Tuesday, October 21, 2014
Thursday, September 18, 2014
The Outdoor Living Movement ... it is here to stay! A great article explaining extended living areas and the time spent there. Click on the link or read on...
"There’s nothing new about hanging out by the pool, but a growing number of consumers have hit upon the idea of trying to stay out there for long periods of time. They want to live life out there in the backyard. They want to cook gourmet dinners and play board games and chat on the phone in the wide-open air.
That is good news for us because recreational water and outdoor living go together like peas and carrots. A trend that has people focused on backyard construction can only be good for the pool and spa industry. It almost takes an application of the will to think about outdoor living without water. Try it. It’s not easy:
You’re reading “War and Peace” on a shady veranda in the late summer, sipping lemonade and reclining ever deeper into your chaise lounge. You lower the novel, yawn, stretch. What’s that sound? It’s the sweet trickling strains of a bowl fountain. What are you going to do when you get bored with Natasha and Andre? Go for a swim or soak in your hot tub.
It’s only natural. A comfortable backyard space simply demands water.
With this in mind, we're devoting September to an exploration of the outdoor room movement. On Thursday, you'll see an interview with Kate Wiseman, a landscape designer who works with pool builders to create the kinds of backyards that people never want to leave. Next week, we'll look at a retailer who has used one element of outdoor living — barbecue and hot sauce — to stir excitement and interest in his pool store. And finally, we have a story from Senior Editor Eric Herman, in which Ryan Hughes and Scott Cohen about what the outdoor living movement looks like from the construction side.
So stay tuned — you’ll find something of interest no matter what part of the industry you call your own.
It’s also worthwhile checking out the American Society of Landscape Architects recent survey on outdoor design trends. They found an encouraging 86 percent of respondents listing decorative water installations as highly desirable elements of outdoor living spaces, along with spas (76.4 percent) and swimming pools (73.8 percent).
All in all, the burgeoning interest in backyard living spaces is an exciting development for our industry and one that shows no sign of slowing."
Thursday, August 14, 2014
Wednesday, August 13, 2014
Every year new colors and fabric combinations are featured within the design world that make you crave a new look for your home or patio! This year is no exception. On the following pages we showcase the colors that you should incorporate into your outdoor living area, home or patio.
It's a staple in outdoor design – the current trend is to choose a darker, slightly de-saturated hue. Our go-to green for the season is Cilantro. Just like the herb it’s named after, Cilantro will add a strong visual flavor to your design. Cilantro complements many other colors, whether you pair it with a bright yellow or subtle cappachino brown color.
Some great coordinates are:
For several years now red has been the prevalent warm color on the scene, but this year we are seeing Sunflower Yellow burst to the center stage. It can be used to add a fun pop or to serve as a valiant base. Mix it in with a floral pattern or in a global theme pattern.
Purple has long stood for luxury and sophistication, but this year we are seeing the relaxed, more approachable variety. Lavender is the perfect addition as a palate cleanser – with so many bold colors fighting for the spotlight lavender can add a calming hint of peace like this beautiful lavender-inspired European Sunbrella Parma Grey.
Brown ~Too much is too much. It can be easy to get carried away with all the color we are seeing this year. Coffee is a great option to tame ferocious and bright colors. This neutral color is anything but boring, like its namesake, Spectrum Coffee is strong and it never goes out of style.
White ~Crisp – Simple – Timeless. White will help your new colors stand out. Having white in a pattern with bright shades allows the color to breathe a bit more than if it were presented as a solid.
The Trends ~
This year mix your stripes, florals, geometrics, and global patterns. Find a textile with the color combination you like and build around it. The outdoors is vibrant and full of life – your outdoor living space should reflect that theme. Top color trends for outdoor living areas are cilantro, brick, buttercup, mellow purples, coffee, and white.
OutdoorFabrics.com can help you with all of your outdoor fabric needs. They have a huge selection of Sunbrella and other high quality brands along with a full-service custom production facility. For more information, please call 1-800-640-3539 or visit
Thursday, February 27, 2014
Check out these great new trend-leading designs now in stock ideal for upholstery, draperies, accents and throw pillows. This collection of durable indoor / outdoor fabric is manufactured with a blend of Polypropylene and Polyester yarns for withstanding the not-so-nice parts of nature! The material comes with a 3 year warranty against fade mildew and water resistance with a 30,000 + double rub rating.