Outdoor fabrics have certainly come a long way! The quality, design, and selection just about equal what is available for indoor design and because of clean-ability and durability outdoor fabrics are now used as much for kitchen nooks, dining chairs and high traffic areas as they are for outdoor cushions!
Bright colors and tropical florals, which were once the only available options for outdoor furniture, are now complemented by rich textures, classic stripes, contemporary geometric patterns and a full range of solid colors. We carry outdoor fabrics from several manufacturers including Sunbrella and the Cradle to Cradle certified Bella-Dura. In fact, we performed a fabulous outdoor makeover just last summer for a customer of ours!
We recently made cushions for this charming dining nook, which features an outdoor fabric on the seat cushions, and an indoor fabric on the back cushions. We love the combination as it is good looks, durability, and practicality!
When choosing your outdoor fabric we recommend looking for one that is solution dyed, and has the pattern woven through rather than printed on. Amy talks a little more about the difference in this video interview she did a few years back with Holly Stickly of the White Pear