Create a cool, comfortable setting for family and friends to talk, eat and sit a spell. No matter how large or small your outdoor area may be, you can create the perfect retreat to enjoy all year long — or at least until the first snow falls. It can be as simple as adding a pretty planter and a couple of pillows to a bench, porch swing or rocker. For inspiration, we’ve pulled together a few of our favorite looks this season to help guide you in creating your perfect outdoor room.
Mix in soft neutrals like gray, taupe and tan to create a serene setting that invites restful repose. The selection of patterns in easy hues ensures the basic color combination is never boring.
Easy earth tones like the greens and browns here turn your porch or patio into a natural extension of the great outdoors. We love pairing stripes with florals and other fun patterns for a chic, classic look. Whether you have a pool or wish you had one, these spa blues and browns are relaxing complements to an outdoor summer setting. Keeping the upholstery a solid color means you can quickly and easily change your look with new pillows. Black and white is quite simply a timeless color combination we never tire of. It also makes it easy to mix and match if coordinating colors is not your thing!
Kick up the color quotient with the warm and inviting hues of the Mediterranean: reds, greens and golds. Whether in a crisp solid or ticking stripe, it exudes cool comfort on the hottest of days.
Use cushions and throw pillows to add color and create comfortable seating.
Consider hanging curtains to define an area, add shade and create privacy.
Add personality by accessorizing your space — lanterns, statuary, planters, birdcages, mirrors and candles are all great ideas. During periods when you’re not using your porch, store cushions and pillows to keep them in good condition.