In focus: Osborne & Little's indoor/outdoor fabrics
There is something infectious about the elusive feeling of Great British Summertime – it makes us want to throw open the patio doors and take our whole lives outdoors. So what could be better than versatile home furnishings that transcend the indoor/outdoor divide? In this article, we’ll take you through some of our favourite indoor/outdoor fabrics from Osborne & Little, and the special features that make them suitable for use in both your home and your garden.
The key concept in Osborne & Little’s dual purpose collections is that they never sacrifice style or softness for durability – each and every piece is as luxurious as it would be if it were being used inside only. However, there are some qualities shared by each fabric that makes them suitable for outdoor use: they’re resistant to sunlight, so they won’t fade, and also to water and mildew, so it’s not the end of the world if there’s a little rain shower while you’re trying to have a picnic. They’re also stain-repellent, meaning that a smear of sun cream or spilled drink won’t do any lasting damage, making them the perfect choice for lounger cushions, tablecloths and picnic blankets.
Not only are these fabrics wonderfully summery in their functionality, but also in their style. Each collection has a fun colour palette of summer brights, with Ionia capturing the essence of Greek island living in its turquoise and lime tones and Summerhouse paying tribute to exotic hothouses with its sunshine yellow and apple green florals.
Sea Breeze is a fun collection, featuring fabrics that are each named after a different happy hour cocktail; Pina Colada being an exuberant tropical print, and Mojito a tile-like trellis of interlocking circles.
Each of the fabrics in these collections has their own charm, and will bring the perfect balance of aesthetic and functionality to your home and garden. Whether you choose to use them for seat cushions on your outdoor furniture or to upholster an occasional chair in your garden room, they won’t disappoint.
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