When shopping for outdoor furniture, like Adirondack chairs, don’t be afraid of colour. You’ll see plenty of neutral colours in the stores, but that doesn’t mean they go with everything. Here are the best colours for Adirondack or Muskoka chairs.
It’s patio season and this weekend I took my Mom (for a belated Mother’s Day getaway) to a cabin at a resort that shall remain unnamed for this post. 😉
The cabins were brand new and decorated by someone who was, well quite frankly, afraid of colour (most hotels in this world that are either brown or gray right now). These cabins were a mix of the brown, grey AND the black trend.
The bathroom was wrapped in 12″ x 24″ grey tile. The reason most bathrooms have larger format tile is that it costs less to install them. It’s more expensive to install smaller scale tile, which is what belongs in a timeless bathroom.
All the wood stained tongue and groove walls and ceiling were stained brown and the wood stained cabinets were black.
The ONLY reprieve inside and out was the orange wood accents (above).
When I saw the Adirondack chairs outside, I asked my Instagram readers to help me understand why they were also a bleak blue-grey colour. That, by the way, in no way relates to the colours on this exterior.
Several people asked me if I didn’t like blue.
When someone asks a colour expert what colour they don’t like, this is usually the answer:
There are no bad colours, only bad colour combinations.
Most said this:
This was the best comment:
Then, inquiring minds wanted to know “What colour would be better?”
The best Adirondack chair colour
In all fairness to the home decorator, when you go out to source furniture off-the-shelf, the furniture that sells the easiest is usually some kind of “neutral.” It’s likely the reason so many of you have a neutral sofa.
The dictionary defines neutral as this:
“having no strongly marked or positive characteristics or features”
“the tone was neutral, devoid of sentiment”“a neutral color or shade, especially light gray or beige.”
So those, unfortunately are the colours that generally tend to be most readily available.
Okay before I tell you what they should have been, go back and look again.
My 11-year-old nephew was just here. I showed him the photo and asked him what he would choose.
He said “beige.” I think neutral and beige perhaps have the same definition when shopping for home decor, and:
Doesn’t neutral go with everything?
No, it does not. As you know, if you’re a longtime follower of this blog.
While you’re thinking about it, here’s how I arranged the furniture once we checked in.
I brought two lamps with me (like I always do) and it’s a good thing I did because there wasn’t a single lamp with a shade in this two-bedroom cabin. However, the ceiling was full of cheese lights (as my sister affectionally calls them), which were not used at all during our stay. They were not even on dimmers and hurt my eyes immediately.
One follower asked why this was a better arrangement. In this case, the answer was not complicated or designer related.
There simply was no place to plug in the lamp with the end table sitting in the middle of the room (no area rug to run it underneath) AND turning it beside the fireplace meant that it faced the view of the mountains (see the photo below).
Airbnb owners take notes
Airbnbs and hotel suites (as this one technically was) are notorious for skimping on furniture.
This cabin sleeps six people but had comfortable seating for three.
At the very least, there should have been a sofa and two chairs. But I guess at least they had a full-sized sofa. A lot of places skimp out and provide love seats, which only comfortably seat one person.
Okay back to which Adirondack colour is the best.
Do you know? Look one more time. The answer is extremely obvious:
Well, a wood stained one to match the orange wood would be my first choice.
Something like this, although it’s not a perfect match.
However, maybe you want it to be plastic and live forever. So, if you can’t find a faux wood chair then a light green grey like this one would work as well:
Whitewash | Wayfair
White would definitely NOT work here since there isn’t a stitch of white on the building. Black would work but it would be bleaker since the entire colour scheme could use a lot more life and contrast.
What colour are my Adirondack chairs?
My chairs are white because they match my white outbuildings (below).
What if you have a lot of concrete or grey already in your backyard?
Great question! That’s when you can choose a pop of colour instead. My sister did and she loves her beachy blue chairs, which truly help bring her patio to life. Then we repeated the blue in her pillows and accessories.
Here’s my darling Mom and I on the way to dinner both wearing blue:
Any question you have about Adirondack or Muskoka chairs? I’d love to know. Post them below.
If you’d like to learn how to choose the right colours for your exterior, buy my Masterclass here.