What Fabrics and Colors should I use in my outdoor living area?

Posted by Donna Foran on Wed, Aug 09, 2017 @ 03:11 PM
Donna Foran

Many people are undecided about what fabrics and colors to use in their outdoor living area. You need to use Performance Fabrics in your outdoor living area. They are the newest thing in interior design in Plano. First it was stretch denim, now high endurance nylon and abrasion-resistant fabrics have made their appearances.

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This client wanted comfortable seating and beautiful performance fabric that blended with their setting.

We now want an overachieving class of performance textiles that are very versatile and meant for residential interiors as well as exteriors.  It is a design category that is smart and reliable.

  Every detail in these new fabrics have been thought out.  They are designed for both inside and outside use and are unable to be affected by mildew, water damage, fading or stretching.  Of course, the most important thing is that they are stain resistant.

Technology is integrated into every fiber of the fabric and they are engineered to withstand hundreds of pounds .  These new fabrics are made to last. Durability is measured by the Martindale Test.

This test measures durability by rubbing a piece of fabric with worsted wool to evaluate fading and abrasion. 85,000 Martindale cycles means the fabric is very durable.

Choosing the right color hues is also important when buying your outdoor furniture.  Some people want their outdoor furniture to coordinate with their indoor furniture while others want something completely different.

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What we don't recommend for outdoor furniture is pure white.  While we all want to live and enjoy life to the fullest, one of the recent quotes I've read is that life is not lived in a white room.  

Of course, there will always be upholstery in the colors of brown, gray and blue, but other colors in your outdoor furniture are also becoming popular.  Colors like bright orange, "wine and roses red" and moody blues are hot colors for outdoor furniture.  

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Many people like to add a pattern and pretty color to their outdoor patio or deck furniture.  High performamce fabrics make it much easier to have furniture in your choice of exciting colors.  

There is an interesting color glossary found at www.SensationalColor.com . This color dictionary by designer Kate Smith, highlights some of the key terms to know in Color  

I hope this article has helped you plan out your color palette and color scheme. It is a good idea to call your professional interior designer to help you find the right colors and fabrics for your outdoor living area.


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