Our homes and private outdoor spaces have never been so important as in the last few months. Warmer weather has encouraged us to extend our living (& possibly working) areas outside and one of the best ways of making these areas comfortable and stylish is to add some outdoor fabrics to your shopping list.
No longer bland and uninspiring, the huge variety of designer outdoor fabrics available today will cater to any style or colour scheme. Ranges like Romo‘s Mokolo above include easy care fabrics with innovative yarns and finishes all designed to provide practicality and longevity whilst still giving that essential softness and aesthetic appeal. Mould, UV, and stain resistant outdoor fabrics are specially designed for outdoor performance.
Casamance Caori Craie Outdoor Fabric shown above is an invitation to step outside into the light and enjoy the fresh air and sunshine, and many brands have now designed their collections to be used as both indoor outdoor fabrics.
Here at TM Interiors we supply a wide variety of fabrics designed for outside use, read on for our guide to the best brands for outdoor fabrics.
Designer Outdoor Fabric
Ralph Lauren is often associated with the easy coastal lifestyle, one of their new ranges, Signature St Jean Outdoor fabrics, is a mix of rustic textures and bohemian prints. Classic prints are re-woven in performance yarns to form this exotic outdoor fabric collection.
Tropical painterly florals and hand tie-dyed weaves feature heavily along with graphic novelty prints and watermarked ombre stripes.
Elitis fabrics are known as a high end designer brand, and they perfect the designer outdoor fabric look with their range of luxury outdoor fabrics featured in their Farniente upholstery range of indoor outdoor fabrics, to showcase the fact that outdoor textiles are leaving the waterfront and poolside to find place on the patios of Madrid, conservatories in Paris and even rooftops in New York!
Thibaut always impressive with their selection of designer outdoor fabrics and some of these are featured in the Solstice range where patterns include rich textures and plains, chevrons, exuberant ikats and a signature sunburst motif that are all woven with 100% solution-dyed acrylic yarns.
These fabrics are ideal for headboards and bedding as they can be washed without shrinkage and can be cleaned with all types of detergent, even bleach. Designed for active living and exposure to the elements in mind, Thibaut Sunbrella® indoor/outdoor fabrics have style with staying power which are durable, cleanable, fade-resistant and worry-free, Sunbrella fabrics are perfect for high-traffic areas like family rooms, kitchens, and playrooms as well as outdoor entertaining on patios or poolsides.
Patterned Outdoor Fabric
Patterned outdoor fabric is a firm favourite and Designers Guild Palme Botanique Outdoor range is a stylish and practical option.
This vibrant indoor/outdoor fabric collection brings you infinite possibilities for stylish gardens, pool sides, summer houses and conservatories. Digitally printed watercolour stripes sit alongside abstract designs and wonderfully intricate botanical designs.
Many outdoor fabric ranges often include a range of textures to mix with bright patterns and colours. Brahami Outdoor leaf shown on the deckchair above is fun and quirky and contrasts with the clever texture of the dual tone Pompano (left hand above). Designers Guild Palme Botanique collection combines the brands signature vivid shades and textures with total practicality. The 100% acrylic base cloth used for this collection of outdoor prints is water repellent, soil, stain, mould, and mildew resistant and machine washable.
Osborne and Little have always had an outdoor collection to offer and this year they gave us a new range to include Summerhouse fabrics. These fabrics are as you would expect stain and mildew resistant and have excellent light fastness, making them suitable for outdoor use.
The designs are fresh, and inspired by indoor plants this range features both printed fabrics and co-ordinating weaves. Floral outdoor fabric designs like Hothouse, Zebrina and Trailing Orchid Outdoor showcase the quality of the designs.
The Zebrina and Trailing Orchid outdoor fabric designs make great options for anyone searching for unique outdoor sunlounger fabric as the examples below show.
The collection includes smart semi-plain woven outdoor fabric with a basket-weave texture and subtle herringbone design, and a horizontal stripe evocative of a cheerful deckchair fabric, suitable for upholstery or just as use for scatter cushions.
Luxury Outdoor Fabrics
Luxury outdoor fabrics as already mentioned perfected by Elitis above, but are also explored by other brands such as Nobilis, Dedar, Casamance, Thibaut, Zinc, Mark Alexander and others.
For example the Patio range from Nobilis. With a sophisticated but fresh colour palette and smart intertwined geometric patterns this range oozes refined glamour! On trend bouclé and jacquards combine matt and shimmering yarns to evoke summer style. The collection is 100% Polypropylene and can be washed to keep it pristine.
The Patio range combines vibrant small-scale textures such as the Troquet with delicate fern jacquards like Rocaille to give an outdoor fabric range with a difference.
Dedar’s Enjoyable Outdoors collection is a refined but radiant mix of patterned outdoors fabrics. Strange Loves shown below is a traditional two-colour stripe on acrylic fabric with an excellent colour stability achieved by mass dyeing. Resistant to moulds and weather conditions, washable and water-repellent. The perfect choice for a classic beach umbrella or outdoor upholstery.
From the same Dedar woven outdoor fabric collection, ‘Young and lovely’ is a striped panama weave which will bring the casual but energetic elegance of the Riviera straight into your garden.
Exterior fabric needs to be tough and Basquette below from Dedar is the perfect companion for pool sides or sunny gardens. The solution-dyed polypropylene lozenge design is tested to guarantee maximum resistance to light and weather conditions; it withstands mildew, bacteria and abrasion. Easy washing and stain removal; antiallergic, non-toxic, antistatic, and long-lasting this fabric is also resistant to chlorinated water. What more could you ask for!
Stylish Outdoor Fabrics
Stylish outdoor offerings from the Romo Group include the premium Veranda collection from Mark Alexander. Woven outdoor fabrics are created using an innovative yarn, Veranda also offers an exclusive softness and aesthetic appeal that is usually only found in natural fibre products, combining performance with incomparable luxury that is suitable for any outdoor setting.
Perfect as an outdoor cushion fabric, Veranda Zigzag is a bold, reversible design with a handcrafted appearance; a chunky weave adds character and interest to this striking outdoor cloth. Veranda Hopsack is a characterful outdoor weave with an intriguing melange yarn, it combines a natural appearance and touch with all the performance aspects expected for outdoor use. If you are searching for a timeless outdoor ticking fabric then your search is over! Perfectly uncomplicated with a natural look and feel, Veranda Ticking is a simple stripe design ideal for outdoor use.
Another fantastic option if you are looking for a textured outdoor fabric is the Moloko range from Romo. Intriguing geometrics and statement designs create an inspiring arrangement of characterful decorative weaves. This playful collection brings invigorating colour combinations and exciting textures to outdoor settings.
Inspired by the colours, techniques, and patterns of ceramics, the aptly name Ceramica outdoor fabric range from No9 Thompson is an exciting and diverse collection. Made of Polypropylene high-performance yarn this range is an ideal option for those of you who like a slightly more bohemian look.
Sunbrella has been the most recognized and trusted name in performance outdoor fabrics for over 50 years. Calypso and Solstice are some of Thibaut’s most recent outdoor fabric collections. The high-performance fabrics in these vibrant collections are lightfast and stain resistant, offering long-lasting beauty and durability. Pairing a satisfying hand with durability and performance, Thibaut’s Sunbrella collections are specifically engineered to be soft, luxurious fabrics that incorporate the brands signature style. Bright, clear primary colours pair with clean crisp patterns to create a range that just screams summer!
Festival is another bold and vibrant outdoor fabric range. Looking for playful stripes and scallops, fun patterns, abstract geometrics, and versatile solid woven textures to create a layered garden space? Then this is the range for you! Thibaut’s Inside Out Performance Fabrics are more than suitable for family-friendly living, all patterns are exclusive and are suitable for heavy duty upholstery use and exceed 50,000 rubs.
Maupiti is one of the Leeward Islands in French Polynesia, Casamance’s outdoor fabric range of the same name blends the boundaries between indoors and outdoors. Comprised of a technical and easy-care range that allows you to relax, sit back and not worry about your outdoor textiles. Enjoy the sunshine and fresh air with lagoon inspired shades and patterns. Pure bliss!
Another incredibly stylish option when seeking outdoor fabrics is the latest Zinc Splash Outdoor fabrics range which is a fun collection of indoor and outdoor fabrics which again not only ideal for poolside viewing but apartment style rooftops and patios where chosen.
The collection houses the perfect balance between bold and beautiful, decorative stripes, tactile bouclé and statement prints all work alongside one another while offering their own unique character.
Practical Considerations and Tips
To round up our overview of some of the fantastic outdoor fabric ranges that we can offer you at TM Interiors, let us look at some practical considerations and tips:-
- Use cushions and throw pillows to add colour and create comfortable seating.
- Consider hanging curtains, particularly sheers and lightweight fabrics to define an area, add shade and create privacy.
- Use all-weather fabrics (such as all the ranges above) for durability, fade-resistance and waterproofing.
- If you have a large garden, arrange seating into smaller groups. Use colour or pattern to create zones and different areas, and to add personality and create bespoke furniture solutions.
- Umbrella’s and sun loungers can be bought to life with pattern and textured outdoor fabrics.
- Although all our featured brands outdoor collections are highly functional, performance fabrics, make sure you store your cushions, seat pads and accessories during the colder season to keep them in good condition. Follow care instructions and wash and clean fabrics regularly to ensure they stay looking their best.
Buy online designer outdoor fabrics by the meter from the latest brands and should you need any advice or guidance please do not hesitate to get in touch.
We also offer a bespoke custom-made upholstery services for all your requirements.
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