Spring has arrived! With its sunny skies and warm weather, backyard parties, dinners and pool days will start popping up on your tenants’ calendars. What better way to set them up for entertainment success than with a curated outdoor scene? One of the most important design elements of a backyard is the patio umbrella. Offering respite from the sun and a major style statement, patio umbrellas have made a very welcome comeback. Below are some of our favorite ways to style and accessorize patio umbrellas for spring.
Cool and Contemporary
One of our go-to styles, contemporary backyards are casual yet refined. To bring your patio umbrella into the 21st century, choose teak outdoor furniture. This water-resistant finish is perfect for poolside tables and chairs and adds warmth and dimension to the scene. Sprinkle in streamlined elements like tall hurricane vases and Edison bulb string lights for a California-esque scene. Situate your patio umbrella between two chairs and sit back, relax and enjoy your modern musings.
Want to make your tenants’ outdoor scene feel like a vacation spot? Dress up the backyard pool area with mid-century silhouettes like lounge chairs and a cantilever umbrella in creamy hues. Accent the space with natural woods for an unfinished-yet-refined look. Don’t forget the tiki lights!
Not every outdoor scene will be set in the suburbs or along the shoreline of the ocean. If your corporate housing is situated near a lake or in the mountains, take advantage of the lustrous outdoor scenery and build on the surrounding cabin style. Use a fire pit with stone surround as your centerpiece. Add in two red Adirondack chairs, a stack of wool blankets in a wooden basket, twinkling string lights and a casual outdoor umbrella, and voila! A beautiful, cozy, cabin-inspired outdoor scene ready to enjoy. Now, who has the marshmallows?
Tailored and Traditional
If it isn’t broken, don’t fix it, right? As the saying goes, if traditional style is more your tenants’ speed, then help reinforce it with a classic outdoor setting. Elements like wicker chairs, gas fireplaces and cool blue-and-green color palette are perfect for traditional outdoor spaces. Round out the look with a classically shaped patio umbrella, a glass-top side table or two and plenty of outdoor candles for a space that feels like home.
A classic look, Mediterranean style focuses on deep, saturated colors, dynamic iron work and lots of ornate detailing. Bring this look into your corporate housing’s outdoor space by opting for an iron bistro set featuring dark orange or tan cushions on the intricate chairs. Perch your patio umbrella next to the dining scene and include hurricanes of varying shapes and sizes for added depth. A Mediterranean-style backyard, which combines rustic and traditional design, is a great choice for the classic yet dimensional tenant.
From fresh and contemporary to classically styled, there are so many outdoor looks to create around a beautiful patio umbrella. How will you be styling your outdoor space this spring?
Kerrie Kelly, ASID, of Kerrie Kelly Design Lab is an award-winning designer who writes for The Home Depot about both exterior and interior spaces. She provides useful advice on topics such as picking an umbrella option to match your design style and updating your patio with pops of color.