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Outdoor cushions–why some fade and others don’t
Don’t you just hate it? You buy the cutest, brightest outdoor cushions for your patio set and before the summer is even over they’re faded with mildew stains. Ewwww! Who wants to sit on that? But, they were the best that Target had to offer…
So what is the difference between a $20 cushion at a big-box store and more expensive options with Sunbrella® fabric that are available through specialty stores or custom-made?
DESIGN TIPS FOR OUTDOOR SPACES:
Treat your outdoor space like you would any other room. Sweep the space with your eye–up, down, side-to-side.
Traditional outdoor patterns are OK for large cushions (ferns, tropical flowers, bright stripes, etc.), but consider using patterns you would find inside such as geometrics, argyle or herringbone for a more refined look.
Anchor the conversation area with an outdoor rug
Use architectural elements as opportunities for more personalization… such as a candle chandelier if there is a ceiling, outdoor curtains between posts, or exterior lighting on side tables.
Several well-known companies are using Sunbrella® fabric for their outdoor cushions, such as Pottery Barn, but there are many, many more options of outdoor fabrics that are available to the trade. Some of my favorites are below: