Help me pick a color for these chairs

Afraid to paint or add red cushions to chairs with all the green - christmas effect
picking a color to paint and reupholster outdoor wicker, outdoor furniture, outdoor living, painted furniture, reupholster, Chairs to color
Chairs to color
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  • Juanita Juanita on Jan 03, 2015
    Use a floral or stripes to avoid the Christmas effect altogether. Florals can be tropical (in keeping with the palms), stripes fit any theme, and of course there is always the chevron effect! On the other hand, many shades of red and green are not at all Christmasy. Consider lime green or teal for example. Combined with red shades created by adding yellow, blue or white and you create a palette that is modern, tropical, nautical or whatever you choose.

  • Sue Myers Case Sue Myers Case on Jan 03, 2015
    green and yellow stripe, yellow, white, any earthtones

  • Dale Dale on Jan 04, 2015
    Lime green or teal.

  • Xie Xie on Jan 04, 2015
    I am in love with elephant grey. Simply elegant yet down to earth. Would look good in the foreground of the fence.

  • Theresa Theresa on Jan 04, 2015
    I would paint the chairs yellow for a bright contrast with the scenery. It gives the feeling of sunshine. Then go with floral on the cushions for a garden affect. Great chairs.

  • Cindy Marks Cindy Marks on Jan 04, 2015
    I would spray them a cream color or a soft white and that way you can use any fabric you like.

  • Pamcoles Pamcoles on Jan 04, 2015
    terracotta would look thinks

  • Marion Nesbitt Marion Nesbitt on Jan 05, 2015
    Like the colour of the chairs - white is nice but common. Go with coral if you want a solid. This goes with green as well as red. Tropical floral as mentioned would be nice, too, but again pretty common.

  • Rosette Rosette on Jan 05, 2015
    I would paint the chairs a soft cream and add plain cushions of a darker cream or beige. Perhaps a self patterning fabric but not patterned. Lovely picture, by the way. I note you are in SC and I am envious. HHI is our favourite place in the world!

  • Jamoschini Jamoschini on Jan 05, 2015
    If you have red in mind, what if you changed the color to something in the orange family with striped material? Or go with red but in a tropical pattern. You could take a background complimentary color from the material pattern to paint the chairs. It would look fresh and new and not like Christmas.

  • CK CK on Jan 05, 2015
    Ask yourself this question: Do I want the chairs to stand out in the landscape or be part of it? If you want the latter, then they're doing a nice job in their present color. Or go for another 'earthy' tone. If you're going for a 'stand out' look, any bright color you choose to repeat in other areas of your landscaping will work Eg: If you like pink, then use pink flowers or pink pots, etc.

  • Tamara Tamara on Jan 05, 2015
    i would paint them a crimson red.then put a printed cushion.

  • L.K. miller L.K. miller on Jan 05, 2015
    If you want them to pop-use a bright color-looks like your patio area has a touch of dark teal-you could match that and add whatever pattern that picks up a little of the same color or a little grey in the pattern

  • Al Al on Jan 05, 2015

  • Stephanie Schultz Stephanie Schultz on Jan 06, 2015
    Do you want them to grab attention? Bright teal or Aqua seem to be really popular colors right now.

  • Carol L Carol L on Jan 06, 2015
    I agree with Al. Tourquise would be perfect!!

  • Cathy Kurpil Cathy Kurpil on Jan 06, 2015
    What is that in front of the chairs?

  • Becky Becky on Jan 08, 2015
    Bright yellow!!

  • Brenda J Brenda J on Jan 09, 2015
    teal with a print with red in it would look great

  • Carolyn Carolyn on Jan 09, 2015
    If you want your chairs to stand out use a brick red. My neighbor did that on the old chaise rocker. I can't wait until this spring to see what I can do, Be sure and send us a picture as to what you did.

  • Mary Friedline Mary Friedline on Jan 09, 2015
    I personally would paint them what ever your favorite color is. and the add some cushions to make them comfy..

  • Barb Barb on Jan 09, 2015
    I would paint them a soft dove grey, with red cushions (or whatever color you want to add in the cushions - they'll go with everything)

  • Carole Carole on Jan 09, 2015
    Whatever you do with them, don't leave them out year round exposed to the rain and cold. Cane (even painted) does not weather well and they will start to fall apart after a while. Under cover is best for cane. Unless it is that faux cane or wicker that is basically plastic and made to stand up to the elements. I painted a cane chair and left it out and soon realised it was beginning to deteriorate. I repainted in a fresh white and sold it and then bought something more appropriate for our garden as we don't have an undercover area. Good luck with whatever colour you decide on.

  • Tracy Tracy on Jan 10, 2015
    You have to go bold in high gloss and then a fun print fabric for a cushion. I am also really liking the bright coral color that is popular now.

  • Bonnie Bonnie on Jan 10, 2015
    First decide what effect you'd like to have.....if you're going for a restful, serene space, use soothing colors like sage green, forest green, or navy blue type colors. (I personally love cobalt!) If you'd like to have a beachfront or tropics look, go with bright yellow, turquoise, or coral/oranges.

  • Bonnie Bonnie on Jan 10, 2015
    And as a second thought, if you're still undecided, keep the chair itself a nice bright white; then use color prints for the cushions. That way you can change up the color with whatever mood suits you. Keep the "bones" neutral, so that splashes can be added at whim.

  • Belinda Todd Belinda Todd on Jan 10, 2015
    Lots of green in the picture. I'd probably go with turquoise.

  • Ophelia laurel Ophelia laurel on Aug 18, 2015
    black with a nice print for the cushions

  • JCEllis JCEllis on Sep 19, 2015
    There are so many beautiful fabrics out there right now. Try looking at and look at all the fabrics there. Then you might have a direction to go in. Or, check out Pinterest and look at the ideas there. What color is your pool?

  • Mary Mary on Sep 27, 2015
    yellow with red cushions

  • Kerry Randall Turner Kerry Randall Turner on Mar 04, 2016
    Just saw you're in SC. Love Charleston. My best friend lives there and have been many times, so I know the basic style of the area. You guys get lots of sun, so colors will pop. I would go with a neutral color paint and a vibrant colored patterned (not floral) cushions. White, seafoam, or pale yellow for the chairs with coordinating cushions that you like. Conversely, I love navy and white, so in that case I would paint chairs white with navy cushions, or a bold wide navy/white stripe cushion.

  • Marion Nesbitt Marion Nesbitt on Mar 04, 2016
    If you ike red but think it looks Christmasy, then go for a coral. This would look great with all the foliage.

  • Carlene Gauler Carlene Gauler on Apr 20, 2016
    Maybe turquoise, cushion with a print that has some turquoise & other colors. Navy also

  • Renita Norment Renita Norment on Aug 22, 2016
    Usually the theme of your decor, I like White with stripes of another color like Red & Blue if you are into being Patriotic. Olive green with Sunshine Yellow stripes. Dye Die Purple with Pink. I hope this help give you some ideas for colors. What color is your house?

  • Johnavallance82 Johnavallance82 on Mar 05, 2021


    Red, Orange, Turquoise, White, Black? Do you want to loose them or make them stand out?

  • Em Em on Jun 05, 2021

    you will get as many colors as people that answer. Go with your gut.

  • Deb K Deb K on Jun 05, 2021

    Hi! Why not consider a deeper red , striped or solid, it will look wonderful and not Christmassy at all! Even a red close to maroon or burgundy for a wine feel. Burgundy and hunter green look rich together!!

    Light green looks great with it as well!

  • Holly Lengner - Lost Mom Holly Lengner - Lost Mom on Jul 21, 2021

    Black and white striped chairs would be awesome!