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Pick orange for seasonal furniture, Decor&You founder says

Network of interior designers provides consumer advice for popular outdoor living

SOUTHBURY, Conn. - Whether you enjoy the soft, pleasurable breeze a screened-in porch allows or like to bask in the daylight sun, creating an outdoor living space is a must.

Seasonal patio furniture has changed from the webbing and plastic as it matured into what the industry now calls "casual furniture" that extends the space you're living in beautifully for entertaining or just sitting back and relaxing as a family, according to Decor&You Founder and President Karen Powell.

"Outdoor living spaces have been gaining enormous popularity over the past few years and I see this trend continuing," Powell said. "People want the convenience of outdoor kitchens, patios and spas, therefore, creating a demand for fun, vibrant outdoor friendly furniture and glorious accessories. And, manufacturers of outdoor living products are incorporating bold colors, exciting prints and interesting finishes on outdoor furniture this year."
Powell said the yummiest color of the year is tangerine, which means all shades of orange are popping up in every product, including outdoor lounges, shades and rugs.

"Orange radiates warmth and energy," Powell said. "In either indoor or outdoor settings, orange brings a sense of harmony, accenting the natural greens of indoor plants or outdoor landscaping. It's perfect for summer."

Metal furnishings, both steel and aluminum, are now more durable and lightweight than ever. Metal becomes weather resistant when applied with a powder-coated finish.

If wood is the preferred look, Powell suggests individuals look for safe, environmentally friendly products that are Forestry Stewardship Council (FSC) certified or that meet FSC standards. As a highly-trained advocate for eco-friendly living, DecorDesigners, who are certified GreenLeaders, encourage consumers to turn to Decor&You for advice and recommendations for options and a solid understanding of the value of using eco-conscientious vendors. They are able to bring a unique, but distinctive look to homes - indoors and out.
For more information about Decor&You decorating services, visit www.decorandyou.com.

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