Yes, the dirty word of the textile world is your best friend when it comes to durable, weather-resistant and cleanable fabrics to enhance the enjoyment of your outdoor spaces. Known for their bright saturated colors and luxurious hand, outdoor fabrics can transform ho-hum furniture into a sophisticated sanctuary or a backyard paradise full of personality and fun.
For easy-to-clean and fabulous outdoor spaces, the fibers of outdoor fabrics have particular properties that make them UV- and mildew-resistant, bleach-cleanable, breathable and water-resistant. There are three main types of outdoor fibers: acrylic-coated polyesters, solution-dyed acrylics, and Olefin, also known as polypropylene. These fabrics are so sophisticated these days that they can mimic the look and feel of natural fibers such as cotton and linen.
Outdoor fabrics have come a long way from the rainbow of stiff solids and awning stripes. Many of today’s choices are luxurious and soft-to-the-touch, but tough-as-nails strong. Tran + Thomas and homeowners alike are choosing to use them indoors, especially in spaces occupied by children and pets. With high-durability ratings, many of these fabrics exceed the minimum double-rub requirements for commercial fabrics, yet retain the supple texture of indoor upholstery fabrics.
Perhaps the most important feature of a good outdoor fabric is its water-resistance. Whether from rain or damp bathing suits, these fabrics can not only withstand a summer shower, but can be hosed down with a soap and water or a bleach solution. However, it is just as important to know what is underneath your fabric. If you are custom-making outdoor cushions and pillows, be sure the fills are mildew-resistant, can drain water and release moisture.
So, take a second-look at outdoor fabrics! They may be the perfect design solution for both your indoor and outdoor dilemmas!
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About Tran + Thomas
Built on the foundation of a 30-year, family-owned Interior Design business, Jill Tran and Carmen Thomas opened Tran + Thomas Design Studio in 2011 bringing a combined 36 years of experience to their projects. They work on both residential and commercial projects across several styles. Interested in their services? Call (913) 268-9595 or schedule a consultation below.