Create a shady outdoor retreat

A cool shelter from the heat of the day is essential in the summer months. Here are some of our favourite ways to create a stylish shady retreat

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This reed-covered structure by Real Reed is a great shelter for a pool area; the design works well with the straight lines of the nearby pool. Neat and stable even in the strongest winds, the elegant metal structure is shaded by a roof of real river reeds, a long-lasting, renewable natural material readily available in this country.

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This sophisticated braai area has a cool, contemporary look with travertine flooring. To soften the clean lines, a rustic dark wood pergola was added to support the ceiling, which is made from clear corrugated roof sheeting lined with latte, creating a shady escape from the summer heat and rain.


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Shade areas directly in front of a house can cut indoor light dramatically. This attractive pergola, made from a combination of metal and river reeds by Rust and Roses, cuts the harsh glare but still allows a certain amount of light to filter through and gives this terrace a gentle, French ambience. Pottery by Chelsea.

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Twin sails made by Cristy Sports create a stylish look over the simple front stoep of this Hout Bay house. Attached to the walls with swivel bolts, sails can be made in any size and colour and placed in different ways to create shade exactly where you need it most.