better outdoor living at home spring

Pillow Talk

It’s finally spring and the temperature is gradually warming with the promise of summer just ahead. It’s time to get your outdoor living areas spruced up and looking their best for all of the gatherings that the summer season holds.


Just like decorating indoors, the quickest way to add sparkle, a particular mood, or seasonal flair to a space is with pillows. But don’t bring your indoor-only pillows outside – pillows that are used outdoors should be those that are made specifically for outdoors. Outdoor pillows (and their cushion inserts) use materials and fabrics that resist fading, mold and mildew, and are fast-drying.


A certain style of  pillow can help create the mood for an outdoor space. Casual? Formal? Whimsical or fun?


We love anything that has to do with the ocean and the beach, and because people associate the beach with vacations, coastal decor can impart a sense of easy-going relaxation, whether it’s beach or nautical; perfect if you’re looking for a casual outdoor setting.


coral home by the seashore

Source: Home by the Seashore



stripe anchor home by the seashore

Source: Home by the Seashore



starfish pillow pottery barn

Source: Pottery Barn



trop fish os

Source: Overstock



Some patterns are so classic, and these are eye-catching. If you want to create a formal-type setting, geometric and symmetric patterns, along with edge cording or piping, would be a perfect match.


pillow pier1

Source: Pier 1



geometric trellis

Source: unknown




Sometimes a busy space needs a little ‘calming’ which may call for solid colors only. These linen-look pillows are just the ticket, and look how great they look when the colors are mixed.


perennials linen weave restortion hardware

Source: Restoration Hardware



Nothing says summer like stripes. It’s another way to go when you want a casual setting. Stripes are both beachy and nautical at the same time. Maybe it all started with the French navy and white stripe shirt? Anyway, we love these cabana stripe pillows, and they add such a fun feel to a space. Polka dots and chevrons would be fun, too.


classic stripe pottery barn

Source: Pottery Barn



A bit of the modern can be sensed in this grey and yellow stripe pillow. A cosmopolitan mix of color and pattern is simple, yet elegant, and great for a style that is more streamlined and simple.


yellow grey pillow westelm

Source: West Elm



What styles are you using for decorating your outdoor spaces?








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