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Trends in nautical upholstery 2023

Upholstery trends in the nautical industry evolve towards the serenity and calm.

If we have learned anything this year by attending the most cutting-edge fairs in the sector such as METS Amsterdam, it is that nautical upholstery is becoming increasingly significant in recreational boats, especially those intended to be a second home.

It’s important to remember that nautical upholstery goes beyond canvases, awnings, biminis, covers, floors or enclosures because it covers any type of textile material that can be found inside the boat, such as carpets, cushions, tablecloths or sheets.

In recent years, there has been a growing trend to convert boats into second homes. Therefore, the aim is to achieve the same comfort, elegance and well-being that you have in your own home. In this context, it seems logical that the upholstery trends in the nautical market are the same as those followed in the home decoration industry.

At the Mets fair we were able to see a multitude of marine upholstery collections in an endless number of colours and textures, but with a common link, the excellent quality of the materials that ensure their necessary durability.

Colors and materials in upholstery for boats

The trending colours in marine upholstery evolve towards the serenity, calm and joy of the landscape. All of this is achieved by living in harmony with the environment, with the natural, wild yet delicate. Therefore, terracotta colours combined with green and blue in soft colour palettes are going to be the most in demand.

The materials are presented rich in textures, but before going through the colour selection process, it is necessary to define what use or for what part of the boat we need the fabric. For example, outdoor sofas should be made of a comfortable fabric that invites you to rest and does not stick to the skin. In addition, since they are more likely to be in contact with the sun, it is better to avoid dark colours.

Some of the fabrics that most caught our attention were:

  • Marine vinyl fabric with protection against microbial bites, resistant to cold cracking and with pigments resistant to UV rays.
  • There are also novelties in natural fibres such as yarn-dyed recycled cotton that provide greater quality and durability, some with variants that add natural fabrics such as linen or synthetic woven cotton to be more resistant.
  • High-end acrylic fabrics that prevent overheating once exposed to sunlight thanks to PermaCool technology.

There are as many ranges of fabrics and colours as there are types of yachts, but the ultimate goal is to combine trends according to the client’s taste and needs and thus achieve a result that stands out for its personality and, in turn, creates an inviting space to relax and be in tune with the environment and the tastes of the owner.

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