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Hudson - Litchfield News

10 Home Improvement - May 7, 2010

Create a relaxing outdoor haven at home

Nothing is more relaxing than a breath of fresh air, which is likely the reason why the lines between indoors and out have blurred immensely. More homeowners are moving their living rooms outside to well-appointed patios and decks, furnishing these spaces with all the comforts of their favor- ite indoor gathering spaces. Research shows homebuilders

are now incorporating two- and three-sided outdoor rooms into home plans. Manufacturers too are addressing the trend by pro- viding a wide array of products designed for outdoor living, giving homeowners nearly as many

choices to decorate their outdoor living rooms as those inside their homes—including furniture, textiles, lighting, grills and even WiFi-enabled outdoor entertain- ment systems. “Homeowners are spending as

much time and effort on outdoor living projects as they do indoor decorating endeavors,” notes De- nise Patterson, product manager for Krylon, the nation’s leader in spray paint. “With the summer season just around the corner, now’s the time to freshen up your outdoor living space and make it ‘relaxation ready’ for the warm months of fun ahead.”

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Pep it up with paint

One of the easiest and most

inexpensive ways to spruce up an outdoor area is by refurbishing existing furniture and other pieces with spray paint. While you want furniture to look stylish, you also want something that is easy to clean and maintain, and holds up against rain, heat and sunlight. No one wants freshly painted furniture to fade, chip or rust before the season ends. From wicker furniture and patio

tables to pottery and planters, Krylon’s Outdoor Spaces line of spray finishes offers a wide range of durable, yet contemporary colors that can easily help you achieve sophisticated looks with the convenience of spray paint. Because homeowners are looking for more than just basic colors, they’re available in several new, vi- brant and exciting hues, including Poppy, Ivy, Ocean and Sunlight.

Lighten up with fabric and lighting

Once your painting projects are

complete, accent your bold color choices with unique and interest- ing cushions and throw pillows made from stain- and mildew- resistant fabrics. Keep in mind that your new furniture colors and co- ordinating cushions will “pop” and look brighter with the right kind of outdoor lighting. Depending on how you configure your outdoor living space, you can install lighted ceiling fans, place environmental- ly-friendly solar accent lighting in surrounding flowerbeds, and use portable lamps designed expressly for exterior use.

Add nature ... with a twist

Living in the great outdoors

wouldn’t be complete if you didn’t weave in natural elements such as fire and water. A grill, fire pit and water features, such as a container pond, bird bath or wa- terfall planter further tie together the perfect combination of inside meets outside. Additionally, portable patio

heaters are a great way to let you enjoy your outdoor haven even

when nights get chilly, allowing you to make the most of your space all season long.

Include enticing entertainment

And don’t forget the entertain-

ment. Outdoor-friendly systems exist for any budget—ranging from WiFi- or satellite-radio-en- abled speaker systems for a little mood music, to high-end com- prehensive systems that include plasma TVs and surround sound. All are designed to withstand any weather. With all of the stylish and

unique design options available to help you create your own backyard oasis this summer, why even consider spending your free time indoors? The season lasts only a few months in many climates, so make the most of it by designing an ultimate outdoor living room that’s ideal for gather- ing, cooking, entertaining and relaxing with friends and family.

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