Performance Fabric in Shades of White and Cream

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Let’s talk about fabric – whites and creams to be specific. These are two colors, when used on upholstery, that are often reserved for the rarely occupied formal living room or the dining room that hosts guests for Christmas and Thanksgiving only. They are colors, especially when used together, that give the air of luxury and elegance to a room. Both colors can go casual or formal but still, they are not used quite often as I think they should and so I’m here to share a little secret that will help you be bold enough to branch out and incorporate these fair shades into your home.

What’s my secret? Performance fabrics! I know what you may be thinking, performance fabric is a nice way of saying commercial grade fabric. Not so! These fabrics have come leaps and bounds over the years, from bland offices to luxury living rooms, performance fabric has become a game changer in the design world. We are now able to create a sophisticated, yet livable space by using stain and fade resistant fabrics on upholstery.

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Picture an entire sofa or chair upholstered in a beautiful white fabric being occupied by kids (and pets!) Yes, you heard it, a white sofa that can be kid and pet friendly! It seems the prettier the fabrics get, the more durable they become. With the endless options that are available now – prints, patterns, colors and textures – performance fabrics can be incorporated into any design style. So, are you willing to get bold with white and cream in your home? Here is some inspiration from #michelleyorkedesign and how we used performance upholstery fabrics in shades of white and cream in this Lake Sammamish Waterfront Home. With the help from some of my favorite manufacturers – Kravet, CR Laine and Thibaut – the result was chic lakeside living. These wonderful clients were looking for a design that defines “Luxe Made Livable”… and one that makes their Golden Retriever feel right at home. 

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