Outdoor Style Tips
Learn how to infuse your outdoor space with style and personality, no matter how big or small it is.
An outdoor space that’s full of personality can really set the mood for a day of fun that lingers well into the evening. In many ways, the design process for the outdoors echoes your that of your indoor space, however it is exposed to the elements, so there are few unique things to consider. Read on for our top tips for styling our outdoor space.
Color Palettes and the Outdoors
Yes, your outdoor space should have a defined color palette to help it look intentional and pulled together. If you want something soft and subtle you can go with linen-colored upholstery for a rustic, Scandinavian-inspired space. A nautical statement is another natural direction for the outdoor space and bright blue hues could not be more fun in the outdoors.
Caring for Your Outdoor Designs
One thing to note, however, is that saturated colors on outdoor fabrics won’t last long if exposed to the sun for lengthy periods. We recommend neutrals or Sunbrella fabrics if this is a concern. We also recommend purchasing furniture covers to protect your outdoor upholstery from the sun, rain, and debris; keep them lose by for when storms come up suddenly. If your space is visible from indoors, you should consider coordinating the color palettes and style so that the two adjacent spaces flow well.
Embracing nature in your outdoor space is a given. Outdoor décor should complement your unique natural surroundings. We love to accent outdoor tables with found items from nature like bunches of herbs, autumn leaves, acorn place-card holders, or fresh flowers. In the summer, a bowl of lemons, limes, oranges and kumquats make a beautiful display in clear glass display hurricanes or a bowl. If you live by the sea, fill bowls with sand to anchor pillar candles and use shells and objects from the sea or that are nautical in nature.
Entertaining Style Tips for the Outdoors
If you entertain in your outdoor space—as you should!—we recommend investing in a durable outdoor dinnerware assortment as well as linens to complement the unique color palette of your outdoor space. Having a go-to set of outdoor entertaining wares will make last-minute hosting a cinch. We also suggest purchasing a separate set of bar tools for your outdoor space to avoid multiple trips indoors—the basics, like bottle openers, napkins and stirrers, will be easy to store outside.
Outdoor Lighting Tips
If you don’t have electrical already installed for your outdoor space, you should consider through your evening lighting plan. Your outdoor lighting needs will vary depending on the situation, but if you’re near a wall, and outdoor sconce is a good place to start. If your outdoor space is framed by a pergola, a durable outdoor pendant light is a stunning option for outdoor dining tables.
Outdoor Tips for Different Climates
If you live in a place with a warm-weather climate year-round, it’s still a good idea to switch up the décor each season to keep the space looking fresh and feeling relevant. Something as simple as a new set of outdoor throw pillows and seasonal potted plants can give your space a new spirit. If you live in a cool but dry climate, you can still use your outdoor space beyond summer but stocking up on warm blankets and changing the décor to match the season. Consider purchasing or building a fire pit to extend the season, too.