If you were of nobility in the Middle Ages you would own a chair with welted cushion and it would have been exquisite. In the Spanish Court, only the honored were permitted to sit in chairs that featured elaborately decorated cushions with welting. And in France, the most privileged were permitted to kneel on a welted cushion behind the King in church.
We can definitely say that even to this day cushions with welting have not lost their function or their attraction. Cushions today are accessories as well as a seating comfort. Functionality, however, should not dictate the style of your pillow! Dress it up with welting.
Wicker furniture serves as a timeless addition to any space. Wicker furniture and accessories can be traced back to ancient Egyptian and Roman times, proving it to be a truly lasting option that has never gone out of style. Traditional wicker is a weave constructed of natural fibers found within the core of rattan, bamboo or cane stalks, and in some cases it is made of reed grass or long twigs. Newer versions of wicker furniture include resin or plastic fiber weaves that are perfect for uncovered outdoor areas that are exposed to the elements. If you are using natural wicker for your outdoor space, make sure it is protected from precipitation and sunlight by sheltering it with furniture covers or by treating it with a weather-proof seal.
Although we know wicker is timeless, it is also undeniably perfect for entertaining! Because natural wicker is made from woven fibers, it is lightweight and can be easily moved around to accommodate guests in any location, whether inside or outside. While most wood furniture seating tends to be uncomfortable and stiff, wicker offers flexibility for exceptional relaxation. The woven fibers are better suited to conform to body weight which provides greater accommodation and fit for anyone.
Creating an outdoor area that coordinates and makes sense to the eye is always easier when you start with a color theme. Themed outdoor rooms don’t have to be taken literally, although if you are looking for a whimsical approach it’s OK to have fabrics that reflect your theme. I firmly believe that your outdoor patio or deck furnishings don’t have to match perfectly; BUT if you are going for a cohesive and unified space, your outdoor cushions, drapes and pillow fabrics should coordinate well.
One of the things I love about Cushion Source is the way you can quickly customize your cushions, pillows and drapes online and know what the product will actually look like before you commit. I recommend that you take advantage of this unique instant visualizing tool and create your own color theme board to help inspire your outdoor area.
What is the focal point of your outdoor living space? Pools are popular. So are outdoor kitchens. My question is: Shouldn’t outdoor seating be given as much attention in your backyard as the pool and the barbecue? The answer would be a resounding “YES!” The perfect outdoor design would be sure to include seating and conversation areas as complete as the most popular indoor space you have.