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5 Modern Pergola Ideas to Spruce Up Your Outdoor Space


Pergolas have become sought-after additions for elevating outdoor living spaces, providing a perfect blend of versatility, shade, style, and aesthetics. Whether you prefer a rustic charm look or modern sophistication, these six pergola ideas can go a long way in transforming your yard and showcasing your boundless creativity. 

Warm Pergola Material Marvel 

It all starts with your material choice. Pergola wood options provide natural warmth, and you can paint or stain them to blend with your existing decor. Western red cedar and redwood are the most preferred options for their natural resistance to insects and rot. If you prefer a metal pergola material, aluminum and steel pergolas add a contemporary and sleek look to your landscaping. The good thing is that they are durable and low-maintenance, enabling you to enjoy them all year round. 

Let Your Roof Make a Statement 

A roof contributes greatly to the overall look and beauty of a pergola. You can opt for a slatted roof if you seek to strike a perfect balance between sunlight and shade inside the pergola. Slatted roofs permit natural light to penetrate while offering an ideal level of shade. 


On the other hand, a retractable roof can be a fan favorite for those looking for top-notch functionality. It gives you maximum control as you can open and close your roof as desired. Another good option is the fabric roof, which can be ideal if you want to add a practical yet elegant touch to the pergola. The good thing with these is that fabrics are highly versatile as they come in a vast range of designs, colors, and sizes, offering the best customization options.

Create a Hideaway Shade 

Let your shade game elevate your pergola and create a perfect space to relax without getting tanned from the sun’s warmth. By adding climbing plants and vines to the pergola, you can generate an intimate feeling of being close to nature. It lets you enjoy cool, clean air while under the shade. Consider combining your climbing vines with integrated planters to create a dramatic look. 


Another option is to hang curtains and sheers around your pergola’s perimeter to add shade while creating a feeling of minimalistic elegance and softness. You can also opt for freestanding shade sails to create a tropical beach look. 


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Set The Mood with Proper Lighting

If you want an affordable Outdoor lighting solution with soft light to generate a cozy feel, string lights can do the job. Consider suspending pendant lights from the pergola’s top rails or ceiling to form a focused lighting system. Recessed lights and uplighters can be an ideal subtle choice for illuminating the entire pergola while highlighting its design features. You can add a touch of tradition to your modern pergola by incorporating fire features and lanterns. They will help create an inviting atmosphere while striking a sense of contrasting beauty.  

Attach the Pergola to the House

If your home already has a patio area or ample landscaping space next to the house, you can add a pergola and attach it to the house. Consider selecting a similar color palette to the house to make the attachment feel seamless. You can use wood-colored metal or the wood itself to match the color of your house roof, creating a cohesive unit.


Your outdoor space can never remain the same after these pergola upgrades. You will have an additional living space to enjoy with friends and family. Always choose quality pergola materials to guarantee durability.  

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