Creating an outdoor living room is a must when living in South Africa. One of the essentials needed to really bring the “room” together is an outdoor rug. Before you rush out to buy one, consider these three tips:
- Be up to the task
Choosing the right size of carpet is an important step and will have a major impact on the final look of your outdoor space. Start by measuring the area and think about the size of the furniture. If the rug is too big, the space could appear smaller than it is and make cleaning a nightmare. Go too small and the rug will not look lopsided, especially if you have bulky furniture.
- Choose the right material
The choice of material for the outdoor rug will play a major role in its longevity. Think about how much sun and maybe even rain the rug will be exposed to. For a high traffic area that could be wet or just damp, a good choice is a synthetic fiber rug. These waterproof rugs are quite durable and easy to clean. If your patio is well protected from the elements, a bamboo or sisal rug is a great option and has a softer feel than a synthetic fiber rug.
- Practical rather than pretty
Will your outdoor rug have to deal with muddy paws, kids’ pencils, and red wine stains? If so, you want to be practical in choosing the color and fabric to make sure the rug will suit your lifestyle. While a bright white and cobalt blue geometric-shaped outdoor rug looks beautiful in a magazine, it might not be the most practical choice for your patio. Go for a more forgiving option, like a natural bamboo color or a darker colored rug with a pattern to help hide potential stubborn stains.