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Creative Ways to Shade Backyards.. You Can Do It!

Wed 31 Jul 2019 | 01:38 PM
Yassmine Elsayed

It might not be a luxury to add a spot of shade in your backyard, given the the need to have an open air time and still enjoy the Vitamin-D  sunny morning.

Design experts at provide you with creative ways for adding a cooling shaded area to your outdoor space and boosting your outdoor style, invloving latest trends in design but also simple and low cost ones, for you to enjoy your backyard along with your family.

Take a loook:


To make the covered area feel more personal, hang accents like a collection of lanterns, antique birdcages or plants dangling from macramé hangers.

A lattice of willow branches topping a pergola ties the structure in with the modern-farmhouse style of the home and casts dappled shade over the seating area. Although less durable than willow branches, inexpensive bamboo screens can easily be repurposed as shade covers to add a similar woven texture.

A slanted trellis made of widely set wooden poles supports a tangle of grapevines and a climbing rose, creating a romantic setting for an alfresco dining area.

Shade sails stretched in flat sheets, casting a triangle of shade over a target area. Mix it up for a more contemporary look — and create a larger pool of shade — with multiple strips of shade cloth mounted in a zigzag pattern.

Boat sails need to be replaced once they become damaged, but they can have a second life casting shade over a terrace. If you know any boat owners, they may give you a worn-out sail when they’re upgrading to a new one. The mast and boom sides will already be fitted with grommets for easy hanging, but you will need to fix grommets to the outer edge of the sail in order to mount it to a rope and hang it above your patio.

Keep your shade structure minimalist by using materials like metal or wood to construct a graphic, clean-lined design. Play with where you can pare down design elements until you’ve reached a design that fulfills the utility of the job without overly fussy details.

For a more modern look than your typical cloth awning hung above a window, consider unusual shapes and ways of hanging these go-to exterior shades. For example, in this San Diego landscape by Richard Risner of Grounded, five shade sails serve as a modern awning for the patio just off the living room. Mounted at regular intervals and hung to overlap each other, the triangular shades look almost like a line of sailboats or the white crests of waves.

If you’re working on a home remodel, consider how you can create more shade over the porch, or a deck or patio right next to the home, to maximize use of your outdoor area. If space (and budget) allows, you may want to extend the overhang of the roof generously enough to shade an outdoor table, a pair of rocking chairs or a hanging porch swing.