7 of the best outdoor fabrics

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  • Create an outdoor space that is stylish and beautifully decorated by using outdoor fabrics to upholster cushions, adorn sun loungers and dress dining tables.

    With the weather getting (albeit slightly) warmer, many of us will be hoping for more time spent relaxing and entertaining outside in the coming months. To ensure maximum pleasure, create a space that is stylish and beautifully decorated by using outdoor fabrics to upholster cushions, adorn sun loungers and dress tables. Whether this be on a balcony space, at a poolside area or at a secluded outdoor dining table, there is a fabric to suit every need. Here are some of our favourite designs…

    1. Dedar

    Combining subtle, geometric prints with a colour palette of zesty lemon,
    lime and orange, Dedar’s Summertime collection sets the bar for stylish
    and sophisticated outdoor fabrics. Made from a solution-dyed
    polypropylene, these clever materials are designed to guarantee maximum
    resistance to light and weather conditions, meaning they’re not only
    great to look at but are strong and long-lasting too. Above, designs
    from the Summertime collection are combined with the Basquette range.

    2. Kirkby Design

    The contemporary arm of the Romo Group, Kirkby Design,
    seriously impressed the Homes & Garden’s team at this year’s Deco Off fair in
    Paris. Three particular launches caught our eye. For colour and pattern,
    it was the Arcade collection of wovens inspired by old-school computer
    games, from £62m, and the Terrazzo prints (above) – a bold range of
    outdoor fabrics in extra-vibrant shades, from £33m.

    2. Robert Allen

    Having noticed the trend for bold colour, pattern and texture in the world of interior design this season, the team at Robert Allen have launched a collection of outdoor textiles to help bring this exciting trend into our gardens and patios too. Exotic motifs, over-sized botanicals, bold geometrics and batiks all feature, bringing an explosion of print and colour to the garden (from £70.70 – £95.80m).

    2. Anni Albers

    For retro glamour, look to Christopher Farr’s Intaglio collection of woven outdoor fabrics, designed by the American textile designer Anni Albers. Having studied weaving at The Bauhaus school of art, Albers design oozes old-school charm, featuring a small geometric block print in indigo and white.

    4. Ralph Lauren

    Inject a touch of the Hampton’s into your garden with Ralph Lauren
    Home’s Harbor collection, featuring smart stripe designs inspired by the
    classic awnings of lakeside resorts. A cushion cover in Northport
    stripe, as seen above, will bring an enviable designer touch to your
    outdoor entertaining area. From £79 to £180m.

    5. Osborne & Little

    Each named after islands off the Ionian Sea, these sunny prints from
    Osborne & Little will inject a much-needed touch of the
    Mediterranean into your garden. With a stain-repellent finish that is
    irresistible to water and mildew, use these fabrics to upholster a stack
    of outdoor cushions to create an outdoor area that is both comfortable
    and stylish. Sticking to one colour, as seen above, keeps the look
    sophisticated.

    6. Michael Szell

    The Carnival print by Hungarian-born textile maker Michael Szell is a classic example of the designers flamboyant, colourful and sumptuous fabrics. If your outdoor space is lacking colour, this bold, floral print (available at Christopher Farr) will inject life back into the space.

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