Five Easy Ways a Rug Can Revamp Your Outdoor Space

Outdoor rugs are trending in 2023, according to online homeware specialist, The Rug Seller which offers one of the widest selections of outdoor rugs in the UK.

“In the past three years outdoor rugs have become something of a must have garden accessory and the popularity shows no signs of waning, says Daniel Prendergast, design expert at The Rug Seller. “As such there is more choice in colours, pattern, size and shape than ever. We’ve seen trends mirror that of interiors – best-selling geometrics have started to make way for bright pops of colour and florals, whereas textured and sustainable materials are also growing in popularity.

“Despite the wet spring weather so far this year, we have seen a surge in outdoor rug sales as people also start to understand the versatility of using them with their inside spaces – their durability make them perfect for high traffic areas such as conservatories, kitchens and dining rooms. They are also really easy to transition between indoor and outdoor spaces as the weather allows.

If you’re looking for your design inspiration for your garden or balcony, here are five easy ways an outdoor rug could give your outdoor space a revamp:

Add a splash of colour and a pop of pattern

“Whether you have a full-on outerior design scheme, want to echo the colours found in your planting scheme or are simply looking to add a splash of colour to an outdoor space, an outdoor rug is the perfect accessory to get experimental with colour. The beauty of an outdoor rug is that you can go bigger and bolder with your design choice, than perhaps you might do inside the home, or you can use them to extend the patterns and colours from inside to out. Don’t be afraid to play with colour and pattern – the light and openness of the space will be able to withstand more colour than you may usually be comfortable with. Mediterranean inspired blue and whites can make a real design impact, whereas florals, pops of red and sunshine yellow are all extremely popular.

Verdaccio Outdoor Floral Rugs in Coral by Harlequin; Antibes Trellis Indoor Outdoor Rugs in BlueSynchronic Indoor Outdoor Rugs in Brazilian Rosewood Origami;

Sapphire Garden Indoor Outdoor Rugs by Wedgwood in Teal; Terrace Diamond Modern Geometric Indoor Outdoor Rugs in Gold Yellow

Soften a small patio, courtyard or balcony

“An outdoor rug is the perfect accessory for a small courtyard garden, patio or balcony.  If you are very limited on space then opt for a runner which will give you that splash of colour and pattern without taking up too much space. Utilising an outdoor rug in this way will help to soften what can be quite harsh outdoor areas, offering tactility and breaking up a concrete colour palette. Then can also work really well if you live in a rented property as will allow you to add a vibrant finishing touch without making any permanent changes. Outdoor rugs are weather resistant and easy to clean so they can be left on a balcony all year round if you are limited on space. Or they can be rolled up and stored away until the summer months.

Monaco Geo Indoor Outdoor Geometric Rugs in Charcoal Grey; Scion Viso Geometric Indoor Outdoor Runner Rugs Steel Grey; Spot Flower Indoor outdoor Runner Rugs in Dandelion Yellow by Orla Kiely;

Brittany Chevron Flatweave Indoor Outdoor Runner Rugs in OrangeVerdaccio Outdoor Floral Coral Runner Rugs by Harlequin


Bridge the gap between indoor and outdoor spaces

“Using an outdoor rug in an indoor setting can help to bridge the gap between the inside and outside. Use them to create a free-flowing design scheme that will extend your living space considerably. Because they are durable and easy to clean, they are ideal for high traffic areas and can also add a homely finishing touch to a conservatory or sun room. An outdoor rug or runner placed near your patio doors will also help to stop dirt being walked into your house.

Brighton Aztec Flatweave 98008 3051 Rugs in Light Grey; Boardwalk Stripe Indoor Outdoor Rugs in Pastel Multi Varanda Diamond Geometric Indoor Outdoor Rugs in Black


Play with texture

“Don’t overlook the role that texture can play in elevating your outerior design. Look for outdoor rugs with 3D patterns and textured designs to provide an additional dimension to your outdoor area. Textured rugs feel tactile and homely underfoot and can really add a layer of luxe to an outdoor seating area.

Salta Links Geometric Indoor Outdoor Rugs in Brown Lace Indoor Outdoor Rugs by Brink & Campman in White Sand; Cozumel Indoor Outdoor floral Rugs in Cream;


Think outside the box

Don’t forget a rug doesn’t just have to be a rectangle! Round and irregular shaped rugs are hugely popular this year and will add interest and a new dimension to an outdoor space. They work especially well in smaller gardens and patios – helping to zone a seating area without taking up too much space.

Nico Indoor Outdoor Circle Round Rugs in Charcoal Grey; Habitat Aura Indoor Outdoor Abstract Shape Rugs Grey; Habitat Aura Indoor Outdoor Abstract Shape Rugs Ochre;


For The Rug Seller’s full selection of indoor/outdoor rugs visit

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