By Liz Thompson

Published on March 16, 2017

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If there’s one thing that brings an outdoor living area together, it’s a beautiful rug. And there are so many gorgeous versions available these days—they are durable, affordable, lightweight, and come in a wide variety of designs. You can find pretty styles in synthetic materials, woven fabrics, and natural fiber like jute and sisal. So why not use one of these great rugs inside?

The obvious place to use an outdoor rug inside the home is an entryway or staircase or a dining room … well, almost anywhere. Here’s how to get the look right.  

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Nursery Nest

If you feel a natural fiber rug is unworthy of a sweet nursery, check out this beauty. The intricate design of a round sisal looks almost lacey and gives off a decidedly girly feel. It makes cleaning up spills and other baby messes a cinch, too.

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Make a Splash

Bathroom rugs can be difficult to select. They have to be durable, yet comfy—pretty, but still functional. If you’ve never considered using an outdoor rug in a bath, now’s the time. This one makes a splash in an older home, covering original wood floors and adding color. The true beauty of this choice is it won’t stay soaking wet and damage those lovely planks.

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Runner Up

To upgrade your stairs, paint them bright white and cover the steps with a colorful indoor/outdoor runner. It’s the ideal solution for a household with little ones or pets. Matching accessories bring this spirited look together.  

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Layer it On

Jute is a great outdoor material that adds earthy texture to any room, and it matches most design themes. It’s easy to add a jolt of color by layering your jute rug with a bright kilim or vintage rug. Not only does this soften the look of the space, it’s also the perfect way to use oddly sized rugs.

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Bedroom Bliss

Bedroom flooring should be soft and inviting for bare feet, but this doesn’t mean a jute rug won’t work in the boudoir. Throw down a sheepskin (or two, or three) for a cushiony puff of comfort. These fuzzy throws make a room look super fresh and modern, too.

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Perfect Placement

This room mixes modern and traditional like a pro. To keep a space from becoming overly precious, add a sisal rug for a rustic vibe. The fabric edging makes it a touch more formal and fits in perfectly with the design—great for when you are hosting both dinner parties and playdates in the same space.

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Fanciful Footing

A girl’s room gets fancy underfoot with a metallic thread suede and hemp rug layered under a bright, smaller rug. The best part? You can get an overdyed outdoor rug for a fraction of the cost of a vintage one.

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Opposites Attract

An outdoor jute rug with a graphic design brings out the color scheme in this room, but it might not be the most comfortable choice. A thick shag rug on top solves that problem instantly and looks fabulous.

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Natural Neutral

If there is a best choice for entry flooring, it has to be an outdoor natural fiber rug. This charming foyer takes things up a notch with jute rugs up the staircase. It’s a cohesive look that provides neutral grounding for whimsical décor.

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