Home & garden | Bright colors make outdoor spaces pop

Earthy hues that blend into the landscape tended to rule the outdoor furniture market. But that’s changing.

“Vibrant color has dominated the home furnishings arena since last fall,” said Jackie Hirchhault, marketing vice president for the American Home Furnishings Alliance, based in High Point, N.C.  “The time’s ripe for bright color to become a focus for our outdoor spaces. Color is a great energizer.”

Aimee Beatty, in-house stylist at

Pier 1, suggested “incorporating pops of color” with furniture and accessories. “One new piece,” like a colorful bench, she said, “is a simple, budget-friendly way to make a big impact.”

A bright market umbrella or colorful planter can also perk up a patio or balcony. — ap