Bold Colors Are the Unofficial Trend of Summer 2018

Bold Colors Are the Unofficial Trend of Summer 2018

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Jessica Isaac
Jun 16, 2018
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While minimalism might still be going strong, design trend forecasts are looking to bold color to freshen up bare landscapes. If you're looking to dip your toe in some fresh new color palettes, there's no easier place to start than your patio. We've rounded up some outdoor eye candy to inspire your 2018 backyard BBQ refresh just in time for the dog days of summer.

Electric Blues

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Blue Art Deco Bench

Deco shapes are big this year. Paired with electric blue, this Bend Goods Cloud Bench feels like a modern-day Jay Gatsby poolside piece.

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Vintage Blue Floral

If Mrs. Roper from Three's Company were an outdoor couch, she would be this saturated floral number from Anthropologie. Here, a delicate white frame balances out this muumuu-worthy print, while the variety of geometric shapes on the accent tables make the whole vignette feel less stuffy.

Poppy Oranges

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Orange Outdoor Sofa

The stark simplicity of this bright orange Domino sofa is particularly striking when contrasted with the blues and greens found in an outdoor landscape.

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Simple Orange Patterned Rug

Again, if you're stumped on which colors to use outside, orange is a great place to start, as it is the complementary color to the greens found in nature. This rust colored crosshatch rug by Aelfie is simple and fun with a vintage appeal.

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Black-White-and-Orange

In Kate Richards' (of Drinking with Chickens) house tour, she shared her new backyard "chicken" bar, where she accented her black patterned bar with vibrant orange metal barstools.

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Classic Orange Woven Chair

No matter what your age, chances are you've had the pleasure of plopping down in a brightly-colored retro woven chair. Due to their sturdy nature, these pieces seem to get passed down through generations, giving them an air of familiarity. If you want that retro feel without that retro feel (we're talking decades of suntan lotion and chlorine), Lawn Chair USA is still pumping them out in deliciously summer-y colors for all your 2018 backyard BBQ needs.

Palm Springs-Inspired

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Pink-and-Blue

With its bright blue skies and rosy sunsets, Palm Springs might as well adopt pink and blue as its official colors. Add a pop of palm fronds and a frozen adult beverage, like Anthropologie did here, and your staycation is complete.

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Color Block

Building a design scheme around a rug is a classic tip for designing any room, and outdoor spaces are no exception. These modern color block Aelfie rugs features a yummy Palm Springs-worthy palette and gives off major pool party beach towel vibes.

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Lily Pulitzer for Pottery Barn

A multi-colored pastel palette that is heavy on the blue and pink, like this line by Lily Pulitzer for Pottery Barn, can't help but make us feel as though we're poolside at The Saguaro, Palm Springs.

Boho Vibes

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"For All Seasons" Boho

There are basically no color limits when going full boho. This patio makeover by Old Brand New, revealed in the fall, combines a variety of colors, patterns and textures. One way to assure a combo like this doesn't feel overwhelming is to warm it up with healthy dose of plant life.

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Jungle Boho

It's no surprise Dabito is a friend and go-to photographer for the Queen of the Jungalow herself, Justina Blakeney. Dabito's color palette in his outdoor space is fairly minimal, accenting his lush plant situation with blues and oranges. Mixing patterns is a must for this look.

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Patchwork Boho

Not sure how to add boho color and texture to your outdoor space? West Elm has done the (patch)work for you with this colorful woven chair.

Low-Committment

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Striped Umbrella

There's something so glamorously chic about a striped canvas outdoor umbrella with fringe. Being that this outdoor staple has an undeniably classy edge, going bold with color here feels less daring. Bonus, this classic piece from Target goes with pretty much everything, making it a great option for a pop of color in any already-existing outdoor situation.

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Subdued Palettes

If you're not looking to swoon, drool, or redo your entire backyard, maybe don't check out Kettal's mid-century modern(ish) collections. This Spanish brand's muted-yet-saturated color palettes and sexy sleek lines are sheer perfection.

If you're looking to add some flare to your backyard, we hope we've inspired you to go bold with some daring new color combos.

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