It’s time for a new garden parasol, so how to choose and what’s trending

written by Peggy Poyser


Summer is right round the corner and whether you’re lounging by the pool, dining al fresco, or enjoying a quiet moment in your garden, a parasol is an essential accessory for comfort and style. Here’s a guide to help you choose the perfect parasol for your outdoor space in 2024, with a focus on creating an outdoor worth a boutique hotel.

Before we dig into where to find your latest beauty and if you want to save or splurge on your brand new garden parasol, let’s discuss a few things you need to consider before making a purchase.

Assess Your Space

Before you start shopping, evaluate the space where you plan to place your parasol. Measure the area to ensure your parasol fits comfortably without overwhelming the space.

Can you move around freely without constriction? If it is near your table can you move chairs around without backing into it?

think about its functionality

Decide how you’ll primarily use your parasol.

For lounging or poolside use, consider a cantilever parasol that can be positioned to provide shade exactly where you need it.

If it’s for dining, consider whether you need a freestanding parasol or one that fits through the hole in your table. Trust me, it may feel like it doesn’t really matter but it does, We have a tiny patio and both styles have pros and cons.

Lull Umbrella, $539

The free standing ones offer flexibility and you can move it around as the sun moves. If you decide to go for this type, make sure to invest in a base heavy enough so that it doesn’t fall over with each little gust of wind.

These are a great option but if your patio area is small then they can take a lot of very precious space.

The parasols that fits through the center of your table can solve that issue, but they can drastically change the way you lay your table and if like me you like a cute table cloth then you might have to make one that fits perfectly.

Aside of that the other downside is the amount of shade you get and whether it still covers enough space as the sun moves around. Being able to angle it can provide a good solution but it is not always welcome by the guest at your table that might have it lowered over their head.

‘The Aurora’ Bright Fuchsia Pink and Orange Fringe Bali Sun Garden Parasol Umbrella, $383

Consider the Climate

Your local climate plays a significant role in choosing a parasol.

If you live in a windy area, opt for a sturdy, wind-resistant model with a strong base. For regions with intense sun, look for a parasol with a high UV protection rating to shield you from harmful rays.

Oriental Umbrella, Macrame white, £299.00

Think about Your Aesthetic

Your parasol should complement the outdoor. If you have a modern patio, sleek, minimalist designs in neutral or monochromatic colors might be your favorite choice. For a bohemian vibe, opt for parasols with fringe details or intricate patterns. And of course for an eclectic style, follow the same rules as for your home.

HYLEORY Berlena 120” x 96” Rectangular Market Umbrella, $120.99

Lastly, Quality Over Price

While it might be tempting to go for the cheapest option, investing in a high-quality parasol will pay off in the long run.

Look for durable materials like aluminum or teak for the frame and high-quality fabric for the canopy. A well-made parasol will withstand the elements and provide reliable shade for years to come.

Here are a selection of cute and stylish parasol coming a different price tags, in both the UK and the US. I hope this helps inspire you to create a beautiful space in your garden.

1- THE PREMIUM BEACH UMBRELLA – 70’S PANEL CINQUE – $299, 2- Sunbrella Scallop Base and Fringe $509.99, 3- Beach Umbrella Serena & Lily $248, 4- Double Decker Umbrella Made to order, Price varies, 5- Tonquin 90” Tilt Beach Umbrella $83.99
1 – Fabienne Pink and White Striped 3M Double Top Crank and Tilt Parasol £199.99, 2 – Gabriel Blue and White Striped Fringed Parasol with Tilt £89.99, 3 – BUSINESS & PLEASURE CO. Market Fringed Parasol £516.00, 4 – BUSINESS & PLEASURE CO.Fringed wood and canvas canopy umbrella £ 180, 5 – Viana Midnight Black £307.99

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