A rug and a couple of folding chairs are all that’s needed to take in the skyline outside of this house in Venice, CA. For a small space, cover the flooring with wall-to-wall outdoor carpeting to get the most out of every inch.
2 of18Lisa Romerein
Veranda with a view
With a view to the Pacific Ocean, a West-facing stone terrace is the best place to catch the sunset in this Santa Barbara home. An outdoor rug woven with a traditional Moroccan tile takes the chill off the flagstone after the sun goes down.
Nothing says backyard bohemian style like bold colors, a mix of textures, and a tangle of potted plants. Don’t be afraid to layer outdoor rugs to create an outdoor lounge large enough to host a party—but we’ll warn you that your friends may not ever want to leave.
A pair of black and white chevron-striped rugs add a touch of softness to this urban patio amidst potted tree aloes, barrel cacti, and sansevieria. For narrow spaces, use multiple rugs to help break up the space and define areas such as a seating spot and place to grill.
This urban deck nestled in San Francisco’s Mission District feels worlds away from the busy streets below. A large outdoor rug takes the chill off the poured concrete floor and makes the outdoor table and seating area feel like an extension of the apartment.
Nicole Lamotte for One Kings Lane
7 of18Nicole Lamotte for One Kings Lane
Garden design: Orlando Soria for Homepolish. Outdoor rug from One Kings Lane
Keep it nautical with a fresh white and cobalt outdoor rug and beachy accessories. A plush outdoor fabric offers an excuse to be barefoot—whether you’re back from the beach or not.
Laying down a plush outdoor rug turns a plain concrete patio into an inviting backyard destination. Keep garden accessory colors in the same family—all blues, greens, and cobalt—to give multiple spaces a feeling of continuity.
9 of18Brett Gum
Set the tone
Garden design: Di Zock Gardens. Rug available through Viva Terra
Keeping to a tight color palette makes an outdoor room feel just as intentional and inviting as any space indoors. In this backyard in Venice, CA, a brown and turquoise rug ties in perfectly with the paint colors of the house and ceramic fountain.
Laying down an outdoor rug in a bold, Moroccan pattern can give a weathered outdoor deck the feeling of tiled courtyard. For rugs placed on wood, look for ones made from recycled plastics treated. They’ll be less apt to trap water and cause the wood to rot than natural fibers.
Keeping tones neutral in this second story deck keep the focus on the view of ocean. An tightly-woven outdoor rug defines the seating nook and doesn’t trap sand from bare feet.
Lisa Borgnes Giramonti
14 of18Lisa Borgnes Giramonti
Design: Lisa Borgnes Giramonti.Outdoor rug available from Pottery Barn
A tiny balcony becomes a retreat space for reading or enjoying a cup of morning coffee with the addition of an inviting chair and soft outdoor carpeting. Choosing an outdoor rug with bold stripes makes the narrow space appear longer than it is.
Laying down a sunny-colored outdoor rug instantly brightens this garden and creates an inviting place to sit down for an al fresco dinner party. Bright colored rugs work well for evening gatherings as they seem to glow at twilight—even more so surrounded by candle-lit lanterns.
A mahogany colored rug with rustic end stitching brings weight to a white-washed deck and anchors a pair of deep-seated chairs. Add interest to the seating area with potted citrus and lemon-colored throw cushions.
Classic blue and white stripes in a contemporary chevron pattern compliments simple garden furniture and playful watercolor cushions. Made from tightly woven recycled plastic straws, this durable rug is both soft under foot and water-resistant.
A simple blue and green striped outdoor rug provides just enough cushion to tempt guests to relax on an ottoman and enjoy a cool drink. Coordinate colors of pillows, a cozy throw, and a lantern to compliment the rug for a complete look.