To determine the right outdoor fabrics for your space, you need to consider the current furniture in addition to the overall theme of your patio, including the hardscape, such as the patio pavers and walls, as well as other outdoor features because this will play a huge part in determining the color, texture, and style of your upholstery, as your chosen pieces should always complement each other in order to bring about comfort and style to youroutdoor space.
When shopping for upholstery to match your patio furniture, some things to consider include:
Typically, the first thing that comes to mind when selecting upholstery for your furniture is what color to choose. In fact, it’s usually the biggest factor when it comes to selecting a fabric.
When selecting your fabric color, be sure it is a color that you can enjoy for some time. For instance, you may want to steer clear of trendy colors because they can become unfashionable way before the furniture itself or the upholstery needs to be replaced.
Consider the Temperature Color of Your Space
To set the right mood, consider the color temperature of your outdoor space and rather it would benefit from warm, cool or contemporary tones etc. For example, cool blues and greens perfectly complement nearby pools, the sandy undertones of pavers, and wicker furniture for a relaxing beachy atmosphere. Meanwhile, wood furniture lends itself beautifully to warm colors, wholesome greens, and checkered patterns, which provides the perfect charm and character for countryside themes.
Plush upholstery in deep reds go nicely with the deep gem stones in rustic furniture and earthy pavers, which are typically found in outdoor spaces with cozy fireplace themes.
The sturdiness and functionality of metal furniture can be made beautiful with neutral striped upholstery nestled amid warm beige overtones, while contemporary outdoor spaces, where it is more about creating an overall beauty that flows from one section to the next, can benefit nicely from furniture with neutral, low slung slipcovers.
Lastly, cottage style patios, which typically include single furniture sets in white, can be made fun and whimsical by contrasting patterns, such as florals and stripe prints.
When in doubt about selecting the best color furniture and upholstery, use the color wheel to visualize what colors complement each other. For instance, when selecting contemporary colors to enliven a space, select those colors directly across from each other on the color wheel for a vivid pop of color without being overwhelming.
The fabric you select should complement both the piece of furniture and the decor of the exterior of your home.
Select upholstery that is harmonious with the style and charm of the piece it is covering. For instance, traditional style furniture typically benefits from a traditional style fabric; however, more adventurous style goers may opt for contrasting styles to add originality to a space. This example works best in contemporary outdoor spaces, where a bit of the unexpected is expected.
Furthermore, select a fabric that radiates a bit of your own style as well as the decor of your outdoor space. For instance, for casual moods, select a casual fabric; however, classic mood goers may benefit from a more formal fabric to grace their space.
Finally, you should also consider the size of your pattern, meaning it should befit the size of your furniture. In addition, consider the size of your outdoor space. Keep in mind that smaller, less pronounced patterns are a good choice for smaller spaces, while bold, large patterns tend to compliment larger spaces.
The durability of your outdoor fabric is important, because it needs to be able to withstand the weather’s elements in addition to various personal factors, such as if you will be entertaining on a regular basis and if you have pets or children. Therefore, your chosen fabric should reflect these considerations.
Outdoor fabrics offer far more durability over indoor fabric simply because they are specifically manufactured for outdoor use.
There are various types of outdoor upholstery, including acrylic, polyester, synthetic fibres, and cotton blends that are chemically treated during manufacturing in order to enable them to repel water and resist mildew and rot in addition to soiling, while still providing a comfortable seat.
Some of the most common outdoor fabric types include:
Solution-dyed acrylic doesn’t fade easily when faced with the weather’s elements because the acrylic threads are dyed prior to being woven. This type of fabric is commonly used for umbrellas and awnings; however, it can be used for cushions and pillows, as well.
Vinyl-coated synthetic fibre mesh, also known as slingable fabric or PVC mesh, is a strong, mildew-resistant, colorfast, easy to maintain fabric that is often used for sling-type chairs whose fabric supports your weight.
Acrylic-Coated Polyester-Cotton Blends
Acrylic-coated polyester-cotton blends are typically more appealing than other outdoor fabrics because it is a blend of natural fibres and man-made materials, which makes it both durable and beautiful. In addition, these blends generally have a wider color selection as well.
Because outdoor fabrics are designed to accomplish the same objectives, selecting a texture typically comes down to the finish and the price. For instance, some textures are smooth, others are rough, and some finishes are shiny or matte. The price for different materials also vary and is usually a reliable indicator of its longevity and durability.
When selecting your outdoor furniture, just like outdoor fabric, it needs to be able to withstand the weather’s elements. Therefore, stick to outdoor pieces, such as plastic, teak, cast aluminium, PVC wicker, PE wicker, and mahogany furniture which are waterproof and durable enough to withstand rain, wind, and the sun’s UV rays.
Keeping your fabric clean, which can typically be done using a mild soap and lukewarm water, will help maintain the lifespan of your fabric. However, read the instructions and contact the company where you purchased the fabric for cleaning advice.