Even if you live with young kids and pets that doesn’t mean that you have to wait another ten years to reclaim your decorating style.
Yes, that’s right! Because of technology in the textile industry you can now even have a white sofa in your house if that is your jam. In fact, you can have any style or pattern you wish with Performance Fabrics for your couch and chairs that can handle a mess and then clean it up with just water and mild soap.
I am fascinated by the Performance Fabrics – technologically advanced fabrics that provide many additional features to add durability and longevity, such as stain repellency, mildew resistance, and fade protection. I am obsessed with these fabrics and use them more and more in my design work.
Recently, I have been working with Perennials Fabrics, and their selections blow my mind.
Perennials Fabrics Features:
- Luxurious look and feel
- 100% solution-dyed acrylic
- Twenty-eight fabric collections in any decorating style
- Hundreds of fabulous designer quality fabrics that include prints, wovens, jacquards and velvets that draw inspiration from nature, art and cultures.
Note: because of exceptional quality the cost is still high ($90-$115/yard) for an average sofa or a chair fabric. In this post below I will give you some insider’s tips about getting creative and reducing the cost.
One of my favorite collections is Morris & Co.
Why I love Morris & Co Perennials Fabrics
I love the history of furniture and textiles and William Morris’ exquisite patterns always wowed me. Morris believed in the importance of nature as inspiration. He also valued the craftsmanship and longevity of hand-made things. Perennials Fabrics used iconic patterns and adapted them with the help of modern technology. Now we have beautiful patterns that are highly durable, stain resistant.
Perennials by Morris & Co highlights traditional British patterns while introducing soothing tones and textures.
Strawberry Thief, designed in 1883, is now one of the iconic Morris & Co. patterns. It is available in eight colorways.
Willow Bough features a beautiful allover pattern of willow leaves and branches that are available in three neutral colorways. You can use this fabric for a traditional style armchair or a pillow. Add a contrast welt and make a statement piece. You can easily combine this fabric with solid colored textiles to reduce the cost.
Linen-like Rosehip looks like original Morris’ ceramic tiles. My favorite color is Linen. I like a refined but straightforward three dimensional tactile quality of this pattern
Poppy is an elegant tone-on-tone tight pattern with curvy, dreamy lines. It is available in a range of three subtle palettes perfect for any chair or a pillow.
Another gorgeous pattern is Marigold which roots go to the end of the 19th century. I love the curvilinear lines of lush foliage and florals that are both simple and luscious. It is available in five colorways.
Bachelors Button boasts an intriguing overall pattern. Perennials’ weave technology contributed to this fabric’s crewel-like texture.
If you need washable UV- protective window treatments to go with the whole look
A subtle pattern of Branch is a double-width (118 inches wide) sheer, perfect for drapery use. It is washable and has an embedded UV protective quality.
In addition to patterns that artfully mimic William Morris’ original designs, Perennials have three new stripe offerings and one new texture.
Ascot Stripe is an elegant small scale stripe that complements any floral pattern. Textured Piccadilly Stripe looks like linen. Its blurred lines have a softness of chenille. It is available in four colorways. Lastly, Jaunty is for minimalist lovers. It has a less pronounced chenille quality with an antiqued look. It is available in five soft hues.
How to reduce cost using Morris & Co collection?
The answer is- dual fabric. Because you are mostly concerned with the seat part of the fabric furniture you don’t have to use Morris & Co Perennial Fabrics all over. Instead, use it for the seat and back part- the ones that take the most use and abuse and then a less expensive fabric on the back. This way you can be sure that the wine stains or baby’s food are off on demand while your cost still remains less.