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Adding a patio to your North Carolina backyard can give you the perfect space to enjoy all the beautiful weather we get here in the Tarheel State. However, if you want to get the most use out of your space nearly year-round, we recommend adding a patio cover to the area. 

Are you looking for inspiration for your backyard? Check out the best patio cover materials or keep reading for our favorite patio cover ideas to help you start planning the perfect outdoor space for your family. 

If you have questions about the best patio cover options for your home, please don’t hesitate to reach out to our experts by calling 704-610-1942 or contacting us online

Hang Lights or Plants From Your Pergola

Adding a pergola-style patio cover like the one from the Classico or Fresco line of Renaissance patio covers gives you the perfect blend of some shade, while still allowing the sun to shine through to your patio. 

To complete the look, consider hanging lights or plants that thrive in the sun from the roof of your pergola. It will help give the space an extra element of design, making it a perfect spot for entertaining. 

Set up Umbrellas 

If you’re not ready to commit to a full patio cover, one option is to set up shady umbrellas in your outdoor space. Available in a number of different colors and sizes, patio umbrellas can offer the perfect amount of shade over your seating area until you decide whether you want a more permanent cover for the space. 

If you plan to eat meals outside on beautiful North Carolina nights, you can even opt for an umbrella with a built-in table and seat to add to your patio space. 

Add a Hanging Chair for Extra Seating

Depending on the type of patio cover you install, it may be sturdy enough to hang a chic chair from it for additional seating space outside. When you hire SHS Pros for your patio cover installation, we can help you determine whether your cover is strong enough to hold a chair. 

Another option is to install a hammock beneath your patio cover so you can take a relaxing afternoon nap in the perfect amount of shade. 

Use Color as Part of Your Design

One of the many reasons we love Renaissance patio covers is that they come in a wide variety of options, so there’s something that will appeal to almost any homeowner. This includes the following color options, which you can incorporate into the overall design of your outdoor space: 

  • Bronze
  • Sandstone
  • White

Before choosing your patio cover, think about the vibe you want to create and how color will fit into the overall aesthetic. Since the patio cover will be one of the focal points of the design, you can decorate the rest of the patio with colors that complement the cover color for a cohesive look in your outdoor space. 

Patio cover idea for a home in Charlotte, NC

Choose an Option That Allows as Much Sun as You Want

Sometimes, you might want to soak in as much vitamin D as you can when out on your patio. And other times, you might prefer more shade. Why limit yourself to only one or the other when choosing your patio cover? 

Consider installing a Renaissance Aria patio cover, which features an adjustable shade lattice so you can control how much sunlight you want to come through to your patio at any given time. 

Install String Lights Under Your Patio Cover

When you’re designing your patio area, ideally you want to create a space that you can use at almost all times of the day. From creating a cozy reading spot for Saturday mornings to making a space ideal for backyard BBQs, your patio can be one of the most versatile spots in your home, with the right planning. 

To ensure that you can use your patio even after the sun sets, consider hanging string lights beneath your patio cover. This will give your space a nice ambiance and choosing solar lights means you’ll never have to worry about plugging them in! 

Let SHS Pros Bring Your Patio Cover Ideas to Life

Are you ready to upgrade your patio? We can help you determine the right patio cover cost for your home! Incorporate some of these patio cover ideas into your space with the help of SHS Pros. Our patio cover installers would be happy to tell you more about the patio covers we install and answer any questions you have about how to upgrade your outdoor living area. When you’re ready to get started, please call us at 704-610-1942 or contact us online