5 Great Reasons to Use Outdoor Fabrics Indoors

September 13, 2016

5 Great Reasons to Use Outdoor Fabrics Indoors

Perhaps you’ve felt this familiar heartbreak: a red wine spill on your favorite cozy chair, faded cushions on the sofa by the sunny window, muddy paw prints on the carpet, spaghetti sauce on your dining room chair cushions… the list goes on. I am here to tell you that there is hope, my friends, hope in the form of outdoor fabrics.


Outdoor fabrics have done some serious soul searching over the last 10 years and have come back mature, elegant, and oh-so versatile. As a matter of fact, it’s just about impossible to tell the difference between an indoor-only fabric and an outdoor-rated fabric. Gone are the days of stiff, scratchy fabrics in gaudy colors with boring patterns (would you like that in stripes or solids?). Today, textile connoisseurs can luxuriate among drop-dead gorgeous patterns in sophisticated color pallets with an exciting twist – livability (gasp!). Now, you can truly have it all. You can have durable, fade-proof, stain resistant fabrics that can stand up to the beautiful messes of life without sacrificing style and sophistication. And we’re not just talking about upholstery fabric. There is an outdoor-rated equivalent for all of your desired uses, from sheers to chenilles, linens and velvets, trims, even faux leathers. Still not convinced? Here are 5 reasons to use outdoor fabrics and plush decor inside your home.

 

1. Stain Resistance

young girls eating cupcakes on outdoor pillows from Elaine SmithYour décor should fit your lifestyle, not the other way around. Sure, those fabulous upholstered chairs look stunning in a magazine spread, but if you’re afraid to sit on them while you drink your morning coffee, let alone allow your kids anywhere near them, what’s the point? Reputable outdoor fabrics are specifically designed to be stain resistant and easy to clean. That’s a serious win! Consider using outdoor-rated fabrics in the areas of your house that are most susceptible to stains (dining room chairs, family rooms, kids rooms, breakfast nooks, etc.). You can still get a gorgeous chic look without having a heart attack any time your babies or fur babies bounce into the room with sticky fingers or muddy paws.
Photo By: Elaine Smith Pillows

 

 

2. Durability

Upholstered chair with Perennials Fabrics covered in dirt with a toy tractorLately, we've had the sneaking suspicion that some of the furniture and plush decor we own, in actuality, owns us (we're on to you, ottoman). The furniture, the pillows, the blankets, the rugs, aside from being decorative elements, are all essential to how we experience our home - both in terms of aesthetics and functionality.  As such, when these items can't stand up to the realities of the household, they become another stressor on the all-too-long list of life worries. Yet, for many of us, the aesthetic appeal of the items we choose to put in our homes is just as important to the way we relate to our living spaces as their functionality. This is why the head-turning style and unparalleled durability of today's performance fabrics makes a wonderful choice for plush and upholstered decor. After all, the only thing you should be preoccupied with at home is spending time with the most important people in your life, not the furniture.
Photo By: Perennials Luxury Performance Fabrics

 

3. Mold and Mildew Resistance

Red Cushions on Gondolas in Venice This one is for our friends in humid climates… or anyone that has a bathroom in their home. Because outdoor fabrics are designed to withstand the elements, they are resistant to pesky mold and mildew. This makes them a great option for bathroom drapes and shades, beach houses, and boats.
Photo By: Kumquat Garden Outdoor Living and Decor

 

 

 

 

4. Fade Proof

Pillows in bright red and orange colors

If you’ve ever had upholstered cushions or furniture next to a window with direct sunlight, you know how quickly traditional indoor fabric can fade. No one wants to live in a dark cave just to preserve the colors on their throw pillows! Most outdoor fabrics that are made with 100% solution died acrylic are designed to be in direct sunlight day in and day out without fading. This means that the liquid acrylic solution that is made into yarn fiber is colored before the fibers are even created, resulting in the color being an inseparable part of the fiber. In short: it wont fade with sun exposure or wear and tear. For comparison, the traditional process is simply dying existing colorless yarns, effectively creating a colored veneer that can fade with time.
Photo By: Kumquat Garden Outdoor Living and Decor

 

5. Water Resistance

 

Elaine Smith Outdoor Pillows on surf board in a poolEven with a stain resistant fabric, liquid spills can be difficult to clean up and absorbed liquids can cause odors. This is why we love to use water resistant outdoor fabrics in the most lived-in areas of the home. Because these fabrics repel liquids instead of absorbing them, spill cleanup is much easier and less likely to do damage.
Photo By: Elaine Smith Pillows

Do you like the idea of using outdoor fabrics in your home but not ready to take on any re-upholstery projects? Outdoor-rated pillows and throws are a great way to start incorporating these great fabrics into your home without taking on any big commitments. Likewise, outdoor rugs are fantastic in the high traffic/dirtiest areas of your home like mud rooms, entry halls, under the dining room table, in the kid's rooms, etc.

Are you using outdoor fabric in your home? We want to see! Comment below or find us on Facebook.

 

 




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