Living the Southwest Florida lifestyle means spending as much time outdoors as possible—enjoying the unbeatable weather, watching the Technicolor sunsets and having drinks with friends around the pool. Comfortable seating, a convenient outdoor kitchen, and lush landscaping all help set the scene, but another element helps tie our lanai rooms together—outdoor rugs. Combining luxurious colors and patterns with rugged durability melds our outdoor and indoor spaces together into one seamless space.
Dismiss from your mind those astro-turf compositions that used to pass for outdoor carpets. Today’s outdoor rugs are not just about wiping wet feet, but adding color and style to an entire outdoor design scheme.Outdoor rugs are most often made of polypropylene—a man-made petroleum based synthetic fiber that is incredibly strong, hold color well and is resistant, not only to stains, but water damage, mold, rot and sun damage (the fiber is UV-resistant.) The best polypropylene rugs are tightly looped (making them less susceptible to oil and grease stains). Other materials, such as nylon and man-made silk, are also sometimes used to create outdoor rugs, but the former is less comfortable underfoot, and the latter not as durable as polypropylene.
Choosing The Outdoor Rug For You
After carefully measuring the space you wish to cover, consider the shape and color you’d like. Outdoor rugs come in square, rectangle, and circular shapes, in rolls up to 12 feet long, and in every stylish color. Consider if you want to delineate the space under your outdoor furniture with a neutral color and understated design or would you prefer to make the rug one of the outdoor room’s focal points and add a big splash of color to coordinate with your throw pillows and accessories?
Perhaps you’d like to have more than one outdoor rug in contrasting colors to set off the bar and dining areas? (Remember to avoid the space right under the grill or kitchen prep area so as not to stain the rugs with grease, though you may want to lay some industrial rubber mats in that area to spare the cook’s feet and to help avoid slippage.) One other area to consider, put an outdoor carpet at each doorway to absorb moisture and dirt before it tracks on to your expensive Oriental indoor rugs or carpeting.
Oriental Weavers Sphinx collection of stylish outdoor carpets strikes a bold design note with its Caspian, Lanai, and Montego lines pictured in this article:
- The Caspian Collection is a striking new indoor/outdoor line in trend-forward shades of indigo and Mediterranean blue and bright lime green. Simple, sophisticated patterns come alive with tons of texture and pops of bright color. It is a collection of high-style, high durability rugs that are perfect for the outdoors or for any room in the home. Machine-made, 100% polypropylene.
- The Lanai Collection was inspired by the beauty and popularity of natural Sisal rugs. The multiple weaves and textures in each rug create fashionable, yet casual looks. The collection not only offers casual designs, but the inherently stain-resistant fibers offer none of the worries associated with natural fiber rugs. Machine-made, 100% polypropylene.
- The colors of the Montego Collection were inspired by the fresh, bright hues of nature. The collection offers a modern twist on classic design and new colors update traditional outdoor decor. Textural effects add to the surface interest of each rug and the inherently stain resistant fibers encourage a relaxed atmosphere to socialize with family and friends. Machine-made of 100% polypropylene.
Brighten up your al fresco living space with a fabulous outdoor rug. With today’s bright colors and patterns, it’s like walking on sunshine.