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Outside Color Choice Reflects the Interior

May 6, 2010

The weather is warming up and it’s time to spend more hours outside. The line between the indoors and outdoors is blurring as you and your guests spill outside from your interior great room. When designing an outdoor living space it is always fun to utilize a touch of indoor style and unify the space by adding outdoor drapes, pillows and rugs to complete the look. You can mix and match chandeliers and old antiques outdoors especially in the outdoor dining areas. Don’t be afraid to select fabric for patio cushions and accessories that reflect the indoor appearance, the use of color, pattern, and texture in fabrics is an excellent way to reflect the indoor space.

Using the interior color as a guide will help you decide whether you want to create an outdoor living space in harmony with the indoors or in contrast to the interior. Whichever way you choose, you will begin with the colors that are currently present in and around your home.

Creating a focal point such as a fountain, fireplace, fire pit, gazebo or pavilion will encourage your friends and family to spend quality time together. Or choose an existing focal point to strategically place some very comfortable deep seating arrangements or a spectacular dining area. Sometimes colorful outdoor art or an outdoor rug is your focal point. If this is the case, utilize the colors found in the artwork or rug to embellish your outdoor room. Select multiple coordinating fabrics and trims for use on the outdoor drapes, pillows and cushions in colors and textures, line the drapes with outdoor sheer fabric so that they look good from both views.

Outdoor Interiors

Outdoor furniture and accessories get their design and color signals from the traditional and fashionable interior décor. This season shades of red are being tossed into the outdoor room. Different hues of orange are spicing up the outdoor spaces while brightening up our mood. Nature inspires the addition of colors in the outdoor room such as tranquil blue, herbal green and cheerful yellow. Look for the hints of turquoise, the 2010 Pantone color of the year.

HomeCrest Divano Collection

If you live near the water, blue will make you feel good, add a bit of chocolate brown, some beige and you will create a tranquil space. In urban areas, yellow and grays are cheering up the outdoors.

Patio Renaissance Odessa Collection

In addition to adding color in the outdoor furnishings and accessories, choose colorful flowering plants to accent containers scattered throughout the outdoor living space. Place these on the dining table, coffee table, next to a club or lounge chair. Accent the outdoors with all different shapes and sizes of colorful outdoor throw pillows and a plush outdoor rug that will finish off the outdoor setting. Umbrellas also come in many sizes, shapes and colors that can coordinate or contrast the outdoor living space.

NorthCape International Tybee Collection

Mix and match materials in these outdoor settings, juxtapose wrought iron with glass, steel with terra cotta, wood against woven components, soft chenille textures and linear lines to get a new twist on an old world style.

Outdoor living is at its best when nature dazzles the eye and nurtures the soul. Create your perfect casual environment outside and enjoy.

These are my outside views…Marcia Blake