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Versatile Indoor/Outdoor Rug Review – Modern Rugs

June 12, 2018
Versatile Indoor/Outdoor Rug Review - Modern Rugs

Hasn’t the weather been rather glorious this past week and it looks set to stay, well at least until the children break up for summer and then your guess is as good as mine. As a nation of garden lovers does it even matter as we’ll be making any excuse to get outside and make the most of our outdoor spaces even if it’s just for a cup of tea. With this in mind, we’re dipping one toe outside and one indoors today as I’ve been kindly asked to review a rug that works for both spaces by Modern Rugs. Ready to find out more?

Versatile Indoor/Outdoor Rug Review – Modern Rugs

Versatile Indoor/Outdoor Rug Review - Modern Rugs

Having written about outdoor rugs last year, I have to say we’ve been contemplating one for our patio area for a while but it hadn’t quite made the top of our to-do list. That said, we really wanted to spruce up our outside family space so it was great timing on behalf of Modern Rugs as like many of you we’ve been spending every opportunity to embrace the weather in the garden. In my case, writing and drinking coffee whilst the hubs obsession with mowing the grass every five minutes may have reached its peak *raises eyebrows. Oh and he’ll kill me for saying this but he also vacuums the artificial grass around the tree house….. what can I say other than that he loves his garden.


Versatile Indoor/Outdoor Rug Review - Modern Rugs

Our outdoor spaces have become much more of an extension of our homes don’t you think? More and more designers have been helping us to explore and utilise our gardens much like we do indoors. There’s plenty of new and innovative designs to encourage us to add a little versatility to our outdoors and I’m definitely up for adding a little creativity to mine.

Of course, the increase in popularity of bifold doors may have set the whole indoor/outdoor living off. With no visual obstructions both spaces blend into one.  They’ve literally opened up our homes and blurred the lines between our indoor and outdoor spaces.

We’re also entertaining at home more and seeking the perfect outside space during the warmer months. I also think that we are more aware of our need to connect with mother nature. Taking a break from today’s technology and work and embracing the outdoors is perfect for our wellbeing.


Why Consider An Outdoor/Indoor Rug

Versatile Indoor/Outdoor Rug Review - Modern Rugs

I understand that there will be some of you wondering why even consider a rug for your outdoor spaces and that it may appear as a bit of an extravagance but apart from the aesthetics, there are other valid reasons you may want to consider.



  • Banish Ugly/Unsightly Patios – If you haven’t the time or money to replace that crazy paving or have decking that’s seen better days an outdoor rug is a perfect cover-up.
  • Slippery Patios – Some patios can be slippery when wet especially decking so if your little ones are in and out of the pool and house a rug will help prevent those slips and falls.
  • Too Hot – our slate patio can get incredibly hot underfoot on a hot day. An outdoor rug will help protect you and your tootsies as you venture outside.
  • Protect Against Damage – Garden furniture can leave scrapes and possible long-term damage to patio surfaces and maybe your furniture legs. This is one that we have a problem with as slate marks easily when chairs are dragged across it.
  • Comfort Underfoot – As with indoor rugs outdoor rugs offer you a layer of comfort underfoot and I’m all for comfort.

Versatile Indoor/Outdoor Rug Review – Modern Rugs

Whilst we don’t have bi-folds leading on to our garden area, (we live in an area where foxes are in abundance) we have used the same slate floor tiles in our kitchen dining area for our adjoining patio. It was as much about creating a visual connection between the two spaces as well as being practical. And opting for a natural tile at the time, it’s actually held up incredibly well these past ten years.


Alternative Layout

Whilst I covered the practicalities above, there are also the visual and decorative benefits of considering an outdoor rug. This is where the rug we chose from Modern Rugs has helped transform our outdoor space.

Versatile Indoor/Outdoor Rug Review - Modern Rugs
I have to admit our patio didn’t quite look like this ‘before’ photo above as we had a circular table and chairs set up for the past ten years. Due to funds being set aside for other projects we still craved an update and a more chilled area for entertaining and spending time with friends and family.

With new garden furniture not on the cards just yet, we moved the table down the bottom of the garden and set up a seating area above. As you can see there was no definition to the seating area. They pretty much look like ships lost at sea. And those scrape marks on the slate are on show which although can be cleaned off, time is often against us.


Outdoor/Indoor rugs are hardwearing and waterproof, so perfect for our family home which sees a lot of activity and errr spillages!


Anchor & Ground Seating

Versatile Indoor/Outdoor Rug Review - Modern Rugs

With the outdoor/indoor rug, we chose from Modern Rugs we were able to ground and anchor the seating area above making it look more natural and thereby creating a welcoming space. The rug literally has pulled together our outdoor seating area from blah to hell yeah with very little effort.


Texture, Pattern & Colour

Versatile Indoor/Outdoor Rug Review - Modern Rugs

I utilised two Fortnum and Mason storage baskets as an impromptu coffee table that also allows us to store cushions and throws when not in use. They can also be lifted indoors quickly if the weather turns.

There’s also that wonderful contrasting textural element that rugs add to our flooring whether it be indoors or outside. It’s another visual layer for our eyes to feast upon. And whilst we opted for a neutral rug that we wanted to work with both our interior decor and outside spaces, you could quite easily incorporate splashes of colour and pattern to your patio areas. It all depends on whether you’re move the rug indoors during the colder months, your decor for either area.


Versatile Indoor/Outdoor Rug Review - Modern Rugs

With the prospect of hazy summer days and cosy evenings spent with family and friends, I’ll be adding a couple of floor cushions to allow for extra seating and the rug will at least provide a layer of comfort when it comes to those that have lost out on the game of musical chairs i.e., who can ever get one first!



Versatile Indoor/Outdoor Rug Review - Modern Rugs

Using the same rug under our dining room table has added another layer of visual interest to our kitchen area. It also anchors the table and helps zone this area in our open plan space.

With such a great range of Outdoor/Indoor rugs to choose from, we opted for Match Green Rectangular rug that we would work both indoors and outside. (To be fair it did look a lot greener on their website, but it’s actually a subtle shade of green in reality which I’m happier with.) And as both areas have the same slate floor, we went with a plain rug that complimented each setting. Of course, if you saw my Kitchen Makeover, you’ll know that green features massively so this influenced our colour choice.


TIP: If you’re considering transferring the rug indoors during winter months, consider your decor i..e, colour scheme and where you’ll be using it. Size and colour to both areas will have to be taken into consideration before making a decision.


Versatile Indoor/Outdoor Rug Review - Modern Rugs

The Match Green Rug is actually reversible but we preferred the green side.

We also considered using this rug in another part of our downstairs living space and layering it, but as it’s incredibly hardwearing, we opted for the kitchen area to help stop those scrapes from chairs. To be honest those chair leg pads only last a very limited time in what is the heart of our home.


Versatile Indoor/Outdoor Rug Review - Modern Rugs

Even Tabitha The Interior Editor cat has given the rug her royal seal of approval!

Having styled the rug in both indoors and outside, we are now faced with the dilemma to order the same rug for our kitchen as a permanent feature. We love the look and feel of this rug so much!

If you fancy changing the look of your outdoor spaces, you might want to head on over to Modern Rugs and browse their fantastic range of Outdoor/Indoor rugs here. They’ve every colour and pattern you can think of and they’re reasonably priced too!

So what do we think of Outdoor/Indoor Rugs?  I’m smitten with their versatility and the ability to create a new look to our outdoor area with very little effort. It’d be great to hear your thoughts.

Until next time, thanks for stopping by!

Maria x


You may want to check out my post on The Importance of Rugs below.


The Importance Of Rugs & How To Use Them – Updated


Disclaimer: I received the above rug from Modern Rugs free of charge for the purposes of review, however, all thoughts and opinions are my own*

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  • Reply Lins @ Boo & Maddie June 24, 2018 at 4:52 pm

    These multi-purpose rugs are just fab aren’t they?? I’d love one especially since our patio is so grubby at the moment. Love the way you’ve styled them X

    • Reply Maria June 25, 2018 at 8:37 am

      Aren’t they fab Lins! We’re completely smitten with ours and love how its transformed our outdoor space. I had great fun styling it too :D x

  • Reply Susan June 25, 2018 at 9:19 am

    This looks fab and I love the idea but in practice does it not get a lots of insects etc underneath the rug?!

    • Reply Maria June 25, 2018 at 10:17 am

      Thanks Susan! To be honest I haven’t seen any and it’s relatively easy to keep clean with a simple sweep of a broom. I’m sure if there were any they wouldn’t necessarily stay under the rug as it’s not their natural habitat. It’s also tightly woven so nothing comes through from the underside :D x

  • Reply Natalia June 25, 2018 at 9:44 am

    Love this rug – so versatile and fab styling too!

    • Reply Maria June 25, 2018 at 10:13 am

      Thanks Natalia! It really is incredibly versatile and hardwearing :D x

  • Reply Fiona Mostyn June 25, 2018 at 11:39 am

    A great choice and they really do help make an outdoor space feel like a room of it’s own. I’m on the lookout for one that will work in my conservatory.

    • Reply Maria June 27, 2018 at 9:37 am

      Thanks Fiona! It really is transformational having a rug outdoors. Good luck with your search for one for your patio :D

  • Reply Catherine McCourt June 25, 2018 at 3:46 pm

    It looks amazing! I love the neutral design of this one. I’ve got an outside rug at the moment but it’s not quite big enough for our space, so I’ll definitely go check out this website.

    • Reply Maria June 27, 2018 at 9:38 am

      Thanks Catherine! They’ve so many to choose from I’m sure you’ll find the perfect rug for your outside :D

  • Reply Mary | hellopeagreen June 25, 2018 at 9:33 pm

    I love the idea of an outdoor rug, but it would have to be something we used and then rolled up afterwards, we have a dog and the neighbour’s cats spend too much time in our garden. I thought it look tremendously successful in both settings. I do love your wallpaper everytime I see it I sigh and think its gorg.

    • Reply Maria June 27, 2018 at 9:41 am

      Pets can pose a bit of a problem with rugs especially if you have unwanted visitors! Thanks so much re the wallpaper, its really made our kitchen/diner look rather fab :D x

  • Reply JENNY KAKOUDAKIS June 25, 2018 at 10:34 pm

    Banish Ugly/Unsightly Patios: yup, outdoor rugs can certainly do that for you. I really love the before and after photo you used, it’s just shows that you can make the space look less busy in an instant! Interesting colour choice, I too prefer plain coloured for outdoors spaces.

    • Reply Maria June 27, 2018 at 9:43 am

      Thanks Jenny! Definitely with you on banishing unsightly patios! :D

  • Reply Pati June 26, 2018 at 12:33 pm

    oh wow hun that rug is beautiful and whenever you put it looks right at home – i think i need one of those for my pad

    • Reply Maria June 27, 2018 at 9:36 am

      Thanks Pati :D Your amazing patio would look fab with an outdoor rug! x

  • Reply Donna Ford June 26, 2018 at 1:38 pm

    I love the texture of the rug and the fact you can use it inside or out. Inspired! Would never have thought of this!

    • Reply Maria June 27, 2018 at 9:35 am

      Thanks Donna! It does add a wonderful additional texture to both indoors and outside :D

  • Reply Anne Marie June 26, 2018 at 7:37 pm

    What a beautiful rug, no wonder you want to get another one for your kitchen 😉 And I have to say this… your photos are absolutely stunning 😍😍 Of course your garden is stunning too 😉 And I have one more reason to buy an outdoor rug- weeds, there’s none under our rug 😁😁

    • Reply Maria June 27, 2018 at 9:46 am

      Thanks so much Anne Marie! I had so much fun styling both areas and I’m still trying to master the art of photography when it comes to posts like this lol ;) Weeds are a very good reason for buying an outdoor rug! Just think of the time saved by not having to weed them :D

  • Reply Jumi Awomosu- The School of Artful Living June 28, 2018 at 8:26 am

    These natural rug really add texture and anything that adds texture is a win with me! I do love a good tactile surface! Great post!

    • Reply Maria June 28, 2018 at 4:40 pm

      Thanks Jumi! Texture is such an important design element and love that this rug introduces it to both indoors and outside spaces 😃

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