We are kicking off the summer in style and a swirl of colorful inspiration! This week I’m joining 36 amazingly talented friends in the Summer Colors Blog Tour hosted by Jennifer from Town and Country Living. If you are visiting from Shabby Fufu then let me extend a very special welcome! It will be no surprise that my love for blue and white this year is still going strong and I’ve extended the sea inspired palette to the deck also. Come see how to create a coastal outdoor dining space even if you live miles from the beach.
How to Create a Coastal Outdoor Dining Space
Choose a Coastal Color Palette
Coastal colors can range from stormy grays and and silvers to clear aqua and bright turquoise or classic blue and white. The beauty of coastal colors is that they have such variety. I had previously decorated our deck with shades of seaglass, aqua and lime. You can read about our total deck makeover HERE and see the awful before pics. Shortly after we finished the makeover a huge storm can through and took that table and umbrella and threw them up and over the fence into the yard, destroying them completely. Here is a photo of our deck before the tropical storm.
A new table and color palette was in order obviously. I’ve listed the table we bought at the bottom of the post. This summer I decided to choose a classic combination of deep navy, cobalt, colonial blue, crisp white, weathered wood tones, and pleanty of lush greenery. The chairs received a fresh coat of bright white paint instead of the previous stark black iron.
Set a Sea Inspired Table
The easiest way to set the coastal color palette for your table setting is by using a colorful, patterned tablecloth. My mother has always done a large amount of entertaining outdoors. She has compiled quite the collection of tablecloths but what she also uses are twin bedspreads and quilts! She picks up the most beautiful quilts on clearance to use specifically as tablecloths. Isn’t it a brilliant idea? This Ralph Lauren blue and white paisley tablecloth was a fab find from HomeGoods.
Shop your home for any coastal table decor items. I strongly believe in shopping your home first before going out to buy things. For coastal centerpiece I grabbed items from each room in our house. I used faux coral, sea shells found along the beach during last year’s family vacation, glass floats, starfish, a lantern and faux succulents and airplants.
Centerpieces that don’t obstruct the view of the people across from you help create a relaxed environment and invite conversation. Try to distribute the coastal decor items throughout the table. A center weathered wood lantern with candle will cast soft illumination and warm ambiance.
Bring in Patterns and Textures
Mixing patterns is easy when you stick to a strict color scheme and choose a large, medium and small pattern. On our patio I combined paisley, plaid, florals, stripes, solids and graphic prints. For the place setting I used our everyday white plates, layered with beautiful blue floral rimmed salad plates, and blue and white plaid napkins from the Target dollar bins. The plates were personalized with adorable coral place card holders set upon hosta leaves clipped from the garden.
Create a Lush Oasis
Tropical greenery and flowers can instantly transform any deck or patio into a lush coastal oasis. A few of my favorite patio plants that thrive in the humidity and warm temps are fiddle leaf figs, majesty palms, alocasia ‘California’, bird of paradise and banana trees. Don’t forget to add in some potted annuals for a punch of bright color.
Add in extra seating with fun coastal pillows like this DIY Outdoor Storage Bench. It is still looking amazing after 5 years sitting in the elements! Be sure to check out that tutorial. I designed it so you could make it out of one sheet of plywood. It also holds a bunch of my outdoor throw pillows.
Here’s a little view across the deck when guests can relax on “island time”.
I hope you enjoyed my deck tour and collected some tips on how to create a coastal outdoor dining space for your home! Next up on the Summer Colors Blog Tour is Ann from On Sutton Place!
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- Outdoor Dining Table
- Faux White Coral Table Decor – HomeGoods
- Ralph Lauren Blue Paisley Tablecloth – HomeGoods
- Blue and White Salad Plates – HomeGoods
- Wood Lantern – HomeGoods
- White Beaded Dinner Plates
- White Planter Box
- Outdoor Storage Box/Bench
- Driftwood Garland
- Coral Place Card Holders
- Deck color – Behr Colonial Blue
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