Places: The Pergola

Posted by: on April 3rd, 2013 | 6 Comments
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The Cedar Breeze is what we think of as your basic pergola. It comes unpainted, notched, pre-cut, pre-drilled and ready to assemble in a day’s time. Paired with an all-weather wicker seating set and surrounded by plants and flowers, it transforms an ordinary patio into an extraordinary outdoor room perfect for a gathering of friends and family.

An architectural structure that can be traced back as far as ancient Egypt, the pergola later became a common feature of Italian Renaissance gardens, often covering walkways or serving as grape arbors. Today, the same design can be used in your landscape to define a passageway, frame a focal point in your yard, or create the illusion of shelter without the feeling of being confined.

Options for pergolas abound. You won’t have difficulty finding one to match your intended use or desired look. You might, however, be surprised by the many different ways people are using pergolas not only to enhance their outdoor living spaces but also the look and feel of their home.

Take a look for yourself.

Image of a pergola with an arched roof and paper lantern lights overhead

Image via Katiedid

 

Garden and furniture shows are great places to find fresh inspiration for your outdoor living space. There are plenty of design ideas we’d encourage you to borrow here under this arched pergola staged for the Land Park Garden Tour by Katie of Katiedid. To achieve a look that suggested an Impressionist art theme, she chose fabrics with painterly appeal and hand-crafted accessories in navy and turquoise blue. The warmth of wicker furniture and a jute outdoor rug were used to pull everything together and make you feel right at home.

 

Image of DIY shades for a pergola

Images via Anything Pretty

 

If you’re investing in a new pergola, you should certainly consider one with a retractable shade canopy. It’s perfect for those warm sunny days you’d rather spend comfortably outdoors.

But if you already have a pergola that needs a little more shade, Jenny from Anything Pretty put together an easy-to-follow tutorial. You’ll see how she made a canopy using canvas drop cloth that keeps things nice and shady under her patio pergola.

 

 

Whether dressing up a mundane feature of your home or erecting a greenery-draped entryway to your garden, pergolas are structural features that bring a sense of charm to any landscape. They can be attached to your home to create a contemporary outdoor living room, or stand alone in the back yard as a one-of-a-kind outdoor oasis for relaxation and entertaining.

 

 

Alfresco dining underneath a vine-covered pergola illuminated by the glow of ingratiating outdoor lighting and seated comfortably at outdoor tables with bench seating makes for many a memorable afternoon (or evening).

 

See more inspiration and ideas in our Places series here on the Apron Blog.

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  1. angela olson says:

    I’ve seen the adjustable canvas shades that run on tracks and can be opened and closed (decked out with paul lafronse). any idea where I would find them or various distributors?

  2. Christine says:

    I thought the article was going to tell me how to build a pergola. I DON’T need to read how clever they are!!!
    Thanks for wasting my time.

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