Summer is here! Are you ready? Here are some tips on the latest color trends in outdoor living spaces for Summer 2015 to help you get started.
Living here in Southern California we can get pretty spoiled by the beautiful weather. We have the ability to use our outdoor spaces year ‘round and enjoy the benefit of an extra living area by using our outdoor “rooms”. These “rooms” become an extension of our homes where we can express our taste and style and because of this there is now a wide range of weather friendly options for furnishing these multi-use spaces in a truly personal manner. If you’re just starting out or need an update the choices may be daunting, so here I will break down the trends for this year to help give you a few ideas of where to start.
- A mixture of bright colors
- Texture rich
- Eclectic mix
- Bright florals
- Moroccan lanterns
If your style is eclectic casual and you equate summer with bold colors and textures then you’re in luck! Bright stylish pieces are all the rage! Mix and match styles of tables and chairs, prints and textiles for a collected look. Retro inspired pieces by ‘Fermob’ add a huge hit of color and leave plenty of room for adding multiple prints in accessories. This is where you want to layer in those kilim rugs and throw pillows of all sizes. Colorful gardens stools can become additional seating when needed, or can act like small side tables. Accent your decor with loads of bright florals and blooming container gardens. Hanging colorful lanterns in the trees or from the ceiling of a covered patio adds a magical glow to evening gatherings.
If you’re feeling a little more “Don Draper” than “Kate Hudson” bring on the mid-century vibe by limiting your color palate and using strong, clean lined silhouettes. Bright yellow Eames chairs for outdoor dining? Perfect! A great way to create impact while keeping a clean aesthetic is to use repetition like orange ceramic pots planted identically as shown. Think “graphic” and “sculptural” when picking plants for containers.
- Add shells for a coastal attitude
- Driftwood accents
If bright colors are not your thing, a neutral color scheme of gray may be more to your liking.
Gray combined with monochromatic accents of white and black creates a minimal yet striking effect when highlighted with simple green foliage such as topiaries. Add interest by varying texture and materials such as pairing woven style chairs with a metal dining table, wood slat boxes and smooth cement containers plants. Pump up the drama by adding outdoor curtains in white or a bold black and white stripe. For evening, criss-cross cafe style string lights over your dining area and highlight seating areas with lanterns and candles.
If you like the look of gray but want to warm things up a bit, you could incorporate a few pale neutrals such as the mauve and tan tones found in seashells. This gives just a hint of color with a nod to a summery beach feel. Driftwood makes a great accent by itself but increases the ocean front attitude when paired with succulents as centerpieces or wall planters. Find weathered baskets and old crates to repurpose as plant containers to add even more texture.
Living the life aquatic
- Aqua, Lime and White
- Aqua, Lime, Navy and White
- Navy and White
Nothing screams summer like shades of blue! It’s almost a neutral in that it seems to go with everything. It is so cool and refreshing with so many options there’s sure to be a combination you’ll love!
Aqua, Lime and White – A match made in heaven! Use these bright happy colors in equal proportion, or lean strong one way and use the other for accent and you can’t go wrong. Pattern mixing couldn’t be easier, try it with your outdoor pillows.
Aqua, Lime, Navy and White– A current take on the popular color theme, a hit of navy cuts through the bright.
Navy and White – Simple, nautical, and classic.
Using white as the neutral base goes hand in hand with these combos, yet that’s not your only option. They also pair nicely with gray and teak furniture pieces.
Photos in collages found on Pinterest from the following sites:
Color: styleathome.com, justinablakeney.com, thegardenglove.com
Gray: roomseventeenstyle.blogspot.de, pub1.emagazine.se, traditionalhome.com, hjarterumdesignointerior.blogspot.de
Aqua: myhomeideas.com, 21rosemarylane.com, bhg.com, obxtradinggroup.com