How a Rectangular Outdoor Rug Can Highlight Your Room Decor
A rectangular outdoor rug can highlight your other decor by contributing to the space’s color palette, style, and tone. With outdoor spaces in particular, a well placed rug can set that space apart and draw your eye towards everything that makes that space special, including your other decor.
Decorating With a Rectangular Outdoor Rug
Perhaps when you think of outdoor rectangular area rugs, you think of astro-turf with rough surfaces and very little style. Fortunately, outdoor rugs are so much more than that! Outdoor rugs can be as stylish and as comfortable as any indoor rug (in fact, outdoor rugs can be used inside as well for those very reasons). So as you shop for a rectangular outdoor rug, rest assured that you can find one that’s stylish, practical, and comfortable.
Choosing Which Rectangular Outdoor Rug is Right for You
With so many choices out there to sift through, you may be feeling a bit intimidated. To narrow down your search, consider these key areas.
Position/Size: First, determine what the layout of your space is and how your rectangular outdoor rug will fit into it. Each space is unique, so the following points are purely guidelines to get you started.
2x3’s: If you’re dressing up a deck, patio, or other outdoor space, you can go for a simple 2x3 outdoor rug by your door to bridge the gap between spaces and show off your style.
Social Spaces: When it comes to setting up an outdoor seating area, there are a few ways to place an outdoor rectangular area rug. It is typically centered with the seats, but the rug can either sit entirely in front of the seats, under their front two legs, or all the way under them.
Dining Area: The size rug you choose for your outdoor dining area will vary depending on the size of your table, but regardless of the size, you’ll likely center your rug right beneath the table. Leave about two-three feet of excess rug on each side of the rug so that the chairs can be pulled in and out comfortably.
Material: Outdoor rugs are available in many materials, but each one is made to withstand outdoor elements like rain and sunshine. Popular materials for outdoor area rugs include polyester, vinyl, plastic, and other synthetic materials. Each has their own perks in terms of comfort, pile height, and tone, so do your research to decide which material best fits your needs.
Pattern: Much of what defines a rug’s style is its pattern, so as you shop, look through patterns that fit your personal style. For inspiration, look at your existing decor for similar shapes and imagery. If you’re starting with a blank slate, study your favorite interior design style and see what sorts of designs they highlight. Outdoor rugs come in any design, but some popular ones include tropical, vintage, modern, etc. There are also brands like safavieh that create many designs that are great for a multitude of styles.
Color: Like pattern, color is an important factor in determining the rug’s style. Neutral tones like black, white, beige, and grey are popular in a variety of styles, and even these colors come in a variety of tones. To make a statement in your outdoor space, consider other popular colors like blue, green, red, and orange. Even if you want to go subtle, these colors are available in many different vibrancies, so you can find a palette that creates the proper mood and fits your vibe.
Ideas and Advice
Check out our latest how to's + design tips to find the perfect rug for your space.