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12 Reasons Why Outdoor Rugs Are Giving Us Life This Summer

Can you hear that? It's your bare patio floor crying.

By Courtney Thompson

Back in the day, fixing up your backyard meant mowing the lawn (yourself), firing up a Weber grill and admiring your chain link fence while sitting in a plastic folding chair. Thankfully, things have changed. Now when we’re zhushing up our outdoor space — whether it's a sprawling deck or a 25-square-foot balcony — we’re basically bringing all the comforts of inside out. Cozy seating? Check. Outdoor bars? Check. And you know what’s gonna tie your whole al fresco design scheme together? An outdoor rug.

Soft and pretty enough for indoors, but durable enough for even the toughest conditions, outdoor rugs anchor your seating and dining spaces, making the areas more distinct and homey. While a few years ago a plastic mat was considered sufficient, today there are thousands of stylish options thanks to all-weather fabrics like polypropylene, PET fibers and polyester. Want a bold, modernist rug to set the tone of your patio? We’ve got you covered. Looking for something lighter and more bohemian? Yep, we’ve got that, too.

Below you’ll find 12 options for every color palette, style and budget. The hardest part will be choosing which one is right for your open-air living room.

Alaqua Indoor/Outdoor Rug

Project 62 Dot Grid Outdoor Rug

Project 62 Mitre Stripe Outdoor Rug

Sabrina Indoor/Outdoor Rug

Crimson Diamonds Outdoor Rug

Dora Gray/Brown Indoor/Outdoor Area Rug

Novogratz Terrace Indoor/Outdoor Rug

Kailani Blue/Green Indoor/Outdoor Area Rug

Jasmine Reversible Indoor/Outdoor Mat

Wylie Indoor/Outdoor Rug

Miranda MRA-1000

Ralph Lauren Home Indigo Hills Rug

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