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7 Steps for Picking the Perfect Awning Design

Posted on Thursday, April 22nd, 2021 at 10:08 am.
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You can find the perfect awning design for your new shade structure by considering the shape and color of your home.

If you want to improve the look or feel of your home, your first instinct may be to makeover the interior of your home. However, you should not overlook the impact that the exterior of your home can have on your home design. A new awning can add shade and protection, in addition to curb appeal. To find the best awning, you should first consider how you plan on using it. Are you looking to block sunlight or shade outdoor dining or play areas? Once you know that, you can decide what you want your awning to look like. By taking the following steps, you can determine the perfect awning design for your home. 

Find Examples

You can talk with your Carroll Architectural Shade designer to view examples of completed projects in spaces similar to yours. Finding examples that you like can help you speak more clearly about the awning design you want for your home. 

Consider Your Home’s Structure

Your awning style will be partially defined by the structure to which it is attached. You may consider a different awning design if you have a classically structured house versus a modern house. Your new awning will look best when it is integrated with the appearance of your home. 

For Awnings That Blend In

If you want your awning to blend in, you should select an awning fabric complementary to its surrounding colors. Traditional awnings of this sort may be black, forest green, gray, or beige. However, new colors and patterns are continually rising in popularity. 

For Awnings That Stand Out

If you want your new awning design to be bold and stand out, you should select a fabric that contrasts nicely with its surroundings. Choosing the right bright color can draw eyes to your awning and create an attractive, unique visual appeal. 

Choose a Pattern 

Selecting a patterned fabric can be difficult, and it’s easy to go a bit overboard with a design. However, patterns like stripes or color blocking can do a lot to create a unique look for your home design. When selecting a pattern for your home, consider the size and style of your house. Small homes will look better with small stripes or patterns, while larger structures can handle wide stripes or large blocks of color much more easily. 

Coordinate With the Exterior

Your perfect awning design should coordinate perfectly with your home exterior. In particular, your home’s color. Most homes are neutral colors, which allows you to select among numerous coordinating shades. However, sometimes trim or roofing can be in brighter hues, which you will also want to make sure that your awning matches.

Consider the Awning Function

Finally, when choosing the color of your new awning, consider the ultimate function of your new shade product. If you want to reduce heat inside your home and under the awning, light colors such as white, yellow, or beige may be best. Light colors reflect sunlight, which helps the awning’s cooling effect. 

Finding the perfect awning design may seem difficult initially. Still, by carefully considering how your new awning will fit in with your existing home design, you can create an awning that adds significant value and appeal to your property. 


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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