Reinvent Your Patio Set with Different Outdoor Fabric Options
Thanks to new technology, today’s outdoor-rated fabrics are luxuriously soft, yet strong enough to stand up to the sun’s damaging UV rays and the effects of moisture — rot and mildew. For the eco-conscious homeowner, some outdoor fabrics are recyclable, too. Plus, the wide range of colors and patterns allow you to put your personal stamp on your outdoor space; coordinate it with your indoor decorating style or go in an entirely different direction.
Make a change with new color. Outdoor patio furniture fabric has lots of choices to offer, whether you’re interested in replacing cushions, a patio umbrella or even a tablecloth. There’s the full range of primaries from which to choose — cheery yellows, zesty reds and beachy blues, plus their complements: nature’s greens, fun oranges and dramatic purples. But you can also find an assortment of subtle earth-tone neutrals that go so well with antique-inspired designs, as well as energetic neon colors that put a Mod twist on your outdoor decorating style.
When selecting your colors, keep in mind the room inside your home that opens to or has a full view of your patio or deck. If you’re not sure about what colors to use for a smooth visual transition, you can always choose white or some other neutral.
Lots of patterns
Variety is the keyword today. In addition to solids, outdoor fabric comes in a multitude of patterns, including florals, stripes, geometrics and weave look-alikes, as well as a host of formal, casual and retro motifs. Think about using something different on replacement cushions. Pick up a color from your cushions to use as an accent on table linens and to coordinate with a solid-color umbrella or fabric awning.
Many replacement cushions come with quality details, such as corded edges and zippers. Some are reversible, so you can switch them as your mood strikes or to match your tablecloth, place mats and napkins. Throw pillows in a matching or contrasting solid or patterned outdoor fabric add interest to patio sets, too. Coordinate with linens, chair cushions or your umbrella.
-by Kathie Robitz