With all-new color trends in wicker, some of the brighter and bolder palettes have become popular choices. From complete furniture ensembles that include sofas, loveseats and chairs or loungers to single accent tables, these cheerful and dramatic hues are big on character and make any decorating project a little more fun. Shades of green, subsets of red, darkest browns and black are among the finish selections that will decidedly make a difference in any room or on the patio.
The Brighter Shades of Wicker
With so many shades of green, it is easy to find a few bright hues mixed in. Thoughts of spring come to mind with choices in Green Apple and Chartreuse. These two hues will definitely stand out as finishes on single pieces and more so with an entire furniture grouping. While vivid, if paired with the right surroundings and accents, they fit beautifully without looking garish.
Chartreuse green with its bold yellow overtones and Green Apple, which is just a little darker by comparison, are almost interchangeable when mixing and matching with other colors. They become crisp and updated when paired with stark white. This combination is the perfect addition for a sunroom, but a darker room with the right lighting can also benefit. For a more sophisticated touch, adding beige as an accent acts as a muting color. A little twist on traditional combinations includes the addition of blue, which would work well in a country-modern setting. Retro lovers can inject burnt orange for a trip back in time that is still popular today. Pattern blends can incorporate brighter red, blue and yellow for furniture cushions without overpowering.
Designer shades of red include a Watermelon finish. Not quite fire-engine bright and with pinkish undertones, it is an appealingly vivid color choice for wicker furniture. This hue has a romantic side when it combines with true pinks in lighter tones. Add in white or gold accessories and it becomes even more feminized. For a livelier look, sage green is a wonderful match while adding a third accenting color in blue makes the setting more festive. Gray is the neutral color of choice, which gives watermelon finished wicker a more contemporary look.
Bold Wicker Color Infusions
Darker colors always add an impact, and in furniture, they bring bold profiles to any living space. Black, Coffee Bean and Antique Red are all delightful and distinctive choices that fall in this category. While these colors may seem overwhelming, they calm down with the right accent choices.
Antique Red is a country and vintage favorite that also fits into other types of decor. To retain that country cool, however, off-whites and warm brown hues are beautiful coordinating choices that are even more effective with distressed finishes that might include art frames and accent tables. Steel gray is a modernizing accompaniment and darker gray gives antique red some masculinity. Cushions with repeating two-tone patterns really make this shade of red pop.
Black is the most dramatic hue that naturally turns traditional or contemporary wicker furniture into stronger statement pieces. Deep reds as accenting colors add an Asian flair that also mix beautifully with varying shades of gray for dimensional impact. White has always been a popularized choice as a standalone secondary accent, which remains smart without being too stark if handled carefully.
As a darker brown, Coffee Bean provides numerous options to give living areas remarkable new personalities. It can pair with any shade of yellow including cream while greens also make amazing differences. Add in orange for an eclectic look or choose pink, which gives this dark brown shade an entire different cast. As a warmer choice, Coffee Bean also fits well with more formal accent pieces.
While bold and bright colors may be less than tranquil, stirring up a little more energy and excitement may be just what a room needs in updated wicker furniture.