How to Tie Together an Outdoor Space With Luminescent Printed Fabric

Outdoor spaces are extensions of our homes. They’re where we unwind, entertain, and often escape from our routine. However, creating the perfect ambience for these sanctuaries requires a touch of creativity and the right materials.

Here’s where luminescent printed fabrics take centre stage as luxury outdoor fabrics, bringing both aesthetic appeal and practicality. So, how can you incorporate these fabrics to make the most of your outdoor area?

The science of luminescent fabrics

It’s safe to say that our Solar collection stands out from the rest of our fabric collections - after all, it’s our exclusive luminescent fabric.

Solar consists of a pioneering collection available in three sophisticated colour options, lovingly hand printed to illuminate our range of furnishing fabrics.

Understanding how they work can help you make the most of your purchase, so let’s get into the practical features of this fabulous collection.

Breathability and porosity

It’s important to us that all of our fabrics are designed to be breathable and porous. With the durable base cloth of the Solar collection, moisture evaporates quickly thanks to its permanent water repellent finish, making it a perfect addition for hot, humid days.

Longevity and durability

Stain, dust, and water-repellent — what more could you want in an outdoor fabric?
The durable Solar collection has all the usual easy-care EXTEX attributes for long-lasting practicality. If you have to navigate any pesky spills though, it’s best to clean them immediately to keep your luxury outdoor fabrics in pristine condition for years to come.

Want to learn more about the properties of our durable fabrics? Take a look at our FAQ section or read on to discover more about our Solar range.

Solar: Our exclusive glow in the dark fabric

As you may already know, each EXTEX fabric has its own unique characteristics, so you can tailor your outdoor space to a specific aesthetic or vibe. But how does our Solar collection stand out?

Inspired by the ethereal nature of distant galaxies and twinkling star systems, solar is much more than just a beautiful outdoor fabric. What sets this outdoor fabric apart from the rest is its innovative ‘glow-in-the-dark’ ink, subtly appearing throughout the day, increasingly glowing as the sun begins to set.

When the moon rises high in the sky, your outdoor space will be met with breath-taking luminescence as the swirly patterns of Solar come to light. But how does it work?

Well, within the swirling helix pattern of this outdoor fabric are small but mighty photo-luminescent particles, and they use solar energy to absorb light in as little as 5 - 30 minutes. When the surroundings are darkened, the photo-luminescent particles will gradually release the light they’ve been carefully storing, resulting in a shimmery, galactic glow for several hours.

The Solar collection consists of 3 planet-themed shades including:

  • Mars: a beautifully balmy earth-toned beige.
  • Neptune: an icy, metallic light blue.
  • Venus: a peach-tinted pink.

How to create a cohesive outdoor theme with luminescent printed fabric

Found your perfect colour match? Now it’s time to decorate and accessorise your outdoor space. Here are a few tips to help guide your creative vision, so you can turn it into a reality.

1. Design with a purpose

Are you aiming for a serene space or a lively area for parties? Determine the purpose and choose the colour that caters to your needs.

2. Create focal points

Luminescent fabrics can act as highlights on natural-coloured furniture. Why not introduce a touch of sparkle with cushion covers draped in the Solar fabric?

3. Balance with balmy neutrals

As much as we adore luminescence and believe that you can never have too much, you may wish to balance it with neutral surroundings and minimalistic accessories to give the glimmer the platform it deserves.

Maintaining your EXTEX fabrics

Caring for your fabrics ensures they remain vibrant and long-lasting. Keep your fabrics looking as glowing as ever with these top tips.

Regular cleaning

Vacuuming or soft brushing keeps the fabrics in top shape, and most liquid spills will bead up on the surface and roll off due to the water-repellent treatment.

For stubborn stains, use a proprietary upholstery shampoo and follow the manufacturer’s directions. It’s also always a good idea to test the product on an inconspicuous part of the fabric first.

Gentle washing

Machine wash your outdoor fabrics at 40°C or under for optimal results, using a natural or mild detergent.

Natural drying

It's best to air-dry in the shade or tumble dry at 40°C or under. Remember, our fabrics love gentle care.

With a little care and attention, you can rest assured that your fabrics will last you season after season — any weather, any where.

Make a luminescent transformation

Luminescent printed fabrics are more than just fabrics; they're an experience. They possess the power to transform any outdoor setting into an enchanting haven for you to experience in the comfort of your own home.

If you’re ready to illuminate your outdoor paradise, dive deep into the swirling patterns of our Solar collection.

Bask in the shimmer and shine — your outdoor space is waiting for its makeover. Let the transformation begin with EXTEX today.


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