Mary Ann picks her favorite outdoor looks
Outdoor living areas have become one of the most important spaces in our homes. It is where we relax and enjoy the natural beauty of the Lowcountry, entertain with family and friends and read to our kids on a comfy swing… without caring if the dog gets on the furniture! Spring is almost here, and there is a limited amount of time to get fabric work orders placed and outdoor cushions redone to maximize the outdoor season.
Interior Designer, Mary Ann, encourages clients to update their porches, try out new fabric selections, redo seating with new cushions, and get ready to enjoy spring in the Lowcountry!
When a client comes into Aiden Fabrics and says, “I have kids, grandkids, pets, etc,” she encourages them to use outdoor fabrics – whether it is for outdoor usage, playrooms, or kitchen banquettes. Not only is it more practical, outdoor fabrics have become more comfortable and stylish than ever before. There are a lot of plain textures emerging that are so soft and feel like indoor fabrics.
Generally, Mary Ann likes to start clients off with a base cloth selection – a good acrylic died solution fabric – like Sunbrella, Sailcloth, Outdura or Rumor. They offer a multitude of colors, but often neutrals are the best place to start.
Also, solid colors with texture like strie without large print. Clients are usually happier over time with a base selection that has soft tones and patterns.
Mary Ann pipes other colors in with bold pillow patterns and colors. She loves palettes that mimic the sand, sea and sky. She finds that many love accents of turquoise/coral, blue/green and blue/white pairings.
Currently, Sunbrella has a lot of popular greys and stone colors that many are gravitating to for upholstery bases.
And, Mary Ann is seeing fewer prints and using a lot more geometrics.
Don’t forget the outdoor area rug to unify the space. We have a full line on display in the showroom, but special orders with top brands are also available.
Come in and see us soon! Workrooms are getting very busy at this time of the year, so allow for enough time to schedule a measure, and add 4-6 weeks for completion. Happy spring, Charleston!