6 ways to bring shade to your home

Phantom Screens / August 4, 2016

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Get out of the summer heat by adding some shade to your property. If you’re planning a season full of backyard barbecues, yard projects and relaxing by the pool, don’t let the sun leave you overheated and burned. Phantom Screens provides stylish, durable and flexible home solutions for your indoor and outdoor living spaces. Phantom’s motorized retractable screens can provide ventilation, shade, keep pesky bugs away and provide comfort all at the touch of a button! Read on for some creative tips to effectively shade and beautify your living space:

1. Canopy

A canopy is a stylish option for your patio or outdoor space that can provide shade to a selected area of your property. Canopies can be used in all types of weather and provide a great place for serving food or socializing during a hot summer party or barbecue. Some canopies can “pop-up” and provide easy use and setups. Remember to secure your new canopy with stakes so that gusty winds won’t uplift the structure.

2. Retractable awnings and screens

Add a retractable awning to your space so that the shade is there when you want it and gone when you don’t. Retractable awnings can also prevent the sun’s glare when you’re indoors. Like retractable awnings, Phantom’s door screens are also retractable, so they’re there when you want them. Retractable, disappearing screen doors operate on a similar principal to spring-loaded pull-down blinds, except that they pull across. Screens have flexible mesh that rolls up, and can be custom fit for almost any opening. When the screen is not in use, it retracts into its protective housing and blends into your home decor.

3. Cabanas

Cabanas are a great option if you have a pool at your home. They provide comfortable shade after a day of sitting in the sun and can be decorated to fit the needs of your property. A sofa or chair under a cabana can be decorated with weatherproof pillows and covers, and a cabana can be made of fabric or wood, depending on the design esthetic of your home.

4. Umbrellas

If your patio is small and requires only minimal shade, a table with an umbrella attachment could be the perfect solution for you. Many umbrellas can also be purchased as standalone shade options with a heavy base, often made of metal. Most are meant to fit into a patio table with a hole in the center. Invest in a hiher-quality umbrella so it’s not destroyed in bad weather or overexposed to the sun.

5. Vines and trees

Decorative vines and planted trees can add natural shade to your space and provide beautiful flowers and colors to your property. Choose climbers that aren’t going to get out of control and ruin the design of your space. Great options include forsythias, wisteria and roses, which will also add some beauty to your shaded area. For trees that will give you the desired shade you want, go for the zelkova or hackberry tree, which give oval-shaped shade for comfortable patio living.

6. Pergola

A pergola can provide a shaded walkway or eating area in a patio setting. Climbers can be added to pergolas for added beauty or a natural look. As a type of gazebo, it may also be an extension of a building, serve as protection for an open terrace or link between pavilions.