Design Trend – Striped Umbrellas

An emerging design trend we have been witnessing at Instant Shade Umbrellas is for classic striped umbrellas for backyard renovations, outdoor living/dining areas, as well as cafe’s and restaurants.

The monochrome black and white striped umbrella is the perfect classic combination to suit any outdoor color scheme. We are seeing more and more backyards using white, charcoal and black in their base design, which beautifully compliments a black and white striped umbrella.

Other classic colour combinations to add a pop of colour are sailors navy and white, for a nautical feel or yellow and white, which instantly makes us feel happy and think of sunny days.

For more inspiration on striped umbrellas visit our Gallery.



The Block Umbrellas

The Block is Australia’s most popular lifestyle and home renovation TV show that is filming its thirteenth season, with Scott Cam returning as host. Breaking away from the usual format this year, they have obtained a vacant block of land in the beautiful suburb of Elsternwick, and placed 5 period homes side by side, to be transformed by the contestants of The Block 2017.

Each week Australian’s can watch the 5 couples tackle a new area, (sometimes 2 in 1 week) where they completely transform them into stunning rooms. This readies the houses for sale at auction, where the team who earns the highest profit above the set reserve price, will then win an additional $100,000.

One of our stockists in Melbourne, BBQs and Outdoors, were asked to supply The Block with  our umbrellas, for their ‘back yard week’ where 5 backyards were transformed into amazing outdoor spaces.

Instant Shade Umbrellas team of professional installers arrived on site to be inducted and quickly settled into the chaos and hustle and bustle of working on The Block. The amount of tradespeople, power tools, camera crews and contestants all packed into one space was mind boggling. With our hard hats, steel cap boots, high-vis vests and safety regulations firmly in place, we were delighted to be able to assist 3 out of 5 contestants with umbrellas for their backyard areas.

Working within a limited space and on a very tight schedule (yes, they really do only have one week to complete an area), we were able to ascertain the right umbrella product for Sticks & Wombat, Josh & Elyse, and Hannah & Clint.

The Block umbrellas provided were: a wall mounted Paraflex umbrella; a Paraflex umbrella installed on a pole fixed to timber decking; and one of our brand new Monaco Premium Patio umbrellas on a standard base plate.

It was a race to the finish, but the end results were breathtaking. Watch this space when we can reveal our umbrellas featured in the completed backyards.

For further information on the Paraflex Umbrella range please click here.

For further information on the Monaco Premium Patio Umbrella range please click here.

Installing the Base Plate for the Paraflex umbrella pole
Preparing the Wall Mount bracket for our Paraflex umbrella



3m Square Spectra Commercial Cantilever Umbrellas Rooftop

Commercial Cantilever Umbrella

Are you wanting a unique umbrella with a modern edge for your next project? The European designed Spectra Commercial Cantilever Umbrella is the right decision for cafe, restaurant or resort environments.

It is made with the distinctive design of a flat canopy, plus hidden ribs, allowing the umbrella to unzip and fold back into itself, like a fan closing when not in use.

The Spectra Cantilever umbrella canopy is water repellent and UV resistant, can be washed if need be and comes in a range of stylish colours. It has fibreglass ribs that can bend and flex in the wind, plus an anodized aluminium mast which is rust free, and has no paint to crack or chip.

This commercial cantilever umbrella comes in a 3m square size, though has the option of an angled mast, or straight mast. The Spectra is very easy to use, and can be tilted along it’s mast to block out the low afternoon sun, as well as rotated 360 degrees.

This stunning umbrella is sure to add some dramatic impact where ever it is providing shade.

For further information, click here.

3m Square Spectra Commercial Cantilever Umbrellas in White with straight pole
3m Square Spectra Commercial Cantilever Umbrellas in White with straight pole
3m Square Spectra Commercial Cantilever Umbrellas in Red with Angled Pole