Consider Outdoor Rugs This Summer

Rugs don’t have to be confined within the four walls of an indoor room- outdoor rugs are a great way to liven up an outdoor living space. Summer months are made for entertaining guests outdoors or just sitting and relaxing on the deck with a cold drink, so why not be as comfortable as possible while doing so? This summer, enjoy spending time outdoors with your feet snugly placed on a stylish, practical, cozy outdoor rug.

Rugs can make great additions to any outdoor area, whether it’s the deck, patio, porch, or gazebo. They add a touch of warmth while also serving as a definitive decorating piece.

Of course, there are many different options to consider when choosing a rug for your outdoor space. Selecting the proper outdoor rug material is crucial- since the rug is going to be outside braving the elements, pick a material that will hold up against sun exposure, resist mold and mildew, and is durable enough to tough it out in the great outdoors.

Next, it’s important to determine correct placement and size of your outdoor rug. If you have any outdoor architecture, such as an outdoor fireplace, make sure there are no safety or structural issues with your rug placement. If the rug is for a patio or a gazebo, a helpful tip is to have the rug be three inches smaller in each direction than the floor space of the area. This will make the area easier to clean around and under the rug as well as creating a nice bordered effect.

Lastly, since it is an outdoor rug, have fun with the design! Play around with different styles until you find one that best suits your outdoor space. Don’t be afraid to experiment with bolder color choices or unique patterns.  Since the rug is going outside, you don’t have to worry about coordinating the design with the rest of the house’s decoration. Interesting patterns create an inviting, bright environment. Just be sure that the yarn in your outdoor rug is of the highest UV resistance value to withstand the sun’s rays. Solution-dyed yarns are a great option for providing long-lasting, vibrant colors.  Outdoor rugs also come in a variety of different shapes, so don’t just go for the standard rectangle! Try a circular or octagonal shaped outdoor rug to add a little style to your space.

Whichever type of outdoor rug you choose, make sure to enjoy it! Curl up on the rug and read a book in the summer breeze, watch the sunset on your porch in bare feet, host a BBQ with friends and family on the deck. Just unwind outside during these beautiful summer months- that’s what having an outdoor rug is all about!

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Purchasing the Perfect Rug for Your Home

Purchasing a rug can be a big commitment. But a quality rug or carpet should be viewed as  an investment in your home, and you need to make sure you will be satisfied with your decision for a number of years. Thankfully, there are many ways to make the rug purchasing process a little easier. Follow these tips next time you buy a rug and you’ll be sure to make the right choice!

First, determine the mood you are trying to set for the room. Whether you want a calming environment or a loud and fun space, rugs can help establish the desired effect. Each rug has its own particular personality and specific design that can meet the needs of any room.

Next, decide what size rug you are looking for— the size, design, and layout of the room dictates what size is best. One important tip to keep in mind is that accent rugs and runners are easier to coordinate with the main rug than vice versa. So if possible, pick a main rug first and then find complimentary accent rugs after.

The type of rug you choose determines the price. There are different types of rug to consider – handmade, Flatweave or Knotted pile; hand tufted, or machine made, Axminster or Wilton. The price varies depending on the type of rug you select. Other factors that influence price include materials, complexity of design, number of colors used, dying technique, knot count, and age and condition of rug if antique.

Another aspect to consider is the intended function of the rug itself. Is the rug going to be a piece of art for your floor or is it just a temporary accessory? The rug’s purpose in your home will determine how large of an investment you should make. The use of the designated room and the amount of traffic it receives should also be taken into account.

No matter the type of rug you are shopping for, always remember to bring your own color swatches and fabrics from your home with you when browsing rug selections. If available, also bring wood stains, ceramic tiles, and counter top samples. Having these samples from your specific room will help guide your choices and make you a more confident shopper.

Hopefully these tips will make the rug purchasing experience much smoother and less stressful. As for buying the furniture—you’re on your own!

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