Buyers Guide: How to choose an outdoor rug

The addition of an outdoor rug to your patio can tie the overall look and feel of a space together by adding a dash of colour and texture - while simultaneously breaking up the monotony of outdoor decking or tiles.

Material choice

Synthetic materials such as polypropylene are the ideal choice for use in outdoor areas, as they can get wet, and do dry quickly. Lightweight and inexpensive - synthetic rugs are the perfect accessory to redecorate your patio with each season as they allow for vibrant colour and pattern choices.

Size and shape

A rectangular rug does wonders to 'ground' a dining arrangement and can also define seating groupings in an outdoor lounge area.

A good rule of thumb is to opt for a rug that is big enough so that the front legs of all the major pieces of furniture can be placed on the rug.

Colour and pattern

When choosing your new outdoor rug, carefully consider your existing furnishings and the space you intend to place it in. Bold patterns work really well where they peek out from beneath furniture pieces, and more subtle patterns work well when more exposed.

Trending colours + patterns

- hues of blue: everything from mint green to turquoise and navy all work to create a calm space

- stripes: timeless and versatile, striped rugs work really well when the colour is matched to other pieces of furniture or accessories like scatter cushions within the space

- neutrals: never underestimate the impact that greys, black and white can have on anchoring a space, especially when worked into a scalloped or oriental-style pattern

- bold botanicals: for a dash of instant tropical appeal, opt for a big, bold botanical design, off-set against natural woods and neutral fabrics

Care + maintenance

Easy to care for and keep in great condition, synthetic outdoor rugs can either be spot-cleaned as required, or hosed down and gently cleaned with diluted dish soap. 

Air dry completely while flat, and when stored/ not in use, only ever roll the rug - never fold it!