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How to decorate the outdoor areas

Decorating an outdoor area is very different from decorating an interior space. Even though the process is similar, the choices you have to make are very different. And even so, the process gets more complicated. It all differs according to the type of space you want to decorate.A rooftop space is mostly defined by the views it offers. This means it should be a space where you can sit comfortably, perhaps in a comfy sofa or a lounge chair and where you can enjoy a cup of coffee or a cold drink.

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A porch is also a great outdoor space. Whether it’s covered or not, a porch is relatively easy to decorate. You just need some outdoor furniture, maybe some wicker chairs, a bench and, of course, a table. You can also add draperies to your porch in order to create a more stylish décor. Draperies are also very practical during sunny days.

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The patio can be easily turned into an outdoor living room. Add a sofa, some chairs, a coffee table and it will be like having a second living room but this time outdoors. If it’s too sunny you can also add an umbrella. It will be a great entertainment area and also a nice place to have breakfast in.

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The patio, porch and terrace are also lovely spaces but they are limited and usually enclosed. As for the backyard, things are very different. There you can more freedom and you can include items such as a gazebo, a hammock, a swing and you can even create a garden. The trees are a great source of shade and if you also have a pool then you can organize a bar area or lounge space.

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Whether you have a tiny balcony, a sunny terrace or a large backyard, they can all be turned into an outdoor oasis if you choose the right furniture and colors. For the outdoor areas there are usually two main color palettes. You can either go with earthy tones combined with green for a natural effect or you can opt for flower-inspired colors for a more vibrant and bright atmosphere.{picture sources:1,2&3,4 and 5}.

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Posted in How To, Tips, and Advice on May 11, 2012

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