When warm weather arrives, most people prefer to be outside as much as possible, making an outdoor space more than just a garden. Today, gardens are multi-purpose areas that reflect personal interests and personalities, and are often used for the same activities that take place indoors. A garden can serve as a much-needed retreat that – when well-designed and decorated – can help to increase a home’s liveable space.

Over the next 26 days, we’ll focus on the backyard by letter, with an A to Z guide, full of smart and stylish outdoor decor ideas, along with useful and unique garden elements.

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S – Solar Shading – The most successful outdoor living space not only values the surrounding landscape, but it also offers comfort, shelter and sense of style. Electing a good solar shading option helps to make this all possible.

Solar shades are perfect for reducing sun glare without completely blocking out light or obstructing your garden view. Not only will solar shades protect you and your family from harmful UV rays, they offer protection to furniture and fabrics and can protect the exterior of your home, making it more energy efficient.

Shading solutions are available in the form of retractable awnings, fixed or portable canopies sails and sun screens. They are often made with solar screen fabric that is available in various colours, fabrics, weaves and styles with varying levels of light blockage. Some shades (design permitting) can also include the added convenience of motorization, making fun in the sun as easy as pushing a button. For more information visit: Hayneedle.


Miss our last post from this A to Z guide? This guide is full of garden goodies, great ideas and practical solutions to help you create a summer-ready outdoor retreat.  Just in case: A — Al fresco dining; B — Bunting; C — Cinema; D — Daybed; E — Eco Garden Room; F — Fire Pits; G — Glow-in-the-Dark Elements; H — Herb Garden; I — Irrigation System; J — Jumbo Joss Sticks; K — Kitchenette; L — Living Wall; M — Mosaics; N — Night Lighting O — Ornaments & Sculptures; P — Pizza Ovens; Q — Quirky Accessories; R — Recycled Elements.

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