7 Dazzling outdoor color palettes for summer

Create a colorful, comfortable outdoor space you’ll never want to leave.

Beautiful burnt orange

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Look around and you’ll find burnt orange everywhere. On a deck or patio, this trendy hue evokes a fabulous Southwestern feel. Recreate it at home with the Bradford 8-piece Deep-Seating Set. ($2499, Costco)

Mother Nature’s green

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Nature surrounds us with every shade of green imaginable. Select one of those shades for relaxing and entertaining in your backyard. Consider the La-Z-Boy Scarlett 4-piece Seating Set. ($1265, Sears)

Brilliant aruba blue

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It’s impossible to capture the color of the Caribbean waters, but this comes pretty close. Add a tropical vibe to your fireside seating with the Polywood® 5-Piece Adirondack Conversation Furniture Set — it comes in 11 different color combos! ($1587, Target)

Gorgeous geranium red

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Red is definitely a summer color. Think red geraniums, patriotic decor and checkered tablecloths. Pair it with black wrought iron, and you have a classic patio look. Set up your own bistro set with the Better Homes and Gardens Clayton Court 5-Piece Patio Dining Set. It’s so affordable that you can add a red umbrella to top it off! ($298, Walmart) 

Cheery, sunshiny yellow


If this set is a little too bright for you, consider the Sunjoy Ruby 4-Piece Patio Deep Seating Set. It features a wheat-colored yellow that bugs and bees will find less appealing. ($1299, The Home Depot)

Classic Cape Cod blue

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You can’t replicate nautical styles without the perfect blue. Navy is always an option, but we’re loving this slightly muted blue that feels as if it’s been perfectly weathered by salt and sun. Copy the look with the Gatewood Custom Collection. ($1100, Lowe’s)

Vibrant florals

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So pretty! Simple acrylic chairs feature a rainbow of color via upholstery and pillows. With a pattern like this, anything and everything goes. Get yours: the Flower Dining Side Chairs are worth every penny. ($153, Houzz.com)

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