Outdoor Fabrics for Beautiful and Easy Summer Living

Published: May 11th, 2015

Summertime in Chicago means one thing to most of us:  living outdoors.  We plant ourselves on beaches, in parks, on patios, decks and terraces just to get as much summer sun and air as possible before the chill returns.  And the most functional room for summer is the outdoor living room, replete with comfortable furniture and accessories.  Fortunately, outdoor fabrics have undergone a revolutionary change.  New durability, cleanability, vivid patterns and colors can make our outdoor spaces worthy of the burst of natural beauty that summer brings.

That durability is all about being 100% acrylic, which can withstand direct sunlight without fading for a much longer period of time. This content allows for easy cleanability with just a quick soap and water touch up.  It’s also breathable, preventing the mold and mildew that used to afflict outdoor furniture.

And remember when outdoor fabrics, like billiard balls, only came in stripes and solids?  Not any more. The variations in color, pattern, and even texture allow the designer to bring all the same richness and complexity of interiors to outdoor spaces.  You can even find an outdoor chenille now, like the appropriately named “Touchy Feely” from Perennials below.

Check out these fun poppy prints, also from Perennials, sold through one of our favorite showrooms David Sutherland. Loving these colors: Citrus, Mandarin, Raspberry. Either as throw pillows or upholstered outdoor furniture, these textiles are sure to make your outdoor space alive with the sheer joy of summer.  Easy living!