Decks, Shade Structures, & Design

November 3, 2017

​Not all homes are created or designed the same. Some have decks, some have patios, and others have large backyards, or porches. But, whatever your home has in terms of an outdoor lounge area, you should know you have a variety of options when it comes to the design and look of it.

PictureRetractable Patio Awnings

​For starters, your deck can be shaded and made into a nice lounge area you and your family can enjoy. Shade structures add a level of class and design to your deck, patio, or backyard. You can use things like:

  • Slide-on-Wire Awnings: These are great because you can control the amount of light that comes through. (Much like blinds, you can open and close the panels of the awning).
  • Shade Sails: These are fun options that, like a boat’s sail, are stationary and can be layered to create a unique design.
  • Awnings: These are practical and fixed shade structure options. These come in a variety of colors and styles that you can choose to match your home.
  • Retractable Awnings: These are great because they can be retracted when not in use. If it’s a cloudy day and you don’t want to the awning, you can simply retract it. 

PictureCabana and Balcony Awning

​Each shade structure has its merits. What you use is up to your taste and preference. Designing your shade structure for you deck also requires some color matching. Remember, choose a shade structure you can also match with outdoor furniture.
And remember, your awning or shade structure doesn’t have to be traditional. You can have it custom made. Think of curved or arched structures. Or even things like pergolas. The frame of your shade structure can also be custom made and designed. Just ask your awning installer for information and see how you can create a beautiful deck or backyard. For more ideas, check out our page on Houzz at:
Remember, the shade structure can be the starting/focal point of your deck or patio design. Using the shade structure as the color and theme framework of your plan, you can create a deck that has couches, tables, and even fire pits (as long as it’s not under the shade structure). All you have to do is use your imagination and think outside of the box.

​For more information about awnings and other shade structures, feel free to contact us at American Awning & Blind Co. by visiting us at Or call us at 800-654-5933. You can also email us at