Should You Buy Red Patio Furniture?

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When it comes to design mistakes, color is typically the biggest culprit. Either there’s too much color, not enough color or the wrong colors are being used together. In the case of designing your outdoor space, we generally recommend against bright colors, like red patio furniture.

Good patio furniture is an investment you’ll want to keep for several years or more. To help keep this furniture timely and aesthetically pleasing, we tend to lean into more neutral tones. These can include:

  • White
  • Tan
  • Baige
  • Grey
  • Wooden
  • Black

Dress Up Neutral Colors with Bright Splashes

Just because we’re proponents of buying your larger outdoor dining tables and lounge chairs in more neutral tones, doesn’t mean we’re poo-pooing color altogether. Rather, we suggest adding extra color to your outdoor space in the form of smaller accent pieces like colorful pillows and accessories. 

What if You Really Love Red Patio Furniture?

Rules are meant to be broken. If you find a set of red patio furniture or a single piece that you absolutely love, it’s your patio! Get it. It may be the perfect addition to your outdoor space. 

Remember, your patio is for you. It should be a space that sparks joy. And if a red outdoor sectional brings you joy, the more the merrier!

Replacing Your Patio Cushions

Generally, when you buy a ‘red’ outdoor sofa or a pink or an orange one, the entire sofa isn’t red. The structure of the sofa is normally a neutral color. It is the cushions that are bright and colorful.

The great news about brightly colored patio cushions is that they are relatively easy and affordable to replace. In many instances, you wouldn’t even need to replace the cushions entirely, you can just replace the cushion covers.

This allows you to change to look of your patio without breaking the bank. Or you may want to swap in different cushion covers depending on the season. 

Do Colorful Patio Sets Help Spark Conversation?

Anytime you introduce something that’s a little different to a space it can act as a conversation starter. But that doesn’t always mean it has to be something as large as colorful Adirondack chairs or dining sets.

Unique accessories, like an elegant LED light, can be equally as exciting. Another unusual piece that you may not think about is an outdoor rug. Outdoor rugs help define a space, helping to reinforce the idea of an outdoor living room. Furthermore, they aren’t a very common addition, so guests will often take notice.

Would Red Patio Furniture Work in the Pacific Northwest?

Red patio furniture can be a great addition to any Seattle area home. The key is to take note of the other colors in your garden and surrounding space. Certain colors can clash with red and be off-putting. 

In most instances, the colors that work best with one another are those that stand on opposite sides of the color wheel:

  • Red and Green
  • Blue and Orange 
  • Purple and Yellow

Because most outdoor spaces are predominantly green, red is often preferred when adding a bold color. But it’s not the only one. So let yourself play a little and be creative.

You also want to keep in mind that while pairing colors that are on opposite sides of the color wheel can be successful, some pairings can be less than appealing. For instance, the following two pairings are often not very attractive:

  1. Red and Orange
  2. Red and Yellow

Stop by our Seattle or Bellevue location to see our patio furniture selection in person. 

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