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6 Decorative Rugs That Can Be Used Outdoors

Here are some weather-proof ways to add design and color underfoot in your patios and balconies

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Photography: Crate & Barrel (Main Photos)

Area rugs can anchor or define a space, add color, pattern, and texture. But what if your seating area is located outdoors, say, in a breezy patio or a balcony? Outdoor spaces should be fun, too! You could still use area rugs outdoors; you just have to choose ones made out of the right weather- and sun-resistant materials. Here are some suggestions:

Polypropylene


These beautiful, patterned, flat-weave rugs from Crate & Barrel are stain- and soil-resistant, UV-stable, and are a breeze to clean. The texture and designs look like natural fabric, and these make them perfect for indoor use, as well.

Plastic


Sometimes all you need are plain plastic area rugs, especially if you’re decorating near a wet area like a pool, or you intend to leave the rug out every day. In this case, you need a simple plastic rug or mat, which you can hose clean when it gets dirty; most have a non-slip backing already built-in. This aqua blue number is from H&M Home.

Abaca


You can use natural fabric rugs outdoors, and the warm texture and material is perfect for tropical-style patios and lanais. Just vacuum the rug of dirt regularly, like once a week, and roll it up before an impending thunderstorm (it could get mildew). This abaca rug is from Natural Carpet Industries.

Fabric


Some fabric rugs can withstand sun and rain, especially if it’s treated for the outdoors. If it does become dirty, just wash clean. This Heho outdoor rug from Habitat has a cool, funky, abstract-geometric pattern.

Turf


Want the feel of grass underfoot but without the maintenance? Then try turf, or artificial grass, which you can cut to size. You can buy turf by the meter at CW Home Depot Ortigas.

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Wildcard: Teak mats


We usually see teak mats inside the shower enclosure or bathroom, but it does make perfect sense to use a few outdoors. You can buy an equal number of them (say, six to eight pieces) and join them together instead of installing outdoor wooden decking.

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