Top Five Ways to Create Shade

If, like us, you spend your summer getting outside as much as you can, you know the value of shady cover. When the sun gets to be too much, a quick break under the umbrella extends your time in the fresh air. (A cold summer cocktail at hand doesn’t hurt either.) With so many umbrella options to choose from, it can be hard to know where to start. So we rounded up five of our favorite ways to stay cool. See which style suits you.



With its bullion fringe and scalloped edge, our Milos Designer Umbrella has retro vibes that can transport you to a different time and place, whether it’s 1960s Palm Springs or summertime on the Italian Coast.

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You can’t go wrong with tried and true, like a timeless stripe on the traditional round canopy of our Market Umbrellas. Even better? The fade-resistant canopy comes in three round sizes and 40 fabrics, so you can find one that perfectly coordinates with your outdoor space.



Sun worshippers flock to the Baleares Daybed for the convenience of instant shade coverage, all without having to move your sunbathing essentials to a new location. And when you’re ready for more sun, it’s easy to retract the UV-blocking canopy. (Just make sure you apply more sunscreen first!)



With its cantilever design, our Altura Umbrella easily provides shade for any outdoor area, from dining to lounge. Its architectural design allows it to swivel 360 degrees so you can stay out of the sun as the day progresses.



There’s no better place than the patio to get playful with color – and no better piece to showcase it on than a center-of-attention umbrella. Whether you choose solid, stripped, or patterned, a colorful canopy will help set the tone for the rest of your space.

Once you’ve decided on an umbrella style, visit our Umbrella Buying Guide to make sure it works in your space. Show us how you’re making shade this summer by following us on Instagram @frontgate and using #frontgate on your photos.

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