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Performance Fabrics

Sunbrella, Crypton and Inside/Out. Each brand offers uniqueness and suitability. Learn how you might incorporate these fabrics in your own home.
Sunbrella Fabric From Thibaut

Sunbrella Fabric from Thibaut

Perennials Fabric, Sew Beautiful Project

Perennials Fabric — Sew Beautiful Project

Sunbrella fabrics have long been known for their use outdoors from awnings, to boat covers, to patio and poolside cushions. Made from solution dyed acrylic, they are fade resistant, water repellant, mildew resistant and bleach cleanable.

Once limited in pattern and canvas like textures, Sunbrella uped it’s game with the introduction of fabrics with a softer hand and a broader collection of patterns and textures making them desirable for indoor use. Still we gravitate to Sunbrella fabrics for their light fastness, using them in sunlit rooms like patios and sunrooms.



Crypton is another high performance upholstery fabric. It comes in a wide array of colors and textures, is durable, soft, and stain repellant, making it a winner for indoor high use upholstery. The chaise and sofa in our masthead picture are both upholstered in Crypton fabrics from Greenhouse Fabrics.
Most notable with Crypton fabrics is how liquid spills bead rather than absorb into the fabric fibers. Spills can be easily blotted up and overall the fabric can be thoroughly cleaned with a simple solution of a mild detergent and water. A real winner for a family and pet friendly fabric!
Inside/Out From Thibaut

Inside/Out from Thibaut

Inside/Out From Thibaut

Inside/Out from Thibaut

Inside/Out Relatively new on the market is what I refer to as the hybrid of performance fabrics — Inside/Out. Just as the name infers, this high performance fabric is suitable for use indoors or outdoors. It’s durable (>50,000 double rubs), stain resistant, and fade resistant.

It combines the light fastness of a Sunbrella with the durability and stain repellant properties of a Crypton. With a soft hand and stylish patterns, it’s style and function combined!

“With home automation becoming readily accessible, requests for motorized treatments are far more common… Planning for and integrating window coverings, automated or manual, early on in the design stages makes for a more functional and aesthetically pleasing treatment.” Excerpt from the Sew Beautiful feature on page 27 of the Faces of Annapolis, Guide to Leading Professionals 2020, issue of Annapolis Home Magazine.
Schumacher’s Chiang Mai Dragon in Blue and White

Trends. Recently installed for one of our clients — this relaxed roman shade in Schumacher’s Chiang Mai Dragon in blue and white. It’s classic, fun, on trend and Pantone’s   Color of the Year for 2020!

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