High/Mid/Low: Best Outdoor Throw Pillows

High/Mid/Low: Best Outdoor Throw Pillows

Katie Holdefehr
Jun 27, 2016
(Image credit: Target)

Adding throw pillows to your backyard or patio is a simple way to inject the space with color and pattern. Pillows make an outdoor area feel like a comfortable extension of your home—but without an actual roof overhead, they also need to work a little harder than their indoor counterparts. Thanks to fade-resistant fabrics and fast-drying fillers, the pillows that made our list are the most likely to stay fresh, come rain or shine.


If you don't plan to transition your outdoor pillows inside when the season's over, look for sources like Target that offer inexpensive options. This teal and blue striped lumbar pillow will add a subtle nautical vibe to your deck chair, but at only 20 inches by 10 inches, it won't be too difficult to find a spot to store it come fall. The polyester cover is also UV- and water-resistant.

On Society 6, you can order any of the artists' work in a fade- and weather-resistant spun polyester poplin fabric, including the adorable succulent illustration above from Hannah Margaret Illustrations. After you pick your design—this is the hardest part, there are hundreds to see!—select "Outdoor Pillow" and choose from three sizes: 16-, 18-, or 20-inch square.

This swirling floral design adds a touch of elegance to your outdoor oasis. Cost Plus World Market is a go-to for super-affordable accents, so you won't need to feel too bad if your outdoor pillow ends up getting dirty.

A mesmerizing pattern will punch up your lounge chair, while the spun polyester fabric prevents mold and mildew.

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Jump aboard the Southwest-inspired textiles trend with a patterned pillow in vibrant pink and orange. The fabric is water- and mildew-proof, so you don't have to worry if it gets caught in a summer shower.

Pretty sun-washed stripes make for a pillow that's unmatched in subtle sophistication. Pair it with a solid yellow pillow if you want to pump up the color in your space. The outdoor-approved fabric is a blend of natural jute and cotton.

Channel the tropics with a palm-patterned pillow with neon pink piping. Sewn by Square Fox Designs from outdoor upholstery fabric, the cover holds up to 500 hours of sun exposure without fading.

Both sides of this pillow are printed with an original watercolor painting from StudioRS on Etsy. There are plenty of artists' work available in pillow form on Etsy; look for ones that offer an "outdoor pillow" option for ultimate durability.

A fresh take on trendy palm prints, the leaf designs on this printed pillow are close-up photos layered in yellow, orange and coral. Each pillow is cut and sewn by hand.

Let this water-repellant pillow—with its silk scarf-inspired pattern—set a bohemian tone in your backyard this summer.

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Shades of sea blue and coral converge on this screen-printed cotton cover. The lines waver slightly, letting slivers of white show between the colorful quadrants.

Fern leaf silhouettes look ultra-modern in black and white. Add this pillow to a neutral space, or let it pop against brightly colored furniture. Fast-drying polyfill will help it look fresh all summer.

Well known for his travel-inspired textiles, John Robshaw delves into the "outdoor pillow world" with a colorful, patterned collection. His Munir pillow would shower an outdoor sofa in a chic nautical vibe.

Sewn from Sunbrella fabric, a performance textile invented in the early 1960s for shop awnings, this durable pillow resists up to 98% of UV rays. UV-blocking fabric means that the rich indigo color won't fade in the sun. Another added plus: Sunbrella products, which can be as soft as traditional indoor upholstery fabric, can even be cleaned with bleach. Talk about durable!

This mixed-media pillow from Bandhini Design blends weather-resistant Sunbrella fabric with natural handwoven rattan. It's the perfect mix of on-trend and time-tested materials.

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