The striking contrast of black and white patio décor creates a dramatic look against the lush backdrop of patio, porch, or garden. This timeless color pairing never goes out of style and can be the foundation of gorgeous backyards from classic to modern. Decorating your patio in this palette can turn a ho-hum space into an outdoor oasis; here are a few tips and ideas to bring your vision to life.
Striking a Balance in Black and White
Dark vs Light
Finding the right balance between the colors is the key to building the look you want. For a weighty, substantial feel, search furnishings with sturdy black frames or black cushions. If you prefer to keep things light and airy, choose pieces that feature white more prominently. This bistro set offers a bright and cheery spot for morning coffee and breakfast on the patio.
Toning Down Black
Black elements ground any space but can overwhelm when they are too dominant. Couple the classic elegance of wrought iron dining group with bone-hued cushions and an eggshell outdoor rug. Enhance midcentury modern metal and molded polypropylene chairs with a fluffy textural pillow in bright white.
Choosing this color palette does not mean your patio will be stark. The natural surroundings of your backyard will add instant color and contrast. Subtle nuanced tones can make all the difference. These chaise lounges will have you lounging in luxury with the upscale approach of balancing tones. Try pulling in one rich hue from your garden backdrop like these velvety moss green pillows. Or top streamlined ivory chaise cushions with black and white striped bolsters. Reinforce the theme with outdoor décor like vases and planter pots in these shades as well.
Incorporating varied hues of white isn’t the only way to add refinement to your black and white patio. Lighter tints of gray create a soft and airy look that keep your outdoor décor serene without being one-note.
Patterns and Panache
Bold and Breathtaking
Add flare to any black and white color scheme by introducing patterns. Whether you go with organic or geometric, subtle or bold, a high contrast pattern will make your design pop. Introduce just a few elements with pattern to make a striking statement, or mix multiple patterns that are varied in size to create a layered effect.
Art, Rugs and Extras
Just as you approach design inside of your home, a complete look goes beyond just the seating arrangement. The extras bring your vision to life. Look for a white cantilever umbrella and black wall art. Be sure to add an area rug underfoot to balance your outdoor room. Consider a black fire pit table to enjoy on chilly nights exploring color options in fire glass. And if you are using your patio space at night, outdoor lighting adds another dimension to your décor.
Black and white patio décor works well with any garden color palette, no matter the season. This is an enduring color scheme that you’ll enjoy for many years to come. And even better, if you the adventurous type that likes a change of pace every now and then, it creates an easy, neutral canvas to add any pop of color that has your attention.