Incorporating Shade into Outdoor Living Space Design: Creative Ideas and Examples

Outdoor Living Design Ideas

Creating an outdoor living space that’s both beautiful and functional can be challenging, especially when you’re seeking shade from the hot summer sun. If you have a vision for your outdoor space, our team at BPI Outdoor Living can help you make that dream a reality with creative backyard shade ideas.

We always think about how you’ll use your space, and creating shady areas makes your space more usable. Let’s take a look at some of the most popular shade options to help you design a space that’s comfortable and enjoyable in any weather.


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Covered outdoor living spaces, pergolas, and gazebos

Covered outdoor living spaces create shade, and there’s an option for nearly every backyard style. These structures can be freestanding or attached to your house. They can be constructed with wood, metal, or other materials. No matter their look, they provide a shaded area ideal for relaxing.


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Adjustable umbrellas and sail shades

Another popular option is to incorporate umbrellas or sail shades into your backyard shade design. Umbrellas and sail shades can go just about anywhere, including patios, decks or lawns. They’re easy to move and adjust, and they come in a variety of sizes and colors to fit your outdoor living space design.

Retractable awnings and shades

If you’re looking for a more permanent backyard shade solution, consider installing a retractable awning or shading system. Custom awnings and shades make a stylish and functional addition to your outdoor living space. These systems can be controlled with a remote or smartphone app, which means you get shade at the touch of a button.

Trees and hedges

A more natural option to create shade is by incorporating trees, shrubs and hedges. Not only do large plantings offer shade, but also they also provide privacy, wind breaks, and enhance the beauty of your space. If you have a smaller space, containers with large leafy plants can cast a significant amount of shade.

Found backyard shade ideas you like? Incorporating shade into outdoor living space is an essential aspect of creating a comfortable and functional space. With so many options available, we’re ready to help you find the perfect solution for your backyard. Schedule a design consultation to get started on your outdoor oasis.

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