Spring is finally here. After a long and temperamental winter, the sun is shining, the trees are in full bloom, and the birds are chirping happily. This is the perfect time to get your deck in shape for summer entertaining. One of my favorite ways to give your deck a serious upgrade is by adding an outdoor rug. These trendy decor pieces truly tie the whole look together, and give your deck that extra oomph, turning it from drab to fab.
Here are a few tips for choosing the best outdoor rug for your patio or deck:
Matrials, materials, materials: Nowadays, outdoor rugs are made from both natural materials such as sisal, hemp, jute, and seagrass, or synthetic woven materials such as polypropylene or plastic. Both options are designed in a way that allows them to stand even the harshest weather conditions, so they will stay durable during the occasional summer showers or direct sunlight. There are benefits to both options. Natural materials are designed to be very strong, sound-absorbent, sustainable, and to add lots of texture to your space. Synthetic coverings, rugs, often come in a wider range of bright colors, can be easily hosed down and dry quickly. Additionally, they are light-weight so you can easily roll them up to move them around. Keep in mind that in most cases, synthetic rugs are also less expensive than natural materials.
Beauty comes in all shapes and sizes: Carefully measure the outdoor area you would like to cover with a rug before you choose one. Outdoor rugs are available in many shapes, sizes and colors. You may want to use more than one rug for your space to help separate different areas such as dining area (placing a rug under the dinning set,) or lounging area.
Add a pop of color: Ou tdoor rugs don’t have to be muted or boring. Nowadays, outdoor rugs come in beautiful colors and textures. You can find fabulous rugs in brightly-colored hues, solid patterns, stripes, geometrics and more. To determine which is right for your space, consider what will compliment your existing furnishings and how much of the rug will be visible.
Check out our Somerset collection for great examples of outdoor rugs.