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Several trends are emerging

Courtney Mueller -- Casual Living, September 7, 2006

Heading to the Casual Show, there are several trends emerging when it comes to both color and fabrics. The following is a brief overview of what you can expect to see this month and beyond.

Trip to Tuscany Colors like chili, rust, brick and burnt orange bring a touch of Italian Renaissance and romanticism to outdoor fabrics.

Spa Day Moving away from the brighter ocean hues, colors are muted down and include glacier and mineral blues and a yellow-cast green.

British Colonial The sun isn’t setting on traditional colors, like black, khaki and tea stain shades; these colors are always on the palette as they can complement a variety of finishes.

Botanical Sabbatical Moving away from traditional prints, paisley hits the outdoor market, as tropical and exotic patterns are enlarged to correlate with oversized furniture pieces hitting the market.

Ace Geometry Again, oversized prints with stripes, dots and geometrical patterns remain constant in the outdoor category.

Mix It Up Fabrics and finishes that complement each other, but don’t necessarily match are key this season.

Inside Out Not only are reversible fabrics coming to the forefront and embellishing umbrellas and throw pillows, but typically indoor fabrics like velvet, leather and chenille move outdoors.

Natural Landscape Looking ahead, expect warm, natural colors to emerge. Chocolate brown is expected to warm to a honey, more desert-like shade, while yellow, gold, orange and pink come to the forefront. Patterns that include items from a natural environment will decorate fabric, such as leaves, stems, branches, bees and butterflies.

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