Top 5 Trends: Outdoor Shade Ideas


As the weather begins to warm up, spending time outdoors becomes more and more enticing. The easiest way to adapt your outdoor space to provide a comfortable, relaxing spot for leisurely lounging? Shade! Outdoor shade provides a cool and comfortable escape from the spring and summer heat, allowing you to get the most out of your yard or patio, through even the hottest months of the year. ShadeTree offers a variety of stylish solutions that protect you and your furniture from exposure to harmful sun rays and harsh weather conditions. Sunbrella outdoor fabrics are equipped with vibrant, UV stable pigments that hold their color through maximum sun exposure, pairing perfectly with ShadeTree’s offering of pergolas and canopies. Check out our outdoor shade ideas to help you transform your backyard into a shady oasis with products from ShadeTree.

Neutral Sunbrella fabric on a classic ShadeTree pergola adds polish to outdoor spaces.

Neutral shade creates softness and provides versatility to your backyard.

Neutral Colors

For a timeless patio shade idea that you can enjoy year after year, opt for a versatile neutral color palette as the foundation of your outdoor design. A warm beige solid or soft cream canvas awning with durable and easy-to-clean Sunbrella fabrics will keep its fresh appearance while softening the sun’s bright rays.

A rich walnut stain paired with a classic black and white striped fabric from Sunbrella enhances the beauty of natural wood.

A rich walnut stain paired with a classic black and white striped fabric from Sunbrella enhances the beauty of natural wood.

Natural Wood Stained Pergolas

Natural wood pergolas add a nice organic element that pairs well with a structured striped canvas. Embrace the beauty of nature with a rich stained wood that provides a polished look without the paint. The Forester Wood Support Structure from ShadeTree gives you the ability to stain your awning structure to a shade of your liking while showcasing the grain of the wood. Pair a golden oak stain with a bold classic striped fabric canvas from Sunbrella, or add contrast to a crisp white fabric with a rich walnut or mahogany stain.

Outfit your second story patio or balcony with a pergola from ShadeTree and high performance Sunbrella fabrics to create a cool and peaceful hideaway.

A second story patio outfitted with a bungalow shade structure from ShadeTree clad in a neutral Sunbrella fabric creates the perfect escape to relax and enjoy the view.

Second Story Sanctuary

Don’t limit yourself to ground level shade. If your second story balcony gets intense heat in the prime hours of outdoor relaxation, outfit the space with a shade structure to create a comfortable and private escape. Sunbrella fabrics offer the performance power to face heavy exposure to environmental elements. Simply add a glass of wine and a good book, and this space will quickly become your new favorite spot in your home – the perfect perch for solitary relaxation with a bird’s eye view.

The Trex Pergola from ShadeTree offers sun protection with a decorative aesthetic.

The elegant look of the Trex Pergola from ShadeTree paired with neutral Sunbrella shade keeps this home’s patio cool all year round.

Trex® Pergolas

For an outdoor shade idea that adds a decorative aesthetic to any patio, Trex pergolas from ShadeTree provide ornate detail to dress up your outdoor space with minimal effort. A soft neutral canopy draped over a Trex pergola is the epitome of shady sophistication to both brighten and protect your patio. An added benefit of The Trex® Pergola from ShadeTree? The reinforced vinyl design makes it extremely durable and virtually maintenance free. Paired with easy to clean Sunbrella fabrics, this shade solution will ensure that you can enjoy your backyard without having to worry about rigorous upkeep.

Rich red Sunbrella fabric outfits the bungalow pergola from ShadeTree, creating a modern and stylish backyard design.

The Deluxe Bungalow from ShadeTree pairs perfectly with Sunbrella fabrics in warm, rich tones for a modern backyard design.

Backyard Bungalow

Modern bungalow pergolas add a sleek, contemporary edge to your outdoor space. The Deluxe Bungalow from ShadeTree combines chic and rustic style to create a look that you will love. The structure is not only stylish, but practical, with a sturdy aluminum construction to withstand weather extremes.

Visit ShadeTree to shop durable and stylish shade solutions with Sunbrella fabrics for your backyard. For more ideas on how to get the most out of your outdoor space, check out How to Prepare Your Outdoor Furniture for Summer. Follow along @Sunbrella to see all the ways Sunbrella can enhance your home.