Two hot colors for spring are orange and blue. This is true both in fashion and home decor.
Note: the reason these colors work together is because on the color wheel, they are directly opposite each other, making them complementary colors. They create maximum contrast and maximum stability. Separately, they are a compliment any skin-tone or setting, without being overbearing.
Now, onto that outdoor area where you like to spend time. Let’s refer to that area as your patio. For us Louisvillians, dig deep to remember your patio after two straight months of rain. There is a whole world out there, people, and it is tired of being rained on and ignored. Today, this stops. Today, I give you inspiration:
So, how about these, from Frontgate.
When it stops raining and you start sprucing up your patio, think about decorating it. A lot or a little, it matters not, but any attention will make a difference. You want an inviting space.
I realize you might not be in the market for an entire new seating arrangement on your lush oceanfront view in the Hamptons, or a orange sofa at your Tuscan villa. Fear not, you can just update your accessories for a quick and cheaper option.
How about an outdoor rug? Personally, I am stumped by the concept. I asked the owner of Summer Classics, in Louisville, the following:
“Can it get wet?”–answer is yes
“Really wet?”–answer is yes
“Well, can I clean it?”–answer is yes
They are weatherproof and mold-resistant. So, I’m going to have to take her word for it. They do definitely complete the look of the patio. Are you stumped or do you embrace the outdoor rug? The StyleBlueprint gals in Nashville are all about the outdoor rug… but they have porches, not patios. Maybe that is the difference… But, back to my original inspiration photo: there was no rug, so I’m feeling justified in my confusion.
For outdoor rug enthusiasts, here are some other options:
There are a bevy of outdoor accessories and decor. My new favorite option is outdoor art; not just your random garden gnome or statue of the Virgin Mary, I mean paintings. These paintings can get wet. Really. And again, we aren’t looking at that same spectacular view that the San Miguel porch has, so create a focal point:
These should be okay as long as they are mounted in a covered area. But, really, how cool are they?
Another way to add a focal point, or simply to balance your space, is to use the ceramics that are inside your house as outside decor. If they get wet or dirty, just wash them off. They will love the attention. Be sure to bring them back inside before the first freeze.
And, if your outdoor cushions are in dire need of a change, there are two great directions to go in:
1) Have them recovered in Sunbrella Sailcloth in a white or light khaki (a la inspiration photo). These perfect neutrals are easily cleaned and accessorized– just update the throw pillows when you are needing a change.
2) Embrace color as most yards don’t have the vivid color surrounding them that the inspiration photo has. Imagine that view…. So, create the color display through your fabric. Here are some picks:
Do not neglect the pop of color that your umbrella can give. This umbrella from Pier 1 has stood the test of time (and please note the ever present rain clouds in sky) and still looks great. Plus, it looks like a Tory Burch tunic. Anything that remotely reminds us of Tory Burch gets special attention.
When you take the cover off of your pool (finally), be sure to decorate it with these adorable floats from Pottery Barn (is there nothing they do not sell???).
There is a final option in all of this patio renewal. These are for the more transient folks, who cannot be tied down to just one area to relax alfresco. I believe this is my option.