July 24, 2010

Luxury Living: The Great Outdoors Fabrics

Posted in Uncategorized at 9:33 am by luxuryforthehome

By Leslie Hassler, Houston Interior Designer

Today we are looking at the fabrics we want to incorporate into our outdoor area.  Why do you want fabrics that have special treatments to be outdoors?  Because you want them to last.    Fabrics that have been designed to withstand the outdoors are often more colorfast, sometimes act as UV filters, and are more durable than their interior counterparts.  Advancements in digital printing has created a vast array of design choices and styles. The hand – that is how a fabric feels – has become softer too.  In fact, you can get a variety of chenille, suede and velvets that are both durable and beautiful. Many of the fabrics also come with treatments that help resist stains due to spills and moisture.  In addition, some of these fabrics are machine washable (although not dry-able) or clean up easily with a non-chlorine bleach solution.

So how long can they last?  Well, that depends on a myriad of variables.  What is your climate?  Tropical, humid climates will wear harder on fabric than more temperate climates.  What is the sun exposure to the fabrics?  If your fabrics are exposed to the UV, all day long, all year-long.  Well, don’t expect them to last all that long.  They are fabrics, not kryptonite. To extend the life of the fabrics, protect them when they are not in use.  (PS, this will help your furniture too).  Also be sure to turn or rotate the fabrics so that the exposure is even on all sides.

Outdoor fabrics also have special treatments which help resists moisture and spills. They are very easy to clean with a non-chlorine bleach solution. Ok, so now for the fun.

Do you remember our inspiration?  If not, check back to this post.   Now take a look at the fabrics we’ve pulled together for this outdoor area.  The client’s home already has a French Country feel, but more with the yellow and red colorations, versus the inspiration’s blue and yellow colors.

So will we use all these fabrics, probably not.  But they are the foundations that flow from one to another, with some variations.  I’m excited about the next step, furniture.  Aren’t you?

Luxury For The Home believes that true luxury is not about ostentation or expense.  It is about simplicity. Sanctuary. Comfort.  It’s the beauty that happens when everything, including you, has its own ideal space.

Are you ready to bring luxury into your home?  For more ideas sign up for our newsletter, or to schedule a consultation, please call me at 281-701-2461.

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