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Welcome to The Deep Dive, a series where we search high and low for the best of the best in any decor-related category, from modern chandeliers to vintage rugsNext up: outdoor rugs.Memorial Day is right around the corner, and with it the arrival of everyone’s favorite season. This summer, especially, you’re probably thinking about how to best utilize your home’s outdoor space. (You might not be able to go to a restaurant, but you can have dinner on the patio, right?) Our piece of advice: Start with rugs. “It’s important to put as much care into your outdoor area as you would into any room in your home, which means skimping on a rug isn’t an option,” says Domino’s associate style editor, Julia Stevens. “If you’re looking to add a pop of color, a grounding structure, or just a cozy surface to bask on, a rug can really elevate your space, no matter the size.”

From tiny stoops to sprawling backyards, every space needs a good foundation, and that begins with what’s underfoot. Consider this your ultimate guide to outdoor rugs.


When you only have a small space to work with, go big or go home. A doormat-style rug can act as a fun accent piece to showcase your personality and bring color into an otherwise cramped, dull area. Most 2-by-3 options won’t break the bank, so this is the perfect opportunity to embrace the funky and experiment with graphic patterns and pops of color. And if you want to create the illusion of more space? Layer your favorite options to pack as much punch into your small terrace (or if you’re in NYC, a fire escape you’re pretending is a terrace) as you possibly can. We’re loving Shore and Annie Selke’s candy-colored options, and if you’re hoping to blend into the greenery around you, Pottery Barn and Society6 have the ideal nature-inspired designs.  


Like the often overlooked middle child, medium-size rugs can get a bad rap, but as it turns out, they actually bring a lot to the table (or should we say, floor). Their superpower is being noteworthy but not too overpowering. House them underneath a bistro table or lounge chair to accent your space while not drawing too much attention, leaving room to experiment with accessories and furniture. Opt for a tight pattern like Urban Outfitters’s ocean-esque woven chevron or Missoni’s rainbow stripe to brighten and inspire.


Large rugs are an investment, and because of their sheer size, your preferred pattern will set the foundation for your space. Choosing wisely is a must. Ideally, your splurge should be something you won’t tire of easily, so we’d recommend simple lines or grids to define and give structure to your patio or yard. You can get creative with color, like with Nanimarquina’s ombré design or Serena & Lily’s picnic-esque checks to inspire extra outdoor time. 

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