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Getting Shady: Ideas for Bringing Shade to Outdoor Spaces

updated May 3, 2019
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Spending time in your backyard often means exposure — to the sun certainly, and often the curious gaze of your neighbors. Beat the heat and find some privacy with these DIY canopies, awnings and sun shades.

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Sometimes it’s as easy as stringing fabric from a couple of trees. This Bohemian shade from Frugal Living Adventures was dyed before it was strung, which adds to the project time, but creates a great relaxed summer feel.

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Triangular shades are always a great option if you have the space for poles. HGTV added some style with a brightly colored border.

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Patio umbrellas can be moved around as the sun moves across the sky. Sugar & Cloth added fringe for a retro feel that looks spectacular.

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For right around $200 you can make this super stylish and functional awning structure for your backyard or patio, from VT Wonen. Here come a ton of outdoor meals!

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If you have an outdoor structure already —like this pergola from A Beautiful Mess — add some DIY curtains on rods or cable wire to block the sun.