The terrace of your summer cottage is a place that perfectly suits your longing to spend hot summer evenings in the out-of-doors. With help of wisely chosen decorations, this part of your country home transforms into a lovely chill-out and lounge zone. Beautiful textiles, ornamental flowers and a pinch of imagination suffice for a beautiful space for get-togethers with friends or family tea parties. In the mid-summer, when the shadow is luring and the morning and evening hours of freshness are long hoped-for, the following designer recommendations come at the best of times.
Hints on using textiles to decorate the terrace.
Fabrics and draperies – elegant, airy, feather-light – represent a simple and efficient way of decorating the outdoor lounge area and creating a strong decorative effect. Approved by most USA designers, this solution opens up an indefinite scope for your imagination, because textile elements are a romantic and practical idea. When choosing fabrics for beautifying the terrace or other quiet chill-out spots (such as pergolas, garden houses, pavilions, porches), try to adhere to the following principles:
- Natural fabrics, such as linen and cotton, of light pastel colors are the perfect choice for the garden or the terrace because of their transpiring properties.
- Synthetic textiles have their advantages, too: unlimited color palette and resistance to fading as a result of exposure to direct sunlight. Opt for semitransparent fabrics, such as organza.
- The color palette of textile decorations is based on either light and pastel tones, or juicy and eye-catching colors. A few of the win-win options are: white, pale pink, sky blue, light green, turquoise, yellow, and ivory.
- As for patterned textile elements, the most popular designers’ choice is the floral pattern. The style and size of the ornament may vary, ranging from flower dots to giant tropical orchids. Other suitable options are fabrics with prints and patterns related to landscapes, animals and food.
- Supporting the textile elements of the interior with the furniture choice is a recommendable solution. You may use the same fabric for upholstery or decorative pillowcases.
- Selecting the fabrics so that they match the color of the furniture or stand in a contrast with it, creating an exciting drapery or letting the textile canvas remain smooth – these choices depend completely on your preferences and the terrace concept you’ve developed.
7 designer terrace ideas involving textiles.
To create a splendid and creatively different terrace interior, you may utilize one of the following ideas of forming the decorative layer using textiles.
- Bright accents across the entire perimeter of the terrace or along one of its sides can be created with curtains or gauzy fabrics of saturated, contrasting colors. Unusual juicy shades of orange or green will definitely revive your guests’ spirits.
- Violet, crimson and turquoise tones are able to create the vibe of an oriental fairy tale in this part of your home. Complement the decorative layer with lots of varicolored pillows and a hookah.
- Opting for two-color fabrics is a trick that allows to accentuate the pattern or ornament. If colorful patterns are already present in the interior, the proper solution is to chose a monochromatic print against a white or very pale background. The palette of light blue shades is capable of enhancing the classic style, which can also benefit from a floral pattern or vignettes. A checkered fabric will perfectly highlight the delights of a country chic interior.
- A marine-styled terrace will benefit from striped textile elements (white, blue and red) and thematic patterns. Curtain tiebacks made from a coarse thread a la ship rope and various sea attributes will complement the interior.
- Lily-white and beige curtains made of a flowing fabric are the embodiment of tranquility. They add up elegance and airiness to the interior. Decorated with such fabrics and furnished with wicker pieces, your terrace will resemble the lounge area of a luxurious tropical resort.
- If your terrace is located directly in front of your house’s entrance door, you can decorate the aperture with expensive-looking textiles. Such a designer’s idea is quite popular in Morocco and France.
- Employing vertical draperies, you can screen the terrace from the excessive sunlight. For this purpose, designers usually pick up a fabric of the same kind as the textiles used for decorating the terrace walls. To enhance the sun-screening effect, you may position the canopy right above the table. The color of the fabric used for the canopy may match the tablecloth or be pure white.