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Finding The Right Outdoor Area Rug For You

By Abbie Osborne-Wilson

Outdoor area rugs? Though this may sound incongruous, an outdoor area rug can add a real sense of style to any outdoor area where people congregate. Play areas and patios can both benefit from outdoor area rugs.

In order to find the right area rug for your outdoor use you need to consider how much you want to pay for it. There is an area rug to fit into any budget. You may need to do some research on area rugs before going shopping so you will know exactly what you want and you won’t pay too much for it. You don’t want to buy a rug that will be disintegrated within a year. But you don’t want to buy a rug that will be high maintenance.

You want a rug that is going to last for a while. You need to also consider where you are placing the rug. If you are placing it under an umbrella, in a shaded area, or gazebo then it will be protected from weather and will last longer. This will give you the most choices in color and design because you know that it will have minimal exposure and it will last longer.

If the rug is exposed to all outdoor weather you may have a problem with the colors fading from direct sunlight or the fact that the backing will become crumbly and fall to pieces shortly after you purchase it.

Measure your space before shopping for your outdoor area rug. Consider where the rug will be placed and what the rug will be used for to help determine the correct size. You do not need to by a rug that covers the entire area. A smaller rug can add sizzle to your area by contrasting with the existing surface.

Some people choose outdoor rugs to fit with their landscaping or home design. Curvy landscapes, the angles and design elements of your home, and the design style can all help you determine what type of rug will look best. Outdoor area rugs come is a large variety of patterns and colors. For example, with a linear landscape and modern design style you will want to look for bold geometric patterns in a rug.

Color is also important when choosing outdoor area rugs. What colors will work best with your outdoor decor? What material is your outdoor furniture made from – wood, teak, aluminum, or wrought iron? Are you trying to match a structure in your yard or the color of your home? Outdoor area rugs can be dyed. The material from which they are made responds well to coloring and does not bleed. If you are having a hard time finding the right rug you can consider having a rug custom dyed just for your space.

Lastly, what will your rug be used for? If it will be in a high traffic area it will need to be more durable that a rug used only for design. By considering all of the above elements you will be able to find the perfect rug for your outdoor space.

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