A Guide to Mixing Outdoor Fabrics & Rugs

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Creating a Cool Summer Look

As soon as the frost melts and the weather warms up, it’s time to take it outside. Why not make the most of the season by moving your family room outdoors? Create a cool, comfortable setting for family and friends to talk, eat and sit a spell.

No matter how large or small your outdoor area may be, you can create the perfect retreat to enjoy all year long — or at least until the first snow falls.

We like to start with mixing in color and texture. It can be as simple as adding a pretty planter and a couple of pillows to a bench, porch swing or rocker. But if you have the space, why not go all out with a rug and curtains, too? It makes all the difference.

For inspiration, we’ve pulled together a few of our favorite looks this season to help guide you in creating your perfect outdoor room.

Restful Neutrals

Mix in soft neutrals like gray, taupe and tan to create a serene setting that invites restful repose. The selection of patterns in easy hues ensures the basic color combination is never boring.

Monterey Indoor/Outdoor Rug in Gray

Amalfi Loveseat with Tan Cushions

Ballard Indoor/Outdoor Curtains in Solid Sand

The Toulon Planter

Outdoor Fabrics:

  1. Basketweave Oatmeal Easy Care Fabric
  2. Celeste Taupe Easy Care Fabric
  3. Canvas Taupe Sunbrella® Fabric
  4. Leopard Tan Easy Care Fabric

 

Earthy Escape

Easy earth tones like the greens and browns here turn your porch or patio into a natural extension of the great outdoors. We love pairing stripes with florals and other fun patterns for a chic, classic look.

Navarre Indoor/Outdoor Rug

Macau Furniture

Tripoli Console

Ballard Indoor/Outdoor Brown Stripe Drapery Panels

Outdoor Fabrics:

  1. Catana Floral Chocolate Fabric
  2. Solid Green Sunbrella® Fabric
  3. Domino Brown and Sand Sunbrella® Fabric
  4. Leopard Green Easy Care Fabric

 

Seascape Setting

Whether you have a pool or wish you had one, these spa blues and browns are relaxing complements to an outdoor summer setting. Keeping the upholstery a solid color means you can quickly and easily change your look with new pillows.

Heirloom Bordered Indoor/Outdoor Rug Chocolate

Corsica Seating – Spa with Chocolate Cording

Ballard Indoor/Outdoor Curtains in Spa

Outdoor Fabrics:

  1. Catalina Spa Easy Care Fabric
  2. Arden Chocolate Easy Care Fabric
  3. Spa Blue Sunbrella® Fabric
  4. Canvas Brown Sunbrella® Fabric

 

Simple & Sophisticated

Black and white is quite simply a timeless color combination we never tire of. It also makes it easy to mix and match if coordinating colors is not your thing! Just remember to use plenty of patterns to keep it interesting and fresh.

Seagrove All-Weather Indoor/Outdoor Rug – Black

Macau Furniture

Garden Seat

Ballard Indoor/Outdoor Sheers – Snowy White

Outdoor Fabrics:

  1. Canopy Stripe Black & Sand Sunbrella® Fabric
  2. Sinclair Damask Black Easy Care Fabric
  3. Arden Black Easy Care Fabric
  4. Solid Green Sunbrella® Fabric

 

Mediterranean Flair

Kick up the color quotient with the warm and inviting hues of the Mediterranean: reds, greens and golds. Accentuate the look with bright blooms in colorful planters.

Pompey Indoor/Outdoor Rug

Brisbane Chaise

Beauclaire Anduze Planter

Ballard Indoor/Outdoor Curtains in Red or Green

Outdoor Fabric:

  1. Mediterranean Floral Easy Care Fabric
  2. Solid Red Sunbrella® Fabric
  3. Solid Green Sunbrella® Fabric
  4. Canopy Stripe Red Sunbrella® Fabric

 

Classic & Cool

Nothing says summer like navy blue. Whether in a crisp solid or ticking stripe, it exudes cool comfort on the hottest of days. Navy pairs well with greens and florals for a relaxing setting.

St. Tropez Indoor/Outdoor Rug

Café Table and Chair – Green

Terra Cotta Lady Planter

Ballard Indoor/Outdoor Sheers

Outdoor Fabrics:

  1. Sanibel Floral Easy Care Fabric
  2. Ticking Stripe Navy Easy Care Fabric
  3. Canvas Azure Sunbrella® Fabric
  4. Solid Green Sunbrella® Fabric

 

More tips for successful outdoor decorating:

  • Define seating and dining areas with a rug.
  • Use cushions and throw pillows to add color and create comfortable seating.
  • Consider hanging curtains to define an area, add shade and create privacy.
  • Use all-weather fabrics for durability, fade-resistance and waterproofing.
  • If you have a large porch, arrange seating into intimate, conversational groups.
  • Add personality by accessorizing your space — lanterns, statuary, planters, birdcages, mirrors and candles are all great ideas.
  • Add interest with texture, such as wicker, woven rugs, ceramic garden stool, woven baskets, terra cotta planters, wood pieces, pillows, etc.
  • During periods when you’re not using your porch, store cushions and pillows to keep them in good condition.
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  1. Reply

    Jennifer

    July 13, 2017

    I want cabana stripe cushions for my white, wicker rockers. Our overall color palette is browns and blacks and warmer tones — but I’m worried the black and sand will look too flat/dirty against the white wicker and that the black and white (which I know is more of an ivory) will have a better overall look. Any advice? I am looking for a classic, clean look overall.

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      Annika Dupree

      July 17, 2017

      Jennifer,
      We’d love to help you make the right choice for your seat cushions! We offer a free design service in which our in-house interior designers help pick out furniture, fabric, accessories, etc. Just send in your question here along with a picture of the space and a designer will reach out to you with a solution!

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    Judy Muirhead

    June 7, 2017

    What outdoor rug would you recommend for black wicker furniture with kiwi trellis sunbrella cushions? I like aqua, turquoise, pinks. I have a red brick patio. What size rug for a three-seater sofa, two chairs, two ottomans, coffee table and side table?

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      Annika Dupree

      June 8, 2017

      Judy,
      We’d love to help you with picking out a rug! We offer a free design service in which our interior designers pick out furniture,fabric, and accessories! Just send your question and a picture of the space here, and a designer will get in touch with your design plan!

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    Mary Stanford

    November 2, 2016

    I am sending picture of front porch. I have grey floor and guilford green house with black shutters and black door and white swing. I would like pillows for swing and a rug and accent chair and planters. Any ideas please!!

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    Sheila

    May 12, 2015

    I purchased new Sunbrella Blue cushions for patio furniture and cannot find rugs to match.
    I need 2 rugs, one for dinning area and one for seating area. Furniture is a taupe/grey metal.

    Thanks.

    • How to Decorate Team
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      Caroline @ How to Decorate

      July 31, 2015

      Hi Sheila,
      We can definitely help you pick some rugs to match your cushions! Simply complete this form (don’t forget to include photos and measurements!), and our design team will contact you with a plan and next steps!
      The How to Decorate Team

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    Ava

    March 28, 2014

    I would love to purchase, either by the yard or in finished pillows, the Catana Floral Chocolate fabric displayed under ‘A Guide to Mixing Outdoor Fabrics and Rugs’, ‘Earthy Escape’, but I can’t find it offered online or in your catalog. Please tell me it isn’t discontinued!

    • How to Decorate Team
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      How to Decorate Team

      April 3, 2014

      Hi Ava,

      Thanks for your comment. Unfortunately, we no longer sell the Catana Floral fabric. We do have two fabric options that have a similar look to them, our Augustine Amber fabric and our Fiona in Brown.

      Happy Decorating,
      The How to Decorate Team

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    AnAhitA

    September 19, 2013

    My Living Room is L shaped it has a Huge Fireplace 2 large windows flanking it , with is 12 by 23 very narrow then I have entry door Help no wall space at all..lost for furniture placement

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    AnAhitA

    September 19, 2013

    I love them all , so difficult to choose

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    Annabelle

    June 26, 2013

    I have a long, narrow three-season sunroom. I have a chaise and rocking chair in one area, and would like to place Capri chairs to create a second seating area. Should I put matching rugs in both areas, or can I mix as long as they are the same size and palette? (I’m thinking the Marina in Mocha and the Chevron in black/sand–would these coordinate? Or should I just go with two Marinas?) Thanks.

    • Miriam Leuthold
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      Miriam

      July 2, 2013

      In most cases, mixing different patterned rugs work great if they are in the same palette. In reference to the rugs you mentioned, we recommend pairing the Chevron Stripe – black/sand with the Marina Black … but using two Marina Rugs of the same color is always a safe choice.

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    Miriam

    May 14, 2013

    Heather: We suggest allowing the colors of your umbrella to be dominant and then add small doses of black and green to the palette. Consider mixing Catana Floral – Chocolate, Newport Stripe Sunbrella, Arden Chocolate and Green with your umbrella. Use these fabrics on cushions and pillows. Add black pillow fringe to the Catana Floral or Green as an echo of the woven chair. Switch out the red cushion for Sunbrella Sand and repeat one of the patterned fabrics for a pillow. Our Turin Brown rug is a good option since it already has a mix of your existing colors.
    The Style Studio Team

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    Heather

    May 10, 2013

    I need advice on bringing together what I already have, with new items on large concrete slab surrounding inground pool. On one side of patio is glass table/4 brown frame chairs/umberella (with what is causing the problem for me-sand,taupe,brown stripped fabric). On the other side a black woven chair set with sold red cushions. Lastly a wrought iron glider bench, that can be placed on patio or deck. I want to tie the 2 or 3 spaces together! Would like color and other patterns.

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    Lianne

    April 22, 2013

    Hi, I need help with my outdoor deck decoration. I have just received two canvas rust lounge cushions and two 20 inch square throw pillows in the Soledad rust fabric. I would like to add two outdoor rugs to the deck (one 8×10 and one 5×7) and wonder if you think the St. Tropez sistal with canvas rust border under the main dining table with chairs is the right design choice or whether the St. Tropez outdoor rug with the Nantucket Striped (Rust) border would be better. I also have another seating are that could have an outdoor rug there (5×7). Is it best to get two of the same rugs or to mix them up? I also need a bunch more throw pillows for the chairs…should I mix those up and get plain canvas rust and soledad pattern or should I also bring in the nantucket stripe in rust?

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    gigi

    December 28, 2011

    I have a large outdoor space with a pool and a large wood arbor with a dining area in it with cream seat cushions. I also have another seating area with tan cushions. My chaise cushions on one side of pool are natural and I need to find 2 more chaise cushions for the other side of the pool. I am all over the map! I would like to coordinate all areas. Currently my colors are browns and creams. I love the spa color but also looking for a european/french flair. Is there a fabric that coordinates with spa with maybe a little green that has a euro flair? or what do you suggest to coordinate so many areas?

    • Miriam Leuthold
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      Miriam

      April 26, 2013

      Gigi,
      A simple rule of thumb when mixing fabrics is to use a pattern, a geometric and solids. We think adding spa to your existing colors would be “fabuleux”! Try using Brown and Sand Canopy Stripe with Arden Blue for your current palette. For a different approach, start with Seneca Stripe to give you the spa color along with a soft green. The Style Studio Team

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    judy

    December 17, 2011

    I just purchased sunburst yellow upholstery for light chocolate wicker furniture.My question is what color should I paint the arch? I have four white columns.

    • Miriam Leuthold
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      Miriam

      April 26, 2013

      Judy,
      We suggest trying a warm sand color for a more subtle look or a rich terra cotta color for a bold approach. The Style Studio Team

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    Ballard Designs

    September 22, 2011

    Rebecca: We think your choice of fabrics is right on. The “pop” of the green will go well with the Tuscan Vine and the Brass!
    The Style Studio Team

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    Rebecca

    September 1, 2011

    I have an outdoor loveseat and two chairs. Both chairs have the brass cushions on them. Trying to figure out what cushions and pillows to put on loveseat. Was thinking about the tuscan vine as two back pillows and brass for the seat cushion on the loveseat. Would the green fabric and green leopard fabric look good with those fabrics? Am trying to stay in the neutrals.

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    Katie

    August 17, 2011

    I have two seating areas (dining & lounge) on a long covered patio. I already have the ‘Seagrove All-Weather Indoor/Outdoor Rug – Red’ for one area and would like a rug for second area. Would you recommend the same rug or a coordinating one like ‘Laney – Red’? The furniture on both areas is from the same collection.

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      Ballard Designs

      August 22, 2011

      Dear Katie: We think that you should work with another Seagrove Rug. Due to the all-over pattern, we just don’t think that the Laney Rug with its all over pattern would work with it.
      Sincerely,
      The Style Studio Team

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    Jill

    August 5, 2011

    I have grey cushions on teak outdoor furniture – what color umbrella should I be looking at ?

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    Bonnie

    June 4, 2011

    I’m interested in ordering a chair, but I really want to see the fabric first. Is there a swatch book available?

    Thanks,
    bon

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      Ballard Designs

      June 6, 2011

      Bonnie: You can order up to 10 samples for the shipping & handling. It is always smart to view the fabrics in your home. Good Luck!
      The Style Studio Team

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    Shelley

    June 1, 2011

    My back porch and deck are visible from the living room. Should I keep the same color scheme or branch out?

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      Ballard Designs

      June 2, 2011

      Shelley: Try blending the colors and maybe add a “pop” of an outdoor color to coordinate. SWay your color scheme is Tuscan in feel – adding a pop of sunny yellow or acid green will make the color scheme come alive. Keeping the colors coordinated helps the flow from indoors to outdoors.
      The Style Studio Team

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    Lillian

    May 31, 2011

    Just purchased the brown and sand umbrellas and amalfi furniture for our pool patio. The amalfi double chaise will go under a pavilion we own with sand top and drapery panels. So the entire “theme” is brown and sand. I want to pop the amalfi standard sand cushions with outdoor pillows. I purchased the 20 sq. in brown/sand stripe, also 12.20 fringed pillow in arden chocolate. Is that enough or should I add a floral like catania? help I need some advice. THANKS

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      Ballard Designs

      June 2, 2011

      Adding the Catana Floral will certainly add that extra “pop” of color needed. Try adding the bright green fringe on the pillows and maybe bright green flower pots or baskets for the added “pop” of color!
      The Style Studio Team

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    Cindy

    May 25, 2011

    I have a black love seat, two chairs, and an ottoman all done in black and white canopy striped. What color/style of throw pillows and outdoor rug do you recommend? I really like the leopard green, but I am worried that pattern might make it too busy.

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      Ballard Designs

      May 27, 2011

      Cindy: We love the idea of adding some green to the mix. Try adding a few more Sunbrella Green Pillows with a couple of Leopard Green ones to tie everything together.
      The Style Studio Team

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    Carolee

    May 16, 2011

    I have dark green cushions on white wicker. Any suggestions on how to add some coordinated color?

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    Ballard Designs

    May 16, 2011

    Susan: We think the Heirloom Border Rug in Black or the Quartrefoil Rug would work well. As far as pillows try a combination of Blank & Sand Canopy Stripe and our Arden Black with “pops” of Sunbrella Green. For planters, why not try Suzanne Kasler’s Zinc Planters that repeat the quartrefoil motif.
    The Style Studio Team

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    Susan

    May 15, 2011

    My deck furniture has cushions with a black/taupe birdseye print. I need a rug, pillows and containers for plants. What would you recommend? My house is in the mountains so nothing beachy please.

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    Laura

    May 14, 2011

    I already have patio furniture with the Taupe Sunbrella Cushions, I love the Heirlomm Bordered Indoor/Outdoor Rug in Chocolate that you display with the Seascape but when I see it in the cataloge it looks like light brown and I am looking for that rich chocolate look so not sure to order the rug or not. Also the Catalina Spa can that come in a 15 inch round cushion?

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      Ballard Designs

      May 14, 2011

      Laura: The color of the Heirloom Border Rug is a rich “milk chocolate brown” which is a medium brown rather than a dark brown. The Catalina Spa does not come in a 15″ round cushion, however you could order the material and have it made locally.
      The Style Studio Team

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    Alissa

    May 9, 2011

    I am hoping to find a green-based fabric that will coordinate with my Mediterranean Floral umbrella. Would either the Canopy Stripe Green Sunbrella or the Ikat Medallion go well? Or am I better off sticking with the solid green?

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      Ballard Designs

      May 12, 2011

      Alissa: You can certainly use the Sunbrella Canopy Stripe in red or in green as a coordinate and the solid Green works great too. As far as the Ikat Medallion, the scale of the print does not work with the scale of the Mediterranean Floral print.
      The Style Studio Team

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    Susan

    May 8, 2011

    What fabric color would look best for my cushions/pillows on my outdoor furniture if I purchase the Paisley indoor/outdoor rug in either green or chocolate?

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      Ballard Designs

      May 9, 2011

      Susan: For a fresh & welcoming look, we think you could use the Catana Floral in Chocolate, Green, Leopard Green and Arden Chocolate for a great combination with the Chocolate or Green Paisley Border Rug!
      The Style Studio Team

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    Susan

    May 8, 2011

    I have a living room decorated in mediterranen colors; deep reds, olive, and gold. From the livingroom you can look out to the back porch. I am wanting to get outdoor furniture but don’t know what colors would look the best. I have an outdoor kitchen with a black/dark brown granite countertop. What color of cushions/pllows/rug would look best outside. Also there is lots of trees behind our house. Outside of house is Tuscany/Mediterranean style homes. Thanks! Susan

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      Ballard Designs

      May 13, 2011

      Dear Susan: Thank you for your question. We think our Tuscan Vine print and our Tuscan Stripe fabric with accents of red and green would transition from the inside to the outside space. We think the Navarre or the Heirloom Border rug in green would tie everything together. As far as the mixing of fabrics for cushions and pillows – however you combine them – they will work together.
      Happy Decorating!
      The Style Studio Team

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    Donna

    May 5, 2011

    I want to replace my outdoor cushions. The cast aluminum color is a spa green. Should I stick with the Catalina spa fabric or is there another color I could use for a color “pop” or accent?

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      Ballard Designs

      May 9, 2011

      Donna: We love the Catalina Spa Fabric that you choose. You could add a combination of Arden Chocolate, Leopard Tan mixed with solid Spa and the Catalina Spa for texture and contrast. We think you have a winning combination!
      The Style Studio Team

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    Katie

    May 2, 2011

    Need help looking for a rug to go on a reddish stained deck….cushions on furniture are rust colored…I also have the green garden stool I would like to incorporate if I could. Thanks!

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      Ballard Designs

      May 3, 2011

      Katie: We think adding perhaps the Navarre Rug in Green as a contrast will help to pull the colors together. We also think that adding perhaps,some Tuscan Vine pillows to the mix will add that extra “pop” to the deck.
      The Style Studio Team

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    Sharon Guenther

    April 30, 2011

    I have spa cushions on 4 dining chairs, two chaises, and umbrella by the pool. I am now planning a seating group of a loveseat and two chairs. I always see spa coupled with brown, is there another color that would be complementary and perhaps add a little more color, to liven things up. I have a very small space, as I llive in a garden home. Thank you

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    Julie

    April 29, 2011

    Thank you, SS Team. I like those choices to add to Solid Spa. My floor is a taupe/grey. Would the Le Poeme Rug in Spa work, also?

    Also, would you mix fabrics on the furniture cushions? I will have a lounge spring chair, a 3-seat sofa, and a 2-seat loveseat and cushions for four dining chairs. All have textured black finish on the frames.

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    Julie

    April 28, 2011

    I have a gray floor on my screen porch and an exposed rosy brick fireplace on one end. I like the spa color. I also like the black & white. What would you suggest for a color collage?

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      Ballard Designs

      April 29, 2011

      Dear Julie: We have a combination that we think will work well for your screen porch. We are suggesting our Heirloom Border Rug in grey and for pillows and cushions we recommend Arden Spa, Catalina Spa, Solid Spa and Sand. We think this will be a beautiful combination!
      Sincerely,
      The Style Studio Team

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    Kristen

    April 28, 2011

    How about Tuscan Vine cushion with Leopard Green accent pillow trimmed in wheat? or green? or sand? It’s hard to tell from the catalog…would love your thoughts!

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    Teri Allen

    April 28, 2011

    I am considering purchasing the macau furniture for our sun porch. I love the leopard green / catana floral chocolate combination for pillows, but our sun porch has a terracotta painted brick wall so I feel like I need to pull that color into the fabric. Do you think the tuscan stripe would work with the leopard green and or catana floral chocolate for throw pillows? And then what color cushion would you use on the furniture? I like the sand, but fear it will be unforgiving with regard to dirt and stains. Thank you so much for your help!

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    mercedes diaz

    April 25, 2011

    all the color swatches,textures are complimentary. love the cafe green table. that is a must in decorating in any season.

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    Wanda Tanner

    April 20, 2011

    My home is oxford blue vinyl siding, black shutters, covered patio has washed gravel (brownish color) flooring. Which collection would be best for my black iron furniture? Every year I get your magazine and I want to order new cushions, rug, etc., but I cannot make a decision on the color. Thank you for your help. I love your catalog. Sincerely, Wanda Tanner

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      Ballard Designs

      April 21, 2011

      Wanda: We can recommend two of our Outdoor Collages that should work for you. The first is the Seascape Setting which has the blue and brown combination which will work well. Secondly, we suggest our Restful Neutrals which should work with your existing outdoor scape. Whatever you choose, always add some fresh plantings and blooming flowers for a lush surrounding.
      The Style Studio Team

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    Joy

    April 18, 2011

    I love the black and white simple and sophisticated color scheme. I would like to use this inside with curtain panels and 2 slipcovered parsons chairs in my dining room. I already have a rug similar to what you show, but I can’t decide which print to use on the chairs and what to use for the curtains. Please provide suggestions. Thanks. The chairs will be on either side of the window when not in use.

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      Ballard Designs

      April 19, 2011

      Dear Joy: We think the Parsons Chairs will look great in our Arden Black fabric. As far as the drapery panels we love Sinclair Damask to blend with the Arden Black.
      The Style Studio Team

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    Linda

    April 16, 2011

    I need to replace cushions for 4 summer classics club chairs. I already am using jockey red cushions on 4 bar stools at a bistro table, red (stria?) very light red on two chaise lounges and a red floral on six dining chairs. I have three jockey red umbrellas. I am not a matchy matchy type person and was wondering what the black canopy stripe would look like on the club chairs. My home is decorated in country french and I have black awing stripe inside on a window cushion.

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      Ballard Designs

      April 19, 2011

      Linda: Without seeing the cushions and fabrics that you have now, it is difficult to determine what will go. We would suggest that you take your inside window cushion outside to see if you like the combination. This may help you to decide. Hope this helps!
      The Style Studio Team

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    Sue

    April 11, 2011

    I have a muted red wood deck with blue/gray side slats. The slats are topped off by the muted red handrail. My umbrella and charis are brown. Should I go with the brown/blue combo? Help!

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      Ballard Designs

      April 11, 2011

      Dear Sue: We think a brown and blue combo would work. Try to find a couple of accent pieces – say terra cotta pots or an outdoor lantern and paint them the same red wood color as the deck to pull the color in.
      The Style Studio Team

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    beth Castleberry

    April 8, 2011

    House is gray, trim white, funiture-(Woodward) traditional style (color-black). Rug is black/gray pattern. Major -color plants,green-touches of color-non stop red begonias. Space is small-but faces golf course.
    I like the Sunbrella-black and white-clean but is the stripe(Black/Sand A) off white or truer to biege??? Want a sharp, clean, French look. Thus-for dinning table settings-color will be strong.. Any suggestions

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      Ballard Designs

      April 8, 2011

      Dear Beth: We think you should order a swatch of the Sunbrella Black and Sand Stripe to view for yourself so you will be happy with your choice.
      The Style Studio Team

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    Marie

    April 7, 2011

    I purchased a yellow umbrella last year and am finding it difficult to find any coordinating pillows for my white patio set.There isn’t much available with yellow, I want to make my deck bright and cheerful but am unsure of what colors to bring into the picture.

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      Ballard Designs

      April 7, 2011

      Dear Marie: We think our Mediterranean Floral would be a great “pop” of color – ad some Sand, Red and Sand Stripes for a fun, bright and cheerful look!
      The Style Studio Team

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    Laura

    April 7, 2011

    I have a small porch (blue/gray siding with white railing) that’s right off of my living room. The living room colors are browns with persimmon red, paisley-patterned accents. Does the decor of my deck need to match the colors and traditional feel of my living room? Do you have suggestions for which colors/patterns would work for a settee and small chair?

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      Ballard Designs

      April 7, 2011

      Laura: We think our Document Print Outdoor Fabric with Basketweave Oatmeal, Arden Chocolate and Sand would be a nice combination to use. We took the brown from the living room (brown) and blended it with the blue/gray of the siding. You can always add pops of color with some accents of persimmon and some accent colors – but the main focus is the brown. Let us know how it works out.
      The Style Studio Team

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    Tammie

    April 7, 2011

    I am furnishing a sunroom with white walls, a soft gray carpet, and windows on three sides to bring in the bright green yard. What would you suggest?

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    Katherine

    April 7, 2011

    I have the Arden Blue fabric on a daybed and am hoping to pull in some extra color with something like the Sanibel floral for pillows or drapes. What rugs would you recommend without it being too “matchy?” I was wondering if something like the brown Leopard would work?

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    allison walton

    April 7, 2011

    I am looking to pair some of the black/cream pillows with another fabric pattern. Walls are a creamy lighter green.

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    Mary

    April 7, 2011

    Thanks for the color group suggestions. I like the presentation -it’s very helpful to see the layers of texture and color. Also, this is a good way for folks to create their own home scrapbooks in either digital or hardcopy. Since first becoming a home owner, I’ve created a scrapbook book per home and keep it in my car. This provides an easy reference when I come across a “find”. On my phone, I store interior and exterior photos of my home. It minimizes guessing and really saves time and resources. I look forward to the next stylestudio email.

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    Carol

    April 6, 2011

    My comment was looking for sample rooms using a printed cushion, instead of solids as displayed in this article. I.e., matching an outdoor rug, etc., to the printed cushions.

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    Cathy

    April 6, 2011

    I purchased the spa blue cushions for my patio chairs and they are goregous!!!! I want to get pillows to incorporate that spa feel, any suggestions?

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    Sue

    April 6, 2011

    I moved into a new house and need to pull the outdoor area together. I have a brown umbrella and brown chairs. But my deck is one of those “all purpose” decks and made of a washed out red/rust/maroon floor and light gray sides. The side slats are topped off again with the washed out red/rust/maroon color as a railing. My husband does a want to change this deck and I don’t think we will change the color. I think the seascape setting will be too matchy with the side slats. What color combo would you recommend? Help!

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    Tara

    April 5, 2011

    I have rust/coral cushions and got a brown/black leopard rug.I was going to do rust and try to find black/brown pillows to match pillows but once again I do not want to be matchy match.

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    Carol

    April 5, 2011

    I note that all cushions in your sample rooms are covered with solid fabrics, rather then patterned. I tend to stay away from solid fabrics as they show soil and dirt instantly, and cleaning a soiled area sometimes makes the stain appear worse. I’d like to see suggestions for a patterned cushion i.e., stripes, floral, geometric; to see what rugs etc., make the outdoor space pop.

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      Ballard Designs

      April 5, 2011

      Carol: Our cushions come in a wide variety of solids, prints and stripes. If you go online click Outdoor Living Tab on top then go to Outdoor Cushions and click onto the type cushion you want – then look in the lower right which will have a box called select color and you can click onto any of the prints. Hope this information helps!
      The Style Studio Team

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    Carol

    April 5, 2011

    Excellent! Just what I needed to finish off my front porch. I have a white swing on a reddish brick porch and this will help me pick out material that will blend with what I have. Thank you!

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    Teresa

    April 5, 2011

    I love the idea of coordinating textures and colors, not matchy-matchy. My dilemma is what color combination to use! My house is yellow, white porch and a *gasp* green roof….. I think I almost have to go with black/white. Back to shop!

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      Ballard Designs

      April 5, 2011

      Teresa: You are not limited to just black and white – throw some green Ikat Medallion Pillows in the mix. Or you can Pick the Earthy Escape Combo, or Simple and Sophisticated and even our Mediterranean Flair. Any of these combinations work!
      The Style Studio Team

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    Sue Corbett

    April 1, 2011

    Have 8″x20″ bolsters for which I wish to find new covers. Do you offer this size option in pre-made bolster covers?

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    shelly

    March 28, 2011

    I am looking to incorporate red umbrella’s I currently own, in my outdoor Space with black and also like the lime green urns and pillow fringe. any combinations for this. Also Bee pillow’s
    Thanks

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      Ballard Designs

      March 30, 2011

      Shelly: Try adding the Mediterranean Floral, Red, Black with green fringe to tie things together.
      The Style Studio Team

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    Cathy Jacobson

    March 27, 2011

    I already have brown chair covers and umbrella. I would like to bring in the Tuscan stripe on a metal bench. What fabric would look best to go with the stripe? Thanks.

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      Ballard Designs

      March 27, 2011

      Cathy: Our Tuscan Vine coordinates with the Tuscan Stripe. You can always add “pops” of color with our Rust and Brass fabrics.
      The Style Studio Team

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    Melanie

    March 26, 2011

    It would be helpful to be able to add fabrics and rug colors to a predesigned room with patio furniture to see how different options would look together. Do you currently have that and I’m not seeing it?

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      Ballard Designs

      March 26, 2011

      Melanie: We decided to put the fabrics and rug together without placing them on furniture because we wanted everyone to see the combinations of fabrics that work on any furniture you may have now. If you like solid fabric for cushions with printed pillows – you have the combinations ready to choose or you could do patterned cushions with solid pillows. The choice is up to you. If you work within any of the combinations – you can’t make a mistake. We do hope this explains our theory.
      The Style Studio Team

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    May 21, 2011

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