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Published: Friday, 7/8/2011

Create An Outdoor Patio That's Fit For The Cover Of A Magazine

As the weather gets nicer, there’s nothing better than expanding your living space outdoors. As the weather gets nicer, there’s nothing better than expanding your living space outdoors.
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(ARA) - As the weather gets nicer, there's nothing better than expanding your living space outdoors. Luckily, it's easy and affordable to create an outdoor room that's perfectly put together. Use these inspiring ideas to transform your deck, porch or patio into one you'll be proud to show off.

Planning perfection
Simply putting furniture on a deck or patio doesn't create an inviting outdoor living area. Instead, be sure to look at the bigger picture. View your patio as an extension of your home.  As you would an interior room, incorporate a theme and color scheme into your new design.

Whether you have a lot or only a little room on your patio, arrange the furniture so that it is inviting for you and your guests to socialize. And, no need to buy new furniture to make your outdoor space look new. Instead, apply a fresh coat of stain or spray paint to your existing wood or metal furniture for a stylish and updated look.

Once your furniture is finished, use your revamped pieces as a focal point, along with some significant accessories. Layer color, textures and heights to give the space a pulled-together appearance. Incorporate colorful placemats and an interesting centerpiece on your table to set it apart. Place coordinating water-resistant pillows on a bench or chairs to bring the comfort of indoor living outside.

And don't forget about under your feet; by adding an outdoor area rug or mat, you'll have a cohesive and stylish space.

Plants please
Include natural elements. Just like the indoors, nothing cheers up a room like strategically placed fresh flowers. To keep your space functional and clutter-free, look for pots and planters that work with the layout of your space. If you have a balcony or long railing, try using flower boxes that can affix to them. Or, if you have the space for oversized pots and unique stands, simply place a few flowers in key spots to create a space that will make your neighbors green with envy.

Fresh herbs can be a fragrant, beautiful and useful addition to your patio, especially if you enjoy cooking.  They are extremely easy to grow and care for, so add a few decorative herb pots to spice up the look of your patio -- and your summer dishes.

Extraordinary extras
Get cozy in your outdoor space by adding an outdoor fireplace or a fire pit. Snuggle with that someone special, roast marshmallows with friends or curl up with a good book on a cool night. Or, if you love to lounge, install a hammock to enjoy those lazy summer days. Finally, don't forget about lighting. Stringing lights or lighting candles can make your patio seem magical at night and help create a great atmosphere when entertaining.

Remember to decorate like you would the indoors, for a pulled-together, chic outdoor space. And soon, by using a few of these ideas, you'll create a picture-perfect patio in no time. Courtesy of ARAcontent



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