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How to Create a Delightfully Eclectic Boho Patio Design

It’s just as important to think about your design style when designing an outdoor patio, porch, or deck as it is when designing an indoor space. After all, as an extension of your home, you want it to reflect your personal style.

But outdoor spaces also allow you to be a bit more adventurous in your design choices than in other parts of your home, since these tend to be totally separate spaces. One particular design style that’s quite popular for outdoor spaces is boho design.

What is Boho design?

Boho design is an eclectic, global-inspired style that consists of colorful patterns and layered materials. You’ll find an artful, eclectic mix of textiles and furniture styles, with an emphasis on natural materials. Overall, this is a casual style that prioritizes comfort and personal expression. This casual approachability lends itself well to outdoor spaces—which is why we love this style for boho patio designs.

If you want to design a boho patio, read on! We’ve rounded up some of our designers’ favorite boho patio furniture and decor, along with tips on what to look for when designing a boho patio space.

The Essentials: Boho Patio Furniture

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When designing a boho patio, you’ll want to consider how you want to use the space. Are you looking for a conversation area? An outdoor dining space? Or perhaps a mix of the two? The purpose of the space will help guide your furniture choices.

In general, for a conversation area, you’ll want an outdoor sofa, chairs or benches, a coffee table for the center of your space, as well as some side tables for people to set their drinks. For a dining area, you’ll want a dining table large enough for the groups you’d like to host, along with comfortable chairs.

But what styles and materials are best for boho patio furniture? Since boho design leans into natural materials and textures, that’s a big focus on boho patio furniture. Rattan and natural wood are the most popular choices for materials, along with other woven natural materials. But we also love the addition of concrete pieces for a modern industrial spin on boho design.

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Rattan Furniture

Rattan is about as boho as you can get when it comes to furniture. This natural material is a great choice for boho patio furniture like seating (both sofas and chairs), as well as accent furniture like side tables. However, it’s worth considering how exposed to the elements your furniture will be, since this material can fade in the sunlight and isn’t highly moisture-resistant.

If you love the look of rattan, specifically wicker rattan, but want something more durable, opt for wicker furniture made out of a synthetic resin, which will be more weather-friendly.

Natural Wood Furniture

Wood is a great addition to boho patio furniture. It has a natural feel that beautifully compliments rattan and other natural materials. Opt for wood furniture that has a global-inspired or eclectic vibe.

Woven Textile Furniture

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Layer in even more textures with additional woven furniture. Hammocks and hanging chairs have a casual air which helps drive home a boho vibe on your patio or porch.

Concrete Furniture

Concrete is a great material for coffee and accent tables or fire pits. Concrete beautifully compliments and accents the abundant natural materials in a boho patio design, while offering a modern industrial spin.

The Nice-to-Haves: Boho Patio Textures and Textiles

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Since a key tenet of boho design is layers of textures, patterns, and colors, then plenty of textiles is an absolute must. This will also make your boho patio design feel much more cozy, comfortable, and inviting.

Pillows and Throws

Throw pillows, oversized floor pillows, and blankets are excellent ways to add pops of color and textural layering to your boho patio. Look for textiles with global-inspired patterns and decorative accents like tassels and pom-poms, which have a very boho vibe.

Outdoor Rugs

Want to make your boho patio a bit more comfortable and welcoming? Layer an indoor-outdoor rug under your outdoor seating or dining area. Natural-fiber rugs made of jute, seagrass, and sisal rugs are great options for a boho vibe. But you could also opt for something with more color and pattern, like a Moroccan-inspired design or something with fringed edges!

Poufs

Poufs are a great small furniture piece that’s great for extra seating or use as a footrest! They’re easy to move around and also very kid and pet friendly. Opt for materials like jute, seagrass, cotton, or leather for a chis boho patio style. Simple styles with textural weaves are a great choice, but we also love global-inspired designs like shibori.

The Finishing Touches: Boho Patio Decor

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Once you have your furniture and textiles in place, you can add some finishing touches with extra decor! By adding plants and flowers, baskets, trays, and screens, you can add additional texture, color, and organization to your outdoor space!

Baskets and Trays

For any room, indoor or outdoor, baskets and trays are a great way to add stylish organization to your space. And for a boho patio in particular, this is a great way to drive home the boho style of your outdoor space. Incorporating baskets, bowls, and trays made of natural materials give you a place to corral blankets, magazines, drinks, and more!

Plants and Flowers

Is any patio complete without some greenery? For a boho patio, incorporate large, leafy tropical plants and flowers, as well as some tabletop accent plants. Succulents are a great choice for a boho patio. Worried about your plants getting too much sunlight—or not enough? You can always opt for faux plants for all the look without any maintenance!

Artistic Woven Textiles

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Incorporating some woven textiles into your boho patio’s decor is a great way to add a bit more texture and boho style to your porch. We like to do this with macrame hangings and plant holders, outdoor curtains (which offer privacy and a romantic vibe), and even woven pendants if you have a set-up for an overhead light.

Folding Screens

The use of folding screens on your boho patio or porch is a great way to add texture and an element of privacy to your space. Opt for screens made of carved wood, rattan, or caning to help drive home a boho vibe.

Lighting

You can’t have a good patio space without some lighting to help set the mood after the sun goes down! A mix of lanterns, string lights, and candles is the perfect way to add some cozy boho ambiance to your outdoor space.

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How to Choose the Right Style and Material for Your Patio Chairs

When designing an outdoor space be it a large or small patio, good seating is an absolute must. This is true whether you have a small patio or a large one, one that’s focused on lounging and conversation or used as an outdoor dining space. No matter the size or purpose, you’ll always need good seating.

But with so many options out there, how do you know where to begin when shopping for new patio chairs? When designing a patio, you want to consider the style of the space the same way you would with rooms inside your home. This can help you narrow in on specific patio chair styles and materials. You can then focus on finding patio chairs that reflect your design style while suiting the needs of your specific patio and finding chairs that can withstand the weather where you live.

Want to see what your options are when shopping for patio chairs? We’ve rounded up the most popular patio chair styles and materials to help you find the perfect furniture for your outdoor space!

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Patio Chair Materials

Will your patio furniture be exposed to a lot of direct sunlight or heavy rain? Are you looking for chairs that will last a decade or just suit your space for a year or two? And what comfort level are you looking for? Considering these questions will help you land on which patio chair material is right for your style and needs.

Wooden Patio Chairs

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A classic outdoor chair choice, wooden patio chairs are highly durable.  With the variety of wood types, stains, and shapes, wooden patio chairs can suit a variety of styles, from rustic and traditional to contemporary and modern. Teak is one of the most popular wood choices for outdoor furniture since it has all-weather capabilities and can withstand harsh weather while continuing to look beautiful. Acacia, eucalyptus, cedar, and cypress are other popular wood choices. Some wooden patio chairs are designed to be comfortable on their own, but many come with back and seat cushions for optimal comfort.

Metal Patio Chairs

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Metal patio chairs are a durable and sturdy choice. They’re typically made of aluminum and are powder-coated for durability. Aluminum is rust-resistant, which makes it a great choice if you live near saltwater, since that can corrode and oxidize other metals. This type of metal is also a fairly lightweight material, making metal patio chairs easy to move around. Steel is heavier and more resilient to high winds, but it does rust easily, so it’s important to choose stainless or galvanized steel for outdoor furniture. Overall, metal patio chairs are cost-effective, an ideal choice for someone looking for a modern or industrial vibe on a budget.

Rattan Patio Chairs

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Rattan furniture is made of durable natural rattan fiber strips that are woven together, often in a wicker style. This material can fade in the sunlight and isn’t highly moisture-resistant, so this material works best on a covered patio. Otherwise, you can simply cover them or bring them inside when not in use outside. Rattan patio chairs are classic in appearance and versatile so can suit a wide range of styles—from classic and contemporary to boho and modern. However, some people find it uncomfortable to sit on woven materials, especially if it’s a looser weave. Because of that, rattan patio chairs are often accompanied by a cushion for comfort.

Wicker Patio Chairs vs Rattan Patio Chairs: What’s the difference?

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Confused by the difference between wicker patio chairs and rattan patio chairs? We don’t blame you. Some people erroneously believe that these are different materials, while others think of them as two names for the same thing. But the truth is actually a bit more nuanced. While rattan is a natural material, wicker is actually a weaving method. Because of this, wicker furniture can be made out of rattan but it could also be made of synthetic materials. (Like plastic resin, which we mention below.) Plus, not all rattan furniture is woven in the wicker method. However, when rattan furniture is woven in a wicker method, pieces are often referred to as wicker rattan.

Plastic Patio Chairs

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Plastic chairs (which include recycled plastic, resin, and polymer) are durable and affordable, and they come in just about every shape and color. This makes plastic patio chairs a popular choice for many households—especially those with kids. Plastic resin is often made to resemble natural materials like wicker rattan and wood. While plastic sourcing and quality differ, many plastic patio chairs on the market today are made of recycled materials and are highly durable, resisting fading in the sun. Recycled plastics and resins are resistant to moisture, stains, mildew, and insects—plus, they won’t peel, crack, or fade. Talk about a low-maintenance material!

Patio Chair Styles

Having a design style in mind when designing your outdoor patio can help you figure out which chair shape and style you want to use on your patio. Below are four trendy patio chair styles.

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Egg chairs are an iconic piece of mid-century design. And in recent years, patio egg chairs, made of woven materials, have gained popularity. They’re comfortable and great for relaxing and reading. Plus, with the curved shape, you get both some privacy and sun protection! Some patio egg chairs are on legs, like the one above, while others are hanging designs.

Lounge Chairs

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One of the most popular types of outdoor chairs, lounge chairs are very comfortable and are a great choice for sitting back and conversing, lounging and reading, napping, or sunbathing. Most lounge chair styles have an adjustable back to allow for both sitting upright, lounging back, or laying down flat. This makes them popular chairs for pool decks! This is one of the patio chairs with the widest price range, going from affordable to high-end and luxurious.

Rocking Chairs

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Indoors or outdoors, rocking chairs are a true classic. A rocking chair is a great choice for comfortable and casual seating on a patio or porch. It’s a great chair choice if you enjoy sitting outside while you read!

Adirondack Chairs

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Adirondack chairs have been a popular choice for outdoor spaces for decades. Whether they’re made of wood, plastic, or metal, the style of this chair is incredibly sturdy and long-lasting. This is a popular patio chair style due to its comfort and stylistic versatility. It’s an excellent choice for sitting around a fire, enjoying drinks on the deck, or relaxing poolside.

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Invite The Garden Indoors With Botanical Decor Design Ideas

Bold, celebratory trends are blooming in the world of interior design. After more than a year of hunkering down at home, we’re finally seeing a light at the end of the tunnel. That hopeful spirit is manifesting itself in playful, celebratory interior design trends. One of our favorite trending design ideas? Botanical decor and the use of floral prints year-round. It’s such a cheerful trend!

Let’s unpack this trend, where it came from, and how to get the look in your space!

What is the botanical decor trend?

Think of this trend as inviting the garden indoors. You can do this by bringing natural materials into your space, using botanicals, florals, and nature-inspired motifs into your textiles and home decor, and choosing furniture that has natural, organic shapes, such as natural curves. This is a look that has definite roots in biophilic design and embraces nature in a much more literal way.

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Why is this trend so popular?

Floral and botanical prints can make quite a statement. But the thing that’s so great about this particular trend is that it can be scaled up or down depending on your style! If you’re super eclectic, you can go all out and try some florals on florals, with a mix of saturated colors. But you don’t have to miss out on this trend if your interior design style is a bit more restrained! Those with more minimalistic styles may veer toward a simple palm-leaf motif or a single piece of art that reflects nature.

The heart and soul of this trend are about surrounding ourselves with the natural world, indoors. Essentially, the idea is to bring the outdoors indoors in nearly every element of a room—from furniture and decor to the materials you use and even literally decorating with plants and flower arrangements.

How can people incorporate botanical decor into their own homes?

We thought you’d never ask! You can incorporate it in big ways and small—through botanical wall decor or wallpaper, rugs, throw pillows, and so much more! Read on for 5 ways to bring the botanicals and florals to life in your own home. Then scroll down to shop our favorite botanical and floral furniture and decor!

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Take an Earthy Approach

The foundation of the botanical trend is the celebratory use of floral and plant motifs. But you can make the look even more nature-inspired by the additional colors and materials you use in your space.

How to Get The Look

  • Try out an earth tone color palette, which will help to give your space a nature-inspired look without needing to include any real motifs or prints.
  • Opt for natural materials in furniture and decor, which go beautifully with the nature-inspired decor we just mentioned! (Think: jute rugs, wood accent tables, and accent chairs with at least one natural detail such as cane.)
  • Go more subtle with your floral motifs. A duo of floral prints in a moody palette drives home the vibe without being too much of a focal point. And a rug with floral-inspired shapes (but that isn’t a literal floral pattern) is the perfect addition to a room like this.

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Use Actual Flowers as Decor

A simple bouquet of your favorite flowers is a perfect way for more minimal or traditional styles to incorporate this trend in their space! The result is charming and cheerful—the perfect dose of celebration, without it being in your face.

How to Get The Look

  • Head to the farmers market or your favorite florist, buy a bouquet, and arrange it in your favorite vase.
  • Want to add a little more whimsy to your room? Add a single piece of floral-inspired art to your walls. It’s like having a bouquet of flowers in your room that never wilts or withers!

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Try a Tropical Vibe

If florals feel a little too “precious,” try tropical prints instead! Palm prints have a very boho vibe—and adding in actual tropical plants gives any room a more lively feel!

How to Get The Look

  • Introduce tropical prints in your space. Wallpaper is a statement-making choice. But you can also go smaller with tropical-print throw pillows.
  • Add a variety of plants to create that “garden” vibe in your space. Choose a mix of plants with different heights, colors, and textures.
  • Balance out the greens with pinks and some natural wood furniture.

Read Next: Modsy’s Houseplant Care Guide

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Add Floral Accents

You don’t always have to go big and bold when it comes to the botanical decor trend. Instead, look for subtle yet impactful botanical prints and details on your decorative accents. These accents can be spread throughout a room—or grouped together, like on this mantle.

How to Get The Look

  • Find a floral painted table lamp (or two). It’s an elegant way to bring a classical element to this trend.
  • Hang a diptych of floral paintings, which pairs beautifully with other floral motifs.
  • Play up your plants. Faux or real plants and flowers add a wonderful texture to your space while playing up the theme in a subtle way.

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Go All Out

Love making a bold statement? Then bring home this trend in a big way! We’re not just talking about one or two pieces. Go all out with a floral-motif rug, natural materials in foundational furniture, and, of course, plenty of plants!

How to Get The Look

  • A floral rug is a perfect “pop” for any space. It can live on its own or be layered with other botanical prints or decor.
  • Bring on the plants. Like the tropical-inspired room, we showed you earlier, this one relies on a variety of large and small plants to drive home a nature-inspired vibe.
  • Look for other nature-inspired elements. Bringing the garden in doesn’t always need to mean plants and florals. You can also bring in elements of nature more broadly—such as water-inspired motifs like you see in this wallpaper.

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6 Sunroom Design Ideas That Make the Best of Indoor-Outdoor Living

If you’re lucky enough to have a sunroom or four-season porch as part of your home’s design, you’re lucky enough! But really—the delight of having a sunny bonus room is truly unparalleled. Far too many people squander these lovely spaces, though. Whether it’s using them for storage rather than another living space or not taking the time to decorate them and maximize the space, it’s a huge missed opportunity to not make the most of a sunroom.

At the same time, we know they can be tough to design. Since they generally have three walls full of large windows, you may have to approach your layout a bit more creatively—especially if it’s on the smaller side. And if you already have a main living space, and perhaps even an outdoor space, it can be challenging to know how to best make use of a sunroom.

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How do you design a sunroom?

There’s no one way to design a sunroom. It all comes down to how you want to use the space.  But there are a few design principles that can help you nail your sunroom design. Read on for some tips you can use in your sunroom design, no matter how you end up using the space.

Use Plenty of Natural Materials

Even though sunrooms and four-season porches are technically indoor spaces, with all the sunshine and potential for fresh airflow, they can sometimes feel more like an outdoor space. Because of that, we love the idea of playing up that outdoor vibe in your sunroom design by using plenty of natural materials. You can even use straight-up outdoor furniture! (This is especially a good idea if you have a three-season porch vs a true sunroom, which tends to only have screens. AKA your furniture is subject to inclement weather!) But even in a fully enclosed sunroom, there’s something fresh about rattan and wicker furniture in a sunroom, as well as wood furniture with a more rustic, weathered finish or pieces with caning.

Opt for Fade-Resistant Fabrics

Since sun porches get a lot of sunlight, that can also result in color fading in your upholstery. So, consider fade-resistant fabrics for sofas, chairs, and even pillows and rugs if any of them will sit in the direct sunlight.

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Bring in Houseplants as Decor

Sunrooms tend to have a greenhouse effect, trapping sunlight and keeping things nice and toasty. Because of this, they tend to be havens for houseplants. Greenhouses are all about helping plants thrive, after all! Since sunrooms also bridge indoor and outdoor spaces, plants are a natural way to decorate these sun-dappled spaces.

Worried about keeping your sunroom plants alive? Check out our plant care guide to pick out the right plants for your place.

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Don’t Forget About Layered Lighting

Sunrooms, in their very nature, let in a ton of sunlight. But it’s nice to have additional lighting in these spaces so that you can use it even when the sun goes down. Many sunrooms have a ceiling light, but it’s nice to incorporate other lighting options like floor and table lamps, string lights (which add a fun and casual outdoor feeling), and even candles. This allows you to layer your lighting and create the vibe you want in the space any time of day!

Large or small, we’re big believers in maximizing those sunrooms and celebrating that sunny bonus space in your home! So, we rounded up six sunroom design ideas to show you how you could potentially use your sunroom and inspire you to make the most of your space.

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1. Dining and Entertaining Space

Sunrooms can be a great space for entertaining and offer the feeling of dining outside (without the hazard of bugs). Creating an additional dining or entertaining space is especially great if you have a larger sunroom.

How to Get the Look

To bring this design to life, use a rug to designate the dining space. A durable indoor-outdoor rug, like a jute rug, is a great choice if you tend to leave your sunroom’s windows open during the summer. That way, it won’t matter if a little rain comes through! We also like the idea of selecting dining chairs that feature natural textures to give the feeling of outdoor dining space.

You can also set up a bar cart or console table as a place for serving beverages and storing outdoor plates, glasses, and pitchers. A nearby beverage tub for keeping drinks cold is another great addition to a space like this!

From there, hang up some string lights or light some candles for ambiance, throw the windows open to let in a fresh breeze, and enjoy an “outdoor” dinner with friends!

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2. Secondary Living Area

Use your sunroom as an extension of your indoor space by setting up a cozy living area! This is a perfect place to relax in the morning and gather as a family in the evenings, especially in the summer.

How to Get the Look

Since sunrooms are sometimes transitional spaces between your yard and the rest of your home, we love the idea of going with a slipcovered sofa, which is easy to clean if it gets dirty or wet. A rattan coffee table gives you a place to kick up your feet and a surface for playing board games. (And the round shape makes it easy to gather around!) A plush, woven indoor/outdoor rug helps anchor the seating area.

And don’t forget to add lighting so you can use this space well into the evening! Table lamps next to the sofa are great for reading and playing games, while string lights offer a nice ambiance for a casual gathering.

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3. Seating Nook

If you have a smaller sunroom, you may only have room for smaller pieces of furniture. If that’s the case, we love the idea of setting up a seating nook. In a space like this, you can kick back on your own, or have a friend over for coffee or drinks and conversation.

How to Get the Look

It’s probably obvious that a seating nook requires a place to sit! So, pick out a matching pair of accent chairs. Place them at a conversational angle, with a side table in between and a pouf to use as a footrest. (In a pinch, it can also be used as an extra seat!) If your sunroom is deep enough, you could add a bench along the opposite wall for more seating—or a seating area like this could even be part of a larger living area if you have a larger sunroom!

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4. Home Office

Using your sunroom as a home office is a great way to get the feeling of working outside, without being exposed to the elements. Plus, it allows you to enjoy the natural light and the views! This is probably best for those who live in temperate climates though, as sunrooms can get quite hot or cold in states with more extreme weather and seasons!

How to Get the Look

Like any home office, you need the basics of a desk and chair. But you can also lean into the indoor-outdoor vibe of a sunroom and bring in some earthy, natural decorative elements to bring the space to life. (A hide rug feels like the perfect choice for a sunroom office!) And though you’ll have plenty of natural light shining into your home office, it’s worth having a desk lamp for task lighting, especially on cloudy days!

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5. Reading Nook

Use a corner of your sunroom to create a cozy reading nook! This is an especially great idea if you have kids. A sunroom design like this uses soft materials, and with everything low to the ground, it’s accessible too!

How to Get the Look

Any cozy accent chair will work in a sunroom reading nook—but we love the idea of using a hanging egg chair! The woven frame has outdoor porch vibes and is also a really fun place for kids to curl up with a book! Layering in a plush rug, floor pillows, and poufs, and a low bookcase will make this reading nook both cozy and functional. (Opting for a low bookcase vs a tall one ensures the shelves aren’t blocking the sunroom windows!)

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6. Lounge Space

Do you have cat-like tendencies and love to curl up in a patch of sunlight and take a nap? Then design your sunroom with the capabilities for some serious lounging! This is the perfect place to relax and soak up the sun.

How to Get the Look

A daybed is the perfect piece of furniture to use if you want to set up a sunroom lounge. It can be used as a sofa when you have company—but it’s also an ideal place to stretch out and take a nap. We recommend loading up on pillows and keeping a throw blanket handy so it’s extra cozy! (Alternatively, if the walls allow it, you could hang up a hammock!) Place a side table nearby to give you a surface to set a glass of water, and consider hanging drapery if you want filtered light or to block out the light completely.

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Everything You Need to Know About Indoor-Outdoor Rugs

Rugs are the perfect way to pull together a space—grounding a room while adding some color, pattern, or texture to the area. And this is just as true for an outdoor space as inside your home. You might not immediately think of putting a rug out on your patio—but it can really anchor a seating area and add a sense of coziness to the space.

But you don’t just want to use any old rug in an outdoor space. That’s why outdoor rugs exist. These affordable, stylish, and durable rugs are made to survive the outdoor elements while adding some softness underfoot.

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What are indoor-outdoor rugs?

Indoor-outdoor rugs are area rugs that are designed for use outdoors—whether that’s on a patio, a balcony, a pool deck, or in an outdoor living or dining area. These rugs are more durable than the average rug and are built to withstand the elements. Many are mold and mildew-resistant so you don’t have to worry about them getting soaked in a thunderstorm.

What materials are they made of?

A majority of indoor-outdoor rugs are made of synthetic materials like polyester and polypropylene. These materials are very durable and stain-resistant, and they also come in a wide variety of colors and patterns. And many polypropylene rugs are also UV resistant, so their colors don’t fade in the sunlight.

Natural fiber rugs can be used as indoor-outdoor rugs as well. Jute, seagrass, and sisal are great choices for an open-air space, and they add lovely texture to any seating area. Like the synthetic materials listed above, these natural fiber rugs are super durable, with the added bonus that they’re made from sustainable (and sometimes even organic) materials. However, be aware that jute and sisal, specifically, should only be used in a covered porch or patio, since these materials are susceptible to mold and mildew and can be damaged by exposure to too much moisture. Seagrass, on the other hand, is water-resistant and non-absorbent, and can therefore handle the elements a bit better.

Can I use an outdoor rug inside?

Absolutely! (You may be surprised to find that a rug you already have at home is actually an indoor-outdoor rug!) While not all indoor rugs can be used outside, all outdoor rugs can be used indoors. However, you’ll typically want to use a rug pad with them indoors to add extra cushion underfoot, since most outdoor rugs are flatweaves.

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What are indoor-outdoor rugs best for?

There are actually so many uses for these versatile rugs. As we mentioned, indoor-outdoor rugs can be used both inside and outside in many different areas. Wondering how to choose a rug for your home, whether inside or in an outdoor space? Here are a few scenarios where indoor-outdoor rugs are the perfect choice.

Homes With Kids and Pets

Indoor-outdoor rugs are great for homes with kids and pets (or clumsy adults) since they’re low maintenance and easy to clean. Juice (or red wine) spill? No problem. Spaghetti sauce accident? Just wipe it right off with some soap and a damp cloth.

Consider using these for dining room rugs, or in a playroom or kids room, where they can act as a safeguard against spills and food crumbs. Just make sure you pick an option that is soft enough for your kiddos to crawl around and play on. And if you have pets in the home, those paws and claws won’t be a problem with one of these rugs.

Easy Cleaning

When you have a house full of kids or pets, you often have to do a bit more than spot cleaning. To give your indoor-outdoor rug a more thorough clean, simply take it outside and hose it down with some mild soap and scrub it out with a brush. Most are made of synthetic fibers, so it’s virtually impossible to ruin the rug with too much washing or scrubbing. You can also simply shake them out or give them a quick vacuum (minus the beater brush). Some can even be thrown in the laundry machine! Just be sure to look at the tag before trying this option.

High-Traffic Areas

Indoor-outdoor rugs are very durable and made of materials that can handle high-traffic areas. So, they’re perfect for use in the busiest areas of the home, like the entry or the family room. The materials they’re made of also resist moisture, stains, and fading which only adds to their durability.

Our favorite ways to use them? Lay down one or two indoor-outdoor runners in your kitchen, hallway, or bathroom—just make sure you keep them in place with rug pads!

Damp Areas

Since most indoor-outdoor rugs are mold, mildew, and moisture resistant, this is a great type of rug to use in areas of your home that can get damp. We’re talking basements, laundry rooms, and bathrooms, especially!

The Budget-Conscious

We all know that stylish, made-to-last rugs are expensive. However, indoor-outdoor rugs happen to have a much wider range of affordable options. And the price range is usually based on the size of the rug rather than the weave or design.

Plus, they often look just as great as indoor rugs, so you can get a high-end look for way less. It’s actually surprising to see all the different stylish options for indoor-outdoor rugs on the market. There are endless options for you to choose from! Whether it’s a colorful traditional pattern, a super neutral and minimal design, or a bold geometric graphic piece, you’re bound to find one that suits your taste.

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Tips for caring for your indoor outdoor rug

While indoor-outdoor rugs are extremely low-maintenance, they do need a little TLC to keep them in tip-top shape. Here are a few tips to keep in mind.

Clean up spills immediately. As with any rug or upholstery, you don’t want to leave a spill sitting on a rug. Though many indoor-outdoor rugs are stain-resistant and easy to clean, if a liquid sits on it for too long it can create a mark or stain.

Clean regularly. Whether you’re using one of these babies inside or outside, you’ll want to vacuum or shake them out from time to time to keep dirt from building up in the fibers, which can shorten the life of these rugs. Leaf blowers are also great for cleaning up dirt and debris when used outside!

Use a rug pad. Placing a rug pad underneath an indoor-outdoor rug will not only add a bit more cushion underfoot, but will also keep the weave looking nice and help with air circulation under the rug. If you decide to place a rug pad under a rug outside, consider one with a moisture barrier or one that’s specifically designed for use outside, since regular rug pads aren’t mold- or mildew-resistant like your indoor-outdoor rug!

If they get wet, hang them up to dry. While they can handle the rain, they’ll feel better underfoot if they get to dry out. No one wants to walk on a soggy rug, after all! Drape them over your patio furniture for quick drying.

Store them at the end of the season. If you live in an area with cold weather, you’ll want to make sure to roll up and store your outdoor rug before winter hits. Just make sure to give it a good cleaning before rolling it up and storing it!

Stylist Picks

Think an indoor-outdoor rug might be the right choice for your home? Check out our picks of the best indoor-outdoor rugs for 2021. Here are our favorites.

 

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