July 27, 2012 07:18 ET

An Awning for All Seasons

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM--(Marketwire - July 27, 2012) - Despite the unpredictable British summer, we have taken the European way of life to heart, with outdoor dining now the norm for many of us when the sun eventually makes an appearance. And just as the Europeans enjoy spending time under an awning, we too are starting to realise what a great addition one can be to a garden.

Here are Hillarys reasons for investing in an awning for your home.

Time spent with family and friends

Make the most of pleasant weather by enjoying a spot of lunch in the garden with friends and family. A contemporary awning will protect you from the sun's rays and keep your food and guests fresh. It will also protect soft furnishings from the damaging effects of powerful sunlight and help to keep the interior nice and cool.

Starry nights

Rekindle that holiday feeling with a romantic dinner under the stars - and the privacy of a made to measure awning. Close your eyes and it'll feel like you're in the sun-baked Med!

Fine Dining

The patio is increasingly seen as an outdoor living space and an awning can help reinforce the link between the house and garden. A creamed linen effect awning is perfect in a more traditional or period home while a stripy fabric adds a touch of continental chic to a country style setting.

Sun Savvy

Gone are the days when only mad dogs and Englishmen went out in the midday sun! We're now much more savvy about the damage the sun can do and the need to practice 'safe sun'. An awning will help provide that all important shade so you can cover up when the sun's rays are at their strongest.

Winter awnings

And who says that awnings are just for spring and summer? Food often seems to taste better when it's eaten outside so why not enjoy the occasional winter BBQ too? An awning will also provide excellent cover if you want to throw open your patio doors so guests can spill outside to dance or chat at a Christmas or New Year party.

To view Hillarys complete collection of window dressings visit http://www.hillarys.co.uk/.

Notes to editors

• Hillarys is the leading made to made blinds, shutters and awnings specialist, with over 40 years experience making and fitting the best quality made to measure options for homes all around the country.

• Whether your home is contemporary or traditional, choose from Hillarys roller blinds collection, their new range of Romans and Venetian, and their array of stunning awnings and shutters for a unique way to enhance any home by effortlessly combining practicality with style.

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