In your outdoor area, you have a grill, a few chairs, and a table, but you may wish for more. You want your outdoor space to be designed, as an extension of your home and living space. Space where you can sit with your friends for drinks while the kids play in the yard. Or a relaxing retreat from everyday stress. Whether you want to have a sophisticated lanai or a simple spot for dining al fresco, it all starts with an outdoor rug.
When considering designing your outdoor living space, you need to make sure that you have the right materials. Outdoor rugs are made of synthetic materials that are treated to be mold and mildew resistant. Some are also UV resistant, that can help prevent fading when exposed to sunlight. It doesn’t mean that you can toss the rug outside and forget it. Outdoor rugs need to be vacuumed regularly, they need to be picked up and swept underneath regularly. Hang them on a deck rail or a clothesline and allow them to air dry. In order to extend the life of your rug, stow it indoors if you know that an extended period of bad weather is coming. If you live in an area where you have different seasons, give it a good cleaning by vacuuming it, spraying it down with your water hose, and allowing it to dry before storing it away during the off-season.
Now that we have the practicalities out of the way, we can talk about the fun stuff! Outdoor area rugs come in many sizes and colors, but if you can’t find exactly what you want, you can find a little DIY magic! There are a couple of different ways to make your own outdoor area rug. First, you start with an inexpensive outdoor area rug in a solid, neutral color. Then decide on your design, you can either create a stencil with cardstock or purchase stencils. Use the stencils and outdoor spray paint to create a repeating pattern. And there you are, a budget-friendly custom area rug!
If your outdoor space is covered and protected from the sun, a pretty tablecloth is a great option. Just coat BOTH sides of the tablecloth carefully with a water-based Polyurethane floor finish. Then put a rubber rug pad under the tablecloth and your project is complete! Tablecloths come in so many great sizes and shapes, you can often pick them up at the end-of-season sales at a huge discount.
The outdoor rug market has expanded greatly in recent years. So if you aren’t into DIY, no worries, there are many stylish options out there, your biggest problem will be deciding which one to buy!
Your outdoor spaces offer a huge amount of square footage, use them to your advantage to create delightful and entertaining spaces! Give it a polished look by starting from the ground up! Update your space by giving a trendy fresh look through outdoor area rugs to extend your indoor decor to the great outdoors.