Outdoor fabrics are no longer stiff or rough as they once were and often they can't even be distinguished from indoor fabrics.The current buzz word “performance fabric” best encapsulates the genre. Crafted to last performance fabrics are as durable as they are beautiful. Their was a time when most of the outdoor fabric offerings were distinguished by fish or coral, and were only offered in tropical Lilly Pulitzer like colorways. The range of colors and patterns are now so on trend that they are completely indistinguishable from their “indoor only” counterparts.
As most of you know I am a huge fan of slipcovers. If you have dogs, kids, live in the country, are worried about fading (the list is endless) you might want to consider a “performance fabric”. I am currently having off white slipcovers made for my family room loveseats. I have this little guy who likes to do this…and then shake…
Hence, I am using a budget friendly sunbrella fabric called Sailcloth Shell (a recent introduction from the Richard Frinier collection). One of my loveseats sits right in front of the window. I love to keep the window shades open but in the past have had to close them during the heat of the day to protect the fabric. Sailcloth looks a lot like the Perennials linen weave (which I love) at less than 1/2 the price.
I am also covering some new dining chairs in the sunbrella canvas flax (another recent introduction) found here http://www.outdoorfabriccentral.com/Sunbrella-5492-0000-Canvas.html
I am going to have Trish Banner at cottagebydesign.net monogram the chairs with an off white three letter monogram for a tone on tone look. She has already experimented with the H isn’t it fabulous?
I am a big proponent of choosing solid colors for major furniture pieces. Restoration Hardware has multiple offerings for their major upholstered pieces and Pottery Barn has also jumped on the bandwagon.
Richard Frinier’s new Sunbrella collection for Pindler is very textural without overpowering the senses http://www.pindler.com/fabtrim/outdoor/out-sigex/out-sigex-col/3839.html
Color and pattern can be added with accessories and pillows easily changed when you tire of them. There are a myriad of graphic patterns now available in performance fabrics. The wonderful John Robshaw just launched a fabulous new outdoor pillow collection this week http://www.johnrobshaw.com/products.htm?Pillows=Outdoor¶ms=4,17
If you are a blue fan, Brunschig’s new Gaston & Daniela Collection,
or Cowtan and Tout’s are sure to please. Cowtan is really good about keeping plenty of stock in their collections which is so helpful.
Osborne and Little’s Ionia Collection strikes a bohemian cord
These pillows in Kravet Soleil will look great indoors or out.
And Pierre Frey’s recently introduced Boussac Outdoor-Indoor California collection will definately bring the outdoors in.
In the past year I have used indoor outdoor fabrics in a least four homes and I expect the trend to continue. How about you? Would you like the luxury of not having to worry about dirty paws, wine spills or sun protection? Have you used Performance Fabrics in your home?