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Add Ambiance to Your Outdoor Patio With these Color Schemes

May 21, 2024

Your outdoor patio is an extension of your home and an important part of your living space. Make sure it's as welcoming as possible by adding ambiance through the use of color. Not sure where to start? Let the experts at Nicolock Paving Stones help teach you how to use color to enhance the beauty and functionality of your outdoor living space. Explore creative ways to add ambiance to your patio with color, whether you prefer vibrant accents, soothing palettes or more natural hues.

The Power of Color

Color plays a significant role in setting the mood and determining the atmosphere of a space. Bold, energetic hues can make a space more lively while soft or soothing tones are ideal for creating a more relaxing space. The colors that you choose will either transform your patio into a welcoming retreat or an exciting outdoor destination.

Tips for Adding Color to Your Patio

If you're ready to add a little color to your patio, you might not know where to get started. It's easier than you think to perk up your patio space with subtle - or not-so-subtle - pops of color. Here are a few tips to help get you started:

1.) Choose colorful furniture and accessories. Patio furniture comes in a wide array of colors and they're usually a lot less muted than what you'll find indoors. Choose outdoor seating, cushions and even throw pillows in tropical patterns or bold solid colors. Turquoise, coral and lemon yellow are very popular for outdoor furniture and accessories.

2.) Go green with plants and flowers. Adding some life to your patio may be as easy as picking out a few potted plants. Colorful plants and flowers will not only add color to your outdoor living space, but they will also add life and a vibrancy that can't be matched with other furniture and accessories. Choose a simple potted flowering plant or install a container garden or hanging baskets for an ever-changing display of color.

3.) Add colorful accents to the space. You've got your furniture and a few potted plants - what more could you need? How about a rug, a lantern or maybe some artwork to add color and personality to your space? Choose a monochromatic color scheme or mix and match for a more eclectic feel. Try mixing and matching textures and materials to your paving stones for added interest.

4.) Come up with a lighting plan. Nobody likes to sit (or cook) in the dark, so make sure your patio has plenty of lighting. A strategic lighting plan may include string lights, lanterns and candles to create an inviting atmosphere after dark. Color-changing LED lights are a fun
addition to a patio and can continue your color scheme.

How to Choose a Color Palette

You know how to use color, but which color should you use? Choosing the right color palette for your patio isn't as hard as you may think. For a lively, energetic feel, choose a color palette that will get people excited. Choose bright and bold colors like red, orange and yellow. For a more tranquil experience, pick colors that are calm and serene. Blue, green and lavender are all great options and will evoke a sense of relaxation. Not sure which way you're leaning? There's nothing wrong with a neutral color palette featuring beige and gray. Neutral colors offer a timeless appeal and are great for your bigger pieces that you don't want to change as often. You can still add a pop of color with a great accent piece.

Explore different color options for your patio and outdoor living areas to see which works for you. Your outdoor areas are the perfect places to play with color and have endless design opportunities. For more tips and information on patio living, visit the Nicolock Paving Stones blog.