Outdoor fabrics have come a long way! You can even get outdoor velvet these days that are divine!
Refreshing scatter cushions is a sure way to reinject life. Have at least three different fabrics and seek patterns that evoke a fond memory and make you happy. Muster the confidence and try to throw something incoordinate and unexpected into the mix, and you might be surprised just how much it enlivens the space.
When selecting upholstered seating, think carefully about the colour. Black fabric heats up quickly and shows marks and animal hair just as much as white does. However, white can be pretty glary and shows mildew. I try to opt for a mid-tone, or if I go with a lighter colour, I will opt for a two-toned fabric that has a salt-and-pepper-like texture.
If you have kids and need extra seating, large outdoor floor cushions (approx. 750 x 750mm) that can be placed in the corner of the room and pulled out when needed is a great way to inject colour and functionality. Bean bags (or my personal preference) bean chairs are also an affordable way to add extra seating.