During a heat wave, we could all use some relief from the sun.
So if you’re lucky enough to have your own outdoor space — a deck, a terrace, a poolside patio, even a tiny balcony — don’t forget the one crucial ingredient: a little shade.
“There are very few people who want to be outside without some sort of sunshade,” said Ellen Hamilton, the founder of Hamilton Design Associates, a firm that designs urban homes and country estates.
Adding sun protection is easy, given the range of choices available: not just umbrellas, but also shade sails, cabanas, tents and other alternatives.
Or you could opt for a permanent solution — say, a pergola covered with grapevine or bougainvillea. The only downside to depending on plants for your shade, Ms. Hamilton noted, is that it’s no quick fix: “You just have to wait for them to grow.”
Premium Beach Tent
Treated canvas tent with fringe and laminated wood poles
$299 at Business & Pleasure Co.: businessandpleasureco.com
Round Sun Shade With Base
Small-scale umbrella and weighted base with hidden casters
$499 at CB2: 800-606-6252 or cb2.com
Eastport Striped Umbrella
Sunbrella fabric umbrella with powder-coated aluminum pole
$1,298 (base sold separately, from $348) at Serena & Lily: 866-597-2742 or serenaandlily.com
Sequoia Pro Cantilever Umbrella Square
Adjustable cantilevered umbrella with aluminum ribs and pole
From $539 (base sold separately, $199) at Bluu: bluu.com