Choosing the Right Fabrics for your Home

When picking out fabrics to decorate your home it’s natural to have a lot of questions. With countless styles of fabric on the market, it may be intimidating to decide upon which to choose. For starters, it’s important to be aware of the difference between indoor and outdoor fabrics. Lawrence-Mayer is here to answer your questions about different fabrics.

What is the difference between indoor and outdoor fabrics?

Outdoor fabrics are usually tougher than indoor fabrics. They are much more durable and made to last through rough weather. Also, most outdoor fabrics are UV resistant. This means that the dye in fabrics prevents color fading due to sunlight exposure. Most outdoor furniture also tend to be both water-resistant and mold/mildew resistant.

Indoor fabrics are usually lightweight, and breathable. They are usually more about comfort and less about durability. Common indoor fabrics are linen, leather, and cotton.


What fabric should I pick?

Picking a fabric all depends on how you plan to use it. If you want a fabric that won’t get hot in the sun, any type of acrylic fabric is your best bet. If your furniture is in the sun but you are more worried about the furniture color fading, sunbrella or any kind of UV resistant fabric is the better option. Crypton fabrics work best for those who are looking for a water-resistant fabric. Do you dread having to bring in the outdoor cushions when it rains? You won’t have to with this kind of fabric!

Can I use outdoor fabric indoors?

The answer is of course! Cryton is the perfect example. Since it is both stain and water-resistant it can be the perfect option for those who have younger children or pets. A UV resistant fabric can also work indoors if your furniture is in a room with a lot of sunlight.

It’s clear that different fabrics serve different purposes. With so many different styles and materials to choose from, you want to make sure you select the right option! If you’re still not sure which fabric is right for you, don’t hesitate to reach out to the experts at Lawrence-Mayer!

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Mary-Jo Mantz Head Designer Mary-Jo Mantz is a head designer at Lawrence-Mayer Interior Design. She holds a degree in Interior Design from Becker College in

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