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Top 12 Outdoor Rugs to Elevate Your Patio This Summer

Top 12 Outdoor Rugs to Elevate Your Patio This Summer

There is nothing like a rug to inject style and comfort into a porch or patio seating area. Today, I am sharing the 12 best outdoor rugs to consider for your space this summer along with a few decorating tips…

Is your porch or alfresco dining space feeling a little blah? If I had to guess, it’s most likely lacking the visual interest and coziness that only a rug can provide.

outdoor rug on deck underneath a modern dining table and umbrella

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As summer approaches and we begin to gravitate more and more to our outdoor spaces, while it may seem like overkill to some (by “some”..I am mostly referring to a vast majority of you heterosexual males out there), it really isn’t unreasonable to desire the same degree of comfort and style from your most-frequented exterior areas as you would expect from your interior living or dining rooms.

outdoor patio decorated with neutral furniture and rug
Design: Amber Lewis x Loloi Rug Source: here

Outdoor Rugs for Both Style and Function-

While thoughtfully selected furniture and pillows can certainly work wonders for elevating your outdoor space, a properly sized rug not only injects pattern, color and texture into the mix, but it also masterfully defines and anchors seating zones.

Whether you want your sunroom to mimic the coziness of your interior living room or you want to distinguish a private conversational area from the rest of your deck, rugs are great for organizing the layout of any space.

A Similar Rug Like This One on My Porch Can be Found Here

Not only comfortable underfoot, outdoor rugs are also a stylish option for protecting yourself or your loved ones against falls on notoriously slippery surfaces. Whether you have a concrete patio or tiled balcony, utilizing an outdoor area rug can save you from a busted a$$ or broken arm (especially if you have an affinity for strong margaritas like me).

modern minimalist patio styled with checker rug and white coffee table
Design: The Lifestyled Co. Rug Source: here

So now that I have given you a solid argument for why patio rugs are a true need and not just a cosmetic want (just in case the man in your life wants to give you a hard time), I am now going to share my top picks for this season’s outdoor rugs directly below.

*FYI: The grey geometric rug I used beneath my outdoor dining table is labeled “b”. *

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Now that you have seen my curated rug selections, to ensure you are ultimately satisfied with your purchase, I would like to wrap up this post with a few closing tips…

Tips for Choosing an Outdoor Rug:

1. Size: When selecting your outdoor rug, size is the most common factor people tend to f**k up- often skimping and going too small. This will make your patio look cheap!

    As a rule of thumb, the front legs of your couch and/or chairs should comfortably fit on the rug. If you are buying for an outdoor dining table rug, make sure the entire table fits on top of the rug with an additional 24” on both sides so that the chairs can easily slide in and out .

    modern black and white rug and outdoor sofa on patio

    (Rug Sizing Hack).If you find a design that you love but it’s not offered in a large enough size, you can always layer it on top of a larger, solid rug like I had to do in my covered porch (image above).

    2. Aesthetics: When sifting through various rug styles, colors, and patterns, be sure to consider the existing decor and color palette of your outdoor space. Whether you prefer bold geometric patterns, classic stripes, boho motifs or earthy texture, select a rug that reflects your personal style while also remaining cohesive with the overall aesthetic of your home.

    modern outdoor dining area on a deck with a table, chairs and rug
    Dining Table Rug Can Be Found Here

    3. Material: While most outdoor rugs nowadays are crafted from durable, weather-resistant and mildew-resistant material (think polypropylene, polyester, or nylon,)it is always a good idea to read the reviews before making your final purchasing decision. Even after ensuring you have selected a heavy-duty material, it is still important to have realistic expectations. In areas with no cover from the elements, accept that you may need to replace your rug every few years.

    patio with black and white striped up and modern chairs

    As we come to the end of this post, I hope you are feeling energized and ready to make your outdoor space the most fabulous it has ever been. And if anyone wants to give you hell about your spending habits or make you feel silly for wanting a rug outdoors altogether, either tell them to f**ck off… or recite the paragraph above about rugs being a tool for practicality and safety. I’ve got your back!

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    Now get out there and design some good vibes along with a fabulous life!



    My journey in interior design and home improvement began with transforming my first fixer-upper home, all while managing a budget and raising two young boys. My work, a reflection of my passion for creating beautiful, uplifting spaces, has been recognized by top publications like Better Homes and Gardens Magazine, HGTV, and more. I invite you to explore my site and witness the transformation of my home and the vibes we've designed.Read more...