Outdoor Living

Spending time enjoying our outdoor living spaces is a staple of life in the Lowcountry. According to the Weather Channel, Summer 2020 is predicted to be hotter than average. 

We are no strangers to warm summers! Our many sunny days help make Hilton Head Island one of the best places to experience a wide variety of outdoor activities for locals and tourists alike.  

However, if we must admit, some of us may have a love-hate relationship with the summer heat. While it may not be as appealing to utilize your outdoor space as the temperature rises, we want to offer you some creative ways you can upgrade your outdoor space to combat the summer heat and feel comfortable.

From simple and affordable shade options to more sophisticated cooling systems, take a look at these ideas so you can make the most of your outdoor living spaces!

401 Old Palmetto Bluff
401 Old Palmetto Bluff Porch


Shade Ideas for Outdoor Living Space

Shade Sails

Perhaps one of the most versatile shade options, these fabric “sails” provide extra coverage for our outdoor spaces that your permanent structure cannot. They come in all shapes and sizes to fit your needs, and pricing starts as low as $25. View some options here.

No matter the style you choose, remember that installing shade sails includes a cost. The poles need to be anchored in concrete. The tension of the shade sail is important for maximum coverage and enjoyment. If you aren’t a DIY-er, the install should be left to the professionals.

Flowing Curtains

For the folks seeking a chic option, using curtains is an inexpensive way to increase both the functionality and visual appeal of your outdoor living space. Think of any five-star resort, and you can envision the creative ways they use fabric to drape cabanas, add a backdrop to a wall, or create privacy. 

Looking for a fun project this summer? You can even make your own custom sunshade using old curtains or leftover fabric. There are tons of great ideas found on Pinterest on YouTube based on the type of outdoor space you have. Just do a quick search for “DIY outdoor curtains” and let your creativity take over!

Palmetto Bluff Home
Palmetto Bluff Porch


Cooling Systems for Outdoor Living Space

Outdoor Misting Cooling System

Depending on your budget, and the frequency with which you use your outdoor living space, a cooling system may be a worthy investment.

There are multiple kinds of cooling systems. From stand-alone misters to custom-installed systems that cover your entire space, these options are a guaranteed way you can keep cool.

You can purchase a simple product to install yourself, or go all out and have the pros create a misty-cool backyard. Also, as an added bonus you’ll keep your plants and grass healthy. It’s a win-win for you and the environment! 


Outdoor Living Space: Creating a Sanctuary 

Now that you can keep outdoor space cool, here are a few fun ways to create your own personal oasis.

Upgrade Your Landscaping

One of the best things about living in South Carolina is the beautiful lush scenery and the abundance of flora.  Plants are great for creating a tranquil atmosphere and keeping your outdoor space cool. Here are a few tips for using plants to upgrade your outdoor living space.

The Coreopsis flower, for example, found locally is a heat-tolerant plant.  If you have an interest in learning about South Carolina’s native plant species and their significance in the state’s landscape history, check out the South Carolina Native Plant Society website or Facebook page here.

Refresh Your Décor



Spruce up your outdoor living space with some new cushions or pillows, an outdoor rug, and/or paint your current patio furniture. 

Don’t be afraid to try new bold summer colors and mix and match with different patterns!  A hammock is another fun piece to add to your space if you don’t have one already. Hammocks are a perfect way to relax (possibly under your misters!) while sipping your favorite summer beverage. You can opt for one that hangs from the ceiling or stands alone. Click here to view some options.



Why get stuck inside soaking up AC when you can soak up the sun…comfortably? Make the most of your outdoor living space so you can enjoy it during the high heat of summer. Here’s how!

  1. Install new shade options like shade sails or curtains.

  2. Hang your own misters or splurge on a custom-cooling system.

  3. Upgrade your landscape for shade and beauty.

  4. Refresh your decor to make the space even more inviting.

 How will you be taking advantage of your outdoor living space this summer? 

Tell us about your space below!



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