Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Outdoor Spaces


With the July 4th holiday arriving tomorrow, why not spruce up your outdoor living spaces and let the picnicing and festivities begin!

Keep in mind "themes" whenever you're tackling a design project. This means if you are purchasing outdoor furniture, coordinate it with the style and exterior color of your home.

Quite often people choose white or black outdoor furniture or natural or mocha wicker furniture because it is readily available. Keep in mind that dark pieces tend to fade into the background on a porch. So instead, try gray as an alternative to black or mocha. It is generally a better contrast against exterior walls and won't disappear into the facade.

First up, umbrellas and seat cushions. They come in a PLETHORA of colors, so express yourself through a sunny hue such as this toasty orange. Orange looks great with a taupe or brown exterior.


Seat cushions come in stripes, florals, and an array of colors! 
Choose a stripe or print to tie in trim and exterior paint colors.


Let's have a look at some coordinating home styles and suggested outdoor furniture choices!

A rustic home style...


Coordinate it with a heavy wood picnic table

And an Adirondack rocker

A transitional shingle and stone home...

These fun-loving foam rocks are a natural match!


Traditional grey stone home...


Warm grey wicker for the deck

And for the yard

Then, add some blue throw pillows for pop

A traditional brick colonial with taupe trim...

Just add some taupe wicker

And for this stone farmhouse...

Pair with a grey picnic table and wicker

Suburban mix...

Mix it up with this interesting white wood number.



A yellow farmhouse...

Bring out the good old fashioned white wicker

A modern craftsman...

These Stickleyesque pieces are a perfect hit!

Traditional Georgian elegance...

Nothing says traditional like this Chippendale!

The clean straight lines of a contemporary...

Match it up with a sleek metal and wood dining set


Have a happy Fourth! And until next time...
Sheilah

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