It will look like a cotton/twill. if you use neutral colors i think it will look fine, but if you use colors or patterns I don't think it will look good. I talked to Les about her chairs and she didn't do a sunbrella because it was like 100 a yd or something ridiculous. she said her chenilles have always worn really well. but i don't think that is the direction you are going. btw, that is one of my most favorite couch styles!