Colorful Outdoor Furniture Finds to Brighten Your Backyard — 'It Feels Like I'm on Vacation!'

Kiss drab backyards goodbye with this style editor's pick of colorful outdoor furniture to uplift your yard

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Spring and summer call for one thing, and one thing only: backyard festivities! From lively barbecues to peaceful mornings sipping coffee alfresco, these days are all about soaking up sun and embracing the great outdoors. But amidst the joy of warm-weather gatherings, I can't help but wonder: why does outdoor furniture always seem so... dull?

Now, I'll admit, my personal style tends towards the neutral and monochromatic. But even I've grown tired of the typical brown and beige outdoor furniture options. If we’re energizing our indoor spaces with splashes of color, my question is: shouldn't the best outdoor furniture follow suit? 

I'm certainly not alone in this. According to interior designer Nicole Cullum, ‘As the seasons change, we are naturally drawn to more vibrant colors.’ ‘Sunny yellows, cheerful oranges, and bright blues lift our spirits out of the winter fog,’ she explains, adding ‘Walking out to enjoy a bright and happy outdoorscape helps shake off long days indoors.’

So, if you've been itching to revitalize your backyard as much as I have, look no further. Colorful outdoor furniture may be hard to come by, but I've scoured the market to track down the chicest options available. Say goodbye to your drab outdoor space — brighter days await!

Outdoor Side Tables

Outdoor Seating

Outdoor Coffee Tables

Outdoor Loungers

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‘I love a colorful backyard because it creates a cheerful and welcoming atmosphere,’ remarks interior designer Soledad Alzaga. ‘Makes me feel like I am on vacation!’ she exclaims. ‘Colors have the power to influence mood, with bright hues energizing the space and calming tones making it more relaxing. By playing with different colors, you can set the mood for your outdoor area,’ she explains. 

Colorful furniture brings a sense of excitement, but it can be daunting when your current outdoor pieces are a sea of beige and brown. How will your new furniture fit in? Fortunately, Soledad and Nicole say that you don't need to overwhelm your space by shoehorning it with even more color — just a well-placed 'pop' can do wonders.

And if you want to enhance your backyard without committing to entirely new pieces, Nicole explains that even a colorful outdoor throw pillow will make quite the statement. 'Throw pillows are easy to change from spring to summer, so you can look perfectly seasonally styled without breaking the bank,'  she notes. ‘Toss a few colorful patterned pillows onto your outdoor sofa and you have a whole new look.’

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Julia Demer
Style editor

Formerly covering fashion at L’Officiel USA, style maven Julia Demer brings her love of design to Livingetc’s world of interiors. As the title’s Style Editor, Julia's work reflects a sharp eye for detail and an innate passion for aesthetics. Her journey began with a strong foundation in design, honing her craft at renowned establishments like The Row and even establishing her own eponymous fashion brand. Julia’s design background is evident in the way she thoughtfully curates shopping edits, always maintaining a focus on emerging trends while preserving timeless sensibilities. For Julia, fashion and interiors go hand in hand, reflecting her lifelong commitment to perfecting the art of style.