It's like sprinkles or icing on a cake: colorful, vibrant or carefully chosen outdoor cushions and pillows can add oomph to your outdoor deck and pizzazz to your patio furniture. Outdoor pillows and cushions vary in price, depending on the fabric, brand or designer. Garden-variety pillows in solid colors from discount stores are usually more plain or neutral, but digging around to find the deals may garner you a chic-looking pillow that looks lots more expensive than it really is.
If you're going to buy a higher-end patio pillow, consider grouping it with less-expensive neutrals. Check out our patio pillow "picks."
01 of 08
What: Chloe & Olive Roma Bay Geometric Floral Reversible Outdoor Pillow Cover
Size: 20 inches
Details: Pillow covers are the best way to instantly give a new look to your outdoor room without having to invest in all-new pillows. After all, it's probably the cover that has become faded or stained, while the pillow itself is just fine. Since 2010, Chloe & Olive have been making handcrafted reversible throw pillow covers in lively, colorful designs from their home base of Santa Barbara, California. This design features a green and white geometric print on each side.
02 of 08
What: Liora Manne Legs of Eight outdoor pillow
Size: 18 x 18 inches
Details: Liora Manne makes handcrafted indoor/outdoor pillows that feature whimsical designs, like sea creatures, starfish, and dogs. Made of polyester and acrylic, this design is hand-hooked and includes an easy-care removable cover.
03 of 08
What: Swaying Palms by Pillow Perfect extra-large indoor/outdoor floor pillow.
Size: 25 x 125 inches
Details: Pillow Perfect makes indoor and outdoor cushions, bench pads, and assorted pillows in various prints and colors. Made of weather-and fade-resistant fabric, these pillows feature 100 percent virgin polyester fiber fill. Spot clean or hand wash with cool water and a mild detergent; allow to air dry.
04 of 08
What: DENY Designs Clara Nilles tie-dye sea turtles outdoor throw pillow,
Sizes: 16 x 16 inches; 18 x 18 inches; 20 x 20 inches; 26 x 26 inches
Details: This pillow features colorful turtles swimming in a vibrant turquoise sea. Made of water- and mildew-resistant woven polyester, the pillow includes a a sealed closure. Spot treat with water and a mild detergent.Continue to 5 of 8 below.
05 of 08
What: A vibrant geometric print pillow of blue fish against a white background.
Details: A handcrafted pillow with piping framing its edge, the cover features a hidden zipper and can be removed for hand washing. While it's always good to remove pillows from direct sunlight when not in use, this one is UV resistant up to 1,600 hours.
06 of 08
What: Greendale Home Fashions Indoor/Outdoor Accent Pillows, Set of 2
Size: Varies, these are 19 x 12 inches for a set of two
Details: These pillows are a surprisingly good deal—they come in bright, modern prints, stripes, and solids and are made to last in UV-resistant fabrics. Overstuffed (that's a good thing) with 100 percent soft and resilient polyester fiberfill.
07 of 08
What: A replacement cover for the Algoma Butterfly Chair, available in off white, black, red, burgundy, teal, etc.
Details: Butterfly chairs became popular in the 1950s as a lightweight metal-frame chair that could work indoors and outdoors. With a cloth or cover that hooks over the ends of the metal frame, a butterfly chair is really quite comfortable. The thing is, if the chairs are left outside for the summer, the cloth—often canvas—covers tend to wear out and often tear in the seat, where they take the bulk of the weight. These chairs are also known as Hardoy chairs and BKF chairs.
Online retailers are perfect for hard-to-find items like butterfly chair replacement covers. Solid colors abound; sometimes you can find prints online. More upscale and expensive covers are made of leather.
08 of 08
What: PacifiCasual set of two indoor/outdoor pillow covers in assorted prints, color schemes, and stripes.
Size: 18 x 18 inches
Details: Made of weather-resistant spun polyester, these pillow covers will freshen your outdoor seating. Handy zippers allow them to be washed in a gentle cycle with mild detergent.