Meta Coleman

Primary hues and bold patterns make this outdoor space comfy, practical, and decidedly retro

Chantal Lamers  – April 15, 2019 | Updated May 24, 2019

To make the most of summer’s long, sunshiny days, interior designer and stylist Meta Coleman created a colorful, family-friendly outdoor-living space at her home in Provo, Utah, that riffs off retro. The choice of predominantly primary colors alongside bold patterns was inspired by a ’70s-era photograph Coleman saw of three women wearing mismatched striped dresses, dancing barefoot in the street. “I haven’t been able to get that image out of my mind so I decided to pay homage to it with my backyard patio design,” she says. Her interpretation mixes timeless stripes with small mod florals and prints from Finnish design house Marimekko. “I recommend varying the scale of your patterns and incorporating some of the color from the main pieces into the accessories,” she says. She opted for low, deep seating that’s both “comfortable and practical.” The red vintage fireplace adds height to the space but it proves useful too. “We can prepare our dinner in the fire and enjoy its warmth when nights start to get chilly.” Tap into this bold look with the goods we’ve rounded up.

This striped number is sunshine in a seat.

Buy: Emily Isabella Parker Indoor/Outdoor Sofa, $2,300.

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A lightweight towel can also work as a vibrant throw. Drape it on the back of an outdoor sofa or use it for warmth.

Buy: Linen Beach Towel, $115.

Create some much-needed shade with an umbrella in nautical hues.

Buy: Navy-and-White Single Scallop Tilting Outdoor Umbrella, $200.

Channel vacay vibes with a tropical-themed accent pillow.

Buy: Palm Pillow Cover, $90.

One of our favorite summer activities is eating dinner outdoors. A table for resting plates and drinks is a necessity!

Buy: Lollygagger Cocktail Table in cloud white, $350.

These carpet in an oceanic shade of blue might remind you of spending summer days on the water, but they aren’t meant for outdoor use; be sure to bring them inside when it’s raining.

Buy: Made You Look Carpet Tile in blue, $14/tile.