Whether it’s on a beach, a desert oasis or alongside a pool, there’s something cozy and romantic about a canopy. Brightly colored shelters for reading, picnicking, shading yourself from the sun, and more are fast becoming big attractions in outdoor living systems everywhere, including your own backyard. Big or small, portable canopies, or pergolas, add a function and stylish touch to any setting. Pop one up over a patio, set up some chairs, folding or bean bag, and create a shady room to mingle with friends, and make that hard surface more usable. Or put one on the lawn, throw down a blanket, and enjoy some daytime dreaming time. And yet another great idea for outdoor canopies - protect your buffet. Not everyone has enough awning in their back yards to have their entire picnic spread in the shade. Setting up a pergola in your yard creates a great space for buffet tables or drink stations and keeps a hot sun from bearing down on your cold drinks and fresh foods. Beyond being functional, pergolas add a touch of sophistication to backyards, just as they do 5-star resorts and beachscapes. Today’s options include a wide variety of colors and sizes. Some can even be adjusted as the direction of the sun changes in your yard. They are also great for keeping any party going during those afternoon bursts of rain. For ideas on what size, shapes and colors would work in your yard or view our pergola portfolio for ideas that could work in your yard.