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1. Place a rug under your table. Ground your outdoor eating space with a bold, graphic, weather-resistant area rug. One benefit of dining outdoors: If there's a spill during dinner, simply pull out the hose and give your rug a good wash.
5. Add comfort by going big. If you have the space, consider using a large-scale rug to make your outdoor area feel more comfortable. This covered patio space feels more like an indoor living area due to the scale and warmth added by the rug.
6. Repeat patterns. Although the pillows on the chaise longues are separated from the rug in the seating area, the pattern used in the two spaces unifies the areas and makes for a cohesive deck design.
8. Cover your walkways. Placing rugs in hallways is a rule of thumb used by design professionals to warm up those otherwise neglected spaces. This same rule can be applied to your outdoor patio. If you have a narrow walkway connecting two areas of your patio or deck, adding an outdoor rug (or more than one, as shown here) brings warmth and interest.
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