Blue is the color of the sky and the sea; it represents loyalty, royalty, peace, and tranquility. It can affect the human emotions in many ways from invoking a feeling of relaxation with light and pastel hues of blue to feelings of excitement with vivid, electric blues. Deciding on the shade of blue you want to decorate your outdoor space with depends on the type of feeling you want to experience and how you want your guests to feel. Before we get into the many different types of blue outdoor rugs, let's talk about what makes an outdoor rug unique.
Outdoor Rugs: Durable and Versatile
Outdoor rugs are created with a sturdy design meant to survive life outside. They are frequently made of nylon, polyester, polypropylene, and other synthetic materials that are mold- and mildew-resistant. Outdoor rugs are easy to clean, some are treated to resist fading, and all are versatile and don't have to be limited to outdoor use. Indoor outdoor rugs are great in high-traffic areas, in children's rooms, and in kitchens ?"? all are places that can benefit from easy to clean rugs.
Outdoor rugs pull together outdoor dining, lounging, and entertaining spaces. They expand your livable space and bring the comfort of the inside of your home outdoors during the warmer months. Before choosing the perfect blue rug for your outdoor space, you should explore the many patterns and shades of this beautiful color.
A Thousand Shades Of Blue
There's no doubt that choosing the perfect blue rug to complete your outdoor decor can be intimidating, so it's easiest to begin by understanding what's out there to choose from and how they pair with other colors.
Greyish blue indoor outdoor rugs pair great with medium to light wood tones and shades like medium browns, tans, and blush.
Pastel and light blues can be complemented by light, creamy oranges and you can add a touch of drama by pairing these light shades with dark grey woods.
Greenish blues can be paired with many colors including black and white, but it can also create a one of a kind space when paired with shades of red like maroon, red, or blush.
Vibrant and electric blues can create a beautiful palette with shades of yellow, orange, and red.
Dark navy blue outdoor rugs can be paired with white for a classic nautical feel but can surprise your eyes when paired with shades of golden yellow, tan, or rich chocolate browns.
Bring Style To Your Outdoor Space
There are many stunning prints in blue that can match any style of outdoor decor, but some of the most popular are:
You'll find that the brighter and bolder the color, the more dramatic the effect and the more excitement you will feel from your outdoor decor. Softer blues will create a more relaxed feel for your outdoor space.
To create your very own outdoor tropical oasis, look for medium shades of blue with pops of orange, pink, red, and yellow flowers and palm leaf patterns.
Pick a bold or bright solid or geometric pattern for spaces where you frequently entertain or have cookouts to keep the excitement all summer long.
For your relaxing escape, choose a pastel or light shade of blue in a large floral, abstract, or minimalist pattern.
The best way to find your perfect blue outdoor rug is to browse what is available and narrow down your search by filtering the styles to what you know you like or want.
Choosing The Perfect Size Rug
Outdoor rugs come in many different shapes and sizes, but choosing the right size rug for your outdoor space is very easy. You can follow these key rules to figure out what size rug to purchase and the shapes available:
If you're using your indoor outdoor rug underneath a dining table, you should make sure that the chairs can be pulled out as if they were to be sat on and not hang off the edge of the rug.
Looking for a rug for your seating area? You have a little more flexibility in size options. You can either purchase a rug that is large enough so pieces fit comfortably on the rug--usually an 8x10 outdoor rug--or you can purchase a slightly smaller rug so that the front two legs of your outdoor chairs and couches are on top of the rug--depending on the size of your space, a 5x7 to 6x9 outdoor rug should do.
Outdoor rugs come in a variety of shapes like rectangular, round, oval, runners and beyond, so you're sure to find the perfect rug for any space!
Caring For And Cleaning Your Outdoor Rug
Since outdoor rugs are made with strong synthetic materials, they clean very easily and don't require frequent maintenance. At the beginning and end of every outdoor season, you should clean your outdoor rugs with water, a scrub brush, and diluted dish soap. Wash both sides and allow your rug to dry completely in the sun before placing it down on your deck, patio, or other outdoor space. In between washes, you can spot clean when needed. In the off-season or if you live in climates that experience snow, store your rug rolled up in a dry, indoor space like a basement or backyard shed.
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