Choosing the right shade sail colour is vital for making sure your home’s exterior is harmonious and integrated. Often times one of the first things you see from the driveway, it is critical that your shade sail colours integrate with the façade of your home.
Whether you want to create a feature with your sail colour, or would rather blend it with your home’s exterior, we’ve procured some classic favourites that will help you decide on the perfect shade sail colour for your home.
First, choose your fabric.
Waterproof fabrics are fabrics that are resistant to penetration by water and wetting. Often suitable for outside areas where entertaining or living in such as patios, gazebo’s, pergolas or sunrooms, we have a huge range of waterproof colours available for selection.
Shade Sail Fabric
Shade sail fabric, on the other hand, is made to shade outdoor areas from the sun and provide protection from debris’ and leaf litter. Made from a knitted polyethylene fabric, shade sail fabric is excellent for sheltering the family from the outside elements. Perfect for over pools, driveways and patios, shade sail fabrics have a plethora of colours to blend or contrast with your outdoor space. So how does powder coat work?
To make the powder-coat adhere, fine particles of pigment and resin are charged with static electricity and sprayed onto the steel. The powder coating is then melted and cooled into a thin, durable film.
A few reasons why we powder coat the steel frames for our shade structures:
Powder coat colours are endless and can be customised to whatever your existing house scheme it. Most colours come in matt, satin or gloss finish and an important consideration when choosing your sail. Experience tells us that satin is the best finish from a maintenance perspective, as whilst it doesn’t hide finger marks and surface scratches completely, it does a better job than matt or gloss. Your colour selection will also impact the visibility of marks on your posts. As a general rule of thumb, the darker the colour, the more prominent your marks will show.
We have catalogued a range of colour schemes that we hope will offer inspiration for your shade sail colour.
Black on Black
Everyone loves black, in our opinion, it’s the most classic of all colours! And when done right, it’s a very sophisticated way of dressing your outdoor shade structure.
An obvious favourite amongst the designers here at Modiform, black on black shade colours are a classic go-to that compliments whichever surrounding your sail are placed.
At first thought, many people think that black will stand out too much. This is actually quite the opposite in an outdoor scenario. Think of pool fences, for instance, the reason they are almost always black is so that it blends with the outdoor elements. Black allows your gardens to pop.
Black on White
Seeking an interesting little touch, black on black can be a little too bland for some, and so, adding White to your posts will add that touch of contrast that makes for an ultra-modern palette.
There’s something about blue that works beautifully with the outside elements; Perhaps because it’s the colour of the sky, whatever it is, blue is calming and welcoming.
If you are opting for waterproof shade solutions, there are many tones and hues of blue to choose from, so whatever shade of blue is for you, you’ll find a shade sail colour that’s just right.
Beige is arguably the most flexible colour in the palette and a classic go-to for the keen investor or neutral lover. Beige has a calm neutral tone that compliments almost all colours (except grey of course) and could be easily taken as a basis for the existing colours of your home.
If you live near the water, beige is perfect as it gives a vibe of a laid-back, relaxed setting that is perfect for beach homes, beige is upbeat but still makes for a great foundation.
More than just a combination of black and white—grey provides a blank canvas for your outdoor area.
Grey is a neutral choice for many designers as it creates a soothing backdrop to set the perfect scene to make others pop. Grey is a neutral shade sail colour especially great for the outdoors. Similar to black, it blends with natures colours seen in the environment such as your garden, trees, pools water and blue skies.
We recommend grey for investors or if you want your shade sail to blend. We don’t recommend if you have a cream-based house as the yellow tones will clash with the grey tones.
White is just right. Timeless, classic, and up against the blue’s beautiful blue, you cannot go wrong.
A common misconception is that white blends. This may be true for the inside, but not so for the outside. White will stand out against the greens of the grass and blue of the sky. If you want to blend, go for black (more on this below)
Who would have thought gold works so well as a waterproof shade sail? Before you quickly move on, If you have a neutral home, (black, grey or white) here us out.
Soltis 502 is the fabric made in Italy that has a beautiful metallic autumn colour, creating a prestigious lux impression with the metallic flex that subtly glistens in the sun. complimented by black or white posts, allow the sail to be the hero that adds a point of difference from all the other homes on your street
For the colourful families out there, why not go all out and take advantage of the fantastic colour palettes available! It’s not every day that you can express your colourful side outside your home, shade sail colours provide the perfect opportunity to do so.
A tip for the wise, if you love a bold colour, keep at the back or side of your home so when it comes to selling, those on the more conservative side won’t be put off by punchy first impression.
Whatever bold colour you love, your house will surely have a fashion-forward, appeal that no other homes in the neighbourhood can compete with.
A little sass
Like the idea of a pop of colour without going all-in? If you have multiple sails, why not combine a bright colour with a neutral? The above pool shade sail combination works so beautifully, and the small accent colour of yellow finishes an otherwise traditional sail design transforms it into a modern, classy combo.
So many homes in Queensland have heritage green and red tradition. This is where green just works. Choosing a shade sail colour such as green will complement the outdoor elements and your home if these traditional colours are seen.
Modernise with a grey or black post.
If the heritage green is a little too traditional, our waterproof colours have a massive range of muted Smokey Green’s that are so beautiful and modern. Modiform’s GM, Lauren is obsessed with Soltis 502 moss green shown below.
“there is something so rich and lux about moss! If I were to need another carport, moss would be my top pick!”
So there you have it. We hope this post has provided a little inspiration towards selecting the right shade sail colour for you.
There’s an opportunity to use your shade sail to complement the exterior of your home or stand firm as a bold, bright feature outside of your home.
Remember to keep in mind your landscaping, homes, external colours and the natural elements specific to your streets frontage.
Modiform is a full-service shade construction firm that specialises in 3d designs, and full colour renders to reassure our clients that they are making the right decision before any expense is had.
If you would like more information or wish to speak with a designer about your colours, we would be happy to answer any questions or concerns you have!
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