You've assembled the perfect patio for entertaining, complete with stylish lounge chairs, garden stools and ambient lighting. But don't forget one more key element that can pull together this space — an outdoor rug.
Whether used to add a splash of color to a deck or to ground an eclectic collection of furniture, outdoor rugs are available in an array of sizes and prints.
It wasn't that long ago that outdoor floor coverings were made mainly of woven grasses in natural colors that wore out after a season or two. But new styles include a mix of natural and man-made materials, even recycled plastics, that stand up to daily foot traffic, sun and rain.
Grandin Road, a furniture and home accessory store (Grandinroad.com) based in West Chester, Ohio, offers a wide selection of outdoor rugs with contemporary and traditional patterns such as ikat and florals.
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The animal-print style offers a fun option for an outdoor space. The sculpted zebra-print design is hand-hooked of 100 percent all-weather polypropylene that can be cleaned with a hose to dry in the sun. Color options include basic gray, vibrant lemon, pear, tangerine and a purple-toned vineyard.
Other options include the Threshold patio rug collection at Target, which includes a modern stripe of gray, yellow and orange. Made of a mix of natural plant fiber jute and long-lasting man-made materials, the collection is resistant to fading and mildew.
Hand-tufted Cabana Geometric Rugs at Pier 1 Imports feature a Moorish graphic design in bright citron and turquoise that would look as good inside as out. The stain-resistant fibers are easy to clean with a garden hose.
Home Decorators Collection features an expansive selection of outdoor cushions, umbrellas and rugs (Homedecorators.com). Styles range from chrysanthemum- patterned area rugs from Martha Stewart Living to traditional stripes and contemporary graphics.
One of the company's more elegant offerings is a koi design featuring the fish swimming gracefully across the rug in soothing shades of gray and red. Sizes range from a 2-by-3-foot accent rug, $44, to an 8-by-10-foot design, $539.