Home decorating guide

Freshen up your living spaces with color, smart display, and strategies for maximizing style

14 key decorating strategies

Refresh your look with interior design tips you can use in any room

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Home decor: carry your style outdoors
Thomas J. Story

Strategy No. 6: Carry your style outdoors

"Outdoor areas are often the last to receive design attention, but they shouldn't be," says landscape designer Matt Lemos. 

"Plan space for your lifestyle by incorporating ample seating, table surfaces, cushions, play areas, eating spots, and sunning areas."

By carrying your design style outdoors, you can turn a patio, deck, or even a balcony into another room of the house.

This sleeping porch, a feature of many Craftsman houses, is updated with contemporary styling and weatherproof drapery and upholstery fabric.

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