External awnings haven’t always been synonymous with style. Some might think of them as rusty, unusable eyesores on old-fashioned houses. However, there have been great strides made with the look and useability of external awnings. With more emphasis placed on design and with developments in materials and automation technologies, external awnings can be a very stylish and practical addition to any style of home.
Just because you need to provide cover and protection to certain areas of your house, doesn’t mean you are detracting from the look or style of your home. Practical can also be beautiful.
Awnings can actually increase the street appeal and value of your house because they are a stylish and practical solution to outdoor concerns.
Landscape designers love to use awnings in their in their design concepts because they create an instant ‘story’ or ‘space’. They define an area immediately by creating a safe and shady place for relaxation and increase the potential for creating new gardens and landscaped areas in your outdoor spaces.
Interior designers also love awnings because they can extend a living space. It gives homeowners and decorators an opportunity to harmonise both interior and exterior design features. A great awning might be the focus needed to blend a newly paved or tiled out door area to the existing internal living space.
Different Styles and Materials
Awnings come in many different styles and you can make use of these variations in your home to make the most of your space and also increase the convenience and comfort of your entryways.
Folding arm style awnings are popular with patios. Because they are retractable, these awnings will fold away discretely in the cooler months, to allow maximum sun light, and fold out in summer to provide an instant outdoor space giving shade and definition to your patio.
With so many different colours, fabrics and textures there are awnings to suit Californian bungalows and timber cottages, modern architecturally designed villas and regular suburban brick houses.
You might prefer that your external awning blend seamlessly with the colour of your home and with so many colours to choose from, it is definitely something you can achieve. An awning like this has a classic, understated style that will provide practical benefits with little visual impact.
Or perhaps you might like to make a statement with your outdoor awning. You might like to choose a contrasting colour to your home to add brightness and flair. Or perhaps you want to make the outdoor awnings a feature in the look of your home, which can be particularly desirable for certain styles of houses.
Whatever outdoor awning you choose, you can rest assured that you will find something to suit your house and your style. Far from being the rusty eyesores of the past, outdoor awnings can now be a stylish addition to any home.