The dog days of summer are officially in full swing! Adding shade to your backyard space is a simple way to lessen sun exposure and drop the temperature a few degrees. Beyond that, shade structures can also enhance your backyard’s design.
Here are our top picks for functional and stylish shade options:
Umbrellas & Outdoor Furniture
Outdoor furniture is a simple way to add shade to your backyard. Umbrellas are a particularly convenient option due to their mobility. If you’re looking to soak up the sun, take it down. When it’s time to take a break from the rays, open it up or move it where you need it. The versatility you get with umbrellas, as well as the large range of options available, makes them a great option.
Other more stationary outdoor furniture options include shaded couches and lounge chairs. With an extensive variety of styles, materials, and colors to choose from, adding shaded furniture is a great way to customize your backyard look in a cool, sun-safe way. Play around with different looks and have fun picking out unique styles.
Shades Sails & Canopies
Shade sails are a cost-effective way to quickly add shade to any outdoor space. Make sure to plan out how many anchor points you have and how far apart they are to ensure you find the right fit for your space.
Pop-up canopies are a great mobile alternative to shade sails. If you want something with the aesthetic of a pergola but a little less permanence, this might be the option you’re looking for.
Shade structures can provide a more permanent addition to your backyard. From gazebos to custom pergolas, these elements make a big impact on your home’s overall aesthetic. Design a beautiful shaded outdoor dining area or throw in some couches to create the perfect place for a pool day nap.
For additional coverage, you can add curtains or rolling shades to the sides of your gazebo or pergola. This will allow you to easily customize the amount of sun you want to let in while preserving airflow and avoiding a stuffy atmosphere.
Plants & Trees
Plants and trees are a great way to compliment your beautiful new pool finish and provide some much-needed shade. However, it’s important that you research your options before planting anything near your pool. Some trees have invasive roots that can damage the structure of your pool and cause problems in the future. Other plants drop their leaves and can make pool maintenance a headache during certain seasons. The best trees and plants for your backyard will vary based on factors like climate, level of shade needed and desired aesthetic.
Adding vines to a pergola or gazebo is also a great way to get some additional shade and spice up the look of your backyard space.
Different shading options provide a great way to make your pool finish really pop! Round out your unique backyard design with some outdoor elements that will make every day by the pool feel like a resort getaway.