If you want your property to look glamorous, you should consider using a pergola. Pergolas can be described as open beamed structures, which are usually larger than arbors. They are not only beautiful, but are also extremely useful. It provides shade and allows the vines to grow. You can also use it as the backdrop of your family photographs.
Once you have decided to use a pergola, the first thing you will have to find out is which pergola design suits your needs perfectly. The section below will introduce you to the most commonly used pergola designs and the features that make them unique.
Attached: As the name suggests, attached pergolas are structures that will stay attached to your abode. Based on your preference, you can build the pergola on the back or front of your house. They can be made up of different materials; you can choose the material according to your own likings. The most important thing you must remember while choosing the material for an attached model is that it should complement your house’s style perfectly.
It must look like an extension of your house. Here’s an example that will make you understand how pergolas can match your house’s design. If your house already has a deck, you should try to give the pergola the same attributes as that of the deck; you can use the same wood type or can use the same color of paint.
Deck: This type of pergolas stay attached to both the house and the deck. To ensure that the pergola design and design of the deck complements each other well, you must build them at once. However, if your house already possesses a deck, you will have to build the pergola later, using complementary materials and colors. Pergolas are particularly helpful additions to decks constructed in sunny regions; they can be also used for providing privacy and shade to areas that are under construction. To make these structures look more attractive, you can decorate them accessories like outdoor curtains. The curtains will not only enhance the beauty of the pergola, but will also make it a more private place. You can also affix sconces (be careful while placing candles in them) and other wall ornaments to the outer walls of the deck pergola.
Freestanding: You can place the freestanding pergolas at any part of your yard. The only thing you must consider while installing a freestanding model is whether or not it is looking visually appealing in that location. The most common areas where this pergola type gets installed include: at the side of the swimming pools, above hot tubs, patios and of course in gardens. The appearance of freestanding pergolas varies depending on the colors and materials used in them and the planters and vines used for decorating them. The most common material used for making these structures is wood, particularly cedar wood. However, you will also come across items made up of aluminum and vinyl.