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TThere are trends for almost anything in and around the home including shading solution to keep you and your family cool when the hot summer sun beats down.

Let's look at 10 cool outdoor shading trends in Australia this summer:

1. Rotating sails

Shade sails are incredibly popular Down Under and it's easy to see why. They come in an endless array of styles, materials and colors, so they suit any house design. We love rotating sails, which move with the sun during the day, to keep those nasty UV light rays at bay.

2. Bamboo shading

Bamboo is big. Why? Because it's stylish, sustainable and blends seamlessly with the natural landscape. Opt for bamboo blinds, shade sails, pergolas and outdoor room roofing.

3. Folding arm awnings

Outdoor shade solutions just got a whole lot more intelligent. Press a button and your outdoor space turns into a comfortable shady spot, thanks to automated retractable awnings. Some even have sensors to track the sun and wind and can be stored away to protect the awning from the elements.

4. Under the umbrella

While automation is all the rage these days, the humble umbrella is still a staple shading solution. Easy to source, install and maintain, an outdoor umbrella ticks all the boxes. And for a little more money, you can invest in a slick, year-round umbrella that works in winter and summer. Some umbrellas attach to decking posts, acting as a roof.

5.Metal venetians

A modern home calls for a contemporary shading solution. And that?s exactly what metal venetian provide. Strong and sturdy, yet discreet and design-conscious, these slick shades can even help you save on your energy bills, since they can be angled to maximize and minimize light.

6. Gazebo with a difference

If you have the space, a gazebo adds an additional livable space as well as a visual point of interest in the garden. Best of all, a gazebo with a protective roof and screen door keeps the sun and bugs at bay.

7. Green roof

There's often one thing missing from modern outdoor spaces and that's a touch of greenery. Don't be afraid to use plants to shade and cool the area. Whether they hang from pergola beams, around lattice, or you plant a leafy tree in a popular spot, plants add a touch of cool.

8. Open grid pergola

If your outdoor entertaining area lacks a roof, a simple solution is an open grid design. That way, light can still sprinkle the space, without letting in the full brunt of the summer sun. Paint the grid in a natural shade so it is both subtle and synonymous with the exterior color scheme.

9. Creeping up

Creepers cost next to nothing and are one of the best, natural shading solutions. Wrap them around pergola lattice, beams and posts, and they'll soon be stretching up and over to provide the perfect outdoor canopy.

10. Canvas canopy

A simple canvas canopy is still on trend and incredibly flexible and easy to install. Available from most outdoor hardware and furniture stores, canopies come in a wide range of styles and colors and can be easily dismantled when you no longer need them.

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