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Coordinating home décor inside and out

Published On: Nov 17 2011 03:16:15 PM CST
Updated On: Sep 21 2012 08:51:56 AM CDT

(NewsUSA) - Coordinating décor throughout the home is well known to homeowners. Everyone aspires to a home that flows seamlessly from one room to another, integrated in look and feel by paint colors, flooring and window treatments.

A relatively new aspect of coordinated home décor is evolving today. Homeowners are being encouraged to coordinate their sense of style from inside the home to outdoor living areas. As the size and sophistication of decks, patios and outdoor rooms grow each year, outdoor spaces are serving as extensions from inside the home.

"All of the wonderful appointments used in outdoor spaces have blurred the distinction between inside and outside living areas," said Gina Wicker, creative director for the Sunbrella brand of performance fabrics. "With a tastefully decorated home, you feel as if you have walked into another room when you step onto a deck or patio."

"You can use the same performance fabrics to upholster your sofa in the family room and to cover the cushions on the adjacent patio," Wicker said. "When you work from a family of performance fabrics, it's easy to coordinate colors, patterns and textures inside and out." Wicker offers these tips for creating seamless décor inside and out:

* Color continuity. Colors should flow naturally from interior to outdoor spaces.

* Integrated living areas. Rooms that are adjacent to outdoor spaces should be decorated as a single, integrated living area. Upholstery, window treatments, rugs and throws from the same performance fabrics group create an integrated look and feel.

* Awnings. Awnings allow you to open window treatments to enjoy the view without heat gain from the sun.

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