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Curb Appeal Ideas: Inviting Outdoor Living Spaces

April 30, 2015
Add cozy style to your deck, porch, or patio with these simple strategies.
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Less is More

Few things are more welcoming than cozy outdoor living spaces, but too much clutter on the front porch can scare off buyers when you're trying to sell a home. Scale your outdoor furniture to the size of your porch. Here, a small wooden bench adds an inviting touch to this home's entrance without overwhelming the narrow space. The bold pattern in the throw pillows complements the vivid red door.

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Southern Charm

Larger porches can accommodate more elaborate outdoor living spaces, complete with tables, chairs, sofas and perhaps even a porch swing. On this front porch, wicker seating and a small tray table enhance the home's Southern appeal and help buyers imagine spending time there. The home's light-blue exterior is perfectly paired with yellow and white cushions for a sunny, cheerful look.

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Stylish Details

Like interior spaces, exterior living spaces should reflect your personal style and complement your home's architecture. On this front porch, a patterned rug helps define the seating area and enhances the home's Spanish-style facade. Comfortable chairs, a small table and an antique-looking lantern complete the look.

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Privacy and Panache

Potted plants serve two purposes in an outdoor living space: They add a splash of color, and they provide privacy for seating areas. On this porch, a few potted plants offer shelter for a daybed-style swing. Plus, the greenery coordinates with the colors of the throw pillows, tying everything together.

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