When the weather gets warmer and the days get longer, spending more time outdoors becomes a priority. Whether you’ve got a porch, patio, or balcony, the right outdoor rug can help transform your space into an outdoor oasis perfect for lounging and entertaining.
No matter what activities you use your outdoor space for, it’s important you select the right outdoor rug for the job. Not only do you want to make sure you choose a washable outdoor rug that’s mold and mildew-resistant and built to resist color fading from sun or chlorine exposure, you also want to choose the right size, color, and style to suit your needs. Check out our tips on how to choose an outdoor rug.
How to Choose Your Outdoor Rug Size
Choosing the size of your outdoor rug depends on two factors: What type of outdoor space you have and what you’ll be using it for.
You’ll also want to consider the primary use of your outdoor space and what furniture you want to incorporate. If you’re looking to create a cozy outdoor nook with a chair and small table, a small outdoor rug or runner rug will look best so as not to overwhelm the space.
For an outdoor dining area, you want a large outdoor rug that will allow you to place the table and chairs entirely on the rug while leaving enough of the rug around to allow the chairs to remain on it even when pushed away from the table. An outdoor lounge area with a sofa, table, and accent chairs will also require a large outdoor rug. You want either the front two feet of the furniture to sit on the edge of the rug or have all the furniture on the rug to create a defined area that’s grounded by the rug.
How to Choose Your Outdoor Rug Style
An outdoor space allows you the freedom to experiment with different decor themes without worrying about the way the rest of your home is styled. Since your patio, porch, balcony, or other outdoor area are likely only used a few months of the year, it’s nice to make it feel special. You can do this by choosing an outdoor rug in a pattern that suits your theme.
For a vacation-inspired outdoor space, placing a tropical outdoor rug with palm leaves or other plants will give you an island vibe.
If you prefer a more formal feel, opt for a classic style, like a floral or trellis pattern, in neutral colors.
For a vibe that feels casual and lived in, opt for outdoor rugs with minimal designs, like stripes, chevron, or geometric patterns.
You can play up your rug with coordinating pillows, chair cushions, table linens, and accent tables in the same decor style, or try mixing and matching for a unique look.
How to Choose Your Outdoor Rug Color
Anything goes when it comes to the color of your outdoor rug. Most outdoor spaces are a blank canvas before they’re decorated, allowing you to choose any palette that suits your taste.
Outdoor rugs in shades of green or blue promote a sense of calm and play off the surrounding natural elements. These work well with neutral furniture that let the colorful outdoor rug be the focal point.
If you want to make a bold statement, a black and white outdoor rug will really pop. Pair it with natural tones for a boho vibe.
For an elegant and understated space, try a light tone, like a tan or off-white outdoor rug. Keep the rest of your color palette neutral as well for a monochrome look.
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