The metropolitan vibe of the populous state of Gold Coast may not exactly conjure images of nature activities and “fun in the sun”, but as any east coast sightseer would readily attest, this quintessential traveling hub offers its own share of surprises. A concrete jungle bustling with life—Brisbane is, after all, the third most populated city in the country— Brisbane’s daily corporate commotion belies the fact that it is surrounded by natural beauty. Residents and savvy folk who are all too familiar with this are also all too keen on taking advantage. Thus, there is fun to be had in the sun in Brisbane: from strolling through the City Botanic Gardens, to interacting with the Koalas in the Koala Sanctuary, to witnessing the breathtaking view of the cityscape atop Mt. Coot-tha.
There is an uplifting, almost tropical, aesthetic to these renowned outdoor spots. Outdoor umbrellas made of vinyl or superior fabrics often accompany the scenery, but take nothing away from their beauty. That’s because these outdoor umbrellas come in a dazzling array of tasteful colours and patterns. Yes, in most of the outdoor fun spots of the city—the leisure areas, the boardwalks like in South Bank, the culture centres, and surrounding areas are dotted with these welcome respites from the sun. More often than not, the weather’s always agreeable in Brisbane; but there is such a thing as too much sun!
This Gold Coast ‘umbrella aesthetic’ is hardly coincidental. But much of it was made possible by the availability of versatile outdoor umbrellas that didn’t compromise style for functionality or vice versa. Local manufacturers like Coastwide Shade Sails have been providing local businesses and homes with these umbrellas for over twenty years. The fact that these umbrellas have pretty much become a major component to the city’s half-and-half identity of metropolis and outdoor-adventure destination is a testament to their consistent quality. Oh, and it helps that they’re pretty darn useful and nice to look at when employed at a local al fresco joint near the boardwalk.
Few places in Australia offer such contrasting cultures quite like Brisbane. The capital of Queensland has long been the hub that ties much of the east coast together. It serves as a middle point between other major destinations, and as a result, experiences quite the influx of traveler’s. It’s no surprise then that even a traditionally ‘business-styled’ city like Brisbane is not lacking when it comes to friendly, free-flowing urban styles and leisure aesthetics. Gifted with an already robust and sophisticated city population to begin with, the city—with its myriad assortment of fine commercial establishments—is quick to recognise the potential customer in the transient traveler. That is why a welcoming visual environment that exudes both class and quaint sensibilities is important. And let’s not forget the equally-important need to tie in two of the city’s most inviting features—overall good year-round weather and a charming outdoor environment.
The conscious effort to achieve this ‘urban-outdoor’ aesthetic in the city has never been more exemplified than by the near-ubiquitous use of window awnings for commercial establishments. Bars, dining-joints, office buildings, and leisure centers, all make use of this nifty and stylish accessory. Accentuating windows with tastefully colourful designs is the new fad among business owners. Window awnings Brisbane style is best described as treading the line between urban and suburban flavours.
For commercial establishments like restaurants and small styled stores, popping an awning on top of your windows is a good idea. Apart from the obvious functionality that an awning provides in terms of shade and protection from the elements, eye-catching designs from manufacturers like Coastwide Shade Sails can really promote visibility and add an impression factor. Pastel colours are suitable for bistros and other establishments that are expected to exude ‘a touch of class’; while more vibrant colours are recommended for beach-front and near-boardwalk stores, and also if you want put out a more ‘fun’ vibe for your store front.