Like Jane Austen said, “To sit in the shade on a fine day and look upon verdure is the most perfect refreshment.” Perhaps that’s why villas and lush gardens often feature clusters of brightly colored patio umbrellas or large cantilevered styles. They invariably add the perfect touch of ambiance.
Once you’ve assessed your landscape, then it’s time to choose your ideal style and shade requirement. We’ve selected our favorite patio umbrellas for balconies, porches and patios. Add one of these to your outdoor space and stay on the shady side.
Table post position
Since the ancient Egyptians put parasols on sticks to protect themselves from falling leaves, bright sunshine, or rain showers, the concept itself of patio umbrellas has remained popular. Back then it was a sign of nobility and status. This attractive umbrella is designed with value in mind. Not only is the nine-foot diameter umbrella available in neutral tan, but a rainbow of solid colors and stripes, too. The aluminum pole and ribs mean it’s strong but lightweight, so it’s easy to carry and set up. The vented top design keeps it in place even in gusty conditions, and the push-button tilting option keeps you, your guests, and your repast protected from sun and rain.
Dressed to impress
Turn any evening into a special occasion with this attractive umbrella complete with 24 solar-powered lights. Solar lights, invented by Matthew Scott in 2003, use LED (Light Emitting Diode) technology that uses very little power. We love that there are no cords and the lights add elegance for up seven hours. The large 10-foot diameter patio umbrella in deep navy blue contrasts nicely with most gardens and landscaping, but there are 10 other colors to choose from to provide that colorful pop to your patio. The vented top keeps you cool, and the adjustable pole can bend to 45 degrees to keep you out of the sun or a passing rain shower.
Lounge in luxury
Invented in Australia, the offset umbrella provides premium protection from harmful UV rays. And this champagne-colored canopy conveys comfort. You’ll feel like you’re luxuriating on the Amalfi coast or by a seaside villa with this stunning umbrella overhead. The 11-foot cantilever-style umbrella features two layers of polyester for thicker sun, water and fade resistance. It comes with its own base for you to simply wheel into your entertainment or lounging position and fill the included base with sand and water for stability. Then attach the powder-coated aluminum posts and simply crank it open, adjust it to your ideal angle, and lock into place. You’ll feel the Riviera vibes even if just in your own backyard.
In the 19th century, Queen Elizabeth popularized garden parties. These extravagant gatherings brought the upper class out to enjoy sumptuous cuisine in manicured landscapes. With this heavy-duty cantilever umbrella, you’ll be ready to host a gathering or hang out in your own garden. Since the creation of the folding umbrella by Bradford Philips in 1969, patio umbrellas have become more customized. The aluminum ribs provide long-lasting support for the thick grey fabric so it will last season after season. It’s also available in six additional colors. You’ll need to purchase the base separately.
Cover all your bases, tables, lounges, and entertainment areas with this commercial-size patio umbrella. Turn your poolside or patio into a shade-filled retreat with this huge 13-foot canopy umbrella. A far cry from the large leaves, palm fronds, and feathers that ancient cultures used to craft coverings, this umbrella has layers of protection to keep you comfortable in all weather conditions. The double-top vents allow wind gusts to pass right through for added stability and also allow for ventilation, which is important with a cover of this size. You can also adjust the angle with the controls on the umbrella pole. Available in ten colors, each umbrella comes with an included cover to store it at the end of the season. You’ll need to get a base for this cantilever umbrella.
Cyndi Mathews is a contributing writer to Florida Travel & Life, an online brand that inspires active, affluent travelers, providing them with insider information on discovering the best of Florida. Informative and engaging, the website showcases travel destinations, arts and cultural venues, vibrant dining scenes, recreational activities, the great outdoors and the revitalized real-estate market. Cyndi recently published her first book and enjoys traveling to Florida in her sailboat.