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 cheaper neutrals. Check out our patio pillow "picks."
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What: Chloe & Olive Rock Lobster Coral Collection Coral and Ocean Outdoor Reversible Pillow Cover,
Size: 18 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. Not feeling in a lobster mood today? Simply flip it over for a lovely sea of coral!
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What: Lagoon by Pillow Perfect 2-piece set of corded square indoor/outdoor pillows.
Size: 18.5 x 18.5 inches
Details: 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.
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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 vibrant pillow is made of water- and mildew-resistant woven polyester. Features a sealed closure. Spot treat with water and a mild detergent.
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What: A box-style outdoor cushion by Jiti.
Details: Box-style cushions look squared-off and sharp sitting casually on a deck, near deep wooden steps or by a low outdoor coffee table. This outdoor cushion is by Jiti and features sides in a color called "maize"—named after the Native American corn.
While the colors and shape of these ottomans vary, they would probably look more at home on a deck surrounding architectural styles like Craftsman, Asian or modern. Shabby chic or French country—probably not.Continue to 5 of 6 below.
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What: Greendale Home Fashions Indoor/Outdoor Accent Pillows, Set of 2
Size: Varies, about 17x17 inches
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.
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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.
Online retailers are perfect for hard-to-find items like butterfly chair replacement covers. Solid colors abound; sometimes you can find prints online.