How to Choose an Outdoor Rug

One of the best ways to turn your patio or deck into an inviting and cozy outdoor room is to add an outdoor rug. A rug brings color, texture and a sense of cohesion to a group of furnishings. It also helps to protect the deck wood or patio pavers.

When you shop for an outdoor rug, prepare to be pleasantly surprised by new designs and materials. In fact, today’s options are as colorful and stylish as the rugs you use inside. So how do you choose the right one?

how to choose an outdoor rug

Size and Shape

Outdoor rugs come in a variety of dimensions. To find the right size, consider the area you want to cover. Measure your patio, deck or porch and pay attention to architectural details, like pillars or stairs. If you are adding a rug to a dining group, make sure it’s large enough to accommodate the chairs. The rule of thumb is that a rug should be at least two feet wider than all sides of the table. For a seating group, make sure the rug is large enough to allow the front legs of the furniture to be placed on the rug.

Choose the shape by looking at how your furniture is grouped. A round patio table, for example, looks best over a round rug. Seating groups are best defined by a square or rectangular rug that mimics the layout.

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Outdoor rugs need to hold up to a variety of weather conditions, and natural and synthetic materials are available that withstand the elements. Natural fibers, such as sisal, jute and seagrass, provide a bit of texture. They can mildew when exposed to too much moisture, so they do require extra care. Natural might be a good choice if your outdoor area is covered or if you’re willing to bring the rug inside during the off-season or periodically hang it to dry. Synthetic fibers, such as polypropylene or acrylic, come in a wider range of colors than natural rugs and are extremely durable. They have the added benefit of drying quickly and are often less expensive.

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Color and Pattern

Outdoor rugs come in every color under the sun, and patterns are available that will enhance your style. When choosing a color, look to the surrounding area for inspiration. Choose a palette from your landscape, or pick shades that evoke the feeling you want to create. For example, bright yellow or orange will create a vibrant setting, while neutral colors allow your furnishings to take center stage.

Create a unified feeling by choosing patterns that are similar to your indoor décor. For example, if your indoor style is traditional, you might go with floral patterns. Contemporary homes will look great with geometric or abstract patterns.

When you’re ready to add a rug to your patio or deck, check out all of the options available from Art Van Furniture by clicking here.

Area Rugs For Summer Perk Up Your Flooring

With the warm weather finally here, it’s time to update your home for the season. Adding new area rugs for summer is an easy way to change the look of your room. Choose a fresh color, natural material or vibrant pattern, and you’ll be ready for the season. Here are five area rugs for summer that will make you feel like you’re on vacation:

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Ferns and whispy leaves are a big trend for Summer 2018, and the Spencer Area Rug will turn your room into a lush botanical garden. This is a great style for casual or traditional rooms, as it is effortless and elegant.

area rugs for summer

Flower Power

Floral prints are a big force for Summer 2018, but why not be bold, too? This oversized yellow bloom will serve as a focal point—and no watering is required!

area rugs for summer


Add a touch of summer whimsy with a ladybug rug. The curled vines are contemporary and graphic, and the cute little bugs add a pop of red.

area rugs for summer


Bring the coast to your room with a nautical-inspired lighthouse rug. The water and sailboats feel relaxing, while the border of shells will remind you of the beach.

area rugs for summer


Choose a sisal rug to keep your room cool. The eco-friendly fibers complement your hardwood floors, while the light palette feels natural.

The Hottest Flooring Trends in 2018

If you’re remodeling any room in your home, or just know it’s time for an upgrade, you’re probably wondering what the hot flooring trends are for 2018. 

Homeowners typically select flooring based on the room they’ll be styling. However, as open floor plans remain popular, this can change the way people choose which flooring is right for the room.

With an emphasis on the open floor plan layouts which unite the kitchen, dining and living areas, the demand for wood floors throughout the home for a seamless transition from room to room has not slowed down. We expect to see a continued desire for wider and longer hardwood planks, as well as using mixed width planks that are reminiscent of reclaimed, antique hardwood planks. Wider planks have the advantage of creating a more unified look with fewer joint lines while showcasing the true beauty of the wood. Prices range from $3- $10 square foot (excluding installation).

Bedroom with wood plank flooring
Mannington Maison Normandy Oak 9/16” x 7”

Kitchen trends: 

As one of the most highly used areas of the home, where spills and mishaps can surely occur, you’ll need a flooring option that’s durable and looks great. Today there are lots of options including water-resistant laminate floors,  waterproof luxury vinyl tile (LVT), vinyl plank & tile, and wood-like porcelain tile. They all can give the appearance of the trendy rustic planks, without the worry that a spill could stain or damage them. Prices range from $2-$5 sq ft for laminate and vinyl and $1.50-$6.00 sq ft for tile (excluding installation).

Flooring for Kitchen
Metroflor Genesis Plus Vinyl
Flooring for Kitchen
MSI Porcelain Plank Palmetto Chestnut

Bathroom trends:

Like the kitchen, the flooring in the bathroom needs to be moisture-resistant. Porcelain tile is typically the best choice for bathrooms, though today you have more options than ever before. LVT and Coretec type floors are waterproof, kid-friendly and pet-owner-approved. And – BONUS – they can often be installed over your existing floor.  

Flooring trends for bathroom
MSI Porcelain Plank Havenwood 8” x 36” & Chevron Mosaic
Flooring for bathroom
Mannington AduraMax Cascade

Dining & Living Room Flooring Trends

Open floor plans are popular and should be considered when it comes to upgrading your flooring, so that the flooring flows well through the home. Hardwood flooring is a timeless look with the wider plank as this year’s style choice. Options can range from budget-friendly oak in solid and engineered formats to exotic and distressed with thin, thick, narrow, random width and long lengths.

Bedroom Flooring Trends

The bedroom should be an oasis away from it all and a comfortable spot to rest at the end of the day. With that in mind, carpet is always a great flooring choice for the bedroom. The feeling of your feet stepping on a soft carpet first thing in the morning is warm and comforting. Frieze carpeting – an updated shag with thinner fibers and twisted ends – is the style for bedroom flooring this year. Though bold carpet colors are in, you may want to stick with a trendy greige (grey-beige) color to make paint and accent furniture really pop!


The best thing about today’s carpet selections? Most carpet is stain-proof, crush-resistant and available in both traditional styles, bold geometric patterns or even florals for a more relaxed look. Take a look at the wide selection at Art Van Flooring for inspiration. Or schedule a consultation today for help with your next project.








Choosing the Best Flooring For Your Kitchen

Choosing flooring for the kitchen should be a well-considered decision. The floor is the largest surface in the room, and its color, style, material and texture set the tone for the entire look of the space. In addition to being a design statement, it must work well with the other elements of your kitchen, such as the style of your cabinetry, counter tops and furnishings.

Kitchen flooring has the added requirement of being durable. From meals to craft projects to just hanging out, a lot of activities happen in the kitchen and your floors need to withstand foot traffic as well as an occasional dropped dish or pan. When you’re choosing kitchen flooring, you’ll want it to be easy to maintain; spills are common here and you don’t want to worry about stains every time someone drops a beverage.

When choosing the right material, there are four basic choices – tile, wood, vinyl and laminate – and each has pros and cons. Which one is right for your family?

Flooring for the Kitchen  

Tile. The most durable choice is tile or stone. It stands up to heavy traffic, resists scratches and dents, and is easy to clean. It also comes in a wide variety of colors and finishes, and you can add another design element to your room with decorative borders. Tile does have some disadvantages. First, if your home is older or has structural movement, you risk cracking. It might be wise to install a new subfloor that can eliminate this from happening. Some tile is slippery when wet, so if you have toddlers or family members with limited mobility, this can be a concern; choose a tile with a more textured surface. And since tile is hard, it can be uncomfortable to stand on for long periods of time.

Wood. Wood is a popular choice for today’s kitchens. The material has more give so it feels better underfoot than tile, and wood has a warm design aesthetic that goes with any style home or cabinetry. Wood is also very long lasting; it can be stripped and refinished for years to come, restoring its beauty and changing its look. Wood does have disadvantages. It can be damaged by moisture and it can become scratched. Make sure you apply a protective finish, such as polyurethane, to help guard against these issues.

Laminate flooring comes in faux wood finishes that are both gorgeous and durable. Available at Art Van Flooring.

Laminate. When choosing kitchen flooring, you can get the look of wood or stone at a fraction of the price by choosing laminate flooring. Available in planks and strips, laminate is easy to install by gluing it directly over your existing flooring. It’s resistant to dents and scratches, and it offers a layer of cushioning that can be more comfortable than wood or tile. Unlike wood, however, laminate flooring cannot be stripped or refinished. That means it won’t last as long or allow you to change the stain.

Vinyl. Vinyl is a very resilient material and offers a widest variety of styles and colors in either tiles or sheets. It’s one of the most inexpensive flooring options, too, which is great for homeowners on a budget. Easy to maintain, vinyl flooring also has a lot of give, which makes it comfortable underfoot and reduces the chances of plates and glasses breaking when dropped. The disadvantages of vinyl are few; this flooring choice won’t improve your home’s resale value, and dropping a sharp object on the floor could damage the surface.

If you’re investigating flooring options, stop by one of our Art Van Flooring locations or set up a Shop-at-Home appointment.