In our last article, we showed you six on-trend ideas for planning an awesome outdoor area.
Today, we’re focusing on accents – inexpensive, colorful accessories you can easily change. It’s so much fun to mix-and-match! With a little ingenuity and an adventurous spirit, you can create a whole new look for the season.
As you plan how to accessorize your outdoor space, think “top and bottom.” A patio umbrella (“top”) and a colorful outdoor rug (“bottom”) anchor your furniture grouping and add decorative flair.
If your deck features several levels, like the one pictured here, you can create zones for dining, chatting around the fire pit, or relaxing in the spa.
Multiple umbrellas pull together the overall design of the furnishings on different tiers of the deck. Plus, they provide decorative shade on scorching days and they cover and protect your furnishings.
Colorful rugs break up large areas of wood decking.
Here’s an outdoor rug sampler from our Houzz account:[houzz=http://www.houzz.com/ideabooks/66814120/list/shop-houzz-up-to-75-off-colorful-summertime-rugs w=480]
Portable, Multi-functional Seating
Our customers are crazy for this “seatable,” from GenSun’s Grand Terrace collection.
This multi-function piece can be used as a stool, planter, pedestal base, or side table. The seatable is 15” x 15” x 18” high and weighs 25.5 pounds.
We found these eye-popping ceramic stools at Better Homes & Gardens.
These funky stools double as pull-up seating or end-tables. We love the cheerful drinkware and throw pillows, too.
Speaking of throw pillows, today’s outdoor fabrics give you endless options for colors, textures, and patterns at an extremely affordable price.
An article on the O.W. Lee blog notes,
“Durable textiles are as weather resistant as they are vivid and tactile. The most popular in this exciting, new generation of materials is solution-dyed acrylic, or SDA… SDA yarn is dyed with a liquid acrylic solution before the fibers are woven together, making it fade- and water-resistant while still being soft and breathable.
Because the color goes all the way through the yarns, SDA is bleach cleanable, allowing you to remove stubborn stains without damaging the fabric.
**Sunbrella provides the number one solution-dyed acrylic fabric in the country, and offers more than 100 beautifully woven solid and patterned fabrics, allowing you to achieve whatever look you fancy.”
(**Rich’s is an Authorized Sunbrella Dealer – we can get you any Sunbrella fabric you desire.)
Throw Pillow Galleries from Houzz[houzz=http://www.houzz.com/ideabooks/65268303/list/shop-houzz-personality-packed-throw-pillows-under-100 w=480] [houzz=http://www.houzz.com/photos/54950798/Shop-Houzz-Throw-Pillows-Under-49]
Table decorations are a feast for the eyes and an effective way to pull your whole look together.
Once you’ve decided on a color scheme for your anchor pieces (outdoor rug and patio umbrella), purchase table décor in complementary colors.
Inexpensive items include:
- Outdoor tablecloth or table runner
- Matching napkins (cloth or paper)
- Acrylic plates, bowls, and drinkware (clear or tinted)
- Centerpiece, such as a vase of flowers
We fell in love with this charming ceramic berry basket.[houzz=http://www.houzz.com/photos/37246315/Ceramic-Berry-Basket-Red-Small-traditional-baskets]
And these ceramic condiment jars and tray are delightful![houzz=http://www.houzz.com/photos/50214377/Ceramic-5-Piece-Condiment-Jars-and-Tray-Set-modern-condiment-sets]
Many people assume artwork is meant to be displayed indoors only, but it’s definitely making an impression outdoors, as well. Experiment with freestanding pieces, wall hangings, and statues.[houzz=http://www.houzz.com/ideabooks/64848287/list/shop-houzz-up-to-60-off-wall-art-inspired-by-nature w=480]
Planters and hanging baskets in various shapes and sizes add a lush look to your outdoor space. Their portability makes it easy to reconfigure the space and create privacy zones.
This cluster of pots soften what would otherwise be a large white column, but they add a pop of color in a large field of red brick. (Photo Credit: Mark Pinkerton, vi360)[houzz=http://www.houzz.com/photos/4282507/Colorful-Pots-mediterranean-landscape-san-francisco]
Rotate colorful flowers, herbs, and greenery each season to give your outdoor area a fresh, ever-changing vibe.[houzz=http://www.houzz.com/photos/9051467/Colored-walls-in-the-garden-contemporary-landscape-phoenix]
Strategically-placed lighting sets the mood for your outdoor space. Why not take advantage of the summer sunshine by investing in solar lighting?
You can find everything from garden lights shaped like flower petals, to red-white-and-blue string lights, to solar LED plant hangers.[houzz=http://www.houzz.com/photos/50674894/Solar-Lamp-Post-Plant-Hangers-White-Leds-Black-traditional-post-lights]
Add a touch of whimsy with lighted pink flamingos, Chinese lanterns, or tiki torches. Or stick with the more traditional sconces and deck lights.
A portable fountain enhances the ambience of your outdoor space with the soothing trickle of water. This water feature resembles a large ceramic flowerpot.
What’s First On Your List?
What will be the first addition to your outdoor room refresher?
- Patio Umbrella
- Outdoor Rug
- Multi-functional Seating
- Throw Pillows
- Table Decor
- Water Features
Let us know in the comments! And be sure to stop by Rich’s, where we’re eager to show you exactly how to use these accessories to your advantage.
Our showrooms are in Lynnwood, Bellevue, Tacoma, Tukwila, and Silverdale.