Create a Color Theme to Inspire Your Next Outdoor Space

Creating an outdoor area that coordinates and makes sense to the eye is always easier when you start with a color theme. Themed outdoor rooms don’t have to be taken literally, although if you are looking for a whimsical approach it’s OK to have fabrics that reflect your theme. I firmly believe that your outdoor patio or deck furnishings don’t have to match perfectly; BUT if you are going for a cohesive and unified space, your outdoor cushions, drapes and pillow fabrics should coordinate well.

One of the things I love about Cushion Source is the way you can quickly customize your cushions, pillows and drapes online and know what the product will actually look like before you commit. I recommend that you take advantage of this unique instant visualizing tool and create your own color theme board to help inspire your outdoor area.

Beach/Nautical Color Theme

Here is one that I easily created.

Summer is just around the corner and one of my favorite places to visit is the beach. The beach inspired me to make a nautical themed outdoor room. Most nautical items are usually related to the deep blue sea and all that goes with it; boats, blue water, fish, anchors, and so on.



 Outdoor Room color theme
I chose a fun nautical themed outdoor room made with our Al Fresco, Outdura and Sunbrella outdoor fabrics!


I first thought fabrics inspired by the sea. Navy blues and crisp whites, stripes and nautical items; all help to complete the look. I found this pretty Sunbrella Sapphire blue solid outdoor/indoor fabric (1), along with our latest Al Fresco addition named Drop Anchors Royalty outdoor/indoor fabric. Both fabrics make a great pair but tying in the Outdura Bay Street Skipper striped outdoor/indoor fabric, really completes the color theme look. I try to always allow for at least three coordinating fabrics when I’m designing anything. Another plus, all of these fabrics come with a 5-year warranty against fading and loss of strength. Perfect for the outdoors!

Next, were my empty, uncomfortable chairs (2) that desperately needed some chair cushions. I chose the deluxe outdoor cushion in Sapphire Blue with outdoor CumuPlush fill, wrapped in a batting to help create a loft effect to the chair cushion. The deluxe style cushions are a great choice since they allow for easy drainage after a hard rain and dry quickly for less mildew growth. Got to love that!

Next are your pillows or accessory items. Cushion Source has many wonderful pillows to choose from. The tri-panel bolster (3) is really a beauty. The designer duvet pillow (4) is classic and very clever, especially with the coordinating fabrics I chose. Lastly, is the simple throw pillow (5) with piping. These are a necessity in helping bring true cohesion to your outdoor space.

Now you need to think about shade and ambiance. Umbrellas and outdoor draperies are a great way to provide shade to your outdoor area.

I chose a beautiful (7) Alfresco fabric called Crabbin’ Royalty. It has the perfect mix of modern and whimsy, AND a great way to finish off my outdoor space.

Modern Floral color theme

Here’s another board to inspire you:


sunbrella outdoor fabrics color theme
Modern floral is a combination of cool contemporary colors and shapes mixed with a floral shabby chic water color fabric from Sunbrella.


(1) Sunbrella Spectrum Mist, El Greco Calypso and Violetta Baltic

(2) Tri-panel bolster made with Sunbrella Violetta Baltic on center panel and Sunbrella Spectrum Mist on the outer panels.

(3) Optimal Comfort chair cushion made with Sunbrella El Greco Calypso and welting in Sunbrella Aruba fabric.

(4) Duvet pillow made with Sunbrella Canvas Natural and Sunbrella Aruba fabrics.

(5) Throw pillow made with Sunbrella Violetta Baltic with piping done in Sunbrella Aruba

(7) Outdoor grommet draperies made with Sunbrella Violetta Baltic fabric.

Let us help you create your color theme

Still need help coordinating fabrics? Feel free to call us or email us. Our in-house designers will be glad to help!

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