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Summer is in full swing. Which means I’ve been thinking about how to update my outdoor space, and all the outdoor rugs for decks and patios that I have my eye on. At our 1930s colonial, the main outdoor space we have for entertaining is a large covered patio off the side of our house. One day, we want to put in a bluestone patio off of the family room, but until then, the side patio is where it’s at.
The year after we moved in, I invested in an outdoor dining table and chairs, along with two outdoor rocking chairs and a few cushions. That was four years ago, and I haven’t touched it since. I never purchased an outdoor rug, and I think that adding in a little color or pattern, along with some new seat cushions and perhaps an accent table, would go a long way in making the space feel finished.
Also: I’ve seen so many amazing outdoor rugs already this year. It seems like the top furniture stores start pushing upcoming seasons earlier and earlier, so I’ve seen all sorts of outdoor rugs for decks, porches, and patios.
Below, I’ve rounded up some of my favorites.
Best outdoor rugs for decks and patios
Quick shop my top picks here:
Checkered outdoor rugs
First, I’m really loving checkered rugs, and the checkered flooring trend in general, so I’m happy to see so many outdoor versions out there. This pattern feels both trendy and traditional, which I think fits the style of our home well, and will complement the decor we already have out there.
I’ve spotted a few checkered indoor/outdoor rugs so far this year, but this one fits closest to the vibe I’m going for. I like the combination of tan and black (or I guess dark gray), because it’ll go well with the furniture I already have.
This one is similar to the one above, but the checkered pattern is smaller. I like the neutral tone-on-on-tone color in this version because it makes the smaller pattern feel less busy. However, it comes in a dark gray colorway, as well as blue and pink!
Traditional outdoor rugs
Traditional outdoor rugs always seem the most indoorsy to me, maybe because the patterns are busier and more decorative, and I like the idea of adding a homey vibe to an outdoor patio arrangement.
Block prints feel very Studio McGee for me right now, especially based on their most recent collections for Target. This floral print rug in a pale blue would be beautiful with light wood furniture, and blue, cream and olive accents.
This indoor/outdoor rug from Rejuvenation is just so…pretty. It would bring a luxurious quality to any outdoor deck or patio. (I also love it for indoors!).
This polyester rug gives vintage vibes, but thanks to modern technology, you can use this rug on a deck, patio, balcony, or whatever outdoor space you may have. I love the timeless feel of this rug, and how it borrows a distinctly indoor style, which will instantly cozy-up any outdoor space.
Neutral colors and an intricate design means this rug adds just the right amount of oomph to the outdoors.
Neutral outdoor rugs
Our patio set is black-and-white, and we have black-and-white French bistro-style outdoor chairs, so I go back and forth between adding some fun color for the warmer months, or simply leaving everything neutral and sophisticated. These rugs have me leaning towards neutrals.
I love the pattern of this rug, but also how subtle the contrast is between the pale gray and cream tones. It would be perfect with concrete patio furniture and off white cushions.
Outdoor rugs for patios are usually pretty flat and low pile, so it’s nice to see one with some texture! This indoor-outdoor rug from Lulu & Georgia has a raised Moroccan-style embroidery that’s on a whole ‘nother level. Pun intended.
This is one of my favorite outdoor rugs I’ve seen. It reminds me of those braided indoor rugs, but the contrasting colors give it a much more modern feel. It’s timeless and modern at the same time.
A linear, geometric design like this one feels a little bit modern, a little bit traditional.
11. Fringe rug
If you’re looking for cute and cheap decor option, this Walmart outdoor rug is my top pick. It’s got classic black-and-white striped with a fringe detail on the ends, and costs just $76 for a 6’x9′.
Coastal outdoor rugs
You can’t do a roundup of the best outdoor rugs without creating a coastal section. The coastal look, AKA the Serena & Lily look, has been a dominant outdoor furniture trend over the last few years, because who wouldn’t want their backyard to look like a beach resort? These outdoor rugs for decks and patios give outdoor oasis vibes.
This outdoor rug is from Target’s Studio McGee collection is literally called the Beachside. The combination of sandy beige and pale sage evokes dune grass, while the stripes are subtle nautical.
I love the wide stripes on this rug, and the muted colors, which give it a sophisticated feel.
14. Boat Stripe Rug
This simple Serena & Lily rug is a preppy classic. The navy and white are crisp and timeless, and it would be the perfect base for teak patio furniture or a pair of white rockers.
This is the same rug as the one above. I couldn’t decide which color I like best, so I included both!
Sometimes, you just want something simple. I love the classic stripes paired with a border – it’s easy and timeless but not boring.
Is it a good idea to put an outdoor rug on a deck?
Yes, it sure is! Adding an outdoor rug to a deck will not only enhance the aesthetics of your outdoor space, but it can also help your deck stain or paint from fading. If you have a wood deck and your get a lot of rain (so much that your rug doesn’t seem to be drying out) simply hang the rug over a railing for a bit so it’s able to dry out.
Can an outdoor rug get wet?
Yes, outdoor rugs are designed to withstand the elements, including rain, sunlight, and dirt. Most are made from super-durable polypropylene, olefin, or a performance fabric like Sunbrella, so you can leave them outside all season long (or all year long if you live in a more temperate area).
What is the best fabric for outdoor rugs for decks and patios?
Most rugs that are labeled for outdoor use will be durable enough to withstand the elements, but the tops fabrics you should be on the lookout for include:
Or, some combination of all of the above.