The winter is finally coming to an end! We can put the cold behind us and ready our homes for some more pleasant temperatures. With spring on its way, you might want to think about getting that outdoor living space, well, livable again. Soon you will be able to move the potted plants back to the porch, pull the kiddos bike out of the garage, and maybe even uncover the pool or fountain. One thing you might want to consider when taking on this task is adding a rug to your outdoor furniture.
Many people consider outdoor rugs to be the cheap rugs that are outside because ‘who cares if they get ruined?’ Well that is simply not the case. Outdoor rugs come in a variety of designs just as diverse as their indoor counterparts. These robust rugs can be used to make an outdoor space more comfortable, more eye-catching, and more sophisticated. Bringing the design quality and style of the indoors to the outdoors is the goal when choosing a rug for your soon to be outdoor living “room.”
There are many different directions you can go in terms of designing an outdoor space. Despite popular belief, outdoor rugs come in many different styles and color palettes. You may want a simply designed geometric pattern that will complement the intricate designs present in nature itself. Or you may want a more intricately designed Oriental rug that will add sophistication and color to the area. Many people do not expect to see such beautiful designs in an outdoor space and the surprise of a Persian style rug will certainly leave a lasting impression. Layering rugs is another viable option for an outdoor space. You can make a pallet of elegant rugs under a draped covering to create a breezy Moroccan styled space. Tropical themed rugs are also a popular design choice for outdoor spaces. Whether the rug features palm trees and tropical fish or is simply a striped rug with cool tropical colors, this popular style is a mainstay for those who love relaxing outdoors.
There are a number of things to consider when making your selection, not the least of which is material. You need to decide how the rug is going to be utilized in the outdoor space. If you want to leave the rug outdoors as a permanent fixture, synthetic fibers are your best option. Polypropylene is the best fiber for this type of use being as it can withstand prolonged exposure to the sun while retaining its color and it is resistant to both mold and mildew. With a moisture regain between 0.01 and 0.05, polypropylene is excellent at repelling water. These synthetic rugs come in an array of design styles from contemporary to transitional to traditional and are sure to come in a design to fit your space perfectly. Do not think that just because polypropylene is considered an “economic fiber” that it does not come in beautiful motifs and color palettes. These are the ideal rugs for using poolside. They add comfort and protection from slick surfaces and what could be hot concrete on bare toes.
There are a number of outdoor-friendly fibers to choose from but not all of them are meant for continuous exposure to the elements. The viable options are a bit wider if you plan on keeping the rug under a covered porch, bringing it in during inclement weather, and storing it during winter. There are a number of natural fibers like jute, bamboo, sea grass, and even wool that can be used in an outdoor setting. These rugs are robust and stain resistant and wool wicks water which can be a handy feature if an unexpected rain comes in. It is important not to permanently leave these rugs outside, however. They should be brought indoors or kept under cover whenever not in use. Because jute, bamboo, and sea grass are all plant fibers, they will absorb and retain water, leaving them susceptible to mold and mildew. Be sure to allow them to thoroughly dry between uses.
One more aspect of outdoor rugs that is worth noting: In the off season, when it starts to get cold again, these rugs can be easily cleaned with a garden hosed and moved indoors. They work wonderfully for an entrance way or mudroom because if snow is tracked onto them in colder months, they still dry quickly.
Outdoor rugs are a great way to enhance typically neglected spaces such as porches, decks, and balconies. There are many possibilities when it comes to decorating an outdoor space and the right rug might be the missing element to set the design off. Remember to bookmark us and come back for more decorating tips.