Patio Covers and Canopies

Grab some great design ideas for patio covers and canopies.
Patio Canopy

Patio Canopy

As seen on Carter Can show, a patio with a white covering canopy for shade.

Patio covers and canopies can be a great addition to any patio. They can provide shade or shelter from the elements, keep out insects and protect furniture from the elements.

As you explore cover and canopy options for your patio, some things to keep in mind are the durability of the material and whether or not you want your patio cover or canopy to be permanent or semi-permanent.

Patios That Pop with Color

See All Photos

Rustic Red

Salvaged design elements piece together vibrant reds, royal blues and earthy greens for a playful patio that is packed with personality.

Photo By: Jamie Rector

Enhance Nature's Palette

When choosing outdoor paint colors, consider what the garden will look like year 'round. Then make sure the hue you select will complement nature’s ever-changing color scheme.

Photo By: Chris Martinez,

Plush Purple

Alone, this concrete patio feels industrial and cold, but pops of purple create a trendy, inviting outdoor space. Photo courtesy of Landscaping Network

Cool Blue

For subtle contrast these colorful Adirondack chairs stand out against grey gravel and green shrubbery. Photo courtesy of Westover and Photography by Rich Pomerantz

Golden Hues

Curtains are a great option for making an outdoor space feel intimate. The outdoor fabric infuses warm green and golden tones into this zen retreat.

Earthy Green

A lush palm tree, an earthy vase and pillows add a pop of green to the surrounding neutral tones. Warm up any space with a cozy outdoor fireplace.

Burnt Orange

A masculine color scheme is softened by orange hues that are pulled in with decorative pillows.

Bright Yellow

This cheerful patio umbrella is perfect for sunny days. When shopping for shade options, pick light colors that will reflect the sun. Photo by Joanne Kostecky

In terms of options, one of the most common patio covers is an awning. These can come in many materials, shapes and sizes, but canvas and aluminum are two materials often used. Patio awnings can be permanent fixtures, manually removable, or retractable via a crank or with the bush of a button if they're motorized.

Pergolas are another patio cover option. These intricate structures allow climbing plants to grow up and over them, providing shade and shelter but allowing some sunlight to filter through the leaves of the plants. Common materials for pergolas are wood, vinyl, aluminum and fiberglass.

For a more sturdy and permanent patio cover, you may want to consider a roof. These can be as simple as a cover supported by posts to a full-fledged roof attached to the house, with wiring, lighting and heating. In some cases these can feature skylights or retractable features to allow for sunlight to stream into the patio space.

Lastly, if you're unsure of which patio type best suits your needs, consider a combination system—attach a retractable awning to a full roof, or add an airy pergola next to a more permanent patio covering.

Patio & Outdoor Rooms

See All Videos

Next Up

Patio Gazebos

Learn about patio gazebos and explore your options for adding an elegant and functional element to your outdoor living space.

Patio Design: Ideas and Inspiration

Learn about the different options for patio designs.

Paver Patios

Explore options for paver patios and learn how to create an attractive and durable outdoor space.

Sliding Patio Doors

Create a simple and elegant entryway to your outdoor space with sliding patio doors.

Patio Materials and Surfaces

Learn about the different options for patio materials and surfaces.

Patio Doors: Ideas and Options

Learn about new options and ideas for attractive, functional patio doors.

Patio Enclosures

Brush up on your knowledge of patio enclosures, and get design ideas from the experts at HGTV.

Concrete Patios

Concrete patios can add value and beauty to any outdoor living space. Get tips and tricks on how to design and build these outdoor gathering spaces.

Patio Landscaping Ideas

Find out about patio landscaping ideas that can help your outdoor space become a huge hit with family and friends.

Hinged Patio Doors

Get all the info you need on hinged patio doors, and find out how this style of outdoor entryway can be an efficient, stylish choice for your outdoor living space.

Follow Us Everywhere

Join the party! Don't miss HGTV in your favorite social media feeds.