The Great Indoors

With their vibrant colours, sophisticated patterns and proven durability, outdoor fabrics have been recruited to preform inside jobs. They can be soft and supple for use as accent cushions or upholstered dining chairs. I have put them to work covering a window seat bench in a laundry room where I wanted both colour and durability.

A sofa, accent cushions, an ottoman or occasional chairs can be upholstered in these durable fabrics for that family room where the living includes rough and tumble kids, pets and those Super bowl parties. The soft, supple yet durable fabrics are up to the wear and tear.

Using the outdoor fabric indoors allows greater possibilities to carry the inside scape to the patio in one continuous colour flow enhancing the feel of spaciousness and comfort. On the other hand, since outdoor fabric style, texture and colour styles have exploded in recent years, meshing an existing indoor colour scheme with the outdoor living space can be a creative adventure to have fun with.

The qualities of these fabrics are:

  • fade resistant
  • water and stain resistant
  • breathable 
  • mold resistant
  • easy care

For an extensive selection of styles, patterns and colours visit the Robert Allen website at