Thanks for the comments. I got someone out to advise / quote. Seems we can get something and the awning itself would look fine but because of the design of our house we'd have to have brackets round the sides and I'm not 100% sure I'd be happy with it. Going to investigate other sails to see if that is the compromise solution
A full retractable one which is a plain cantilever in a solid color is about as minimalist as you can get, and should be obtainable in a matching colour to your wall colour. The whole thing should vanish back into a sort of cartridge at the touch of a button, and be a simple plain sheet of canvas on a metal frame when "out". Is that what you're after?
We have bifold doors onto a stone terrace. It's been so hot so I'm trying to work out what might work for shade. We have a sail but it won't be 'right' (or very convenient).
The obvious solution is an awning over the terrace as I love the idea of the motorised ones for ease of use. HOWEVER - I still want it to look good - does anyone know if such a thing as a stylish awning exists please?