Easy Ways To Add Personality To Your Patio
A little color can go a long way.
Updated Oct 22, 2018 6:59 PM
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If you’re like us, you’re anxiously awaiting the warmer weather if for one thing: being outside for more than just your commute to work. And if you’re lucky enough to have an outdoor space like a porch or a patio, now’s the time to start thinking about sprucing it up for the season. Instead of defaulting to lackluster outdoor furnishings and decor, try adding some personality with a touch of bold hues. Ahead, we outline the best ways to add a pop of color to your patio space, courtesy of just a little bit of elbow grease, a can of color, and some vibrant decor.
Add in faux tiles
Not only are they more durable than a standard ceramic variety but, you have the opportunity to get really creative with the design and color. “If you have concrete slab in your patio, try painting it using a stencil for a faux tile look. Or go bold by staining or painting your outdoor walls or fences black so all the colors pop!” says Dabito, the owner of this NOLA bohemian compound, complete with a patio-turned outdoor oasis.
Bring in color with decor
It’s time to say goodbye to those white plastic chairs. Invest in pieces that will add a bold dose of style and color to your exterior, embracing the not-so-standard slew of outdoor furnishings. Note how these vibrant yellow additions (from this seaside home) add a colorful punch to the poolside. Dress them up with a few fresh-air friendly pillows for an added touch of style.
Start with the stairs
If you’re not feeling quite bold enough to go ahead and paint your entire patio, focus on an accent moment. We love the way this bright, classic California home added a serene sky blue shade to their outdoor steps, tying the entire space together.
Layer outdoor rugs
Channel the ultimate bohemian vibes (a la Justina Blakeney) by utilizing a handful of beautifully printed outdoor rugs to disguise the concrete, wood, or tiling you have outside. A few whimsical additions instantly make the outdoors feel more cozy and inviting.
Paint the doors
Establish a bold decor moment by imparting a key element with an unexpected pop of color. This Oakland studio shines thanks to the canary yellow door, which brings on a healthy dose of sunshine, year-round.
Bring on the pillows
Indoor/outdoor pillows are your best friend when it comes to easy ways to perk up a patio. Stick with a curated palette or layer in a few different color combos to really spice things up. This print feels exotic and tropical—perfect for summer, if you ask us.
Add plants galore
If you’re short on natural greenery like this urban space, don’t fret—an abundant array of colorful plants will instantly impart the area with a lush, tropical-esque feel.
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