Decorating Hack-- Outdoor Rugs

I have a thing for rugs. 90% of the time, I think a rug and a pair of curtains is a game changer for any room—tying the components together and making it look finished. While I have a love for good quality rugs, filling a whole home with them isn’t easy on a budget.

White Piano

When we moved into our home, I wanted rugs for several spaces, but I knew it would be a long time coming. Until one day, I took a stroll in the Target outdoor section. I filled my cart with 4 rugs 8 x 10 rugs for the price of one indoor rug. I know they won’t last forever, but I am so happy with the neutral colors and the washability. I’m a believer.

White Piano

We turned our formal dining room into a music room. It doesn’t get a ton of traffic, but we wanted to break up all the wood floors, so an outdoor one was the perfect choice. This one ha neutral colors and a mild pattern to coordinate with other rugs in sight, which is important too.

Dining Room Rug

I have never had a rug under my dining room table because ewww. But, my kids have gotten older so the bananas are fewer. This outdoor rug cleans up super easy. It’s going on 1.5 years with no stains so far. That’s money well spent.

Kids Art Area

My kids art room definitely called for a rug to protect the carpet underneath without breaking the bank. I am expecting this one to get a little beat up, but for the price, I’m good with it. This rug still reads as a neutral and works just like I hoped.

Kids Art Room

Last but not least, never underestimate the power of an outdoor rug for your outdoor space. You can easily sweep or hose them off and they tie a space together to create a nice outdoor living room. Recognize this one? I bought 2 this one, one for my art room and one for this outdoor space. I love the blue!

Back Patio

They also work great for a front entry and a mudroom. Since they are thinner than a more expensive rug, the corners might have a tendency to curl. At Home Depot, you can buy peel and stick tiles. I like to buy one “tile” for each rug, use a utility knife to cut it into 4 pieces and stick a piece to the bottom of the rug in every corner. It will make sure it stays smooth and flat. Or if it will be on a hard surface with no furniture to anchor it down, you may want to get some rug grips tape. Works like a charm!

Target, Amazon, RugsUSA and Overstock are great places to buy outdoor rugs. The ones pictured are all from Target. Happy Rug Hunting!