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The Absolute Best Pergola Ideas for Patios

Thinking of adding a source of shade in your outdoor space? Or something that can boost your garden’s curb appeal?

A pergola can provide both! A freestanding structure and an aesthetic addition that enhances outdoor living space.

If you’re thinking of installing one in your patio or backyard, we’ve got some ideas for you to get inspired with!

1. Corner cabin

A rustic style pergola that harmonises well with the corner cabin. It provides a sheltered nook, while the garden furniture set offers an inviting spot to relax.

Hang string lights to enjoy the space into the late evening.

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A corner cabin with a rustic style pergola

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2. Cedar with wide slats

The wide slat feature gives more shade, creating a relaxing space to enjoy the summer breeze. The cedar material adds a bold statement, matching well with traditional patio settings.

Cedar pergola with wide slats

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3. Thatched

Go beyond beams with a thatched pergola in your backyard! Showing off a tropical vibe, this design goes well when paired with rattan furniture.

If your garden has a Mediterranean feel, you can’t go wrong with this one.

Thatched pergola concept

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4. Arbour-like structure

Take advantage of a pergola’s arbour-like structure. By this, we mean adding climbing plants, such as Ivy, to enhance the lush atmosphere.

A stylish way to extend the garden!

Arbour-like pergola structure

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5. Awning style

An awning style pergola that creates a dramatic statement on a white patio. The fabric awnings can be manually opened and closed, depending on your choice.

Awning style pergola

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6. Cube-shaped

Cube-shaped pergola made of dark wood, offering a shaded outdoor entertainment room. Take a cue from the photo below, featuring two slatted walls with a door-like entrance.

We recommend styling the space with charcoal grey furniture for contrast.

Cube-shaped patio pergola

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7. Modern metal

A sleek pergola design that gives an elegant statement. The steel material will look fancier when paired with concrete hardscaping.

Modern metal patio pergola concept

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8. Patterned screen

This patterned pergola would look amazing if your patio has a Mediterranean influence. The beautiful designs of the screen also provide the perfect outdoor backdrop.

On top of the pattern, it adds privacy and an interesting interplay of light and shadow.

Garden pergola with patterned screen

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9. Out of the woods

Relax in the shade with this rustic and nature-inspired pergola concept. Made of natural woods, this vine-clad structure gives the Mediterranean feel, too!

Vine-clad garden pergola

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10. Sleek terrace

A simple and yet sophisticated-looking outdoor lounge area that promises a serene ambience. This extended pergola is positioned on a site next to the woods.

Sleek terrace pergola

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11. Cool and dramatic

An ordinary cottage transformed into a contemporary patio with dramatic pergola features. It’s a fantastic design choice if you’re thinking of installing one near the pool.

A contemporary patio with dramatic pergola features

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12. Futuristic

There’s no way you’d find something like this in your neighbourhood or your hometown! Perfect for outdoor spaces, especially in rooftop patios.

Add customised awning or fabric for further shade.

Futuristic style pergola

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13. Grilling extension

Get your BBQ a rightful place in your backyard – something like this! A minimalist trendy tile patio with pergola extension for the grill.

Grilling extension pergola

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14. White fabric canopies

Relax in style from the regal white seating in this pergola. The fabric canopies draped along the roof, and slatted in sides protects you from the harsh UV rays.

Check out our Garden Canopy Ideas for more!

Pergola with white fabric canopies

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15. Trellis concept

Let the natural beauty of your garden shine with this simple trellis slash pergola. The white colour offers a clean and soft view, perfect for alfresco dining in the summertime.

Trellis concept patio pergola

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16. Traditional sense

A pergola styled in a more traditional sense. The roof frames and outdoor deck serves as an outdoor living extension. Match the deck with indoor flooring for nice design detail.

Traditional pergola style

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17. Lattice

An airy pergola design that invites you into the midst of a perfumed English garden. The roof slats support a lattice with large openings. Meanwhile, the vines on the trellis act as a backdrop.

Add furniture sets to host a small garden party, tea, or relaxation.

Pergola with lattice design

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18. Rooftop dining

Draw inspiration from this outdoor kitchen that takes you to the Manhattan skyline! Complete with lush greenery, outdoor kitchen and room for hosting. Plus, the pergola provides a multi-season entertaining oasis.

Rooftop dining pergola setup

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19. Pair it with a fire pit

A fire pit sheltered by a pergola creates a more inviting outdoor living space. But you’ll want to make sure to have a clearance between the flames and overhead structure.

Pergola with a fire pit

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20. Outdoor hot tub

Add a unique feature to your patio – like this outdoor hot tub set-up! A pergola filters the sun above your secluded spa, allowing you to linger in the water longer.

Add drapes or partial walls for an extra level of privacy.

Pergola for an outdoor hot tub

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21. Fibreglass

Also known as composite, fibreglass offers many perks for a pergola. One, it is lighter than wood yet stronger than steel.

It can span larger areas without extra posts, offering a clean, contemporary look. It may cost you a bit up front, but it’ll be worthwhile in the long run.

Fibreglass pergola style

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22. Vinyl ‘picket fence’

Vinyl is a sturdy, maintenance-free, and UV resistant material. A classic white vinyl pergola would look fabulous in your traditional patio setting.

Vinyl 'picket fence' style pergola

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23. Wall-mounted

A pergola style that can act as an extension to your home, deck, entryway, or even garage. If you have a small patio, a wall-mounted pergola is your best bet.

Install a polycarbonate roof for extra protection from rain and harmful UV rays.

Wall-mounted patio pergola

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24. Stone columns

Pillars of stone look amazing on a classic, natural or rustic style patio. When used as posts for a pergola, they exude interesting textural touch. Mix wood posts on stone bases – just like in the photo below!

Pergola with stone columns

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25. Austere arch

Have a look at this simple patio framed by a sleek pergola, forming a sort of an arch. It’s linked at the top of the exterior wall to the building’s roof. It looks like a traditional pergola but with thinner lines and a bit of modern geometry.

Austere arch pergola design

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26. Made for movie nights

A backyard can offer your dream outdoor cinema, especially when it’s well decorated. Install a TV or projector with a white screen to create a spot for alfresco viewing.

The addition of a pergola offers protection from the elements and creates a boundary.

Outdoor home cinema with pergola setup

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27. Big posts framework

One of our favourite pergolas ideas, and we thought you might like it, too! Featuring a simple and classic roofline with big posts that gives the space a cosy and intimate feel.

Patio pergola with big posts framework

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28. House-like frame on deck

A framework that literally looks like an unfinished section of a house. Yet, it emanates interesting design, preserving the house’s dimensions. At the same time, optimising the layout of the backyard.

A-framed pergola

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29. Poolside

Cool off with this dreamy poolside pergola! It provides a shaded retreat large enough for hosting. If you own a pool, it can be a standout feature in your backyard while anchoring the landscape.

Poolside pergola design

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30. Over a bar

If you take pleasure in alfresco refreshment in your garden, a bar is a must! Perch a pergola over your backyard pub and enjoy a year-round hangout.

Go full-on tiki or something modern like this one!

Modern pergola over a bar

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Round-up

What an effortless way to style your garden and patio! Indeed, pergolas are stylish structures that enhance how you enjoy your outdoor space.

Our curated list of patio pergola ideas is tailored for everyone. We hope there’s a style that suits your taste and lifestyle.

Most especially, a design that will help you add dynamic definition to your landscape!

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FAQs

Yes, especially when you have a good, solid foundation. Experts recommend pouring all the footing at the existing patio height as part of the design.

Building one from scratch is cheaper than buying a pre-made one or hiring a professional to construct one. But it will require you tools, expertise, and time to execute the project well. At the same time, to ensure it will last and add maximal value.

Yes, it adds market value to any house. A comfortable outdoor space with pergola has been on the rise. It helps enhance your garden and overall property's curb appeal.

Only if your pergola is on the front of your house. Depending on your LPA, pergolas on patios should be fine. Make sure to check your area's planning permission code to be sure!

In addition to patios, the courtyard and path are effective locations for a pergola. Like arbours, pergolas look more beautiful when covered in greenery or flowering vines.