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How to Design Commercial Entrance Awnings

Posted on Thursday, May 23rd, 2024 at 10:08 am.
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Learn more about what goes into creating commercial entrance awnings.

Creating a welcoming and professional entrance is essential for any business. Installing a custom entrance awning is one of the most effective ways to achieve this. Not only do awnings enhance the visual appeal of your business, but they also provide practical benefits such as weather protection and branding opportunities. At Carroll Architectural Shade, we specialize in designing and installing custom awnings tailored to your business’s unique needs. Here are some essential design tips to help you create the perfect commercial entrance awning.

Determine the Awning Size

Front Entrance Coverage

Consider how much of the front entrance you want to cover. A larger awning that extends beyond the doorway can provide additional protection from the elements and create a grand, inviting entrance. This type of coverage is especially beneficial for businesses with heavy foot traffic, as it offers shelter to customers as they enter and exit.

Walkway and Loading Area Coverage

If your business has an extended walkway or a loading area, you might want to cover the entire length. This ensures that customers and employees are protected from rain or harsh sunlight as they approach or leave the building. Covering the walkway can enhance the guest experience by providing a comfortable transition from the outside to the inside for businesses like hotels or restaurants.

Choose the Right Color

Brand Alignment

The color of your awning should reflect your brand’s identity. For example, a bakery might choose warm, inviting colors like red or yellow, while a law firm might opt for more subdued and professional tones like navy blue or black. Make sure the color complements your business logo and overall exterior design.

Visibility and Impact

Bright and bold colors can make your business stand out and attract attention from afar. However, balancing visibility with aesthetics is essential to ensure the color choice enhances rather than overwhelms your building’s façade.

Add Unique Details

Business Name and Logo

Including your business name and logo on commercial entrance awnings is a great way to reinforce your brand identity. Make sure the text and graphics are large enough to be seen from a distance and contrast nicely with the awning’s background color for maximum readability.

Operational Hours and Services

Consider incorporating this information into the awning design if your business operates at specific times or offers unique services. This can be especially useful for businesses like cafes, retail stores, or service providers, where knowing the hours of operation can attract potential customers.

Directional Signage

For businesses with multiple entrances, it’s helpful to designate which entrance is the main one or direct customers to specific areas. Adding clear and concise text like “Main Entrance,” “Office Entrance,” or “Service Entrance” can improve the customer experience by providing guidance right from the outside.

At Carroll Architectural Shade, our team of experts will work with you to create custom entrance awnings that enhance the look of your business and provide practical benefits for your customers and employees. Contact us today to start designing your ideal commercial entrance awning.


Through our combined locations in Baltimore, Maryland, and Washington, D.C., Carroll Architectural Shade provides innovative craftsmanship, superb service, competitive pricing, and unfailing attention to detail for customers throughout Maryland and Virginia.

Our highly skilled craftsmen design and custom manufacture shade products in-house, including commercial awnings, residential awnings, retractable awnings, roll-up curtains, aluminum awnings, and flat metal canopies. Founded in 1958 by James Carroll Sr., and still family-owned by his sons today, Carroll Architectural Shade remains committed to delivering top-quality craftsmanship and service.

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