Modern Painted Pergola

If you’re thinking long term or maybe even in the short term about creative outdoor design ideas, pergolas have really come a long way. Not only do they provide shade and definition for outdoor spaces, they can fit into different décor styles seamlessly. Perfect over decks, patios, hot tubs, and more, pergolas are often relatively inexpensive to build compared to other outdoor structures, and kits are available. Today we’re sharing several stylish creative pergola designs and a few DIY tutorials.

Freestanding Pergolas

Standalone pergolas, unattached to any other structure such as a house, are very versatile, as the following stunning examples show.

Wood and stone combine in this lodge-style pergola to create a beautiful outdoor living room.

Lodge Pergola

via Houzz

Another wood-and-stone combination, this pergola is home to a gorgeous outdoor kitchen.

Outdoor Kitchen Pergola

via M & J Construction

You want to spend all your time in this amazing outdoor kitchen, complete with a built-in grill, fireplace, and waterfall.

Outdoor Kitchen Pergola with Water Feature

via DIY and Crafts Magazine

A lovely stone patio and outdoor fireplace make this pergola feel welcoming and cozy.

Stone Patio Pergola

via On the Veranda

Pretty landscaping surrounds this pergola. The fireplace provides warmth, and the stone retaining wall offers extra seating.

Landscaped Pergola

via Emma Courtney

The large columns and rough-hewn beams give this pergola size and substance yet also create a cozy outdoor room.

Columns and Beams Pergola

via HGTV

The weathered wood, stone path, and greenery surrounding this small pergola make it inviting and relaxing.

Weathered Pergola

via Decoholic

Adding sides to this standalone pergola gives it an elegant and sophisticated air.

Sided Pergola

via Top Inspirations

This unique pergola design brings privacy and style. When the plants fill in, you’ll have a natural-looking privacy screen.

Privacy Pergola

via Houzz

This arched pergola makes a striking addition the yard. The fireplace and added lights make it that much more inviting.

Arched Pergola

via Backyard Unlimited

This amazing pool house pergola encompasses several spaces, including a kitchen and both dining and entertaining areas.

Pergola Pool House

via Exterior Worlds

Attached Pergolas

Pergolas built over porches or patios take advantage of the house as one or more sides of the support structure and enable you to extend your living space outside your home.

White on white, this lovely pergola built onto a house seems like the perfect spot to spend time outdoors. The fireplace will keep you warm when the temperature drops.

White Patio Pergola

via La Dolce Vita

You’ll love hosting brunches and dinners under this porch pergola that’s within steps of the kitchen for easy access.

White Porch Pergola

via Better Homes and Gardens

This pretty pergola matches the white trim of the house beautifully. The stonework on the columns ties in nicely with the stone patio.

Stone Patio Pergola White

via Arts and Crafts Homes

The room created by this attractive patio pergola is a great spot to relax after a long day or to entertain friends and family.

Patio Pergola

via Houzz

Built over an outdoor kitchen, this pergola defines the cooking and dining space offers a fantastic spot to eat at the bar or serve buffet-style meals.

Outdoor Kitchen Bar Pergola

via The Garden Cook

This Mediterranean-style pergola encloses a courtyard and adds another room outside.

Courtyard Pergola

via Seal Design Group

Contemporary Pergolas

Pergolas can be designed to fit into many different types of décor, from rustic to contemporary. Here are some more modern styles.

Clean and contemporary, this pergola offers unobstructed views of the adjacent pool and beach.

Contemporary Pergola

via Casa Vogue

This pergola provides plenty of shade, and the slim, modern supports make the space open and airy.

Modern Pergola Design

via Studio Karin

A clean, modern design and black paint give this pergola a contemporary feel in a lush garden setting.

Modern Painted Pergola

via Inspire Bohemia

The design of the sides of this unique pergola adds some privacy without completely enclosing the “room.”

Modern Cedar Pergola

via Flickr user Modular

DIY Pergolas

Although they do require some construction know-how, pergolas are easily DIY-able. Check out the following for tutorials if you’re interested in building your own.

Build your own 8-foot-square pergola by following the step-by-step instructions, helpful photos, and detailed plan provided in this downloadable guide.

DIY Pergola Plan(1)

via Popular Mechanics

Construct a retaining wall around your pergola to further define the space and also add more seating. Learn how to build a pergola here and how to construct the retaining/seating wall here.

DIY Pergola Patio Retaining Wall

via Hansen Family Chaos

Whether you construct it yourself or have one built, a pergola can be a beautiful addition to your outdoor living and entertaining space.

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