Seize The Summer With 3 Easy Outdoor Living Ideas

Summer’s here – hooray! With the countryside, forests, gardens and greenspaces awash with humming life (or in William Morris’s words, ‘the glorious drama of the earth’), we thought we’d share three ways to help make the most of your outdoor living.

We’ve just released our Outdoor-Performance collection, our debut indoor-outdoor fabric range that has in-built treatments to suit it to the hustle and bustle of home life. Relish your summer with a fabric collection that keeps up with your every move as you explore the great outdoors.

Made fit for busy homes, gardens, patios and poolsides, this fabric is imbued with UV and water resistance, a wipeable finish, anti-microbial and colourfast properties.

Start Simple

Small steps can lead to great places. Sometimes, when we hear the phrase ‘outdoor living’, nightmarish imaginings of whole furniture sets and reams of accessories come to mind. But no! Start with something small and familiar. As innocent as, say, a cushion.

Upholstering cushions you already own in our versatile fabrics makes them outdoor-ready and looking beautiful. Add a delightful touch of green with the Acanthus design in Nettle/Sky Blue. If you’re looking for a cooler touch, then the Indigo or Mineral Blue might just be up your street.

Step It Up With Sofas

Once you’re confident and feel ready for a bigger change, it’s time to tackle those sofas! As larger surface areas, they hold fantastic potential to carry colour and pattern into both indoor and outdoor spaces.

When thinking about how you upholster your sofa, it’s worth considering the space it’s surrounded by. A conservatory, for example, will mean your sofa should coordinate seamlessly with the existing palette. A patio area, however, allows you to experiment with the colours in the nature that surrounds you.

William Morris drew so much inspiration from the natural world, and you may feel that you’d like your sofa to feature foliage designs. Patterns such as the weaving Willow Boughs design, or the regal Chrysanthemum, would integrate into any garden setting.

Stripes Are Your Best Friend

Ahhh a staple stripe – where would we be without them? Not just an essential for designers of interiors, oh no. Taking inspiration from one of William Morris’s first-ever patterns, Fruit from 1864, the Fruit Stripe introduces a classic relaxed look. Perfect as a feature pattern or a coordinate, mix up floral fabrics with a refined stripe for a scheme that is truly unique.

Try the Holland Park Stripe too, for a fabric solution with a sophisticatedly modest feel.

Read more about the Indoor-Outdoor Performance collection here.

posted on 14 Jul 2023 in Interiors

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