Photo by David Tsay
Photo by David Tsay

Did you wake up recently and realize that summer is more than half over? While it’s still steamy in the Northeast, it won’t be long before the days are shorter and the nights are longer.

Summer can be a fleeting season. Yet the idea of Summer and the feeling of Summer can last all year long. That’s why I’m drawn to designing for the coastal home. There’s a feeling you have when you are staring at the ocean. True, living coastal has its problems, but now with the new building codes, we can feel more relaxed and ready to enjoy the coastal homes we love throughout the year.

This year was particularly interesting as an interior designer helping my clients with homes along the coast. There is a new direction in how my clients want their homes to be decorated. Instead of following the typical seashore, seashell and blue themes, they opted for a look that specifically called to them.

However, the one concept that covers and solves my coastal clients challenges and crosses over all styles (modern farmhouse, modern, traditional, mid-century, etc.) is the need to use performance fabrics for seating, rugs and window treatments. You may be familiar with Sunbrella fabrics. Originally used for awnings, they are now mainstream fabrics used for interiors. But, there are other companies that offer the freedom that performance fabrics offer. One of those companies is Perennials.

According to their website – “Perennials is on a mission – a mission to invigorate the design community with fun, resilient fabrics.¬† Since Ann Sutherland, Perennials president and founder, first searched for luxurious performance fabrics,¬†Perennials has become an industry leader in this category, emphasizing design, color, liveability and longevity.”

So, what can you expect by using performance fabrics in your home (coastal or inland applies too)?

  • Guarantees from fading – this is BIG for homes that are exposed to constant sunlight.
  • Bountiful selections as well as favorite stripes, solids and patterns.
  • Performance fabrics are “fade resistant, mildew, mold-resistant, bleach cleanable and easily maintained”, according to the Perennials’ website.
Perennials bench and pillows
Photo courtesy of Perennials