I realized the first big improvement by painting the ceiling a shade of sky blue:
|I should have called it Brown Hole of Calcutta. Screengrabbed from this post.|
|Screengrabbed from this post.|
|The original rug beneath the picnic table was also mostly brown. It is a great outdoor area rug of wonderful quality - I got it on sale for very little money at the FM 518 Kroger last year. But it was brown.|
|I was intrigued by this thing, a line named Safavieh by Thomfilicia, because it was advertised as being made of "recycled plastic". |
The background was described on some web pages as being "brown", but it's actually quite grey, especially in the north light of our patio.
|There seems to have been some variability in production. That's a grab from the manufacturer's website on the left, and a grab from this Overstock listing on the right. In my experience, the photos on Overstock are usually quite close to the appearance of the actual products, so I took a gamble that my rug would show up looking more grey than brown. Thankfully, it did, because bluish-grey was what I needed.|
|And it's also reversible, which the marketing materials don't really state.|
|I thought about using the more-blue side, but it was too much.|
|Rug in place.|
I'm happy with the product and I intend to keep it, but I will offer one piece of perspective: I don't know how it would stand up to a high-traffic application. The plastic filaments of which it is woven are relatively soft. I'm not sure how it would wear under intense usage.
|The manufacturer's care recommendations seem to warn against abrasion, such as with vacuum brushes.|