Decorating with Outdoor Fabric

Our home editor, Jennifer Kopf, shares her tips and ideas for decorating your home with outdoor fabric.


[MUSIC] Hi, I'm Jennifer Kopf, Home Editor of Southern Living. Outdoor fabrics are no longer the stiff, acrylic, tropical prints of the past. There are so many choices that are soft to the touch, and as stylish as interior fabrics. In fact, many designer lines now offer beautiful, outdoor selections. With the wide rang of pretty and durable outdoor fabrics, you can think about decorating your porches and patios just as you would your living room. With outdoor furniture such as wicker and teak, often only available in brown or white finishes, fabric is the answer for adding pops of color to your neutral backdrop, Bright hues such as yellow and green automatically say summer. While warmer oranges and reds invite you to cozy up around the outdoor fireplace. If you want your surroundings to be the star, keep your color selections neutral. Remember, your outdoor rooms are and extension of your home so be sure to choose colors and patterns that compliment both your yard and your interiors. Consider fabric a tool of Southern hospitality and create inviting places to linger throughout your outdoor surroundings. Try turning an expansive porch or patio into a cozy nook by hanging curtains from the top of your structure. Not only do the curtains soften the space and look pretty, they're also a great way to provide privacy or sunscreen when needed. Add a comfy cushion to an iron bench for a garden seat that welcomes any guest. [MUSIC] Don't forget the porch swing. The more pillows, the better the afternoon nap. Outdoor fabrics make your exterior spaces beautiful and comfortable. With all of these new stylish options, outdoor fabrics don't have to be used only outdoors. Because of their increased durability, they make an excellent choice for high traffic areas indoors as well. When you use durable outdoor fabrics, you don't have to worry the kids or pet's ruining the family room sofa. [MUSIC] Outdoor fabrics are also a smart place for transition rooms, like mud rooms and foyers that often have open doors and windows. Because of their low maintenance even light colored curtains will look great for a long time in these busy spaces. An outdoor fabric is the perfect solution for an attractive yet durable pet bed. Choose a fabric that coordinates with the other textiles in your room and have a zip off cover made for those unattractive beds available at retailers. The key is durability whether outdoor fabrics are used on the porch or in the playroom. For more tips on how to make yours a stylish southern home, pick up a copy of Southern Living magazine and visit
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