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Living Space: Punch up your patio decor with bright colors

By By Kathryn Weber
May 29, 2014 at 12:29 a.m.

Who says a picnic table has to have a plain wood finish? Repaint yours in a bold shade of aqua, magenta, chartreuse or even red.

Just because your patio is in the backyard doesn't mean everything out there has to be green, beige or rust-colored. We often fall back on these old standbys. But summer is all about color, so liven up your patio space with some bold hues. Experiment with these options:

Color that plastic

With today's new spray paints meant for plastics, you don't have to settle for bland forest green or beige plastic lawn chairs. Use a template and create polka dots in hot pink on a beige chair or turn that forest green to bright lime.

Old school with attitude

Try an Adirondack chair in robin's egg blue like the Generations upright Adirondack or the Wildon Home rich red Adirondack chair to give your seating a jolt of personality (Wayfair.com)

Play up white

Nothing looks better on white outdoor furniture than a bright splash of color. Toss out those blah blue cushions and add a bold new set in aqua or purple.

Bold patterns

Ditch those tired leaves-and-flowers prints and solid color outdoor cushions for a bold, dynamic pattern, like the New Geo pattern in orange at Overstock.com. It will catch your eye - and the neighbors' too.

Dining decor

Take an alfresco approach to your outdoor dining and mix and match bright colors and patterns with abandon. Try mixing melamine dishes to create your unique look (Pierone.com).

Pot it pretty

Don't be afraid to mix bold plant colors together. A pot of lime green coleus next to some bright red flowers will make a statement in the garden. Contrasting colors look terrific together. Mix blues with yellow and lime green or pair orange flowers with a deep purple potato vine.

Patterns underfoot

Who says cool rugs are only for indoors? The Animal Outdoor Rub's cowhide shape and green zebra stripe will add panache to your porch ($299, Grandinroad.com). A bright-striped serape-look outdoor rug will instantly bring up the rest of the patio.

Bright ideas

See your patio in a new light with inexpensive Chinese paper lanterns in vivid colors and patterns. Hang a variety of sizes, colors and shapes to add extra dimension ($2.50, Justartifacts.net).

Picnic power

Who says a picnic table has to have a plain wood finish? Repaint yours in a bold shade of aqua, magenta, chartreuse or even red. Set with patterned dishes and contrasting napkins for a riot of color. As an alternative, set the table in white.

Kathryn Weber is a home and decorating columnist and publishes the Red Lotus Letter feng shui ezine. For more information, contact Weber through her website, redlotusletter.com.

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