Summer is officially here, so let's talk porches. As your clients look to spend more time outside this season, be prepared with these simple-yet-effective design tips from Houzz.

The tips range from purely aesthetic decor ideas to easy ways to make the space more comfortable during the warm summer months.

"If the sun and heat are keeping you from enjoying your porch as much as you could, an outdoor ceiling fan or a set of outdoor drapes could help," Houzz contributor Laura Gaskill notes. "Bonus: The moving air from a fan can help discourage mosquitoes, too."

Flip through the Houzz slideshow below and be sure to see more from REMODELING on outdoor rooms:
Bring the Inside Out
Three Hot Patio Trends for Summer, and Three to Forget
A Room (and Deck) With a View

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