I’m sure everyone remembers a time when your only choices for outdoor fabrics were solids in uninteresting colors and prints with palm fronds or floral prints that reminded you of your great grandmas dresses. And yes, grandma was beautiful in that dress but you don’t want to sit on it.
The evolution to the beautiful new outdoor fabrics can be attributed to a couple of things. First, new technologies have facilitated the ability to make fabrics that are super fade resistant (Lightfast), water repellent and stain resistant. Lighter colors dominated days of the past because the sun was going to bleach the color away. But, now you can go ahead and invest in color rich fabrics and count on them maintaining their richness of color and not fading away.
Second, our lifestyles have changed. Longer working hours and working more days a week make it where people have less time away from work to be at home. Finally there, along with spending time inside our home most of us would also like to enjoy some much needed outdoors time too. Stylish and beautiful has now decided to come outside to play. We can easily extend our personal design aesthetic and apply our design love to our outdoor spaces where we want to linger and like to entertain.
These technologies have also created softer fabrics. Softer fabrics not only make us more comfortable outside but also open the door to bringing these new outdoor fabrics inside. The fabrics inherit qualities that make them great for outdoor use also make them great for indoor use, particularly when you have kids or pets romping on your furniture. Watch a cute little video Sunbrella vs The Kids here to learn more.
I am so glad that Thibaut and Sunbrella are making outdoor fabrics beautiful. If interested in any of these fabrics fill out a request for Thibaut pricing here at Living With Color Designs. Check out the following posts for more great products for outdoor living: Elaine Smith pillow collection, Seasonal Living modern outdoor furnishings, Skyline Design outdoor furnishings.
Happy First Day of Spring! – Marianne