If you are getting tired of having no shelter from the sun’s burning rays in the midst of the warmest days, here are some ideas how to make a shade both cool and efficient.
If you like palm trees and the inspiration they offer, you might consider installing shade sails over your pool. What’s interesting about them is their versatility, so depending on the amount of shade or even the colour you desire they may be combined in several layers, creating different nuances and shapes. This is their drawback as well, so if you’re hoping for something more solid than playfulness they provide, it might be wiser to consider other options.
Talking of something more solid, one great option are pergolas. If positioned to one section of the pool only, they add an effective visual appearance. Depending on the top roof material, they can provide just the right amount of shade over your pool. Modern pergolas are made of quality wood and give a dash of real value to your home, so check out these amazing designs for inspiration.
Umbrellas are the best option if you want to move your pool shade or even remove it completely. On the positive side, they are flexible and their position easily adjustable, so that may be the reason for their popularity for decades now. Plus, if you place several umbrellas of the same design or material pattern, it can add a dash of retro style to your pool. Their drawback is that they do not look as attractive when closed, and this is where their mobility comes just handy.
Another great idea are marquees. In a recent conversation with my local vendors of pop up marquees, I learned that they come in different sizes and each of them is suitable not only for pools but also for other purposes, so once the summer season is over, you can use them for other purposes. Easily assembled, they are among the easiest ways to create a cool shade over your pool, allowing you to customize them to your own liking. What’s more, even though they are pretty comfy themselves, they can even be joined to give you additional space, or even different shapes.
Retractable Shade Canopies
In case you want to turn your outdoor pool into an indoor pool in a matter of hours, retractable shade canopies are what you should go for. They can be placed over the entire pool and are probably the most efficient way to create a stylish pool shade, but be careful with using them to completely close the pool.
Poolside Freestanding Structures
When you want your pool to be open to sunrays and enjoy swimming right in the sun, a good option to take into consideration is a poolside freestanding structure, such as shade pergolas. They provide a refuge from the sun next to a pool, so placing lounge chairs and other summery furniture into it will turn this installation into a stylish summer reunion place for family or friends and leave your pool completely open. What’s best, if you are a bit handy, you can even make them yourself.
Whatever option you choose, it is always best to plan in advance, to rummage through as many options as possible, to consider both advantages and drawbacks of any possibility, and to think wisely about what it is that you want your pool shade to provide you with. This way, in the long run, you will not end up repenting on your choice and will surely have a stylish and efficient sun protection that will make your pool look even more amazing than it already is.