Around this time of year, the temperatures here in Central Florida are getting higher and higher—which makes our need for shade while swimming that much greater! The addition of shade can make time in the pool, backyard or patio area more enjoyable this summer. In today’s blog, we will be looking at a few simple, stylish ways to add shade to your pool area.
Use natural cover
One of the best solutions for shade is, of course, the natural route. You can use natural cover in the form of palm trees with overhanging fronds to provide welcome shade, for example. If you already an existing structure such as a pergola, you can add natural cover through vines so as to provide shade without eliminating brightness and color.
Before deciding on shady plants for your backyard, be sure to ask your local nursery about species that provide shade without producing too much litter in the way of leaves or seeds.
Cover your entertaining space with an awning
You may already have a great entertaining space on your patio—but without shade, it can be uncomfortable during the summer months. Cover up your favorite spot with an awning that attaches to the side of your house.
Add a standalone structure
Adding a standalone structure in the form of a pergola, pavilion or similar addition can provide you with much-needed entertaining space—as well as plenty or shade when you need it. These structures can be covered with billowy curtains, a natural roof of vines, or a retractable cover for cool comfort on hot afternoons.
Install a pool enclosure
A pool enclosure can serve as a barrier between your pool and insects, debris and other unwanted litter. It can also provide you with a degree of comfortable shade—and if you opt for a retractable enclosure, you can soak up the sun or cover up in an instant.
Add shade sails
Shade sails are unique, visually appealing ways to add shade to your pool and outdoor space. Cover up with a sail to stay cool under the hot summer sun—while still maintaining a modern, streamlined look in your backyard.
Feeling creative? You can purchase shade sails, but you can also make similar features yourself using your favorite fabric and a couple of sturdy poles.
We hope that these ideas help you make outdoor time in and around your Orlando pool even better this summer! Be sure to let us know your favorite shade-making solutions below.