Choosing a Color Scheme for your Patio Design
There are no hard and fast rules when it comes to choosing a color scheme for your outdoor living space, but picking a color scheme that best suits your style and vision can be a daunting task. Earthy, neutral tones can be warm and inviting, while vibrant colors can showcase your personal flair and create a bright, social space. These design tips and ideas are designed to help you better understand what different color schemes can bring to your patio and help narrow down an endless range of possibilities.
The beauty and versatility of understated neutrals
The subtle, neutral colors found in nature are known to have a soothing impact on modern patios. These light, muted shades can make a space seem more spacious and airy. The earthy tones that dominate this palette prevent the open space from developing a cold, formal atmosphere, while contributing a gentle warmth to the spaces in which they are used. The pairing of both rich and light neutrals creates a pleasing chromatic balance.
Working with the colors of the landscape
Plant life contributes certain colors to an outdoor living area. This can affect which colors are chosen to exist alongside them. In addition to their usual shades of green, plants can contribute warm reds and golds as well as vibrant yellows and pinks. Neutral shades can be used to complement your existing plant life and allow the plants to act as focal points. Light stone and beige tones create a striking contrast against crisp greens, while Unilock’s Umbriano, particularly the Almond Grove color variation, is a great candidate for any patio surrounded by lush lawns. The shades of beige and green within this color scheme are examples of cool and warm neutral tones used together, not only to create contrast, but also to expand the color palette of the landscape.
Adding the perfect amount of color
Vibrant points of color can be added to your patio in the form of outdoor furniture accents like throws and cushions, decorative pots or a single wall painted a different color to the rest. This will ensure that your patio is bright and energized without visually overwhelming the space. Yellow is one of the most daring and dramatic colors to incorporate into your patio color scheme and pairs well with earthy tones such as brown and tan. Green and yellow can be used together to create a refreshing combination of summery hues, perfect for a poolside patio. Blue, which contributes its unique tropical tranquility, can also be mixed in with yellow and lime – another popular color combination for modern poolside patios.
Work towards creating a specific visual impact
Focusing on a color scheme that caters to the desired atmosphere and function of your patio will significantly narrow your spectrum of options. The citrus hues of green and yellow can be incorporated into a large patio designed for family-fun gatherings and barbecues. A more elegant patio designed to invite friends and colleagues for coffee or classy al fresco dinners might showcase a more neutral palette. Consider the relationship between your patio and its surroundings, as well as its location – an area nestled under the shade of large trees might call for lighter shades that allow it to stand out. If your patio is situated on the doorstep of your living room, you might choose to extend the color scheme of that room to the patio, creating an extension of your home that can be accessed by sliding open a pair of large glass doors.
Planning around permanent elements
Your patio color scheme should always complement your home, rather than detract from it. Planning your color scheme around the palette of your existing architecture – your home exterior, roofing and driveway, among other things – will ensure that your patio blends seamlessly into the rest of your property. While taking note of your home’s color scheme will help you accommodate its architectural style, it may also help you decide on a color scheme for your patio by guiding you into a certain range of undertones. A brown or brick-red home may lead to a warm color palette for your patio, for example, while a white or beige home might guide you to cooler colors. A swimming pool contribute blue hues to your backyard, so ensure colors that are compatible with this shade.