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Creating a Relaxing Outdoor Oasis: A Guide to Patio Awnings in New Jersey


Outdoor spaces are at a premium here in the Garden State, and a well-designed one can add significantly to the appeal and value of your home. Introducing patio awnings is an attractive and practical way to make the most of your outdoor space. 

Whether you’re seeking refuge from the summer sun or looking to create a cozy retreat during cool autumn evenings, the right awning can enhance the beauty of your patio while extending its utility throughout the year. 

Read on to learn how to create your perfect outdoor patio oasis. 

Add Lushness With Plants

Plants can greatly enhance your patio space. Here are a few tips, tricks, and ideas to get you started. 

Choose the Right Plants

In the diverse climate of northern New Jersey, selecting the right plants for your outdoor oasis is crucial. Consider incorporating native plants that are well-suited to the region, as these are more likely to thrive and will require less maintenance than more exotic options. 

Consider annuals such as African marigolds, begonias, and pansies; ornamental grasses such as baby bamboo, pheasant’s tail, and mondo grass; and perennials such as black-eyed Susans, coneflowers, and chrysanthemums.

Vertical Gardening Ideas

If you have a limited amount of patio space, vertical gardening offers an innovative solution to maximize greenery. Choose plants with trailing or climbing habits, such as ivy or bougainvillea, to make the most of vertical surfaces. You can also add trellises and vertical garden structures to support climbing plants.

Incorporate Colors and Patterns Into Your Decor and Awning

Choosing the right colors and patterns for your patio awning plays a pivotal role in defining the overall aesthetic of your outdoor space and ensuring that it fits with your vision and your home’s architecture. 

Selecting Awning Colors and Patterns

Consider current trends, your personal style, and the existing color scheme of your home before you choose the colors and patterns for your awning. 

Neutral tones, such as taupe, beige, and gray, provide a timeless and versatile base, allowing for easy coordination with various decor elements. Bold and vibrant colors, meanwhile, can make a statement and add a touch of personality to your patio, and stripes, geometric shapes, or floral prints can add visual interest. 

Window Trends offers a range of customizable options to suit every taste and budget. 

Complementary Furniture and Accessories

Create a cohesive look by coordinating your patio furniture and accessories with the colors and patterns of your awning.

If your awning features a bold pattern, for example, then opt for solid-colored furniture to balance the visual elements. On the other hand, if the awning is a solid color consider introducing patterned cushions, rugs, or decorative items to your patio to add flair. Add outdoor cushions and throw pillows in complementary colors to enhance comfort and tie the entire look together.

You can also mix and match textures to enhance the space’s overall design. Wicker or rattan furniture can complement a more natural, earthy vibe, while metal or sleek designs suit a more modern aesthetic.

Plan Outdoor Lighting to Extend Your Daytime Into the Night

Outdoor lighting is not only functional, but it also plays a crucial role in setting the mood and ambiance of your patio. It allows you to extend the usability of your outdoor space well into the evening. Adequate lighting also enhances safety by illuminating pathways and potential hazards, reducing the risk of trips and falls. 

Consider a Layered Lighting Approach

“Layers” of lighting can include ambient lighting for overall illumination, task lighting for specific areas such as cooking or reading spaces, and accent lighting to highlight architectural features or plants. Do not be afraid to mix and match your lighting to create exactly the look and feel you want. 

Types of Outdoor Lighting

Here are a few of the main types of outdoor landscape lighting you might want to consider: 

  • String lights: Suspended across a space, these can create a magical and cozy atmosphere.
  • Pathway lights: These practical lights can act as guides but can also be aesthetically appealing. 
  • Post lights and lanterns: Add a touch of elegance with fixtures that blend seamlessly with your property’s architecture.
  • Solar-powered lights: An eco-friendly and cost-effective solution.
  • Smart lighting systems: Control your lights remotely for added convenience and versatility.

Adding Fire Features

Integrating fire features into your patio adds a captivating and cozy element, turning the space into a year-round retreat. Fire pits, outdoor fireplaces, and tabletop fire bowls not only provide additional warmth but also serve as centerpieces and focal points, encouraging social gatherings and conversations.

Choose the type of fire feature that complements your patio size and design. A larger patio may accommodate a grand outdoor fireplace, while a smaller space might benefit from a compact fire pit. Additionally, consider the fuel source—woodburning fire features offer a traditional feel, while propane and natural gas are cleaner and more convenient fuel options.

Look at Retractable Awnings for Flexibility

Retractable awnings provide a versatile and flexible solution for transforming your patio into a comfortable and adaptable outdoor space. One of the key advantages of retractable awnings is the ability to control shading precisely according to your needs. You can easily extend the awning to provide shade during the hottest parts of the day and retract it when you want to enjoy direct evening sunlight or stargaze at night.

These awnings are also highly customizable, allowing you to choose the size, shape, and fabric that best suit your patio and aesthetic preferences. Window Trends offers a range of options, from motorized retractable awnings for effortless control to manually operated ones. 

Retractable Awning Customization Options

We provide a variety of customization options to allow you to design the perfect awning for your needs. You can choose from a wide range of fabrics in different colors and patterns, allowing you to match or complement your existing outdoor decor. You can also opt for water-resistant and UV-resistant materials to enhance durability and longevity.

Retractable Awning Maintenance Tips

Retractable awnings are designed for convenience, but proper awning maintenance is essential to ensure their longevity and optimal performance. Here’s how to do it: 

  • Clean the fabric regularly to prevent the buildup of dirt, debris, or mildew. Use a soft brush or a mild soap solution, and avoid abrasive cleaning agents that may damage the fabric.
  • Inspect the awning’s frame for any signs of wear, rust, or damage, and repair small problems before they become bigger problems. 
  • Lubricate moving parts, such as hinges and gears, to ensure smooth operation.
  • In harsh weather conditions, retract the awning to protect it from strong winds and heavy rain.

Start Creating Your Dream Patio Awning Today

If you’re looking to enhance your outdoor space with a new patio awning, the team at Window Trends is here to help. With a range of off-the-shelf and customizable options available, we have patio awnings for all needs and budgets. 

Contact us now or visit one of our showrooms to get started. 

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