Do you have a porch or patio? Even the smallest porch can look more pulled together and cozy with the addition of a rug. You don’t have to worry if it gets wet or dirty. Here’s a guide to help you choose an outdoor rug you’ll love.
Choose Your Outdoor Furniture First
In a living room you want to choose a rug where all of the furniture can at least rest on the rug. The same is true for outdoors, so you will want to have your outdoor furniture before you decide what size rug to purchase.
Maybe you have a small patio and the only thing that fits are two small chairs. Or maybe you want an outdoor sofa and chairs with a coffee table. Once you have your furniture in place it’s much easier to see what size rug you need.
Determine the Size Rug you Need
Once you have the furniture in place measure the distance to the outside of the arrangement. It is harder outdoors because often there are no walls to limit the space. That’s what the rug does for your outdoor space, it can define the area for you.
You will want the rug to be large enough where chair and sofa legs all rest on the rug. Outdoor rugs are so inexpensive that you can buy a little larger than you think you need.
There are fewer outdoor rugs to choose from than there are cushions and pillows. I recommend choosing the rug and then deciding on any pillows or cushions. They don’t need to match, they just need to coordinate.
Use Vivid Colors and Pattern
Outdoor rugs are exposed to everything. They can be hosed off, but if you get too light of a color it will look dirty more quickly. It’s far easier to disguise the dirt if you buy a rug with quite a bit of pattern.
Since it is outdoors, it’s a great opportunity to use something a little bit more wild than what you would choose inside. If you can see your outdoor space from the indoors, it looks more pulled together if you use the same color palette or similar.
Favorite Sources for Outdoor Rugs
Outdoor rugs are everywhere and they are very inexpensive. My favorite places to shop fit into two categories – in person and online.
My favorite in person sources are Target and World Market. You’ll see picks from each of these below. My favorite places online to buy outdoor rugs are Overstock and Wayfair.
Blue Outdoor Rugs
There are so many blue choices in 2019 and these are just a few of the ones that I loved.
- Target Dot Diamond Outdoor Rug
- Havenside Home Cordova Leopard from Overstock
- Sicily Blue Outdoor Rug from Ballard
- Navy Paisley Reversible Rug from World Market (only $35 for a 6×9 and it’s reversible)
Red and Pink Outdoor Rugs
- Orange Medalian reversible rug from World Market
- Red and White Zebra from Overstock This may not go under all the furniture if you have a large space, but it’s a cool take on a hide rug. It comes in many different colors.
- Liora Manne Visions from Target
Black and White Outdoor Rugs
Would you like to add an outdoor rug to your patio or porch? If so, I’d love to see a picture of the rug you chose.