What could be more beautiful than the great outdoors? Fluffy clouds glowing in romantic sunset tones overhead, trees shimmering cheerfully in the summer breeze, and of course"?a fabulous 8x10 outdoor rug underfoot.
Okay, so maybe that last part is a little unexpected, but hear us out: just because your patio is outside doesn't mean you can't have just as much fun decorating it as you would any other room!
Making The Most Out Of Your Patio
Your outdoor patio space may be beautiful on its own, but who says you can't add a little style? Too often, folks see their patios as simply a place to sit outside"?they set down some chairs and a table, and call it a day.
Professional interior decorators and designers, however, see patios as what they truly are: outdoor rooms. Just like any other room of your home, your patio is an opportunity to create a beautiful experience.
No matter what kind of outdoor space you're working with, an outdoor area rug is the key to establishing your style signature for the space.
What Makes An Outdoor Rug "Outdoor"??
While some woven indoor rugs may seem durable, outdoor rugs are specially made to withstand heat and moisture. Most are made using UV stabilized colors that will resist fading, unlike regular indoor rugs which, if left outside, may be completely sun-bleached by the end of summer.
Outdoor rugs are made out of either natural or synthetic materials:
Synthetic materials, such as acrylic, may have brighter colors, and tend to be lighter weight.
Synthetics also may be easier to clean, and tend to resist mold.
Natural materials, such as bamboo, have a gorgeous texture, and look great for certain styles"?but may not hold up quite as well over time.
Other Uses For Outdoor Rugs
Looking at their durability and low maintenance, you may be thinking of other uses for outdoor rugs"?and you'd be wise to do so! Bringing outdoor rugs inside is a great move, especially for homes with kids and pets.
An 8x10 outdoor rug is a guaranteed hit for playrooms. Go ahead and break out the arts and crafts"?that 8x10 outdoor rug will help keep your floor safe.
With their easy-to-clean surfaces, 8x10 outdoor rugs are perfect for dining areas"?no need to worry about any messy eaters "sharing"? their mac and cheese with the floor!
New puppies bring joy to our hearts"?and sadness to our wallets when we don't get those security deposits back. Keep your floors safe from those house training accidents with a water resistant outdoor rug.
Also perfect for converted garages, basements, and attics"?anywhere you may be concerned about moisture or dust.
Color Inspiration To Get You Started
Outdoor area rugs come in so many gorgeous colors and patterns, it helps to have an idea of what you want before you jump into browsing. Here are some tips to get you started:
Summery Blue: Azure, cobalt, and teal are gorgeous spring/summer options that are sure to brighten up the space year-round.
Navy Blue: For a more nautical look, check out white and navy patterns.
Black and White: Modern and sleek, black and white is a great way to go, especially on concrete or by the pool.
Warm Brights: Nothing says "summer pool party"? like yellow, orange, and pink!
Grey: Sporty and adaptive, grey is a perfect go-to neutral that can be dressed up or down.
More Helpful Hints Before You Buy
Keep your patio's architecture in mind as you're searching for your dream rug"?if there are any pillars, built-in benches, or fire pits, make sure you take them into consideration as you're measuring your space.
For any outdoor rug, make sure you read the cleaning and care directions carefully. While most can simply be hosed down, some need a gentler touch.
Not all outdoor rugs can stand up to months of snow"?it's usually recommended they come inside for winter.
Round tables don't always need round rugs, and vice versa"?in fact, mix-matching shapes can add a fun, eclectic feel.
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