Summer is coming, and that means many Victorians will be thinking about outdoor entertaining. If you’d like to make the most of the warmer months whilst still protecting yourself, family members and friends from harmful UV rays, then exploring ways to provide shade will be a priority.
When it comes to choosing the right spots to add shade to your garden, one tip is to think about the areas that people and pets spend their time. This can include the barbecue, outdoor seating areas, the pool and children’s play areas.
Among the different options you might consider are:
Umbrellas are a very flexible way to provide shade, whether you choose the timeless market umbrella or the more modern cantilevered option. The latter does allow more flexibility in placing furniture as you don’t have to cater for the central pole.
Shade Sails do allow you to shade larger areas, particularly if the area you wish to cover does not change from one gathering to the next. Always install shade sails on an angle so rainwater will run off, and keep in mind that a darker sail won’t show marks and dirt like a lighter coloured sale will.
Pergolas can be a positive addition to your home and your lifestyle. But give careful thought to the size and placement as this is not a structure that you can move at will.
Outdoor Blinds provide shade to an area that often gets overlooked in these discussions, the inside of your home. Don’t underestimate the impact that outdoor blinds can have on keeping your home cooler, (and your air conditioning costs down), during the hottest months of the year.
Plants are nature’s shade umbrellas, and by choosing the right varieties and placement you can add a great deal to your outdoor entertaining areas.
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