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
Branded Commercial umbrellas at 2 Brothers Brewery

Congratulations to 2Brothers Brewery

We love a local business success story – 2Brothers Brewery have taken out 3 golds and 2 trophies at the 2017 Australian International Beer Awards.

2Brothers is a hidden gem in Moorabbin. A Melbourne owned business, with all of their beer and cider made on site, they are also open to the public from Thurs – Sunday for meals and often have live music too.

With the need for a ‘beer garden’, they also needed somewhere to keep their patrons protected from the sun and the rain, for those brave enough to sit outdoors in Winter.

Instant Shade Umbrellas helped create Custom Printed umbrellas for their outdoor space, matching the business logo and colours to blend in beautifully.

Digital printing onto our umbrella fabric is a very easy process, where you are not limited by your design specifications.

The cafe series umbrellas are UV resistant and water repellent, and are a great easy option for breweries, cafes and restaurants.

Made with a lightweight anodized aluminium frame, the cafe series umbrellas won’t rust, flake or chip and are easy to open and close with a rope and pulley system.

Instant Shade Umbrellas cafe series range have moveable bases available if you need to store the umbrellas away, or they can be mounted into the ground.

For more information click here: Commercial Branded Umbrellas

Black Cafe Series umbrellas at Jackalope Mornington Peninsula

Hotel of the Year – Jackalope Mornington Peninsula

Instant Shade Umbrellas are proud to Congratulate the ‘Hotel of the Year’ and ‘Regional Hotel of the Year’ winner, Jackalope Mornington Peninsula for taking out these 2 awards at the Gourmet Traveller Australian Hotel Guide Awards for 2017.

This beautiful boutique hotel features an a stunning range of suites, modern art, fine dining, a cocktail lounge, cellar door and food store, in house massage, an Infinity pool plus the ‘Geode’ pool deck pavillion.

It is here on the Geode pool deck that our black cafe series umbrellas are featured, blending in seamlessly with the clean lines of architecture, overlooking the vineyard. A perfect example where ‘less is more’.

Our cafe series umbrellas are a classic yet contemporary option for poolside shade solutions, as they are UV resistant and water repellent, easy to open and close and are made from quality anodized aluminium frames, so you won’t have to worry about rusting, chipping or flaking.

Available in 4 sizes with 4 standard colours, they can be installed into decking via an inground fitting, or can be mounted in a base plate if you need to move them around.

For more information, please click here – Commercial Cafe Series Umbrellas