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Is Your Outdoor Space Ready for Summer?

Spring is officially a month old, and it is time to get the patio and/or deck ready for get-togethers and relaxing summer nights outside.

Furniture that’s still in good shape will need a little love before putting it back to work for the season. Metal and wood pieces may need cleaning and a fresh coat of paint while plastic or resin should be cleaned with a solution of bleach and water to kill any mold and mildew.

But, for homeowners who need to replace outdoor furniture, the most noticeable design trends for 2015 are built-ins, indoor/outdoor rooms and bold patterns, according to the Lawn & Leisure blog.

A key outdoor design element for 2015 are built-in appliances, furniture and fire pits. Grills, prep sinks and bars – essentially an outdoor kitchen – are growing more popular as homeowners look for unique ways of adding living space outside.

Likewise, benches with plenty of cushioned seating and permanent fire pits perfect for roasting marshmallows are also part of current landscaping trends.

“The conventional backyard is being replaced with an oasis for the family and entertaining friends,” Glen Goldberg of Four Seasons Garden Center told Lawn & Leisure.

Expanding indoor entertaining to the patio or deck is also becoming increasingly popular, if the photo galleries at HGTV.com are any indication.

Many of them have titles and a dozen or more photos on how to bring the indoors out for comfortable and relaxing seating and optimal entertaining. Another photo gallery features the network’s favorite outdoor rooms from viewers.

Outdoor spaces are also mimicking interior design by mixing materials, colors and patterns in new and exciting combinations.

The goal is to create a space that echoes the homeowners taste and style even if the starting point is a set purchased from a local big box store.

The idea is to put your own personal spin on a space,” Sally Falk Nancrede of the IndyStar told Lawn & Leisure. “Patterns are also in fashion, and they don’t need to match — they simply ought to not clash.”

Mix paisleys with plaids and birds with geometrics; the key is to use complementary colors and varying shades of the same hue.

Designer Vicki Payne reminds everyone to measure their spaces before embarking on a shopping spree.

Before you make your final selection, take the time to measure your patio to make sure the pieces you want will fit. Don’t purchase a chaise if you don’t have the space for it,” she wrote on her blog.

Have you turned your backyard into an outdoor room? We’d love to hear about it and see photos.

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