Chic Summer Patio Lounging

Summer is the time for reconnecting and bonding with friends.  Most of us  enjoy congregating around outdoor areas because of the warmer weather.  Regardless of temperature, there are many different activities which encourage interactions with others.  Pools, bar patios, and sun rooms are all areas which can be spruced up during the summertime to make your get-togethers more entertaining.

Trendy Outdoor Patios

Trendy Outdoor Patios

Since a common place to gather in the summer time is around a pool, you will need to make sure that your pool area is chic, functional, and inviting to your guests.  Although you can often find appropriate decor items on sale in your local store, these items are not always what you should use.  When you decorate for outside exteriors there are some factors to take into consideration.  Oftentimes we have areas in our backyard that are not shaded with awnings, structures, or trees. Fabrics are exposed to sunlight and adverse weather conditions.

Light is one condition that you cannot always control when it comes to your space planning of any interior or exterior space.  If a fabric is not light safe, the fabrics color will absorb the light and change.  Darker colors tend to turn a shade of brown and red tones will gradually get lighter,  while whites may start to yellow.  Sunlight is very damaging and can not only have an effect on the color of the fabrics but the durability can also be affected by the sun.  More delicate fabrics like silks and cottons are not able to withstand their strength over long periods of time, resulting in shredding of the material, so they should not be used in outdoor spaces.

Weather is a major concern for those who are decorating their exteriors.  When decorating for exteriors, you must take into consideration what materials you are using because mildew can be an issue.  Many think that when you cover a seat with light safe materials this will be the only thing that you must do in order to have your furniture last for several years.  This is not the case, you will also need to buy or create cushions using outdoor  foam that dries more quickly thus helping to deter mildew.  Since this furniture is used for outside furniture, rain and pool water can absorb into the foam which will create mildew and then spread into your fabric. Not all outdoor ready to buy cushions are appropriate for outdoor use!

Pool Conversation Pit using mildew free and light fast fabrics.

Pool Conversation Pit using mildew free and light fast fabrics.

With technology, many trendy and colorful fabrics are available which you can use to construct any outdoor living space.  The most common leading   outdoor fabric resource is Sunbrella, although there are many other fabric companies which supply outdoor fabrics. But be careful because some of them are not as reputable by offering both light fast and mildew resistant fabrics in one.  This product is mildew resistant, light fast, and also eco-friendly.   For those who own older Sunbrella materials, this company will recycle your old materials for you, allowing you to stay ” green” in your own dwellings.

Sunbrella Fabrics

Sunbrella Fabrics

Here at Fabrics and Frames Furniture we have created many different outdoor exteriors.  We use Sunbrella fabrics and specially made outdoor foam. From the very classic to the very chic we can help you create an outdoor space that is not only beautiful to look at but also functional enough that it will keep you enjoying your outdoor living for years to come.

For more information about designing or where to get custom looks like these please visit our website:

We are currently located at 5322 Alpha Rd, Dallas, Texas 75240972-385-4097.  Please contact us if you have any questions about this blog, and or follow us on Facebook!

Written by: Erica Guajardo

Edited by: Linda Decuir


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