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Go for color

Choosing the color or pattern can be crucial for your patio. Design experts say colors such as yellow, orange, green (the Pantone color of the year), blue and white are musts this summer. And nautical stripes are a perennial favorite in any color. "Don't be afraid to mix and match patterns," says Stephanie Bradshaw, owner of Baltimore-based Bradshaw Styling. "It creates a fun environment for the patio." Papasan chair from Pier 1 Imports in cabana stripe tomato, $179. Pier 1 Imports Photo