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?
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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:
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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?