How to Create Shade Stylishly In Your Backyard

During the summer, everyone wants to be outside but sometimes the sun can be a little overwhelming. Shade is necessary for extensive outdoor relaxation and partying. If you don’t have a covered patio, though, shade can be hard to come by. Fortunately, there are tons of great options out there to create shade in your backyard and many of them are very inexpensive. No matter what size, style or budget you need, there is a great design solution.

Here are 11 stylish ideas on how to create shade in your backyard.


Letting vines grow naturally over a wooden pergola is perfect for a natural look that offers shade.

To soften a pergola and provide shade, curtains are a stylish solution and can even offer privacy when closed.

Some pergolas come with shades that hang over the top to provide some coverage while still allowing some light in.


Gazebos offer the most coverage as seen here, giving the feel of second living room outdoors.

Gazebos are the perfect coverage for an outdoor fireplace, grill or kitchen.

Simple gazebos like this one offer style and comfort without breaking the bank.

A gazebo is a great alternative or addition to a patio.


Canopies are the least expensive option and perhaps the most versatile, as you can choose from a variety of colors and patterns of fabric.

This simple canopy is perfect for a small outdoor space in need of shade.


This luxurious pavilion makes the perfect poolside cabana.

A pavilion like this offers tons of style, shade and privacy, not to mention plenty of room for furniture.

With all these great options for conquering the sun, shade never has to be an issue. They also do a great job of creating conversation and entertaining areas for an outdoor space.

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