A patio instantly adds outdoor living square footage to any property, granting us countless opportunities to play, relax, entertain, and soak up a little vitamin D. It’s great basking in the warm weather; however, even the most avid sunbather needs an occasional reprieve from the potentially harsh rays. Here are ten creative, easy ways to boost the shade factor and help you enjoy the perfect temperature at all times on your patio.
A sail shade is a simple do-it-yourself project that quickly creates a cool area on your patio. Find a fabric you love and have it cut into a triangle with eyelets in the corners. Use twine, rope, or a colored cord to attach your newfangled sail to trees, the side of your home, or even strategically placed poles to block the unwanted sun.
Summertime is the perfect time to invest in a large, freestanding shade umbrella with a weighted bottom – you can find them pretty much anywhere that sells outdoor furniture and accessories. Not only will this type of umbrella protect you from UV rays, but it’s also portable, allowing you to move it around the patio as the mood strikes you.
A retractable awning allows you to determine exactly how much shade you want (or don’t want) at any given moment. Plus, it looks chic and sophisticated. Look online for DIY options or partner with a professional provider that can create a customized awning based on your specific space.
Looking for a way to help guests at your pool take a break from the heat? A canvas cabana can provide an ideal solution. Choose a bright and cheery material for an upbeat vibe or select a more neutral color palette for a more mature final look.
Similar to the sail, a DIY canopy allows you to choose any color or texture for your material to personalize the space. Add some chairs underneath in complementing tones to finish the space. The best part about a canopy? It’s easy to put out and take down when you feel you don’t need it.
Want to add some tropical flair to your patio? Go with a classic tiki umbrella with a thatch covering over an outdoor kitchen or bar to keep things cool and festive.
Pergolas instantly add visual appeal to your patio and are easy to use for shade. Weave colorful fabrics through the slats of the pergola’s ceiling and you’ll enjoy a little amnesty from the beating the sun.
Want to forego the fabrics on your pergolas or slatted ceilings for something a bit more natural? Not a problem. Hang plants or weave wisteria from the overhead rafter for an organic way to minimize the rays streaming into your outdoor living area.
Thin wooden veneers can also be used to create a natural look over your outside entertainment spots. Weave the pieces of wood together for a basket-like appearance overhead that completely blocks the sun.
Make your own raised pavilion in your backyard for a tranquil respite from the high temperatures. Wrap the completed piece in flowing, sheer material so you can still see the sun’s light without a full-on UV attack.
North Georgia Lawn installs custom patios to fit any sized property and complement any lifestyle.
Contact us today to hear more about how we can enhance your outdoor living experience.