That was the cheesiest title, no? I couldn’t help myself.
Black and white in any combination with always be classic- and that stands doubly true for exterior and patio decor! I love a good black and white patio scheme- it’s so crisp and classic and gives you perfect base to add a pop of color or just let your greenery and scenery be the vibrant focus of the space. My favorite places to shop for outdoor decor are Pottery Barn, Restoration Hardware, CB2, Crate & Barrel, World Market, Williams Sonoma Home, Target, Homegoods, Ballard, Frontgate and Terrain.
My few tips on outdoor decorating:
- Always make sure you are using the right materials in the right spots- not all furniture deemed for “outdoor use” can withstand the elements- many labeled as such are for covered patio use only. A good example are many of the bistro style chairs we all love- the woven seats can take just about anything, but if the frame is made of real rattan or bamboo they can’t be left out in the rain and snow.
- To really be safe and maintain the quality of any patio furniture invest in a set of covers!
- Avoid buying everything in sets- sure, having a matching sofa and chairs can look great, but don’t buy the coffee table and side tables too. Mix up styles, finishes (woven wicker with sleek metal for example) and vendors for a unique look.
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