By Anna Kocharian

Published on June 22, 2016

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produced by   ANNA KOCHARIAN

We’re all for decorating with bright colors, especially when it comes to the more unexpected spaces. Case in point? Patios. More often than not, it seems as if these areas of a home come in only a reserved slew of colorways – typically in various shades of brown. This summer, we’re in favor of a more brighter, bolder, and chic paint to refresh any outdoor scene. Read on for our favorite paint colors for the modern patio!

black

Consider it an excuse to fill your outdoor space with an abundant sort of exotic plants and greens (if you needed one, that is). The contrast between a matte black exterior and the vibrant hue of the greenery is truly unparalleled. Be sure to instill a contrasting element of sorts, whether it be on the ground or the exterior paint of the home. Opt for a lighter paint to offset the intensity of the darker black.

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Pitch Black, Farrow & Ball

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Deep Onyx, Glidden

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Domino, Sherwin Williams

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sea blues

Best reserved for the beachfront property, this inspired shade emulates the blue-green hues of the water. Bring the color to your outdoor space to lend a soothing aesthetic to the area.

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Summer Regatta, Ralph Lauren Paint

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Fresh Water Blue, Glidden

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Bathe Blue, Sherwin Williams

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white

Who doesn’t love a good whitewashed interior? Extending the trend to the outdoors seems to be a logical progression of things. Dubbed the color of 2016 by many across the board, it’s no surprise we’re seeing this brilliant shade popping up on the patio scene.

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Wimborne White, Farrow & Ball

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Snow White, Benjamin Moore

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High Reflective White, Sherwin Williams

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pink

Let’s be honest. Who hasn’t dreamed of having a pink wall? Especially one as beautifully saturated as this. Reminiscent of a serene desert landscape, we’re all for bringing this inspired shade into an outdoor space. Need further encouragement? Think of it as your own personal oasis.

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Montecarlo Red, Ralph Lauren Paint

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Nancy’s Blushes, Farrow & Ball

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Impatiens Petal, Sherwin Williams

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concrete

A raw concrete finish is the one to watch this year. Organic and natural aesthetics are back in a big way, especially for the outdoors. Opt for a concrete-esque paint for a back wall and pair with a vibrantly intricate floor tile where possible. Stick to variations of grays and soft blue neutrals.

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Get the scoop on creating a faux concrete finish here!

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Textured Concrete Flooring, Seak Krete

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saturated blue

This soothing hue is making waves and we can’t think of a better spot for it than the patio. Rich, dynamic, and unapologetically captivating, there’s nothing quite like a saturated shade of blue. Opt for a deep royal blue for the outdoor space and pair with furnishings that err towards the gray scale.

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Brilliant Blue, Benjamin Moore

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Bulletin Blue, Ralph Lauren Paint

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Can’t fully commit to the whole thing? Opt for a wall-by-wall color block, offsetting a deep blue with a shade that comes in a stark contrast.

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Cook’s Blue, Farrow & Ball

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gray

No surprise here. This timeless shade is one of very few that can manage to look flawless in just about any situation or room. Outdoors included. Splash on a coat of a smokey gray to instill an effortlessly chic effect to the space.

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Double Click, Behr

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Nova White, Glidden

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Borrowed Light, Farrow & Ball

Psst! We’re all for variations on the classic shade. This gray features hints of green, and we couldn’t be more obsessed!