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Table of Contents:

  • Outdoor terrace
  • Pergola with curtains
  • Custom shades
  • The illuminated pergola
  • Gazebo with kitchen
  • Firepit in your patio
  • A gazebo with a play area for the kids
  • Pergola with outdoor fan
  • The plant hanger pergola
  • Pergola combined with solarium
  • Conclusion


Creating the perfect space for you, whether inside or outside, is no easy task. If you're a true aesthete, you'll want the style of your home and backyard to be in harmony. That being said, you need to be comfortable outside too. 

If you live in a warm climate with summer weather most times of the year, then shade in the garden is kind of a necessity for your place. Tall trees may be an option to create shade and protect from the sun. But it takes a lot of time for them to grow; moreover, plants need your attention, and it may be too much for a homeowner to have one more chore to do.

You can get a grip on the situation and simply install a retractable pergola or arbor in the garden. We’re happy to support you during the process. Keep reading to find some amazing garden shade ideas, which conveniently combine style and comfort.


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Outdoor terrace

Build a terrace that will be an extension of the house’s exterior. When selecting the furniture and design of the terrace, try to keep the style of the house. The canopy-covered terrace will take you directly from the living room to the patio, creating one space for the best evenings and holidays. 

Equip it with everything you need outside: chairs, tables, boxes, etc. A wide variety of garden pergola ideas are at your disposal.

Pergola with curtains

To provide shade outdoors, you can install a pergola and surround it with curtains. Do you want your patio to look like an Italian garden, or you prefer boohoo style, or, probably, a romantic place? It’s up to you! Depending on the material and color you choose and the furniture you install inside the gazebo, it can be a very cozy and stylish place for you to relax. 


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Custom shades

You don't have to use a wooden or plastic canopy to create shade in your garden. You can build a frame and use retractable solar shading screens or panels. They will give you protection from 90 plus percent of the sun’s damaging UV rays and cool your terrace space. Simultaneously, such a shelter is very easy to clean, which is definitely a plus.

The illuminated pergola

You can use any of the many garden seating area ideas. Only add one game-changing detail — lights. First, it's convenient. You can spend late evenings with family and friends in your garden, with warm, heartfelt conversations, a glass of wine, or a cup of tea. Second, with individually selected lanters, different temperatures and intensities of illumination, and correct placement in your new retractable pergola or rotating louver roof pergola, you can create the particular atmosphere you want.


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Gazebo with kitchen

It’s not the easiest way to arrange your outdoor living patio space. For this, you’ll need a large pergola or a wide awning, but the result is worth it. With modern garden pagoda designs, it’ll be delightful to have breakfast or lunch outdoors surrounded by beautiful plants on warm sunny days. 

Equip your space with everything you need for cooking and dining. Bring a dining table, chairs, storage space, a refrigerator, and a stove outside. Provide water and electricity. And of course, choose your favorite style to make this outdoor living space nice and comfy.

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Firepit in your patio

To install a fire pit or fireplace, you also need more space on the patio. But just imagine how cozy this pergola will be when you prep your home for the fall! Soft chairs, subtle lighting, and warm calm fire in the fireplace. Such garden shelter ideas definitely add some coziness for chilly evenings, right?


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A gazebo with a play area for kids

If you have children, think more carefully about garden arbor ideas. After all, kids are restless and constantly on the move. Therefore, your garden should be as comfortable and child-friendly as possible. Such garden canopy ideas will help protect children from the harmful sun rays at midday. Also, there should be enough space to play, and the furniture should be safe for children.

Pergola with outdoor fan

Fans will provide pleasant coolness on a hot summer day. Sounds like a dream to us! 

Bear in mind that creating this type of outdoor space is quite time-consuming. You need to think about all the technical details and safety precautions, as fans can be hung from the top, from the posts/columns, or be freestanding. Some are even movable with wheels or casters. But, after all, you’ll definitely be happy, especially if you live in a warm climate. The main goal of our team at Retractableawnings.com is to make your dream patio come true!


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The plant hanger pergola

We want to introduce comfortable and, at the same time, wonderful garden arbor designs. This is what you need in the warm southern climate, especially if there are not many plants around. 

The structure of such an arbor or pergola allows hanging plants from its roof. Inside it will always be a shaded and chilly atmosphere. And, if you choose some flowers, you’ll enjoy the fragrance sitting in the shade. See, it’s possible to create a little paradise in your backyard!


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Pergola combined with solarium

Do you like to sunbathe? Then this creative solution is a perfect idea for you. You can build a solarium in your backyard and combine it with a pergola. If there is a swimming pool nearby, it will enhance the atmosphere.

The pergola with solarium can be made in any garden canopy designs, such as Mediterranean or Hawaiian. You can spend your day off here, lying in the sun with a cold cocktail, and feel like you’re on vacation on the azure coast.


How do you like these garden shade structure ideas? Perhaps you would like something more unique: a pergola on the roof or a big swing under a canopy? Or do you like a rustic rancho yard? Of course, we could add countless ideas to this list because our experience shows that the only limit is one’s imagination.

What we want to emphasize is that your ideas and needs are executable. Choose arbor, gazebo, pergola, canopy, rotating louver roof, or retractable awning for your garden. And we’ll do our best for you and your home garden.


Our company Retractableawnings.com provides our clients with customized retractable fabric pergolas, rotating and retractable louver roof pergolas, and canopies service. Our team of professionals works quickly and efficiently. We’ll help you calculate the necessary space for the gazebo, as well as the cost of materials and installation. We always take into account the technical side of design. If you contact us, we’ll help you implement your most creative and daring big or small garden pergola ideas.


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Eric M. Scop

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