Outdoor rug runners are truly a home decor secret weapon.
Seriously, though: they are probably the most useful, adaptable home furnishing piece you can own. Their long, narrow dimensions make them practical for adding style where wall art and furniture may not be your best bet, such as hallways, bathrooms, entryways, and kitchens. And, their more durable materials make them lower maintenance and easier to own, allowing you to make the most of your home and outdoor space.
A Material World
Unlike indoor-only rugs, indoor-outdoor runner rugs are built to withstand water and sun, and are super low-maintenance. While some outdoor rugs are made with jute or other durable natural fibers, synthetics are usually the way to go. Synthetic outdoor rugs last longer, are easier to clean, and resist fading and mold.
If you love the texture of natural fibers, but want the ease of synthetics, you're in luck"?synthetics have come a long way, and synthetic outdoor rugs come in a wide variety of looks and textures. So just what are they made of?
Olefin, (or polypropylene) may have a strange name, but it's no stranger"?olefin is often found in household fixtures and furnishings, and is nontoxic. We love it for rugs for its durability and pigment retention.
Other synthetic fibers you may find are polyester and nylon. These fibers are gorgeous and inexpensive alternatives to luxurious natural fibers and are also stronger and many times more colorfast.
Natural Fiber Rugs
If you're stuck in love with natural fibers, follow your heart"?though more expensive and less durable than their synthetic counterparts, they'll still put up a pretty good fight against wear and tear when compared to indoor-only rugs. Here are some common ingredients you may find in your natural fiber outdoor rug:
Seagrass: usually found in sandy beiges, these weaves are charmingly simplistic; a beautiful touch for any beach house.
Jute: a thicker, chunkier fiber, this material adds texture, and a casual, relaxed vibe.
Hemp: a uniquely diverse natural fiber, you can find hemp rugs in a wide array of colors, patterns, and textures.
Sisal: from wheaty golds to warm greys, sisal is a timelessly elegant yet casual look.
Cotton: cotton rugs come in a huge variety of colors and weaves, and may also be machine washable. But beware: this material is especially poor for long-term outdoor use.
How To Style Your Outdoor Runner
Once you've decided which material outdoor rug runner makes the most sense for your needs, it's time for the fun part! Outdoor rug runners come in an abundance of colors and patterns, and are extremely versatile. Here are just a few ideas to get you started:
Add dimension to your large patio by using long outdoor runner rug to distinguish bench seating areas.
Glam up your pool or jacuzzi: outdoor runners with rubber backings are a chic solution for slippery pool and jacuzzi areas. Give your swim spot a sporty, sophisticated look with black runner rugs. They'll look especially sharp against light concrete.
Stretch it with stripes"?an outdoor patio runner rug with an elongating pattern is great for opening up narrow balconies.
Outdoor runners are waterproof, so they're ideal for bathrooms. Transform a bathroom with a white waterproof carpet runner to visually expand the area while adding a touch of luxury.
Easy-to-clean and basically kid-proof, outdoor runners are perfect for kids' rooms and play areas. Add whimsy with a mural print"?from serene sea turtles to Parisian florals, outdoor runners come with all kinds of images to spark the imagination.
Brighten up a kitchen with yellows and reds. Outdoor runners' UV resistant colors makes their pigment last.
Or, get splashy with blue"?a summery azure is sure to pop on just about any marble, tile, or linoleum.
On a budget? Find budget-friendly indoor/outdoor rugs under $200.
Caring For Your Outdoor Runner Rug
Always make sure to read the manufacturer's care instructions for your rug, since each rug differs based on materials and construction. But here are some general rules of thumb for taking care of your outdoor runner rug:
Cleaning your synthetic outdoor runner: simply hose down your synthetic fiber outdoor rug, and let dry. For stubborn spots, try a scrub brush and mild detergent or dish soap.
Cleaning your natural fiber outdoor rug: use a scrub brush and a mild detergent diluted in water to spot-clean your natural fiber rug, and let it dry in the sun. Make sure it dries all the way"?dense natural fiber weaves are one of mold's favorite hiding places!
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