Whether it’s the front or back yard, pergolas can make a beautiful addition to any home. Harkening back to palatial Italian villas or Mediterranean getaways, pergolas have been in use for centuries. As a functional purpose, they have been used to dry fruits or as framework for the growth of grapes for wine or tomatoes for the kitchen. But whether you choose to use it for form or function, with all of the available materials and brilliant ideas now on the market and different concepts for handmade, homemade design on sites like Pinterest, there’s no reason why you too can’t have an elegant pergola on your property.
Pergolas are also an excellent choice for those who don’t have a huge amount of space but want to jazz up their space. In and of themselves, they can be real statement pieces, especially when you choose rich materials like heavy wood or metals like wrought iron, which look great just about anywhere. They are excellent choices for people who don’t have a patio in their yard and want to create the illusion of a separate space. Pictured below are several examples where pergolas can be used as a sitting area and if placed strategically in your yard where the sun doesn’t beat down too ferociously, they can provide a wonderful little spot to relax, feet in the grass, sipping a cool drink on a warm summer day. If your yard receives a lot of light everywhere and trees are sparse, more modern pergolas can be built where drawstring and grommet curtains can inserted, providing more than shade where appropriate, but privacy. Retractable tapestry panels for the top of the pergola are also an excellent option and are an inexpensive way to create the shade you’re looking for.
What the motif of your pergola will be is entirely dependent upon what it is you favor: a more contemporary vibe, something more traditional or something more rustic. The inspiration for the pergola can be drawn in from the interior or your home – think similar colors and textures and place it accordingly in or around your pergola. If you have a lot of hard lines in the house, consider extending it out into the yard with large planks as the roof thatching for the pergola. But you can also go the opposite route and install circular pergolas that look closer to deconstructed gazebos than anything else. If you have always longed for a tropical paradise existing only a few footsteps from your doorway, consider pergola roofing with synthetic straw or even genuine bamboo. Do your homework and find out what materials are durable in all weather or how you can preserve natural materials.
Another way to get inventive with your new pergola is to consider the shape. You can choose options that are angular L-shapes or even T-shapes. The great thing about this addition is you don’t have to follow any rules. In fact, the more inventive you get with the design, the more you play with fabric and spatial relationships, the more brilliant the finished results will be.
– Don’t want the full pergola in your yard? For cost efficiency and style, casual custom pergola additions to siding adds a little extra flair and gives the eye a place to rest when lounging about. Even small details like this add luxury to the yard or patio.
Pergolas can be reminiscent of luxury hotels; as styled here, solid roofing and simple pillars make for excellent cover in all elements. Clean, crisp white looks refreshing especially set up against a pool.
Pergola roofs can be open and supported all at once. A built in wall lends privacy and an open adjacent side makes those seated feel the expanse. Soft string lighting is always a beautiful choice to make the surrounding more visible at dusk.
Have a gateway to your home? Make it even more dramatic by adding a pergola above it. If you have invested in adornment for the gate itself, consider cloning that style in the roof work – done here, it screams opulence.
Make your entryway stand out with a pagoda-style pergola that looms over your steps. Easy to install and inexpensive to build, these are nice finishing touches for the exterior of the home and increase the overall property value.
Want a real dramatic effect? Choose fat, squat columns to prop up thick bars. Better yet, adorn it with lighting and garlands – especially if the lights are colored or the garland is natural and fragrant: it will transport you as you laze about outside.
Pergolas make for a beautiful accent poolside; choosing simple yet elegant columns turn your so-so oasis into spa-like surrounds.
Open L-Shaped slat pergolas are a nice way to embellish the patio. Bright red wood makes for a real show stopper!
Vinyl material makes for a pretty pergola! Don’t have the space or the money to make grand arches? Think smaller and layer with small curved thatching.
If you have a large backyard and want to extend your home from the inside out, arrange a simple yet elegant pergola. Raw wood looks especially nice in a heavily foliaged area as shown here.
If you have a shady backyard, place a pergola to make your backyard feel even more private and enclosed. The design here is simple which nicely compliments the stone décor.
Shoot for drama! Incorporate stonework into the base of your pergola if you want to keep it up off the ground. Match the color with your base and to make your little space seem extra large, narrow the size of your columns and keep the roof pieces thin and vertical instead of flat, thick and horizontal.
A pergola can also be a nice side addition to a small walkway around the edge of your home. The rectangular lines of the home are nicely complimented with curved thatching and stoic pillars.
Go the rustic route and erect heavily texturized wood that echoes castle like interiors. You can go super luxe by pairing it with bold furniture selections or keep it simple and let the pergola do all the talking.
Pergolas do not have to be grand affairs but can be simple archways on the way out to your garden. Stark white paint makes the pergola stand out amongst the dark greens and browns and is reminiscent of cloistered gardens.
A strong columned pergola stands alone and stands out from the crowd with built in ceiling fans – perfect for places where temperatures soar in the evening – and adobe style shingles are an added touch of elegance.
Play with angles and shapes, making a pergola walkway with cathedral arches makes for a stunning entryway and also provides spectacular places to play with lighting – string lights or floor lamps that cast light upward and make your archway look larger than life.
Unite your pergola with your garden and keep things tied in together. They also make for beautiful entryways. Play with shapes – flat, rectangular blocks for the roof and slightly curved frames before the columns themselves are a fantastic idea.
Totally enclosed pergolas are excellent for rainy or snowy climes; this choice is quite refined and embellished with neon lighting to really make everything pop.
Painted dark wood pergolas are beautifully arranged over a slab built floor. Furniture pieces pick up the dark wood where the accompanying table makes for a pleasant contrast with light, almost white birch-style picnic tables.