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Whether your home came fully equipped with a sunroom or you recently took the plunge and made the addition to your house, consider yourself lucky. An all-weather "outdoor" living space is perfect for those who live in colder climates, but it's also great for those who reside in hotter regions of the U.S. and love the idea of being outside without getting too much sun. With less inclination to get out and about this summer, a sunroom is an ideal place to relax and spend most of your days.

With more time on your hands – and most of it spent wanting to retreat outside – now poses the perfect opportunity to give your sunroom a new and improved look. Here are some quick tips and tricks to make it happen:

Colors to consider
The sunroom is meant to be bright and inviting. While deep hues may be encouraged inside the home for a more cozy experience, they're not necessarily beneficial in an outdoor setting like this. Housetipster recommended pale neutrals, but if you want to go with something more colorful or vibrant, shades like aqua and coral can make a major statement and bring that summer vibe you might be craving. If you like the idea of utilizing both, consider painting neutral walls and accessorizing with one – or more – of the bright tones.

New and improved patio furniture
The great thing about a sunroom is your ability to utilize indoor patio furniture that resembles the style you'd use throughout your home. This allows you to take advantage of different styles that don't only look great, but also maximize comfort. Rattan wicker can be used here, but you can opt for cozy cushions that can stay put when the weather gets bad. Consider chaise lounges, sofas, chairs, side tables and coffee tables in this space depending on the amount of room you have to work with.

Invest in new cushions for your patio furniture.Invest in new cushions for your patio furniture.

Accessorize strategically
Because you're likely working with bright hues that make the room feel fresh and inviting, the last thing you want to do is clutter the space with too many accessories. The sunroom should always be kept fairly simple – less is more is the phrase to remember when decorating here. A few house plants, an area rug and throw pillows can complete the room with ease.

Essential lighting additions
While you'll get ample natural lighting through the floor-to-ceiling windows, you need something extra to make up for the lost lighting when the sun goes down. Candles are great for ambient lighting, but standing lamps can be very useful if you want to illuminate the space to a greater extent without using too much artificial light. If you want to get a bit fancier, you can find a gorgeous modern chandelier to install.

Taking on an entire room by yourself can be an intimidating feat if you've never done it before. Instead of recruiting friends or family members with a limited amount of experience like you, why not consider some professional assistance? The personal decorators at Decorating Den Interiors are ready and excited to take on the outdoor projects this summer.

Based on your comfort levels, you can request an in-person free consultation with one our design professionals or discuss your desires over the phone. From there, you can go over your ideas, personal style and preferences, project timeline and other details to get your sunroom in great shape before mid-summer.

So what are you waiting for? Contact a personal decorator from Decorating Den Interiors today to get started.