Posted in  Outdoor Designed Fabrics   on  October 16, 2023

Whether you're looking to transition the look of your outdoor home space along with a new season or you're simply in the mood for a change, it's always helpful to get fresh ideas and inspiration. Getting started and finding sources of creativity can be tricky. We sat down with one of our very own designers, Monica Thornton, to learn about her sources of inspiration and how she uses them to create a new look.

Starting with the Source

Q: Where do you start when looking for inspiration?

A: "I've traveled a lot, so I have been exposed to design elements from many different cultures. I love handmade pieces and detail, and I love combining different pieces from different journeys."

Q: What do you remember being your first source of inspiration?

A: "I've always loved the detail and colors associated with Eastern art and décor. As a child, my mother gave me a necklace with a cloisonné bead that was so beautiful to me. I loved the bold lacquered colors with the gold outlines of the pattern. That was probably where my love for Asian inspiration started for me. I just love the unique detail and rich colors."

Collect and Curate

Q: You mentioned you love bold color. How do you use it and bring it all together using fabric and decor?

A: "I'm very drawn to bold colors and the energy they bring. One of my favorite artists is Paul Gauguin because of his use of strong, pure color. I'm drawn to strong, primary colors and find that they can be used as the focal point of any space and accented with bold patterns to create a customized look." 

Paul Gauguin, The Siesta, 1892-1894

Q: What tips do you have for tying different fabrics and elements together?

A: "Start by using two to three colors that work with your outdoor space and speak to your heart. Make sure they are colors that relax and inspire you. Then choose one signature fabric that really makes the statement, make sure it is something that really stands out. Use it liberally and let that fabric become your focal point or your main accent fabric. As for your secondary fabrics, neutral colors work best on larger scaled furniture cushions and have more longevity. If you are like me and love incorporating strong color, use it for pillows so that you can change them out seasonally. Use several sizes of pillows for a layered effect and welt in a contrasting color fabric for added pop. Finally, think about other ways of using your color scheme. Maybe purchase planters, serve ware or other outdoor accessories in these same colors to complete your outdoor space."

Current Trends

Phifer's 2023-2024 trend offering presents six captivating collections of colors and patterns that awaken our senses and connect us to the rich history of our past. Each collection features the newest trends intertwined with the industry's top selling colors and styles. 

Some emerging colors are inspired by the peaceful harmony of the natural world with shades ranging from sun bleached pastels to crisp sky blues and comforting botanical greens. For those seeking adventurous color, enlivened hues of tart yellow green, glowing orange and bold blue push the color saturation to the max. Finally, richly saturated tones of warm red, sharp gold and earthy brown signal a desire to welcome the past with vintage color pairings that evoke stability and quiet luxury.

Striking the perfect balance between contemporary and traditional styling, Phifer's 2023-2024 outdoor trend collection offers endless fabric options to create a unique environment that is truly an extension of your personal color preferences and lifestyles. Get a more in depth look at our 2023-2024 trend collection here.

Pick for Yourself

Inspiration can come from many avenues, but it's best when it comes from the heart. Whether it's a cloisonné bead or a love for bold colors and patterns, there are many ways to incorporate your own trademark into modern trends. Start with a source of creativity, collect and curate the right elements, incorporate current trends and refresh your space!