Even though the groundhog saw his shadow, homeowners and renters alike are prepping for spring. With that, the focus on designing or refreshing outdoor spaces is top of mind. Outdoor rugs can be used in the same way they're used indoors—to finish spaces, establish zones, and provide spacial depth. Check out these spaces that do this strategically and effectively.
Mike and Megan Gilger of The Fresh Exchange used a monochromatic color palette to redecorate their outdoor patio. A black-and-white rug makes the main sitting space inviting and comfortable.
An outdoor rug can help you clearly define a dining area, making it feel like it has its own dedicated place that's separate from the rest of the open yard.
Photographer Lou Mora and blogger Sara Mora used a patterned rug to create a geometric tile effect against the concrete slab that makes up the majority of their home’s backyard.
NousDecor used artificial grass (yes, astroturf) in place of rugs for their client’s rooftop outdoor space. The astroturf is easy to clean by draining it after it rains or hosing it off when it's dirty.
When this German factory was turned into a home, the homeowners used sisal rugs to balance their love of modern and vintage industrial decor on their covered patio. It does the same job as an outdoor space—but just covered so that it can be used year-round.
Though this front patio space is covered overhead and from one side, it's fully connected to the outdoors via wide shutters. It shows how rugs can create a smooth transition between indoor and outdoor spaces.
Homeowners can experiment with a modern Bohemian style by incorporating Moroccan elements into their design. Poufs, pillows, rugs, and metal top tables create a striking contrast against white cushions and dark wood frames.
Renting should never be a deterrent for not making use of outdoor spaces. Color coordinated furniture paired with jute rugs creates big impact and helps extend already limited square footage.
When working with a shed, small studio, or extremely limited square footage, a simple welcome mat and a classic outdoor chair on a small patio can carry the same impact as a full-blown outdoor space.
Similar to your indoor space, don't be afraid to layer. An outdoor rug can add another element to your combination of textures.
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