Neutrals Work Overtime


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

Neutrals tend to get a pretty bad reputation for being boring. However, when it comes to outdoor furnishings, at Seasonal Living we tend to disagree. Outdoor fabrics are meant to withstand the elements, and neutrals in particular are a great choice for outdoor furniture. They tend to hide dirt well, and can accommodate other brightly colored accessories that can be changed out on a whim without doing a major backyard overhaul. Even with this amount of practicality, neutrals don’t have to be boring if you follow these simple tips:

Neutral patterns are still neutral. Whether you choose a simple design that is more texture than pattern or a grand floral print, don’t be scared to use a pattern that is made up of neutral hues. It will still act like a neutral, allowing you to add in brighter, more vibrant colors as you wish.

Think chocolate. All shades of brown and grey are available on outdoor furniture and would complement any outdoor space, but the most modern hues are dark chocolate and rich caramel. These colors do double duty by hiding the wear and tear of outdoor life (dirt, rain, grass, pets, etc.) while still looking great. Add some red throw pillows or blue fireballs to the patio and see just how elegant your outdoor space can be.

Don’t go overboard. While we recommend neutral tones for outdoor furnishings, we don’t recommend only neutral tones for outdoor furnishings. Let your sofa and loveseat be chocolate brown and your spring chairs be a lovely gold, or let your chat set be a textured grey and your chaise lounges a grey and blue stripe. Use neutrals as your base color, but don’t forget to perk up this otherwise one-note shade.

Using neutrals in your outdoor space is a great way to blend functionality and good looks. Come by Seasonal Living and let our experienced staff help you choose the perfect neutral to use in your outdoor space. Don’t forget to tell us in the comments how you plan to use neutrals in your backyard.


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