You know you want an outdoor rug. That feeling of “completeness” you got when you first laid down a rug in your living room? Yeah, that’s what an outdoor rug will accomplish for your porch, patio, or deck. Along with the aesthetic appeal, it’ll be a treat for your feet!
Styles and Themes
Perhaps the first step in choosing a rug is determining what style would best complete the space. Rugs can be a focal point or a coordinating element of an overall scene. Whether it’s traditional, transitional, contemporary, or modern, let it be an expression of your personality. Traditional options include floral, scroll, and paisley patterns, as well as intricate designs modeled after Persian rugs. These will go well with wicker furniture. Contemporary and modern styles will feature stripes, bold colors, and abstract and geometric patterns. Pair a modern outdoor rug with modern outdoor furniture for a seamless scene. Transitional rugs borrow from both, resulting in eclectic styles that satisfy many design tastes. Expect floral patterns modernized with large scale blooms, Persian styles with palm fronds, and the occasional animal print. These rugs will mix perfectly with most outdoor furniture.
What a rug is made out of is another important factor. Natural materials such as bamboo, jute, and sisal will fit right in with the rest of nature. These types of rugs withstand weathering wonderfully. And since the material is naturally-occurring, no harsh chemicals are used in the manufacturing process.
Polypropylene and recycled plastic are also popular choices because they are mold- and mildew-resistant. Most rugs made from these materials are also UV protected, meaning they won’t fade as time goes by. They are very easy to clean, simply spray with the garden hose and let dry in the sun!
While rectangle rugs are the most popular, other options such as round and square are effective as well. Round rugs will fit nicely in smaller areas and offer an equalizing and unending shape if you follow the art of Feng Shui. Square rugs offer an updated shape, and are also good for smaller areas. They create the perfect place to set your outdoor table set on.
The obvious benefit of an outdoor rug is that it will require little maintenance and will stand up to the elements. Hayneedle offers a wide variety to choose from, so you’re sure to find a solution no matter what your outdoor style preferences!