How To Coordinate Patio Cushion Colors

Dear Style Studio team,

I am getting ready to order patio cushions from Ballard but I’m having trouble deciding what I need.

I’m using Arden Black cushions on the patio dining chairs and the lime green accents pictured in your catalog along with canopy stripe on the chaise lounges.

I have two additional club chairs but I can’t decide what material do use for those cushions.

All chairs are within eyesight of each other. Also, I am doing a lime green umbrella.

Thank you for your help.



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Dear Judy,

Since it appears that the chaise lounge chairs and the additional club chairs will be separated, we recommend putting the club chairs in Black and Sand Canopy Stripe.

To create a nice balance of pattern, we suggest adding pillows to the chairs in the Arden Black.

Make sure you add some fabulous green fringe to your pillows to create some flirty fun!

The pillows will also add a touch of custom to your outdoor space.

Happy Decorating!

The Style Studio team

Black and Sand Canopy Stripe

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Decorating With Throw Pillows

Throw Pillows

Decorating With Throw Pillows

Throw pillows are every decorator’s best friend – and with good reason! They’re an easy and inexpensive way to instantly update the look of a room. Change them out with the seasons or whenever the mood strikes. They provide a splash of color, added comfort, and a generous dose of style, all throughout the house.


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How To Mix and Match Rugs and Fabrics

Before you start your next decorating project, create a color scheme to guide you in your choices, from furniture to accessories to wall paint. It’s the best way to ensure a cohesive space that conveys the look and feel you want.

First, you’ll need to pick an inspiration piece – something you absolutely love – to help you pull together a palette. It could be a piece of fabric, a rug or a vase in your favorite color. Some designers use places or pull from nature to spark their inspiration. Find what moves you and sets the mood you want.

To show you how to pick the perfect palette, we paired our most popular rugs with our favorite fabric combinations. Imagine using these swatches in your own home as curtains, throw pillows or upholstery. Or, match the color to accessories or wall paint.

Perfect Pairings

Chocolate Delight
Can’t find your inspiration piece? Find a fabulous fabric with all the colors you love. We created the look you see here simply by pulling colors from one of our favorite patterned fabrics, Palomar Black. Every palette needs neutrals for balance – ours are a combination of twills.

RUG 1. LePoeme Indoor/Outdoor Rug in Chocolate

FABRICS 2. Palomar Black, 3. Small Black Check , 4. Khaki Twill, 5. Off White Twill


Seascape Neutrals
We selected a soothing spa blue to lay the groundwork for this crisp and airy color scheme. The rug’s Persian motif and the paisley fabric introduce patterns in similar colors that meld together rather than compete. We incorporated shades of taupe to warm things up ever so slightly.

RUG 1. Satari Rug in Blue

FABRICS 2. Imogene Blue, 3. Small Check Toffee, 4. Mineral Linen, 5. Zebra Woven


Mediterranean Warmth
We can imagine a rustic earthenware jug serving as the inspiration piece for this color scheme. Warm earth tones bring instant energy to any abode. Mix greens, golds and reds and anchor with khaki for a fresh yet classic look.

RUG 1. Tahira Rug in Tan

FABRICS 2. Tuscan Vine Easy Care, 3. Linen Sage, 4. Small Check Sage, 5. Moroccan Stripe, 6. Crimson Twill, 7. Khaki Twill


Bold and Beautiful
Color adds warmth and reveals your personality. Here, the saturated tones of indigo, brick and yellow are the stars. Play it safe with solid colors, but don’t be afraid to mix and match with bold patterns when you’re ready to kick up the color quotient.

RUG 1. Josslyn Rug

FABRICS 2. Ashford Paisley, 3. Wheat Fleur de Lis, 4. Moroccan Stripe, 5. Butter Twill, 6. Indigo Twill


More Tips for Successful Coordinating

  • Use a neutral texture or solid color for large upholstered pieces to anchor your room
  • Accent with the larger print – mixing and matching pillows, tablecloths and small accent pieces
  • Smaller prints work well on accent upholstery or on drapery panels, tablecloths and lampshades
  • Try to pull together different prints, solids and textures – it makes the room visually interesting
  • Don’t be afraid to experiment – start off small by adding a bit of an accent color
  • When in doubt about how much color to use, follow the 60-30-10 rule:

Devote 60% of your color to the sofa and walls; 30% can be drapery panels; tablecloths, occasional furniture i.e. (accent chair); and save 10% for throw pillows, throws, lamp shades and accessories. Always order swatches of the fabric and rug so you can visualize it in your own environment. Please remember that each computer monitor’s color may not represent the actual colors of the fabrics or rugs – so make sure you order sample swatches!

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Selecting the Right Size Chandelier

ImageChandeliers add ambiance and provide general lighting for dining and entertaining. You’ll want to choose one that’s large enough to wash the entire table in light, so you don’t leave some of your guests sitting in the shadows.

Size it up

If you’re selecting lighting for a new home and you don’t have dining room furniture yet, there’s a very simple rule you can follow. Add the length and width measurements of the room together. Your answer equals the right size diameter a chandelier should be. For example, if your dining room is 10′ x 14′, a 24″ diameter chandelier would look great.

However, if you already have a table, it’s more important to size the chandelier to the table than the room. A good rule of thumb is to make sure your chandelier is one-half to three-quarters the width of your table.

For the right hanging height, position the bottom of the chandelier about 30-32 inches above the table, adjusting to work with the size of the table and the overall scale of your space.

Light it up

Casting the right amount of light is so important in creating an ambient setting. You want to avoid the harsh light that comes from functional, or more direct, lighting. Instead, cast a soft, warm glow over your picture-perfect feast. Consider adding a dimmer switch, so you can adjust lighting as needed. You can also use shades for softer lighting.

We happen to love chandelier shades for their flexible styling. Easily switch up your look throughout the year—use deeper, more dramatic colors in the fall, and lighten up in the spring with cream, butter yellow or another soft color. Or, switch to frosted glass for a totally different look altogether.

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How to Light a Room


One thing in design we can’t live without – good lighting. It is one of the most important elements in design, and yet most homes are either under-lit or you can use their space as a landing strip for an airplane. We would like to give you some simple ways to figure out not only how much light a room needs but what type of lighting you need.

To start you really need to determine what the room is going to be used for. There are four basic types of lighting which will help you understand how lighting is used. Sometimes you can use more than one type of lighting in a room:

  1. Ambient lighting: This is considered general lighting. It includes recessed lights, soffit lighting, track lighting, sconces, chandeliers, and pendant lights.
  2. Task lighting: This is lighting that is used for specific tasks such as cooking, office or school work, reading, grooming. Task lighting should make it easy to see the things you are working on. Some task lighting is in the form of table lamps, pendant lights or under-cabinet lighting.
  3. Accent lighting: This Is used to highlight an object or an area of architectural interest. Accent lighting is usually about 3 times brighter than ambient lighting.
  4. Natural lighting: This is the light that comes from the windows, doors or skylights. It can vary in brightness because of weather and time of day.

As a general rule, there is a formula to calculate how much light you need in a room:

Room length X Room width x 1.5 = Amount of wattage to light a room

So if you have an 18’ long room x 12’ wide room multiply times 1.5 = 324 watts, that’s how much wattage is needed to adequately light the room. You can divide that lighting into more than one source. 2 Lamps @ 150 watts each and 1 lamp @ 60 watt would be more than adequate light for the room.

Lighting can truly make or break a space. If you are feeling that your space just isn’t working for you, look at the lighting first. Make sure it is adequate and has the ability to create variable light (dimmers). Not only will it give you the ability to create a welcoming beacon, it can create many different levels of light compatible with your lifestyle. Just knowing the few formulas we gave you can create an environment that is pleasing to your family and your guests. So take a good look at your home, make a few small lighting changes and see what happens!

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Caring For Outdoor Furniture


It’s important to maintain your furniture, so it lasts as long as possible.

Follow our tips for caring for your wood, metal, wicker or resin outdoor furniture. To extend the life of your furniture, we recommend storing it indoors or protect it with covers during long periods of non-use.


Over time, wood tends to weather naturally, which further enhances its rugged character. However, it is important to care and treat your wood furniture regularly to prevent rot and decay. Once a year wash wood furniture with a mild water and soap solution: mix one tablespoon of bleach, five tablespoons of a gentle dishwashing liquid and a gallon of water, and softly rub the surface with a soft bristle brush. Thoroughly rinse and let it dry completely in the sun. Depending on the type of wood furniture you have (teak, pine, cedar, redwood, oak and eucalyptus are the most popular types), you’ll need to treat it with oil, stain or paint. Check your manufacturer’s instructions or ask a hardware store associate for help in selecting the most appropriate product for your furniture. Don’t forget to perform a hardware check once a year—tighten bolts and screws and replace hardware if necessary.


Metal furniture, such as wrought iron, aluminum and steel, bring classic form to any seating area and is loved for its durability and versatile nature. Another advantage? It’s fairly low-maintenance.  To keep your metal furniture clean, wash with water and mild soap. Most aluminum furniture is finished with a powder coating that resists damage. Simply remove any scuffs with a nonabrasive cleaner and a soft cloth.  If you live near salt water, you really should wash aluminum furniture monthly.  Check other types of metal furniture for rust. If you find some, remove it using fine grit sandpaper. When the rust is completely gone, touch up using an exterior, rust-resistant metal paint and allow to dry completely. Lastly, apply car wax to protect the area.


Wicker, often made from willow, rattan or bamboo, brings natural texture and traditional looks to any setting. If your wicker is not made from “all-weather wicker,” it’s only suitable for covered outdoor areas. Both types should be cleaned regularly, though.  Use a vacuum cleaner with a brush attachment or a soft, damp rag to remove dirt. It’s safe to hose off all-weather wicker furniture and use a mild soap solution. If painted furniture needs touching up, first remove the peeling paint with a soft wire brush.

Resin or Plastic

We love resin furniture for its low cost and portability, so stock up on these chairs for extra seating at your next outdoor event. Scrub plastic furniture with mild soap and water, rinse and dry. If your furniture is mildewed, mix a solution of three-quarters of a cup bleach and one tablespoon laundry detergent in one gallon of water and scrub with a brush or cloth. You can use the same solution to clean stains from nylon webbing and mesh. (Of course, don’t forget to protect your hands with rubber gloves.)

Have other ideas for how to care for outdoor furniture? Leave us a note in the comments below.

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Sunbrella Outdoor Cushions

Find a wide variety of Sunbrella cushions for your patio furniture!

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