Skylights on the roof of this chartreuse covered porch let a little sunlight in, while flowing, romantic curtains can close to create filtered light and additional privacy. Design seen on HGTV's Going Yard
A dark wooden pergola frames this outdoor living area and creates filtered light during sunny afternoons. Image courtesy Viceroy Hotels and Resorts
Relax in the Shade
This poolside cabana in toasty Palm Springs, Calif., provides total shade for tired swimmers. Image courtesy Viceroy Hotels and Resorts
Cool Off the Dinner Table
Designers Robert and Cortney Novogratz used thin panels of wood to create a woven covering for this urban outdoor dining room. It provides both moderate shade and a barrier from nosy upstairs neighbors.
Two Layers of Cool
This triangular pergola next to the pool provides much-needed shade in between laps. Two layers of wood provide shade from multiple directions, and create a lattice pattern on the patio. Design seen on HGTV's Going Yard
Building this patio around an existing lemon tree provides color, interest and Mother Nature's favorite form of shade. Design by Jamie Durie
When actress Anne Heche and her husband asked Jamie Durie to create more shade in their too-hot backyard, he delivered with this house-length pergola fitted with adjustable Roman shades on the top and sides.
These canvas panels are easily moveable, so you can block out the sun (or let it in) as it shifts throughout the day. Designer Jamie Durie mounted the panels on heavy-gauge wire for durability and maximum adjustability.
From below, this modern canopy looks like a piece of art. Designer Jamie Durie filled triangles where wood pieces met with blue and yellow fabric, leaving lots of negative space to allow some light to get through.
A custom canopy and draperies made from Sunbrella outdoor fabric help keep the elements (and the sun) out while also softening the space.
Your Own Personal Cabana
These private lounge spaces are artfully immersed into the pool; the infinity edge merges the cool waters with the private cabana, creating a unified, harmonious experience. Bamboo roof slats and white linen canopies provide shade while creating a well-defined private retreat.
Dan Berger put a modern twist on rustic-country style when he designed this gazebo that sits alongside a babbling brook. Latticed vertical screens provide privacy and additional shade.
This airy space is large enough to house summertime parties but intimate enough for an afternoon nap. The linen draperies and overhead sails add romantic style and help bring in cool shade. Design by RMS user SanDtexs
Wisteria blooms create the "ceiling" of this patio and a moderate amount of shade. Design by Patricia Wagner