Parasols – our pick of the best

10 images

Here comes the sun – and out come the garden parasols!

We welcome the sunshine with open arms but there are times when shade is desirable, especially during the hottest hours of the day. For these times the humble parasol is the saviour that allows you to enjoy the outdoors without feeling the heat.

There are plenty of styles to choose from – classic navy, green or cream garden parasols, large cantilever parasols (some complete with lights!), pretty country florals or seaside-inspired garden umbrellas. With sun awareness there are now more designs made using fabrics with a cover equivalent to a high UV rating of UPF50, so it’s well worth looking out for these parasols to protect your loved ones from the sun’s rays.

If you’re simply looking for a lighter weight cover there are plenty of decorative parasols, such as beautiful eastern designs, which provide plenty of shade and style in equal measure. Take a look at our favourite options to help stay cool this summer.

Image credit: Allan Trolle

Ideal Home loves...

Clothes airer

Novel ways with drying racks

Ideas for family living rooms | Family living room design ideas | PHOTO GALLERY |

Family living room design ideas

Decking with outdoor shower and stool

Urban garden ideas

Wedding table decorations you can make in minutes

Conservatories | Conservatory decorating ideas | PHOTO GALLERY |

10 ways to update your conservatory

Bright towels | Bathroom accessories | Bathroom | PHOTO GALLERY | Style at Home |

Simple accessories that make bathrooms better