There are many items to think about when you are planning a new outdoor entertainment area in order to create a space that’s both beautiful and functional. The first consideration is of course the size and shape of the area that you have, whether it is a small balcony, rooftop terrace, a patio area or expansive property. The second item to contemplate is how the area will be used; to throw large parties, as an al fresco dining area, a poolside respite, or simply a small seating area for a pause with a cool drink. If space allows, consider dividing the area to make rooms for various usage, such as an outdoor lounge, a dining area, or a play space.

Regardless of its size and usage, it’s important to create a seamless flow between inside areas and your outdoor entertainment space. Remember that the view will not only be from your outdoor space to the surrounding area, but your outdoor area will also be viewed from indoor areas. Therefore, providing a cohesive appearance with the existing style and architecture is vital.

Design Techniques

Incorporating simple design techniques can help this integration. For example, furnishings can be placed symmetrically and tailored seating options provided to create a classically formal space. For a more relaxed style, consider a scattered assortment of printed pillows and casually arranged seating. Utilize geometric lines and a minimalist approach for a modern aesthetic. The color palette you choose will also contribute to give the space your unique style, whether it is soothing neutrals, lively tropical hues, or punches of vibrant color.

Finally, consider items that add pleasure and comfort. Consider an attractive focal point such as a fire pit, water feature or sculpture. Add planters filled with greenery or colorful blooms to provide privacy and visual stimulation. Use hanging lanterns, twinkling string lights and sparkling candles to add charm and romance to evenings outdoors. Importantly, provide protection from intense heat, dangerous UV rays and sudden downpours with proper shading.

Cantilever Umbrellas

Cantilever umbrellas feature an offset pole that allows you to place seating directly underneath the shade without the interference of a pole and without obstructing the view. The unique design imparts strength, stability, safety and versatility. This type of umbrella also allows a larger area to be shaded and can be placed at the edge of a patio, balcony, or even the pool to provide shade for those in the water.

Sizes can range from small to very large, and multiple umbrellas may be used to provide the right amount of shade. Cantilever umbrellas are also available in many different shapes to suit your needs and style, including square, rectangular, octagonal or round and are available in a multitude of color options.

Poggesi umbrellas are crafted in the mountains of Italy by our engineers and artisans and created to your unique vision and aesthetics. Our finely crafted fabrics are beautiful, unique, and durable. Available in a variety of elegant colors, our high-quality umbrellas look great, withstand tough weather, and are easy to maintain, and our patented umbrella technology makes it easy to open and close your weather-resistant umbrellas.

It makes sense to invest in a shade structure that will enhance the appearance of your new outdoor entertainment area and endure the elements, providing shade and protection for many years to come.

Let us show you why we are the leaders in “The Art of Creating Shade.”

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