Colorful Touches for Outdoor Decorating

With easy-to-please green as your backdrop, be bold and add a dash of color here and a splash of color there to take an outdoor space from dull to dazzling.


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    • Stripes Underfoot

      Turn a scrap of vinyl flooring into a colorful rug for an outdoor space. Flip the piece upside down and paint the backside in a colorful pattern that suits your tastes. Be sure to use paint formulated for exterior applications.

    • Sunny Day Umbrellas

      Provide sun protection with style. Upgrade your patio or deck with an umbrella that sports a fun color or pattern.

    • Jaunty Stripes

      Unify furnishings in a spectrum of colors with the accessories you choose. An assortment of furniture pulls together as a seating area when they share stripe pillows. An outdoor rug unifies the arrangement.

    • Easy Solution

      Colorful containers are a simple way to brighten an outdoor space. Choose pots in various colors, sizes, and textures.

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      Watch and learn how to install low-voltage and solar landscape lights in just an afternoon.

    • Color Overhead

      Add depth to your space by painting the porch ceiling a contrasting color. Even if the shift is subtle, like the blue on this ceiling, the color addition brings a unique twist to the space.

    • Front Door Style

      Set a colorful tone to your home with a front door decked in a fresh hue. Choose a color that works with your home's existing exterior palette. Here, a juicy red door pairs with pale seafoam green siding, creating a complementary duo.

    • Coordinate Color

      Look to the flowers and plants in your yard for color inspiration. Use the hues you find to accessorize your outdoor spaces. Purple pillows on this patio match the flowers blooming in the nearby containers.

    • Pattern Play

      Use patterns alongside color to enliven your outdoor spaces. Implement patterns in your outdoor decor the same as you do indoors.

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      Hues You Can Use

      Paint dining chairs in bright colors and arrange them around a neutral tabletop. Distressed finishes and bold accessories give this open-air dining space even more personality.

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      Gaze Into Color

      Bring your outdoor spaces to life with vibrant decorative accessories. Look to garden sculptures, gazing balls, and accent furniture as go-to objects to display.

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      Color Upfront

      While outdoor living spaces in the backyard are prime for color infusions, don't forget your front stoop or porch. Use colorful pots for plants, or even add a piece of furniture or two.

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      Cut a Rug

      Explore outdoor rug options to make outdoor living spaces feel more like rooms. Available in a myriad of colors, patterns, and sizes, these outdoor rugs often closely resemble their indoor counterparts in looks but are fabricated to brave moisture, sunlight, and the other weather elements.

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      Dine in Color

      When dining alfresco, drape a coloful tablecloth over your table to add a special touch to your dining space.

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      Pretty Fabrics

      Create an outdoor room with fabric. This deck's setup is similar to an indoor living room arrangement: Outdoor fabrics in pretty patterns cover the plush seat cushions, the arbor serves as a wall and ceiling, and panels hang from the arbor to mimic window treatments. Accents such as lanterns and throw pillows complete the look.

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      Outdoor Wall Art

      Add color to your outdoor decorating with a fence covered with suspended flowerpots. It's wall art for your outdoor room. Start with nine terra-cotta pots and coat the bases with spray paint. Next, plot the grid arrangement and secure pot hangers to the fence. Finish by suspending pots from hangers and filling each container with brightly colored annuals or herbs.

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      Pops of Color

      Add a splash of color to an outdoor seating area with bright chairs. In this space, green, pink, and orange metal chairs pop against the neutral deck.

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      Patio Dining

      The home's bluish-purple French doors provide plenty of bright color for this patio. Because the patio is adjacent to the home's kitchen, the simple picnic table is great for taking meals outside.

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      Cottage Charms

      An unassuming garden shed becomes a festive focal point with a new door color and scalloped molding. Before you begin, add a coat or two of water-base primer to the facadeā€”it will help your creative expressions last longer.

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      Quaint Details

      Hand-painted stencils, such as the botanical motif on the surface of this pillow, are an easy way to punch up outdoor fabric.

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      Pretty Posts

      Separate a garden from the rest of the backyard with a colorful fence. The bright green and blue hues pop against the grass and plants. The fence provides a colorful view from any angle.

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      Party Atmosphere

      Metal furniture is generally affordable and it gives a cool color vibe to your garden or patio. A bar cart is always ready for a party, offering up a handy serving surface.

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      Colorful Starting Point

      The home's exterior creates the perfect starting point for this patio's color scheme. Orange accents, such as throw pillows, hanging fabric, and an oversize letter "B," stand out against the green exterior. Wood candle holders and potted plants bring the natural elements of the yard onto the patio. With plenty of seating and multiple tables, this patio is just right for enjoying bright summer days and warm summer nights.

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