The Best Indoor/Outdoor Rugs to Buy Right Now
Rugs can pull a room together, and they're often the answer when you're looking at your space and thinking, "Hm, this needs something." But, they're also an investment—so, one of the best ways to get the most mileage out of your new floor covering is by choosing one that works either indoors or out, in case you want to change things up later on. If you're wondering what makes a rug "indoor/outdoor" as opposed to strictly indoors, know that it comes down to material. The most common material in the former is polypropylene, a synthetic fabric that is mildew resistant—which is key if you want to use your rug in outdoor spaces or interior rooms that see some water, like mudrooms or entryways.
Best of all, utilitarian indoor/outdoor rugs don't have to be boring. We pulled together several of our favorite styles that work in a variety of spaces and can withstand high foot traffic—but before we get to our picks, we tapped Kathryn Emery, a home improvement and lifestyle expert, for a few shopping tips. "Simply put, you can use an outdoor rug inside, but you cannot use an indoor rug outside," explains Emery, noting that indoor/outdoor iterations are "stain-resistant, easy to clean, can handle moisture, and won't fade from sunlight." Another advantage to these hybrid carpets? While indoor-only rugs typically require expensive professional cleaning, indoor/outdoor models are more economical; they can easily be washed at home. Emery notes that regular vacuuming and spot-cleaning will keep them looking their best—but they can also be cleaned with a hose and left out to dry. Ahead, discover our top picks for the best indoor/outdoor rugs to elevate your space—whether that's the living room or the deck.