessories, covering a variety of products that are appropriate for your outdoor spaces. I’ve chosen well-priced, quality items from Walmart Home, taking advantage of their broad selection and their focus on updated style. They offer reliable 2-day shipping and a convenient return policy, as well.
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The Neutral Patio
It should come as no surprise that the first theme is a celebration of neutrals. This palette has become super popular in the home, and with the recent trend toward organics and sustainable decor, its position as chic and fashionable is soaring ever higher.
In addition to a palette of whites and beiges, along with every shade of tan, you’ll find textures and natural materials to really punctuate this motif. Rattan is everywhere, from chairs and tables to lighting and decorative objects. You’ll also find macrame seating and throw pillows and blankets, wood lanterns and other accessories, as well as cane and terracotta.
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The Coastal Patio
You certainly don’t need to live by the sea to enjoy a coastal outdoor decor theme, but a love of the ocean can help inspire your design direction. This look is built on a foundation of crisp white and pretty blues, which can run the gamut from pale sky blue, through cornflower and cobalt, all the way up to nautical navy.
These tones pair well with shades of white, but also greyed over neutrals like an ash stained wood or painted wicker.
You can stay classic in pattern opting for stripes and geometrics, or you can tap into a chinoiserie feel with toile, floral or paisley. You can even use playful beach themes like sea creatures and shells, but I’d keep the artwork stylized and simplified to maintain an air of sophistication.
The Black and White Patio
Perhaps the ultimate in posh exteriors revolves around a palette of black and white, this combination is well suited for both modern and classic decor alike. Mix in grays and creams for depth and add plenty of foliage and plantings. This strong contrasting palette can offer a refreshing boldness and make a wonderfully chic statement.
I favor white seating with patterned pillows and accent pieces in awning stripes, ticking, arabesque and checks. Add solid black lanterns, planters and small iron tables. Even your geometric outdoor dishes can enhance this color story.
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The Green Patio
I have read over and over that the color of the year is green, and we’re seeing this trend from all the different color forecasters and paint companies. This is the perfect theme for an outdoor space, as it plays expertly off the natural environment. Mix mid-toned greens with white, cream and other neutrals for a note of complexity.
While various greens are coming on strong, the most ‘of-the-moment’ tend to be on the warmer side of the spectrum with yellow or red undertones veering them toward olive more than turq.
Try a patio umbrella in a rich spring green or a seafoam garden stool and celery seat cushions. Simple printed pillows or a patterned rug can round out the package and don’t forget to use lots of white to keep it from getting too dark.
This is also a great time to take advantage of special spring savings and seasonal deals, with some larger items featured here with exceptional marked-down pricing. This couldn’t come at a better time given the rise in pricing at so many retailers, so be sure to check out this collection of great deals from Walmart.
This year, I will be going with the neutral patio and I’ve already ordered a selection of my favorites from this guide.
I like to style my patio first and then complement it with plantings, which I update as spring proceeds and then turns into summer. Each of these curated palettes can be highlighted with varied color as the seasons evolve.
Pick the one that resonates most for you and then get to work on your spring patio wardrobe!
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