Garden Lifestyle – Color

Sky blue works well with grey and white.

Sky blue works well with grey and white.

I had the great opportunity to work with the very talented designer Caitlin McCarthy of Caitlin & Caitlin on a patio garden in the Silver Lake neighborhood of Los Angeles. Silver Lake is a very hilly neighborhood, so many of the homes are terraced into the hillsides. If you spend any time outdoors, your daily exercise is built in simply by hiking up and down stairs. This job entailed designing and installing container gardens on upper and lower patios as well as planting a privacy hedge and refreshing the plants in the front yard. Working on this project got me thinking about how important color is when creating a garden lifestyle for my clients. In addition to the plants chosen, outdoor furniture, area rugs, planters, and accessories all provide opportunity to add color into an outdoor living space.

The house and patios are painted a lovely shade of dark grey. Grey is one of my favorite neutrals with which to work. On the upper dining patio, Caitlin had placed a strong, concrete colored table over a sky blue area rug. The chairs are  forest green with white cushions. For the planters, I chose contemporary white self watering planters from Lechuza. I’ve used these planters several times because they are attractive, well made, and have the self watering feature, which is great if you’re no so good at remembering to water on a regular basis. I planted them with pigmy date palms and succulents. On the table, I placed a sky blue glazed ceramic center piece planter filled with succulents.

LA garden lifestyle: green palm trees on the patio and in the distance.

LA garden lifestyle: green palm trees on the patio and in the distance.

The lower patio is done in grey, orange red, white, and a bit of cobalt blue. The focal point is the wall garden above the bar where I installed hanging wall planters by Gro Vert, which I custom painted. I also added glazed ceramic planters in orange/red and cobalt. Succulents add contemporary structure that I really like.

Custom painted wall garden frames by Gro Vert

Custom painted wall garden frames by Gro Vert

Think about color when planting a garden, not only the color palette of the plants and flowers, but also how accessories, furniture, and containers work with the color of your house. How do you want to feel when in your outdoor living space? What do you want to do there? A patio or balcony can extend the square footage of your living space in order to make it easier to entertain, to work, to exercise, or to dream.

Orange and cobalt blue against the brightly painted door.

Orange and cobalt blue against the brightly painted door.


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22 comments on “Garden Lifestyle – Color
  1. Nancy says:

    Both the teal, and the red really brighten up the decks, don’t they? I don’t know why I’m so afraid of colour when it comes to decorating. But i love how it always comes out.

  2. Heather says:

    Love those color combinations! How relaxing!!!!

  3. alyssa says:

    I love these! I wish I had a rooftop terrace that I could decorate. <3

  4. Andi says:

    Red is usually my go to for accent colors – I just love red, but that sky blue and white combination is so striking on the wood – love it!

  5. Erin says:

    This makes me miss Spring time! <3

  6. karissa says:

    I really love the teal colored one. It’s very pretty.

  7. This reminds me of the doorways in Morocco with the splashes of colour and everything! It’s so beautiful! Love the table and the blue. Grey is such a brilliant colour with anything! You’re so talented!

    Katie <3

  8. Yaitza says:

    red doors are everything ;o)

  9. Ah, it looks incredible + the pops of color are so nice! Love the space.

  10. Candace says:

    So cute! I love the bar area and that table is fantastic! Nice, well-thought out work!

  11. Absolutely beautiful! Love the color combos!

  12. What great vertical plant hangers! They look so amazing! And that red-orange looks stunning against the dark grey.

  13. Laurie says:

    Loved the pop of color that was used. I visited Mykonos, Greece last month, All the buildings on the island are white and the doors are painted bright colors that just popped out like your red does.

  14. Claire says:

    Those little touches of color make a huge difference – I love the way the blue pops out.

  15. Rebekah says:

    Those splashes of colour are gorgeous! Love the view of the palm trees.

  16. Lana Lou says:

    I love the sky blue, gray and white. it’s like a cloudy sky.

  17. Fatima says:

    I love all of these colors that are blended together! everything looks great

  18. Wendy says:

    Ah, to live somewhere that allows for outdoor decorating in December! My plants and patios are under snow, making these beautiful patios even more appealing. 🙂 This really is just how I like to decorate. Big things in neutral and accents of color to draw the eye.

  19. This makes me motivated to get my back deck decorated for winter. So much can be done to brighten up the space.

  20. Kim says:

    Love all these colors and those succulents. It seems very serene even with the bright colors. Good job.

  21. I’m obsessed with red doors! You’re making me want a garden now…

  22. I love the rugs. And, I often forget the containers, doors, furniture, etc. in my quest to liven up with plants. Love the color combos.

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