When many people think of outdoor patio areas they think about cement, stone, tile and wood or manufactured wood. What they don’t consider is that a patio area can be accented nicely with outdoor rugs.
Outdoor rugs have come a long way. Today home owners can find outdoor rugs in a variety of shapes, colors, sizes and materials. In fact you can find an outdoor rug to accent any patio decor.
Traditional Patio Outdoor Rugs
If you prefer a more traditional style consider outdoor rugs traditional patterns and colors. For example, a burgundy and tan outdoor rug with a leaf or scrolling pattern. Many traditional outdoor patio rugs are made of Polypropylene which is a thermoplastic polymer used in a variety of applications. It’s durable, attractive and easy to clean.
Natural, Eclectic or Modern Outdoor Rugs
If you prefer a more natural look and feel or enjoy a modern appearance you can use a sisal type outdoor rug. Again, these rugs are made from Polypropylene but they’re designed to look and feel like natural sisal, hemp or sea grass. They’re beautiful and can add a nice finishing touch to your patio.
Placing Your Outdoor Patio Rug
Once you’ve decided on a look or style for your patio it’s time to start creating it. You might first begin with your accent rug and go from there. If you already have furniture then your outdoor rug will need to fit into your existing design. There are two primary places to consider using your patio rug.
Under the dining table. In your sunroom or on your patio the perfect place for your rug is under your dining table. It helps center the room and adds a focal point. Make sure the rug you purchase is large enough to fit under your dining table and chairs. Measure so there is at least a foot of rug beyond the back of each chair. This ensures when people scoot their chair back they don’t scoot off of the rug.
The second place to consider an accent rug is under your outdoor wicker furniture. If you don’t have a dining area, then presumably you have a few chairs or a couch and a coffee or side table. Position your outdoor rug in the center of your seating area for maximum impact. In most cases this rug will be large enough to cover the center space but not so large that the seating rests on it.
Outdoor rugs are a great patio accent. They’re also functional. When buying an outdoor rug make sure to read the materials and the cleaning guidelines first. Some outdoor rugs are more durable than others. Match the rug materials, style and size to your patio needs.