Fabric Makeovers for Outdoor Rooms

Transform your outdoor room with fabrics. Add color, create walls, and surprise guests with these creative ideas for using fabric outdoors.

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Blue fabric and deck furniture
Fabric Finesse

    Add pizzazz to a pergola with fabric panels. Curtains sewn from outdoor fabrics in vivid blue-and-white motifs elevate the space's style. Partner with matchstick blinds to mimic the popular indoor treatment of pairing blinds with curtains. This combination provides an interesting backdrop for the teak seating set also covered in blue-and-white outdoor fabrics.

Good Lines

    Create privacy with a wall of curtains. You don't have to cover all four walls to give this illusion. Here, four curtain panels separate the seating area from the rest of the backyard.

Window Wise

    With the addition of outdoor draperies and pillows, the outdoor room begins to feel like an indoor living space. Garden trellises provide an ideal place to hang outdoor fabric. This arrangement frames the yard, similar to an indoor window, for those sitting on the porch.

Delightful Dining

    Turn the front porch into a romantic dining area with a cinched-up shade and chandelier. Hang the fabric from the ceiling and gather the ends stagecoach style to mirror classic indoor window treatments.

Natural Accents

    Hang tab-top curtains from tree branches for an interesting window display. Curtains add a soft touch to the bare windows of the sunporch. The cushions on the wicker furniture help create a cozy atmosphere on the porch.

The Perfect Porch

    Enhance the columns on a front porch with fabric panels. The tan stripes on the curtains coordinate with the light brown wicker furniture. Dividing the porch into a seating area and a dining area further creates the feel of an outdoor living space.

White Elegance

    Sleek white slipcovers, decorative curtain panels, and lanterns create an air of elegance in this outdoor room. In each corner a square column supports a stone planter. A timbered ceiling and hillside views framed by timber doorways pair rustic with upscale.

Curtained Getaway

    This attractive outdoor room is replete with stylish details. Arched window openings, steeply pitched roof, and white stucco exterior are softened by the luxurious fabric panels that frame each opening.

Fabrics and Rugs

    Outdoor rugs are all the rage and help anchor colorful seating areas. A skirted table, chair pillows, and curtains are all fashioned from durable fade- and weather-resistant fabrics.

Style Under the Sun

    Enjoy all the comforts of indoors outside. Outdoor fabrics in neutrals, stripes, florals, and prints are widely available and durable enough for heavy use.


    Like indoor rooms, outdoor spaces can be made multifunctional by using versatile furnishings such as ottomans. Move them around at will to serve as extra seating, as small side tables next to a chair, or even as a coffee table with the addition of a tray perched on top.

Water View

    This lovely sitting room was positioned to take advantage of the cooling views and sounds of a nearby fountain. The room, furnished with upholstered pieces, can be protected from rain by drawing weather-resistant curtains over each opening.

Go for the Green

    Lush planters, pots, and urns surround this outdoor dining area with lush greenery. Weatherproof wicker is widely available today, making a beautiful statement in an outdoor room.

Strong Seating

    Furniture in black wrought iron looks elegantly simple when topped with pure white cushions. This scheme lets lush landscapes take the stage, with greens and flowers as the star of the show.

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