Guest Picks: Wake Up Porch or a Patio With Color

As an antidote to the gray skies outside my window, I find myself envisioning outdoor rooms enlivened with bold pops of saturated colour. From colorful planters and bright outdoor rugs to furniture and cushions from the splashiest of hues, there is no way to not feel cheered up once you include one or more of these finds to your porch or terrace. Happy decorating! — Laura from Lolalina

Cost Plus World Market

Green Landon Coffee Table – $199.99

This airy, lightweight coffee table is ideal for the outside, along with the bright lime green color is sure to wake up your distance.

Cost Plus World Market

Green Paisley Antigua Plates – $8.98

You might not normally select dishes that this daring to get dinner, but outdoor dining should be entertaining, right? I say, bring about the paisley dinnerware!


Yellow-Framed Mirror – $475

A mirror onto the terrace? Why not? Provided that it is covered and protected from the elements, a mirror onto the terrace is unexpected and fun. Plus, it’s great for making a small space seem bigger.

Dash & Albert Rug Company

Catamaran Stripe Sprout/Ivory Indoor/Outdoor – $38

Broad ivory and green stripes feel refreshing for spring. I’m planning to put down some of these Dash & Albert indoor/outdoor rugs in my porch, though they’d be amazing in a kid-friendly living room also.

Zinc Door

Worlds Away Largo Turquoise Indoor/Outdoor Mirrored Planter – $748

This mirrored lattice planter out of Zinc Door is a significant statement-maker. It’ll bring a little Palm Beach posh to your terrace, wherever you call home.

Design Within Reach

Bullet Planter, Short – $155

I have been smitten with all these mod pod-shaped planters for ages. They make any plant seem amazing and work equally well as posh ice buckets at parties.


Dyning Wind-/Sunshield – $14.99

If you reside in a small city apartment or condo with only a fire escape or balcony to call your own, this could be the perfect solution for you. The bright striped fabric attaches to your railings, giving shelter from wind and also a little more privacy from the neighbors.

Furbish Studio

Green Hobnail Pitcher – $140

Even sipping water onto the terrace will feel chic when it is poured out of this gorgeously retro hobnail glass pitcher. Of course, you can always plunk an armful of flowers into it, which would seem amazing also.


Vintage Rattan Trina Turk Love Seat

This vintage rattan love seat was spruced up with a fresh Trina Turk fabric pillow. I acknowledge that as soon as I saw it (and the cost ), I began imagining the way to whip up some DIY cushions for my very own old porch furniture using fun, colorful fabric.

Hable Construction

Orange Mum Canvas Pillow – $135

Each the prints designed by Hable Construction are fresh, modern and fun, but this is my current favorite. While not technically an outdoor pillow, the canvas fabric is actually thick and durable and holds up well over time.

Modern Outdoor Stools And Benches – $425

Ceramic garden stools need to be a few of the very useful little pieces of furniture around. Use one as a desk, stool or extra seat, inside or out. This one caught my attention with its fiery orange color and cute potbellied form.

Apartment 48

Cockatoo Pillow – $145

I love the way the fringe trim on this pillow appears to replicate the softness of the bird’s feathers. It would make a wonderfully whimsical addition to an outdoor appreciate chair or seat.


‘Baja Circles’ Indoor/Outdoor Rug

The trend for graphic design rugs is still going strong, and this outdoor variation from Horchow looks especially crisp.

Prater Mills Indoor/Outdoor Reversible Orange/Red Rug – $47.99

In addition, I love this super-bright outdoor rug from Overstock. Not only is the price , but it’s made from recycled materials and is reversible.


Threshold Coral Lattice Decorative Tray – $29.99

I would use this coral tray to bag icy beverages outdoors when entertaining. Between hosting shindigs, it may happily live on the coffee table holding a stack of books and the remote.


Threshold Lattice-Top Accent Table, Green – $69.99

I saw this particular table in person at Target, and it was equally as adorable as it appears online. Topped with glass and also in a minty green, it would be in your home just about anywhere you have to put it.

Design Within Reach

Frank Gehry Left Twist Cube | DWR – $250

These gem-like cubes designed by Frank Gehry are similar to little sculptures which you can really use as furniture. They’re UV-protected and totally weatherproof, so you don’t need to worry about dragging them inside during a rainstorm.


Cube Lantern – $29.95

Every outdoor space wants a little bit of mood lighting, and these Cube lanterns from CB2 fit the bill perfectly. Line them down the center of a long table for much more impact.


Elaine Smith Reversible Outdoor Pom-Pom Pillows – $125

All these pom-pom-trimmed cushions from Horchow have to be a few of the peppiest outdoor cushions around. Bonus: They’re reversible!


‘Sunnyside’ Mitered-Border Pillow With Monogram – $200

For the monogram-obsessed, these crisply framed and piped outdoor cushions are so beautiful that you will have a hard time not bringing them inside to enjoy. But on second thought, why not? That’s the fantastic thing about outdoor furnishings — they are sometimes much better for including a colorful kick inside.

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