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With summer fast approaching, it’s time to translate the way you live indoors to the open air. One of the newest and freshest trends we’re seeing, hand-painted textiles is cropping up everywhere – on pillows, umbrella canopies, draperies, and much more. Until recently, hand painted objects were normally relegated to interior living rooms, but now you’ll find this luxury designer touch on verandas, patios, pool decks, lanais, gazebos, sunrooms, spa areas, and terraces.

The materials used to make these painted textiles are designed to look beautiful and stay vibrant through the seasons. Design retailers and manufacturers are using UV-treated, weather-tested paints, solid and printed fabrics, decorative cording, elegant tassels, bullion fringe, and beaded trim. Like original art, these painted pieces add dimension, color, and uniqueness to outdoor sofas, lounge chairs, seating groups, benches, swings, and other areas around your home. You can even showcase these gorgeous textiles in formal or casual interior rooms. Better yet, most items can be spot cleaned with a solution of mild soap and water. Think of each piece as investment art for your home – the more you showcase, the more enjoyment (and admiring comments) you’ll receive.