With warmer weather moving in, now is a great time to find unique ways to bring your blinds and shades outdoors. Not only will these window coverings provide some much-needed shade, but they can also show off your personal style.

Dress Up a Patio

Your porch is probably a summer staple, so why not find some great ways to make it more enjoyable in the midst of summer’s heat? Incorporating some pretty shades can make a huge impact on not only the amount of heat felt, but the overall appearance of a home. Cellular shades can be a great addition as they come in a wide range of colors and incorporate light-filtering options. If you prefer fabric, adding some airy curtains can catch the eye and block sunrays.

Connect Blossoming Trees

If you have some beautiful trees in your front or backyard, you can bring out your favorite window covering to tie the trees together. As long as the trees are an appropriate distance from one another, you can easily create a shaded, grassy sitting area that is perfect for outdoor picnics or a child’s sun-free playspace. Take advantage of the trees’ colors and any other garden features by using floral or earth-tone decor when decorating the space between the trees.

Shield a Sitting Area

Outdoor areas that feature seats, couches or benches will require shade once the sun is stronger and out for a longer period of time. While covering the areas around the the seats will greatly reduce the impact of the heat, considering various overhead coverings can also be an effective way to block the sun. Shielding an outdoor sitting area will encourage your family and friends to enjoy the nice, warm weather and feel as if they were in the comfort of your home.

Build a Barrier

If you like tackling larger projects, building a sun-shading barrier may be the perfect project for you! If your home lacks a porch, patio or outdoor sitting area, constructing your own fortress can provide a new area where guests can hang out over the spring and summer. Once you build a reliable structure, you can add personal touches with stylish, light-filtering blinds and shades that will make your new outdoor feature an enticing option no matter the temperature.

Get Creative

You can opt for attention-grabbing blinds and shades when you want to show off your personal style. For example, introducing bamboo sliding panels to an outdoor sitting area will create an exotic feel. You could also consider adding interior decor to match your fun outdoor window coverings. Traditional decor can show off the natural beauty of wood blinds while incorporating a more colorful palette can be a great way to enhance the simplicity of vertical blinds.

Not only are these shade-inducing projects going to make your home look great, but they can also be done quickly and without heavy legwork. Bringing blinds and shades to outdoor areas will not only serve as a fun project, but can be the perfect reason to enjoy more time outdoors this summer.