With the sun now peeking from above the sky and with flowers in full bloom, it is hard to resist the insistent calling of Mother Nature, beckoning you to come out and play, and, while it is a healthy and restorative idea to spend time outdoors and breathe in the fresh air, the harmful UV rays of the sun or the sudden drizzle of the rain can sometimes stop us from enjoying a such a lovely day outside.

Adding shade to your deck, lawn, garden, or patio lets you enjoy the outdoors without being bogged with the unpredictable weather and its harmful effects. There are several different options available to you that might be a fitting piece to your outdoor space. Putting up a means of shade to your area need not cost you an arm and a leg, here are 5 creative ways to add shade to your patio or lawn without spending too much:

Experiment with Parasols

Parasols are a fun, basic, and versatile addition to providing shade outdoors. You can choose umbrellas that come in vibrant colors to make your garden or patio pop or perhaps a classic retro shade underneath your tanning chaises? This Sunjoy Khaki Umbrella with an accompanying mosquito netting adds just the right touch and ambiance to this charming pool deck. 

Make Use of Old Sheer Fabric

Add fun and whim to your expanse this season by using old or unused sheer fabric as a make-shift outdoor tent like the one in the photo below. This creative and inexpensive idea does not only provide a cozy shaded nook for you, it's also a nice space to help you meditate, do yoga, or simply lie down on the porch and gaze up onto the sky.

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Go for Shade Sails

If you're vying for a more sleek and modish look, sail parasols might be your best bet. These stylish tents provide an artsy way of providing shade and shelter to you while allowing you to ace your decorative game up a notch. You can experiment with brightly colored canopies, plain white ones, or mix two or three various colors to match your outdoor bistro. 


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Build Your Own Cabana

Nothing spells awesome backyard than having your own pool cabana. Instead of spending an arm and a leg on actually having to build one, you can easily go to your nearest Big Lots, K-Mart, or Lowe's store, or go online through Amazon to purchase a pop-up gazebo. Pop-up gazebo cabanas offer a much more flexible way of decorating your deck or patio at an inexpensive price. This charming 8' x 8' Marcel Soft Top Gazebo blends perfectly well with the blue and white hues at its background. 


Hang an Awning 

Why not hang an awning? Awnings have existed even before the '50's and they're a great way to add charm to your backyard space. If you're not in the mood for the retro red-and-white-striped awning style, why not try a more neutral and conventional one such as 16' x 10' classic beige one? This is the perfect retreat in your backyard where you can enjoy great conversations over cool drinks and treats with family and friends. Choose an awning with a large footprint to offer you plenty of outdoor space. Not only does an awning provide shelter, it's also the perfect way to extend your living room area or den while providing indoor shade as well as it also doubles as a sun panel. 


Whatever size, color, or shape you opt for when putting up a tent over your outdoor space, always remember that creativity is key. The trick is to think of ways to make your yard or patio cooler and more shaded by choosing the right shade and the right fabric top. Canopies are the perfect and most practical materials to use outdoors since they're much more versatile and easy to clean. Be sure to choose canopies made from 100% polyester material to ensure longevity and durability. Check out our different canopies, gazebos, and other furniture perfect for your deck here

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