Choosing an awning fabric can be tough, especially with so many styles and patterns available.
When selecting a fabric to complement your home and landscape, designer Rene Waltke Suhre, awning designer Steve Sommer, and merchandising manager Paige Mullis of Glen Raven Fabrics suggest following these guidelines:
- Determine whether you want the awnings to blend with your home's facade or become a colorful focal point. Use the style of your home to help in your decision.
- Consider your home's setting. Choose neutral and earthy hues for woodland areas and bright tones for sunny seashore or poolside patios. For a look that fits every style of home, consider black-and-white stripes.
- Peruse your awning contractor's portfolio for style and fabric options that work on homes similar in style to yours.
- Look for fabrics that complement the architectural style of your home: Traditional styles might call for forest green, neutrals, or navy. Bar stripes might work for colonials or cottage-style homes. Beige, salmon, or terra-cotta stripes work well with Southwestern-style and stucco-sided homes.
- Stay with straight-lined awnings for traditional homes. Dress up contemporary homes with awnings with scalloped- or notched-edge valances. Keep the awning design simple and the fabric solid on homes with a lot of angled rooflines or architectural elements.
- Pick patterns that are proportionate to the size of your house and your awning; small stripes may look busy on a large expanse of fabric, while wide-striped fabrics may overwhelm a small ranch.
- Perk-up a solid awning with scalloped, keyhole, or notched-edge valances; contrasting trim; or tassels that match masses of color in a nearby garden.
- Coordinate awning fabrics with the colors on your home's exterior, such as the trim, shingles, and exterior paint color.
- Extend your interior style with colors and patterns that reflect those in the adjoining interior rooms.
- Enjoy the process. "Awnings should be a reflection of your personality," Sommer says.