We’re known for outdoor living in California, and with over 250 days of sunshine a year in the Concord, Walnut Creek, Lafayette, & Martinez, CA area, it’s time you created an inviting outdoor living space to entertain family and friends.
As many interior designers will tell you, start with the floor covering when designing a new space. The rug you select can serve as a canvas for all your other furniture and décor choices. Exterior design is no different. Selecting the perfect outdoor area rug will instantly make your deck or patio a cozy lounge, and serve as inspiration for the rest of the design.
Choosing Your Outdoor Rug
An outdoor rug is made of durable materials to withstand the elements. Bamboo and sisal are good natural options, while a synthetic material such as polypropylene will dry quickly and pose less of a risk for mold and mildew. Outdoor rugs are often treated to resist fading from UV rays, keeping them looking great overtime.
Many outdoor rugs come in bold colors and patterns, but the design choices are seemingly endless, and there is something to suit any taste. When selecting a rug, consider where you will place it. Do you want it to be a focal point or a neutral canvas for your outdoor space? Do you want a large rug that will cover the floor of a gazebo or patio, or a smaller rug to serve as a runner or accent piece? Answering these questions will help you choose the right design and material for your space.
Caring for Your Outdoor Rug
Outdoor rugs are made to stand up to the elements, so care is typically minimal. But some cleaning and maintenance will help your rug last longer. You can clean it occasionally by mixing a little dish soap with water and scrubbing it down with a nylon brush. Let it dry in the sun. Also, consider moving the rug indoors when it’s not in use. You can store it in a dry place, or use it in an interior room and enjoy the rug year round.
Bringing the Outdoors In
Even if a rug is made for the outdoors, that doesn’t mean it can’t be a great addition inside your home as well. The durable construction makes them great for high traffic areas or rooms that get a lot of use like a playroom or mud room. The versatility of outdoor rugs make them a great addition to any Concord home.
At Floor Coverings International Concord we’re here to help you with all your flooring needs. Contact us for a free consultation and we’ll help you find the perfect flooring solution for your home.
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