How a Large Outdoor Rug Can Highlight Your Room Decor
A large outdoor area rug can highlight your other decor by reinforcing an existing color scheme, adding a coordinating pattern, and emphasizing the overall style of the space. By choosing a rug that intentionally works with your other decor and furniture, you can create a space where everything feels intentional and purposefully designed.
Decorating With a Large Outdoor Rug
When you’re decorating with a large outdoor rug, you’re not limited with what style or color palette you choose. The fact is that interior design is such a big trend that it’s no longer limited to the interior spaces--you can carry your personal style into your outdoor spaces as well. Whether you’re decorating a front porch, patio, deck, or other outdoor space, you have plenty of options to choose from so that your space perfectly reflects your style.
Choosing Which Large Outdoor Rug is Right for You
Because there are so many choices for large outdoor area rugs, you may not know where to begin your search. Start by thinking through these key areas to narrow your search and find your perfect rug.
Position: Early on, you should determine your ideal layout. With large outdoor area rugs, you’ll likely use them to ground an outdoor seating area or establish your dining space. Large outdoor rugs typically fit under tables with 8+ seats. Just be sure that there’s about 2-3 feet of excess on each end and side for the chairs. As for your outdoor seating, it looks most natural to center the rug with your seats. You can either place the rug partway under the furniture or all the way beneath it. Depending on the size of your outdoor space, you may even have the rug extend a little ways behind the furniture.
Size/Shape: Large outdoor rugs include 8x10, 9x12, 10x14, and 12x15 rugs. As you decide on your ideal size, look back to your layout and choose the size that works best in that setup. With that, shape is another important factor to consider with size and layout. Rectangular is a popular choice for large outdoor area rugs, but you can also find them in oval, round, square, or other shapes. Choose the shape that fits your space and layout best.
Pattern: There are hundreds upon hundreds of designs out there to choose from, so you may be wondering how to find one that’s right for you. First, look at your favorite style and the style of the rest of your home. Find a design that uses similar shapes, motifs, and images to harken back to those other decorative elements. Be sure that they also connect to your other outdoor decor in similar ways. Popular designs for large outdoor rugs include geometric shapes, abstract designs, oriental patterns, and so on. There are even more patterns beyond those, so choose whichever one speaks to you and fits your vibe.
Color: Finally, the rug’s color is instrumental in setting the tone and conveying your style. Neutral tones like grey, black, white, and beige fit into a variety of styles and come in all sorts of patterns, but the same can be said of colors like blue, red, green, etc. Look at how your colors are combined in the rug’s design to convey the style, and then look at the brightness of those colors and the tone that those colors create. Calming, soothing spaces tend to use neutral hues or gentler tones, while vibrant spaces will use bright and bold colors. Whichever way you lean, you can find a color palette that perfectly conveys your style and sets the proper tone.
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