Color can (and does!) enliven interior rooms of our homes, but it also can uplift and refresh our exterior spaces, too. The best part about color is that it doesn’t matter the size of your outdoor living area—you can infuse vibrant hues throughout a patio, balcony, or backyard with plants, pots, furniture, outdoor rugs, furniture, and even art. The 13 open-air lounge spaces seen here have more than just being incredibly dreamy in common; they all use color in ways that are worth mimicking in your own home.
This retro beachside home in Australia is all kinds of cute and colorful on the inside, but the front porch is a cheery space to spend time in, too. The house’s dark exterior paint color is the perfect canvas for bright pops of pink and purple flowers, while lots of gold and yellow hues show up in cozy furniture.
This house in Australia is an amazing example of how to take dark and dated architecture and completely transform it through vibrant art and decor. Natasha Webb didn’t stop at only energizing the indoor spaces, though. The outdoor living room is stuffed with comfy seating, lots of throw pillows, and more graphic art.
As someone who lives in a swamp (New Orleans), I’m always curious about how people are able to decorate their outdoor areas with such cute (but fabric-covered) things, but Houston-based Pam has a great solution. She simply pulls out her colorful rugs and pillows out on to her patio when she wants to lounge outdoors.
You don’t have to have a backyard or patio to be able to enjoy a colorful outdoor space, as this Atlanta house exemplifies beautifully. Hot pink flamingos complement a gorgeous pink door, which works well with the lovely pair of yellow chairs and pink throw pillows.
Kate Richards—famous for her combination of cocktails and live chickens—used the layering approach to bringing in color to her enviable outdoor living rooms. A striped rug visually plays with patterned throw pillows, which contrast nicely with a bright green trunk-turned-coffee table.