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Outdoor Patio Rugs

Outdoor patio rugs are an excellent way to add color and comfort on a deck or other outdoor space. While it may be a new idea to put a rug outside, these rugs are specially made. They are not like Astroturf or those old indoor-outdoor carpets you may remember from your childhood. With the durable synthetic yarns that can be made today, the rug feels soft while being able to withstand the wear and tear it gets outside.

Outdoor patio rugs are perfect for decks, patios, sunrooms, breezeways, gazebos and other outdoor living spaces. You can find them in many sizes, so you can get the one that suits your space perfectly. They also come in many different color and patterns, which allows you to decorate however you wish. These rugs also offer easy cleaning.

Being outdoors, they are liable to attract all kinds of dirt and debris. Many of these rugs clean easily with a little detergent and water from the garden hose. Outdoor rugs come with non-skid backing to keep them securely in place.

Tips for Choosing an Outdoor Rug

When you decide you want outdoor patio rugs for your deck, there are a few things to do. First, figure out where you want the rug to go. You can even use them indoors for high traffic areas. Because of their durability and stain resistance, they can make a great choice for any area.

Now that you know where you want your rug to go, see how it will work with the traffic through the area and with your seating choices. Rugs can bring attention to a feature or they can distract from it. Determine what features you want to highlight. This will affect your choice of pattern and color.

Choosing The Size Of Patio Rug

Choosing the right size of outdoor patio rugs can be as easy as measuring your space. Rugs are an excellent way to define a smaller space within a larger area. Will there be furniture in the area or is it an open play area for kids? If there will be furniture, you will need to decide if the furniture will be on the rug or if the rug will fill the space between the seating.

Both looks are appropriate; you just need to decide what works best for you. If you will be placing the furniture on the rug, you need to take into consideration that you'll need extra space for walking space incorporated into the size of the rug.

Picking the Color and Pattern

Now it is time to think about color. Do you want the rug to bring focus to the area, or do you want it to be more subdued? With the new synthetic fibers and dyes that are UV resistant, worrying about fading is a thing of the past. The rug should stay vibrant and colorfast for several years. Outdoor rugs are now water repellent and resist stains and abrasions, so you can rest assured your rug will look good for a long time.

If you want a bold rug, choose a bright color with a bold design that will capture the eye. If you choose a rug like this, don't cover it up with furniture. Let the rug be seen, otherwise you're wasting a perfectly good focal point.

If you prefer a more subdued rug that blends in with its surroundings, look for a simpler pattern in a calmer color. You can match colors in the furniture or other surrounding features to help it become an integral part of the decor. Remember that darker colors will make a space appear smaller and cozier, while lighter colors will make the space appear larger and more spacious.

Now it is time to really focus on the patterns in outdoor patio rugs. Think about any other patterns that will be in your chosen space. Will they clash with the rug pattern? You want your rug to complement your other furnishings, not compete with them. Choose a bold rug pattern if your other furnishings are solid colors, while a subdued patterns and border designs work best with more decorative furnishings.

Finally, you don't have to stick with a rectangular rug. It's true that rectangles work great in sitting areas, but you can have a little fun with the shape of your rug if you want. Look for square rugs, circular rugs, octagonal rugs and oval rugs. Adding a different shape can really make your area stand out. Let yourself go a little bit and show your personal style in your choices.

Once your area is all put together, you'll find that it becomes a more enjoyable place to be. Use your outdoor space for relaxation, reading, entertaining or any other activity that you like.

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