table and chairs in screen-in porch
Photo: Keller + Keller
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How to Use Untapped Areas

Treat decks and porches like rooms. Painted floorboards make their screened-in porch feel like an extension of the house.

Create a 'flex' room that can be used for guests or as a quiet spot for answering e-mail.

Keep the decor simple and orderly. Fewer things, from objects to artwork, mean more distance for the eye to roam.

Shown: A rug, table and chairs set aside one half of the porch as a separate seating area.
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