More and more homeowners are investing money in outdoor rooms where they can relax, escape from the pressures of daily life and entertain guests in a casual environment. Outdoor area rugs have become increasingly popular with this trend towards adding outdoor rooms to homes. Outdoor rugs give a nice finished look to and outdoor furniture arrangement as well as a formality that is unexpected in an outdoors environment.
When you have an outdoor space that could use a little sprucing up, you need an indoor/outdoor area rug to make it look better than ever before! Outdoor area rugs are designed to be used on patios, decks, porches, lanais, and any other parts of your home that receive exposure to the elements. Because of the types of materials they are made from, they can withstand that kind of use again and again without becoming damaged or too dirty to continue using. While some of these rugs are meant for wiping your feet, they are mostly intended for decorative use in your outside spaces.
Types of Materials
Outdoor area rugs are quite different from their indoor counterparts, especially where the materials they are made from are concerned. While they are usually made from either all-natural materials or a blend, outdoor rugs are almost always made from synthetic fibers. This is because they receive a lot of heavy foot traffic as well as exposure to the elements, so they must be made from materials that are designed to withstand a lot of use. The synthetic materials from which outdoor rugs are made are usually bound in fabric borders to help keep them together for as long as possible. Even if these rugs do not include borders, however, they are still sturdy and durable, and built to last for a long time. They are easier to clean than most fiber rugs, and they can be made in a variety of different colors and patterns. If you are interested in using only all-natural rugs in your outdoor space, choose one made of jute, which is derived from a plant. This is a natural substitute for synthetic rug fibers, and it holds up just as well under extreme use. It also works great outdoors, since it gives a tropical feeling to any room.
Sizes and Shapes
It might be difficult to find outdoor area rugs in certain sizes and shapes, but it is never impossible! No matter what type of rug you are looking for, you can find it and decorate your outdoor space perfectly. One of the most popular sizes for outdoor rugs is between four feet and eight feet wide, which gives you just enough space to work with so that you can decorate around the rug without it taking up the entire deck, patio, or porch. However, you can scale the size down even more for an accent rug, or even find square indoor outdoor rugs as large as 10x10 feet in size. Rectangular rugs are by far the most common in the world of outdoor rugs, but you can also find excellent runner-style options, as well as plenty of square rugs to help fit your needs. There are round rugs available for your outdoor areas as well, but they are less common than some of these other shapes. Outdoor rugs usually are not available in other, more unique shapes, and it is difficult to find them in ovals as well.
How to Choose a Good Color
It is so important to choose the right color for your outdoor area rug! Having the right rug in your space can help you really work with the room to bring a sense of life and relaxation to every corner. You have a lot of options when it comes to picking the right color and pattern for your rug, and you can usually find an outdoor rug that suits just about any type of style or décor. For example, if you are looking to stick to a more traditional type of pattern and color scheme, choose an outdoor rug that comes in a muted color and features a simple repeating geometric pattern. Some of these rugs also include borders, which makes them look even more traditional. However, if you lean more toward the modern in your sense of style, look for bright, bold rugs with chunky colors and plenty of splashes of different shades to make the space pop. You can find floral styles in both traditional and modern outdoor area rugs, and florals are always a good choice for outside spaces. Go for an ivory or gray elegant floral print to stick to the tradition, or choose bright multicolored flowers on a dark background for something more modern.
How to Decorate with Indoor Outdoor Area Rugs
The way you use your outdoor rug is entirely up to you. However, there are a few pointers you can keep in mind to make your design go even better. For example, if you have a large space to work with, it’s best to use a large area rug to match that size. Choose one with a noticeable border to help separate the rug from the rest of your floor space. In a large outdoor room, you can also use a mid-sized rug to separate sections of the area. Spread a rectangular rug across the seating area, and leave the other half of the floor bare to show the difference in these two parts of the space. With a smaller floor to work with, you can still get a lot accomplished with your rug. In a smaller outdoor space, it is better not to rely on a rug that will cover the entire floor, but instead to use one as an accent piece. Choose a round rug if possible for this, as round rugs tend to work best when accenting the colors and style of an existing room theme. Pick a color from your furniture or decorations that you can draw out with the help of your accent rug.
Now that you understand a little bit more about outdoor area rugs, you can pick your favorite one and start decorating right away. Whether you choose to make your rug the focal point of your outdoor space or you simply use it as an accent to the rest of your exterior décor, you have a lot of choices when it comes to decorating with your new rug. Pick the color that works best with your style, and get ready to enjoy a more beautiful outdoor space than ever before.
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