Home décor fabric is the life and lifeline of any interior décor project.
Fabric is home.
Every room, every space uses fabric to make life comfortable.
Curtain fabrics dress our windows and keep the light out or let the light in. Upholstery fabrics allow us to be cozy, safe and enveloped in beauty,
From soft absorbent towels in the bathroom, hand towels in the kitchen, bedspreads, sheets, pillows,home décor fabrics are essential to our lives.
Fabrics in the tropics have a whole range of challenges.
We are often asked about curtains. In certain climates, such as tropical rainforest, a fabric curtain does not work. The fabric becomes dirty, moldy, harbors insects. Often home builders love to create large glass windows and sliding glass doors to take advantage of the spectacular views of the oceans or the jungle. However spectacular a sunset is, remember the three hours of steady sun beating into a room beforehand creates a lot of warmth!
We recommend sliding panels or roll ups made with a PVC material that resembles fabric but resist mold and protect from UV rays.
Home décor fabrics for outdoor furniture are a vital part of life in the tropics. Watching a rain storm from the comfort of a covered porch, lounging around the pool, enjoying outdoor dinners and barbecues all involve upholstered outdoor furniture. But unless it is a specific outdoor fabric such as Sunbrella or Waverly fabric then the beauty is short lived.
Outdoor furniture designed and manufactured by Casa del Pacifico.
Strong tropical sun, salt breeze, and high humidity are the biggest challenges to home décor fabrics for outdoor living.
Rugs in the Tropics
Floor coverings are a very specific challenge and most avoid the question altogether. Traditional fabric rugs with fiber, no matter how short, do not hold up well in the tropical weather.
Many homes are located on or near the beach. Sand becomes a permanent part of any traditional rug, no matter the vacuum. And who wants to spend their days vacuuming?
The trial of humidity, dirt, mold, water and dust, make the prospect of any type of rug daunting.
For this reason many interior designers in Costa Rica are turning to the option of handpainted canvas rugs. As well as their array of design possibilities these floor coverings are sealed with several coats of polyurethane, impervious to sand, mold, dust and moisture.
This is a home décor fabric that works on the floor, in any shape, size and custom color to fit in, contrast with or compliment all of the fabrics in the home.
For those of you building your dream home in the tropics, remodeling or looking to replace design elements involving home décor fabrics, keeping in mind the challenges and rewards of selecting the right fabric for this climate is of utmost importance,
We are happy to consult with you on any of these aspects. And we love to design a custom canvas rug for your home, making your home as unique as you are.