Top 5 Decorating Mistakes with Outdoor Pillows

5. Failing to match the surrounding foliage

Outdoor throw pillows are a great addition to any porch or patio. They’re light and easy to store, allowing you to change up your color scheme with ease. 

Think about the colors nature provides your outdoor space, and how they change with the seasons.
Pictured above: Regency Indigo, Bevel Lagoon, Sunflower YellowEcho SangriaConnect Twilight

4. Patterns that clash with the geometry of your furniture.

Novice designers often become preoccupied with color matching their furniture and outdoor pillows, and ignoring other important details! In the chair below, the colors don’t match overly well, but the alignment of vertical stripes in the outdoor pillow pattern and the Adirondack chair’s slats flow together extremely well.

Keep in mind how the patterns on your furniture and outdoor pillows flow together.

Make Adirondack Chairs and Outdoor Pillows Flow Together
Green Stripe Outdoor Throw Pillow by DFOhome

3. Not having backup outdoor pillows on hand for emergencies.

Outdoor pillows can stay outside, rain or shine, and we rightfully keep them out there most of the time. But even the best outdoor pillows need time to dry (or a good cleaning) when Mother Nature comes occasionally pays a visit.

But what happens when you’re suddenly faced with wet pillows hour prior to an evening of grilling out and relaxing outside? Have backup pillows on hand, and you’re good to go. 

Having an outdoor pillow “bullpen” also gives you the opportunity to experiment with multiple colors and patterns:

Jiti Outdoor Pillows
Outdoor Pillows by Jiti, available in Bolsters and Squares.


2. Failing to balance busy outdoor spaces with solid-colored outdoor pillows.

Sunbrella Outdoor Pillows from DFOhome
Sunbrella outdoor Pillows by DFOhome.
Solid pillows are often overlooked in favor of more intricate patterns, but a solid set of pillows can often offset other distracting design elements.


Outdoor Pillow Law Tag
At one point in 2007, the FBI’s Top Ten Most Wanted list consisted of Osama Bin Laden and nine poor fools who pulled this tag off of their outdoor pillows. Don’t be the next Bin Laden — keep your law tags secure.
Yes, I’m joking. Most U.S. states have now updated these labels to let customers know it’s completely legal to remove them from their outdoor pillows.
It’s still illegal for manufacturers not to include the labels on products with “filling materials,” so be watchful for vendors of ill repute that might sell you tagless pillows. Those could have literally anything as stuffing:

“The law label was born in the early 1900s to prevent these articles from being further manufactured with contents such as horse hair, corn husks and whatever else a manufacturer could find to use that the consumer would never see…” — wikipedia

Consider yourself warned. Oh, and Outdoor Pillows Only, part of Designed for Outdoors’ family of stores, proudly includes law tags on 100% of their products. Stop by and visit us!

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