Color Crush: Blue and Orange

The hot color combination of the summer is blue and orange. These two shades are natural partners, as they’re complementary colors, opposite each other on the color wheel. Since opposites attract, the pairing is true love. Take a look at these three patios that make a statement in blue and orange. Which is your favorite?

blue and orange
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Deep Orange and Light Blue

The rich deep orange cushions seem to pop against the cool blue outdoor rug. The modern shapes of the furniture further elevate the freshness of this setting. This patio easily transitions from summer to fall.

Shane Seating Collection
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Orange and Turquoise

The color story in this patio is orange, orange, orange, and that makes the turquoise blanket pop. A little contrasting color goes a long way.

blue and orange
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 Blue and Orange

The blue sectional and blue rug get a pop of orange with a beautiful tangerine square tray and terra cotta planters. This combination is a little more subdued with just the right kick of color.

The Antique Charm of Traditional Light Fixtures

Part of the charm of an older home is the richness of the light fixtures. With crystal details that sparkle in the light and shades that look like artwork, these heirloom-style fixtures add sense of elegance to any space. Fortunately, you don’t need to worry about faulty wiring as you can find new fixtures that look like antiques. We love these four traditional light fixtures that will instantly set the atmosphere in your room aglow.

Traditional light fixtures
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Elegant Details

The Alenya Chandelier combines burnished gold metal with teak crystal leaves and a champagne sheer fabric shade for a bold and elegant statement piece. Imagine this hanging above a dining room or over an end table in your living room.

Traditional light fixtures
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Stained Glass Shade

The Amelia Semi-Flush Lamp gives your space the Frank Lloyd Wright treatment, with geometric lines and dark bronze hardware for a striking contrast. It is ideal for the living room or home office.

Traditional light fixtures
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Candles

This Virginia Bronze Chandelier looks like an old light fixture that used candles as the lighting source. The English bronze metal frame is accentuated with prisms to complete its sophisticated look.

Traditional light fixtures
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Crystals

The decorative shades of the Evelyn Bronze Chandelier are accented with beautiful crystal prisms and a dark bronze finish. Impressive traditional light fixtures, such as this one, will look amazing in a living room or dining room space.

How to Transition Your Patio to Fall

Fall weather is unpredictable, with the occasional warm afternoon followed by a chilly night’s air. While it can feel like the days of relaxing in the back yard are numbered, there is still plenty of time to enjoy your patio or deck if you transition it to fall. Here are five ways to create the ideal fall patio.

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Add Some Heat

The quickest way to take the chill out of the air is to build a fire, and fire pits offer the perfect solution. Choose one that allows you to burn wood, or check out easy-to-use gas fire pits that light with the push of a button. Fire pits can be freestanding or as the centerpiece of an outdoor table. Either will create a cozy atmosphere and the perfect spot to curl up with a cup of hot chocolate – or a hot toddy.

 

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Warm Up Your Colors

Bright colors like yellow and marine blue are perfect for creating a summery scene, but you can instantly update your fall patio by swapping out cushions or umbrellas. Choose deeper, richer tones such as orange, red, dark green and brown. The shades will complement the changing colors of the foliage in your yard.

 

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Add Lights

Shorter days mean longer nights, but you can easily add hours to your outdoor space by incorporating lights. From tabletop lanterns to twinkling strings of mini-lights, you’ll create a magical fall patio when you light up the area. Also consider highlighting walkways and stairs with spot and floodlights to create a safe path to nighttime entertaining.

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Use An Outdoor Rug

Warm up your feet by covering cold patio and deck surfaces with an outdoor rug. Made to withstand the elements, outdoor rugs add texture to a space. They also offer a great opportunity to add color or pattern. And cleaning is a breeze – just hose them off!

 

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Change to Fall Decor

Finally, let your décor set the mood by adding fall flowers and accents. Fill pots with planted mums. Add blankets, ottomans and throw pillows to seating arrangements to warm up your guests when the temperature starts to dip. A warm and cozy atmosphere will help you enjoy your fall patio as long as possible.

 

How to Care for Your Outdoor Rug

Outdoor rugs are made to withstand the weather, but a build-up of dirt and pollen can make them look dull and dingy. Keep yours looking fresh and clean with a few easy maintenance steps. Here’s how to care for an outdoor rug:

How to care for an outdoor rug
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Use a Rug Pad

Be sure to use a rug pad to provide extra cushioning. A rug pad helps keep a rug in place instead of letting it slip or slide. Rug pads also allow air to circulate beneath the rug, preventing mold growth and rot.

Shake It Out

Shake out your outdoor rugs frequently to remove the dirt and debris that can be blown about outside and get trapped and cause damage. You can also vacuum or use a leaf blower on your outdoor rug when it’s dry. Vacuuming a wet rug can damage it.

Wash It Once a Month

Use your hose to rinse your rug at least once a month. Be sure to clean both sides as dirt can get trapped inside and beneath. If your rug needs something stronger than water, consult the manufacturer recommendations for suitable detergents. Let your rug completely dry in the sun before returning the furnishings. It helps if you can hang it so both sides dry evenly.

Store It During the Off Season

At the end of the season, wash it thoroughly and store it indoors, if possible. Leaving it exposed to the elements all winter will reduce its life and luster. Roll instead of folding it will help it last longer.

If you know how to care for an outdoor rug, you can help it last more than a single season.

How to Decorate Like a Designer Outdoors

Ever wonder how designers achieve picture-perfect looks in their rooms that are featured in magazines? The answer is all in the layers. Layering adds depth, texture and interest to a space. It proves several places for the eye to stop as you take in the view. And it makes every nook and cranny someplace special. You can turn your patio setting into a stunning feast for the senses by using design layers. Take a look at the details to learn how to decorate like a designer:

how to decorate like a designer
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Toss Pillows

Adding toss pillows to your outdoor sofa is an opportunity to layer colors. This setting features solids mixed with patterns. Since it’s the largest furnishing in the space, the addition of pillows seems to soften and break up the length of the piece, providing visual dimension for a cozier feel.

Rugs

Outdoor rugs give your patio or deck the feeling of a room, and layering two rugs draws the eye inward even more. Choose a pattern and a solid so each stands out. And the zebra print’s organic shape gives the space character.

Table Runners

A cocktail table offers space to display favorite accessories, and using a table runner helps tie everything together. Fabric also softens wood or aluminum surfaces, and a smart choice of color can complement your accents.

Accessories

Most people accessorize tables, but designers take it a step further and accessorize areas around the furniture. A hurricane lamp, for example, connects the chair to the rug by playing with height. And a ceramic rabbit makes a basket of throw blankets look like a part of the décor.

How to decorate like a designer involves using layers. How many layers do you have in your patio?