I have a not-so-secret crush on outdoor rugs! They can define a space outside and make it an outdoor room. They are so so durable and most importantly (well, maybe not the most important) they are fabulous and pretty! Oh and one more thing… they are often very reasonably priced! Did you know that I not only use them outside and on my porch, but one of my favorite inside rug is really an outdoor rug! YUP! Today we are going to talk about OUTDOOR RUGS!
Just a reminder…
Here are a few tips for choosing and caring for outdoor rugs!
BUY A RUG YOU LOVE
To me, this is the most important tip. You have to live with it so you should love it!
USE AN OUTDOOR RUG INSIDE!
I learned this tip when I had a big party and a little guest spilled orange soda on the oriental rug in the dining room. YIKES! I have a mantra that I live by… PEOPLE ARE MORE IMPORTANT THAN THINGS! So the expensive oriental came out and got cleaned and never went back.
While I was looking for a more economical area rug I came across an outdoor rug I fell in love with. I thought, “why not”? So I ordered it and am so glad I did. It’s my favorite rug! All spills clean up great! I’ve even taken it outside and hosed it down after a big party!
If you find an outdoor rug you fall in love with, give it a try inside!
CHOOSE A RUG THAT WORKS WITH YOUR DECOR
Many outdoor rugs come in wonderful patterns and designs and colors. When choosing an outdoor rug for your home, make sure it works with the rest of your outdoor furniture and cushions! And remember your flooring. You need to consider that in the mix too!
FITTING A RUG UNDER AN OUTDOOR DINING TABLE
If you are thinking about using an outdoor rug under your outdoor dining table make sure it is big enough to pull a chair out from the table without the legs being off the rug.
This does not apply to a bistro table or small accent tables.
RUGS FOR A SITTING AREA
This is an easy one! At least the front legs of the furniture should be on the rug. I must admit, I break this rule with my rocking chairs.
CLEANING A RUG
Most rugs can and should be cleaned. Follow the care instructions on the back of a rug. Often rugs can be hosed off. If they need cleaning, say at the end of the outdoor season, give them a wash with water, a little dishsoap and a soft scrub brush. Rinse thoroughly. Dry both sides in the sun.
Clean up spills and dirt right away.
I like to use my leaf blower to blow debris off my rugs.
Never leave a rug outdoors all year long if the weather in your area gets snow, ice and freezing temperatures. Clean and totally dry them and roll them up and store them until the weather breaks. Do not ever fold a rug! Make sure to roll it.
Here are my top 10 favorite rugs from around the web! I am such a fan of these beauties!
I love love love orange accents. What a gorgeous pop of color! And it’s on sale!
This rug is amazing! Hand hooked! Who knew?
I love love love this rug and would put it in my home!
Blue and white have made a resurgence! Doesn’t everyone love this color combination?
Here’s my dining room rug! LOVE IT!!!
A seriously fabulous sunflower! How darling would this look on a patio?
Gorgeous gray geometric!!!!
How about a natural looking rug?
Yes, Please!!!! This rug melts my heart! I have one almost like it in my foyer!
This rug has a nautical feel. Gorgeous colors!
Are you crushing over outdoor rugs now? Do you have an outdoor rug at your home and have a tip for us? We would love you to share!
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