Up until this year I never really paid much attention to the floor mat at the back door. I’d wipe my shoes or boots on it when I’d get inside and kick them off right there. By morning I’d put them back on at the same spot, stomp my feet once or twice on that same mat and then leave for work. I guess I figured the plastic floor mat would last forever.
Then one day, a buddy from work invited me over for a barbecue. He had what he called an ‘outdoor living room’ and I could not wrap my mind around the idea regardless of how hard I tried. This was a pretty nice outside living area that filled a good portion of his yard on a patio. But this was not just any patio. It was a giant seating area with tables, lamps, a multi media centre and cold beverage storage container. On top of this, there was a complete outside kitchen with propane cooking surface, cupboards, storage, seating and whatever else you would expect indoors – but out in his yard.
What caught my attention most was the interesting selection of indoor outdoor area rugs that were used to keep each section defined. These weren’t your typical indoor outdoor rugs, either. They were artistic, some had patterns while others had textures. Some were almost too nice to walk on but that was what they were meant for.
My name is Mark and I was obviously missing the whole point of what floor mats can do for a living space. While I thought they were mostly for wiping my feet/shoes/boots to prevent mud or dirt from getting tracked into the rest of the house, I missed that they could be bold statements of definition setting the tone and flavour of a room or outdoor patio.
The part I completely did not realize was how these indoor outdoor rugs can actually save you money. In fact, what I found out about that really changed my mind about the ratty old floor mat at my back door. Large rugs can help you reduce the amount of energy you use during the winter to keep your house warm, which saves you money. I had no idea and now that is what I promote as the biggest reason to consider covering your floors with indoor outdoor area rugs.
As for Mac’s outdoor living area, I’ve added a smaller version of his barbecue centre and joined it was a seating area in my yard as an extension off of my deck. It increases the amount of useful space on my property and I find I am spending more time in my yard during the warmer months than I ever did before. What makes it homey for me is the classic woven floor mats I have used in and around the area and on my deck.
Not sure how this can enhance your home and patio? I understand how you feel but let me share with you some of my favorites and maybe you’ll grow to appreciate these indoor outdoor rugs as much as I do.