Brighten Up Your Patio, Balcony or Deck

April 6, 2010 9:53:24 AM PDT
Now that sunny, spring weather has finally made an appearance in Chicago, we're thinking about spending more time outdoors. Whether you have a patio, balcony, deck or patch of grass, it's time to bring out the outdoor furniture and spruce up your outdoor living space. Ross Manning of Tuesday Morning suggests adding some color. It's an easy and economical way to brighten things up. You don't have to buy a new patio set. Adding color can instantly update something that is tired or worn down, Ross says. Select a color theme and coordinate your different outdoor pieces around that, he adds. Look for accessories with monograms, as well; Ross says initials are trendy right now.

Four Ways To Brighten Your Patio

  • Add in throw pillows in a high-energy color
  • Choose bold fabric colors for seat cushions
  • Cluster strongly favorite colored objects together (pottery, candlesticks, etc)
  • Bring in a richly colored outdoor rug that will accent patio furniture
  • Ross says mix and match any of these items to help your outdoor living space go from drab to fab. Items like these are available at any of the ten Tuesday Morning stores in the Chicago area. For more information, visit

  • 1 blue stripe drapery panel and 1 brown stripe drapery panel
  • 1 blue solid drapery panel and 1 brown solid drapery panel
  • indoor/outdoor rug (5x7 or smaller)
  • Terra Cotta Statuary (preferable the pineapple and head)
  • set of napkins
  • set of placemats
  • table cloth
  • umbrella (coordinate with table cloth selection)
  • umbrella stand
  • portable tripod and digital camera
  • softie pool floats
  • beach towels
  • tote bags
  • chaise lounge covers
  • outdoor pillows ( you may select monogram or tropical which ever fits bets color wise)
  • beaded monogram spreaders
  • monogram pot holder and oven mitt
  • set of monogram plates
  • initial cups
  • monogram market basket
  • monogram silverware basket