Blue is Beautiful


Blue-Gray Crescent Loveseat

Welcome to the final installment of our five-part Spring 2013 Outdoor Furnishings Trends blog series. Each week we are posting about the latest colors, accessories, and decor including what’s hot now and simple ways to update your existing outdoor furnishings. Next up, the color blue.

The color blue is great for outside. It complements the natural surroundings of your backyard, yet stands out on its own against the most colorful of backgrounds. Using blue to brighten up your backyard is simple if you keep these tips in mind:

Think ocean. The ocean comes in a wide variety of blue hues, anything from crystal clear turquoise in the Caribbean to the deep midnight blue of the wild Pacific. These shades and everything in between look perfect surrounded by the lush greens and neutrals found outside. All shades of blue are big this season so make the most of it and choose a shade of blue that will look good when you’re gazing out from inside, yet brightens up your outdoor space when you’re hanging out on the patio.

Go wild. With all the beautiful shades of blue available, why pick just one? A soothing spa blue on your outdoor furniture looks great with a cluster or two of bright cobalt pots on the patio and a lovely turquoise firepot on the coffee table. Unlike reds this season anything goes in blue, so pick your favorite shade (or three!) and have fun adding blue to your outdoor space.

Don’t fear color. Many people shy away from using color outside because they are afraid it will show more dirt and stains than neutrals. This used to be the case, but now most outdoor fabrics come with stain resistant qualities and if kept clean will continue to look great year after year. There are even products made for outdoor fabrics that enhance their water and stain resistance and can easily be applied annually. Fabric technology has come leaps and bounds since everything outside was plastic. Embrace this new technology and the freedom to choose color for your outdoor space. Why not blue?

Blue is an easy color to love and work with outside for many years, so squelch your fear of using color outside and embrace all shades of blue. Leave a comment and tell us how you plan to use blue in your outdoor room. Don’t forget to come by Seasonal Living and let our experienced staff help you create the outdoor space you have always wanted.


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