Decoration ideas to choose the right awning fabric

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As it impacts on your visual comfort and style choices, the color of your awning fabric is paramount. Here are some ideas to help you choose the right color for your outdoor fabric.

 Color is primarily about perception

Color is primarily about perception

Colors are produced by light radiation that is absorbed and/or reflected by the things it lights. The degree of absorption and reflection determines the light’s wavelength which is divided into ranges that correspond to each color. 

  Color is also about interpretation

Color is also about interpretation

Depending on our culture and environment, we perceive color in different ways. Orange is not valued in the same way in France as it is in the Netherlands or the USA. In Europe shades like white and beige enlarge space and accentuate light. Yellow, orange and red warm, while blue and green cool and soothe. There are lots of words to describe colors from color designations to descriptions. 

 Color harmony:

Color harmony:

We rarely choose a color by accident, and consciously and unconsciously select them according to certain rules. To understand them, it’s important to bear in mind that there are two color types: primary colors (Primary Yellow, Magenta, Cyan) and, mixed together, secondary colors (Green, Orange and Purple). 

This range is depicted on a color circle. For more harmony, use the circle to find colors that go together. There are several possible combinations as shown in this diagram:

  Color harmony for an awning:

Color harmony for an awning:

To choose the color of your awning fabric, pick out the color of your facade, shutters and windows and your roof (if it is low) on the color circle. This will make it easier to find a color to match or the shade of fabric to choose.

If you think awning fabric always has stripes of the same two-tone width, read this - it’ll make you think again!

Awning professionals use special technical terms to describe stripes.

 The “classic” stripe:

The “classic” stripe:

Sunbrella® “classic” stripes

This is the best known and most traditional stripe. It has the same two-tone width, mostly white or cream and another color. Depending on the fabric brand, there are six to seven stripes on average on a 1.20m-wide strip. The latest designs from Dickson feature a creamy white that blends well with white PVC windows, for example.

 The “fantasy” stripe:

The “fantasy” stripe:

This is the largest group since it includes all the other stripe spacing widths. From the simplest to the most complex, the most soothing to the liveliest, the "fantasy" group has a very wide choice of patterns to choose from. The stripes are often spaced 30 cm or 40 cm apart, so they reappear three to four times on a 1.20m-wide strip. Some stripes are spaced more widely apart, especially in Dickson's Symphony range.

 The “jacquard” stripe:

The “jacquard” stripe:

Sunbrella ® jacquards

The jacquard weaving technique is used to display floral, rounded and curved patterns on both sides. When fitted to an awning, jacquard fabrics accent stripes without hiding them. The stripes are less straight and the patterns sometimes appear between two stripes. It’s a new take on stripes!

The "neoclassic" stripe:

A subtle play on the classic stripe, this fabric features three stripes and three colors. Taking the classic stripe as its starting point, the neo-classic fabric adds a fine line of colors where the two colors meet. This added color gives a different rhythm to the fabric. 

 

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