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Tips on Dressing Up Your Outdoor Space With Rugs

Just as rugs or carpets can anchor furniture groupings or add finishing touches to a room, they can perform the same service to your outdoor spaces. Place them in seating areas as well as beneath dining tables to ramp up your outdoor decor.

Outdoor space without an anchor.

Outdoor space without an anchor.

Same space but much more inviting with this reversible outdoor rug from Lowe's.

Same space but much more inviting with this reversible outdoor rug from Lowe's.

Here are a few tips to help you select the perfect all-weather rug to dress up your patio, porch or deck.

Material:

Look for durable materials that can tolerate extreme sun exposure while resisting mildew and mold. Many all-weather rugs are made of polypropylene, a durable, stain-resistant plastic-like yarn that can mimic sea grass, sisal and other natural materials.

This handsome Chevron stripe rug from Ballard Designs is made of non-fading, washable, 100-percent mildew resistant polypropylene, which is easily cleaned with mild soap and a quick rinse with a hose. I even vacuum my outdoor rugs.

Ballard Designs offers a wide selection of outdoor rugs.

Ballard Designs offers a wide selection of outdoor rugs.

Size:

For a border effect, select a rug that’s about three inches smaller than the floor space. But be careful not to get a rug that’s too big and overwhelming, nor one that’s too small.

Color:

Rule of thumb: Lighter colors make the outdoor space seem larger. Darker colors make it look smaller and more intimate. And, remember, outdoor spaces are supposed to be festive, so don’t shy away from color or bold patterns if your furniture is somewhat subdued.

How have you been using outdoor rugs? We’d love to see photos and hear about your ideas. Send your photographs to socialmedia@ajc.com or post them on Instagram with the hashtag #AJCdiy.

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