3 Retractable Patio Awning Design Ideas

White retractable awning for modern outdoor seating area


Enjoying your patio throughout the seasons means installing the right shelter to protect you from the elements. The right retractable patio awning will seamlessly transform your outdoor space into a functional sanctuary for your home. No matter what design or aesthetic you’re after, Helioscreen’s stylish awning range has you covered rain, hail or shine.  

Here are some of our favourite patio awning designs to give you some inspiration for your awning project: 

Retractable Patio Awning Design Ideas

For A Modern Look

If you’ve embraced a contemporary theme for your house, you’ll want your patio awning to match. The Helioscreen Cocoon Cassette offers protection for your patio in one simple design. Its minimalist look offers a sleek shading solution that seamlessly fits into any modern facade. To enhance the modern design of the Cocoon Cassette, consider opting for a solid colour awning fabric that ties in with the exterior colour of your home. With over 120 Dulux powder coat colours to choose from, you’re sure to find the right awning finish to match your aesthetic.  

If you want to take your patio awning to the next level, consider Helioscreen’s range of optional accessories. Optional LED lighting can be integrated into the bottom of the cassette for that extra touch of luxury. The lights are recessed into the unit itself, meaning the mounting of the awning remains the same size. The only awning of its kind, the Cocoon Cassette offers 100 high powered LEDs per metre and allows for dimmable lighting at the touch of a button.  

A modern home is characterised by its high-tech features and accessories, so your awning should be no different. Helioscreen awnings are developed to include remote-operated motorisation through a Somfy motor, allowing you to extend or retract your awning at the touch of a button. 

White motorised retractable awnings for balcony with view of beach

For A Classic Look

If you want to achieve a Hamptons or classic style for your patio, an awning is a great way to finish off the look. The Helioscreen Fabric Cassette awning is the perfect all-rounder for patios. It’s elegant, classic and compact design makes it a stylish option for adding some old school charm to your space. With the choice of over 120 Dulux powder coat colours, you can customise your awning to perfectly suit your home. Consider opting for a striped awning material in contrasting colours like black and white or yellow and white to add a coastal finish to your patio. 

Helioscreen’s awnings have the option to include automated sun, wind or rain sensors. These sensors will extend or retract the awning automatically depending on the weather, allowing for ultimate convenience and peace of mind.    

Black and white striped retractable awning adding shade for backyard

For Enhanced Privacy

If your neighbours are close by, a retractable patio awning can be a great option for adding some extra privacy to your patio. With fabric choices ranging fine mesh to complete blackout, you can choose an awning material that will not only block the sun, but unwanted prying eyes as well. 

For extra privacy, there’s the option to add a Vario-Valance to models like the Helioscreen Cassette Awning. The Vario-Valance is a vertically adjustable screen that can attach to any cassette awning, offering extra protection from the sun and onlookers. It can easily be fitted after awning installation and is designed to complement the overall appearance of the awning. 

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Why A Retractable Awning Is A Must-Have For Your Patio

Retractable awnings give you the flexibility to control sun and protect yourself from the elements, all while adding style and functionality to your patio. Here are some of the benefits of installing a retractable awning to your patio space:

Keeps Your Home Cool

Retractable awnings not only provide shade to your patio, but also help keep the interior of your home cool during summer. Shade over windows and doors means less heat penetrating the windows and less strain on your air conditioner.

Transforms Your Space

Installing a retractable awning over your patio can completely transform the space. Awnings can create a whole new living area off your home, perfect for entertaining guests no matter the weather. 

Protects From Sun Damage

Prolonged exposure to direct sun can cause deterioration and discolouration of your furniture. Installing an awning over your patio can help preserve your outdoor furniture, protecting it from damaging UV rays. 


Installing a retractable awning over your patio helps you get the most out of your outdoor space. Extend it to protect your guests from the harsh sun during summer or retract it to soak up some warm winter sun. 

How Much Do Retractable Awnings Cost?

Between the size of the awning, coverage space and additional features, it’s impossible to place a set price on the right retractable awning to suit your needs. So, the price of retractable awnings greatly depends on several factors, including:  

  • Motorisation: Features such as motorisation, automation or sun and wind sensors will likely incur additional costs. With this being said, a little goes a long way in terms of functionality and convenience.   
  • Customisation: For a custom-made awning, the price will be tailored to your unique requirements. You can customise your awning with added extras like remote control systems, sun and wind sensors or Vario-valance. A custom-made awning will guarantee your awning fits perfectly into your outdoor space and is sure to be worth every penny. 

Awning Price Estimator Tool

If you’re curious about how much a retractable awning will cost to install over your patio, try our free awning price estimator tool. It’s a no obligation, free and easy to use tool that will give you a better understanding of the price of a retractable awning for your space. 

Choose Australia’s Quality Awning Supplier

The right retractable awning for your home makes a more comfortable experience for your family and brings life and functionality to your patio space. 

When choosing an awning for your patio, it’s important to prioritise a durable and functional retractable awning that will provide a long-lasting shade solution custom made to your outdoor area.  Helioscreen is Australia’s leading supplier of retractable awnings for a variety of residential buildings. Contact us for more information. 

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