Add Charm to Your Outdoor Living Space with an Area Rug

by admin on June 28, 2010 · 0 comments

Outdoor living spaces are becoming as important as indoor rooms with furniture, pillows, decorator touches, and expensive grills. The days of the small charcoal grill on a concrete patio and strap folding chairs are over. In are outdoor “rooms”—patios, decks, gardens, and porches--that rival the cost and style of a room inside the house. One way to pull all of the pieces together is through the use of an accent outdoor area rug.

Outdoor rugs are decorative and durable and add that special touch to give the space an anchored look. They also give a shape around which to place furniture, lamps, plants, and other accessories. Made of polypropylene, synthetic materials (such as the classic rubber out door mat), coir, jute, sisal, Duracord, or chenille, these rugs stand up to the weather while making a design statement. Shapes include rectangle, round, oval, and square. You can choose from a range of sizes from 3 feet by 5 feet to larger than 9 feet by 12 feet.

Whether your decorating style is traditional, contemporary, or somewhere in between, you have an array of designs to make your outdoor room as inviting and cozy as you want it to be. Choices include reversible, braided, solid colors, patterns, and stenciled rugs as well as solid and patterned rugs with contrasting borders. Popular colors tend to be ones found in nature such as natural, black, brown, gold, grey, green, red, blue, cream, and many combinations of these colors.

A simple vacuuming twice a week adds life to your rug with a professional cleaning about every three years. If you own a reversible rug, turning it over occasionally also extends its life. Look for damage caused by insects and for fraying edges. A spill should be lifted with a paper towel or cloth as soon as possible after it occurs.

Major manufacturers include Couristan, Owen Carpet, Shaw, Tans-Ocean, Sphinx, and Safavieh. The cost of outdoor rugs varies from inexpensive to expensive depending on material and design. Runners start at $44 and larger rugs are priced from $250 and up. Major retail outlets such as Home Depot, Pier 1, Crate & Barrel, Pottery Barn, Best Buy, JC Penney, and many online sources sell rugs designed for use outside.

By using an area rug in your outdoor living space, you are not only a making a design statement but also making the space more inviting and charming.

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