14 Greatest Patio Cowl Concepts


Whether you like to read, enjoy a cocktail, or doze off by the pool, a shaded patio can make your backyard experience so much more pleasant. Indeed, covering the patio or deck will protect your space from the elements and keep things cool so you can hang out there for as long as you want. And not only do patio covers create shade, but they also give you an opportunity to do something fun overhead with florals, lighting, and more. So go ahead and discover these fourteen stylish patio cover ideas that will keep you cool all summer.


Top With an Enclosed Skylight

This enclosed patio designed by Tamsin Johnson feels like a cross between a chic living room and a jungle-inspired greenhouse. The ceiling fan keeps the air circulating and the skylight allows for light filtration while also protecting the space from the elements.


Buy Partially Shaded Furniture

If you have a smaller backyard space or don’t want to build anything permanent, you can still reap the benefits of a covered patio with furniture (like a daybed) that features a built-in pergola. We’re digging the chocolate brown cushions contrasting with the bright orange citrus tree in a backyard by Reath Design.


Construct a Pavillion

A round opening in the roof offers a glimpse of the sky from the comfortable daybed in the pavilion of this Florida home. A pavilion is the perfect solution for open and airy living, while providing the added comfort of shade.


Install Galvanized Steel Panels

AP Design House weatherproofed this patio by adding Bermuda shutters and laying galvanized steel corrugated panels overhead. Do the same to your patio so you can enjoy your outdoor space rain or shine.


Build a Pergola

One of the most popular types of patio and deck coverings is a pergola because of the partial shade/ sun combo it provides. This patio in a home by Aamir Khandwala is covered with a white one that compliments the deck for a modern approach that pops against the green landscape.


Hang Curtains Around a Pergola

Interior designer Jenn Feldman secured curtains to this pergola to bring a sense of fullness and dimension, as well as add more privacy and protection from the elements. The white paint keeps the space looking open and bright.


Stretch a Tarp

You can still create a patio cover without spending a ton and renovating. Instead of creating a more permanent overhead structure, secure outdoor fabric or a tarp to corner pillars. Visually, the effect is romantic and easy-going.


Make Use of Trees

The best patio cover? Shade from a canopy of trees. This may sound simple, but the right landscaping really does go a long way. In Jacksonville, Florida-based designer Fitz Pullins’s backyard, a majestic and mossy tree shades the dining area.


Split Between a Shingle Roof and a Pergola

Designer Maria Augusta Luoro of Guta Louro Designs brought her neglected childhood home back to its former glory, and the backyard is no exception. This alfresco patio area features a covered grill and wet bar to allow for outdoor dining without the fuss of all the plumbing upgrades required for a full kitchen. Just take note that a pergola needs something solid to stand on, hence the patio, and the partial kitchen actually has a more solid roof structure.


Add a Straw Roof

An outdoor clubhouse with a straw roof over the patio like this one will make your backyard feel like a luxury resort in some far-away tropical destination. Look into your regional climate to see what materials will hold up best first though.


Pop Open an Umbrella

If you can’t build a more permanent patio cover, opt for an umbrella over the most high-traffic area. On this patio by Tamsin Johnson Interiors, a simple blue and white umbrella with retro flair pairs perfectly with the whimsical aesthetic, from the striped lounge chairs to the side table.


Top with a Slatted Roof

In a Key West house, the outdoor kitchen cabinets are made from old cypress shutters and the tropical florals bring a bright pop of playful color. The sloped slat roof allows light to filter through.


Plant Wisteria

The only thing more heavenly than this cottage’s pool is the wisteria growing over the pergola. Shading a table and bistro chairs, this pergola provides the perfect place to dine while enjoying some fresh air.


Take Advantage of a Balcony

This backyard patio by Regan Baker Design is the perfect private spot to unwind. To make it conducive for relaxing and conversation, the designer placed large outdoor floor cushions next to the swing for additional seating. The balcony overhead also provides a cover to shade the patio.

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Hadley Mendelsohn is House Beautiful’s senior editor, and when she’s not busy obsessing over all things decor-related, you can find her scouring vintage stores, reading, or stumbling about because she probably lost her glasses again.

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