While the summer outdoors can be relaxing and therapeutic, with the picnics and barbecues, sometimes all that “fun in the sun” isn’t so fun while your slowly melting from the heat.
On the bright side, there is a not so bright side amongst summer, offering relief from the blazing heat, and protection from the sun’s rays. From the thickest trees to the thinnest light poles, there’s always that sliver or blob of darkness residing on the ground to make that heat ever so slightly bearable: the silver lining known as the summer shade.
When weather conditions become less than ideal, outdoor spaces can easily be underutilized as trying to spend time outdoors during the hot summer days can be uncomfortable, and will probably lead right back inside. Adding shade, however, to the outdoor spaces can increase its use, comfort and can be done in a unique and attractive way that can enhance the overall appearance of the home. No mater how big or small, providing shade to your outdoor space is a vital aspect to being able to use and enjoy it all year round.
From store bought umbrellas to DIY canopies to retractable awnings, there are many ways to achieve your own space in the shade. If what you desire is an open and airy appearance that still allows for sunlight to filter down into the area, then a floating panel is a great choice of shade. With the bipolar nature of what is Mother Nature, a more flexible addition would be an umbrella, that can be moved, closed up, or put to storage when it’s not necessary for the time being. A retractable awning also serves as a flexible choice to beat the summer heat; with a bevy of patterns and colors to choose from, you are sure to find one to match your decor. For a more traditional source of shade, you can never go wrong with trees, with the potential to lower the temperature by as much as 20 degrees on the hottest summer days.
hgtv.com David Palermo, J. Michael Tucker/Okashi Design, Tim Mooney, Mollymook NSW, Your Digital Photo/St. Petersburg
Summer isn’t all about soaking in the sun. With so many ways to add shade to the outdoor space, summer can be that much more enjoyable as the heat is more bearable, and exposure to the sun is decreased. So get out, and open up a patio umbrella, enhance the existing pergola or patio, and embrace the everyday outdoor aspect of summer, knowing that the summer shade is on your side.
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