By melisa elkins. pergola design. Published at Tuesday, November 14th, 2017 - 09:10:02 AM.
As an extension to the house. This is what is known as a lean-to pergola, and can be in the form of a porch, carport, log store, patio pergola or any sort of walkway found next to a building or wall. The wall serves to support the structure on one of its sides. The patio pergola can, indeed, extend the indoor space by drawing people out into the garden, and the upright posts are ideal for supporting wonderful climbing plants. These ideas are mainly concerned with the type and position of your pergola. For the style aspect, this is really down to personal preference. Styles might include cottage garden, modern and sleek, rustic or oriental. Then, of course, there are the different materials - rough sawn wood, planned wood, rustic poles, bamboo, wrought iron, aluminum, brick pillars, vinyl, and those using a combination of materials. Whichever pergola you choose, make sure it fits in with the look and feel of your overall design. Have fun creating a truly wonderful, relaxing and inviting space.
Romance This can be achieved in several ways and doesn’t necessarily involve more than one person! A walkway pergola or a swinging arbour might be just the job, with plenty of fragrant and beautiful plants to give your garden a wonderfully romantic feel. For a more intimate romantic setting, look at the ideas in the socializing section, applying them a little differently: for instance, calming colours, stronger smelling climbing plants or even incense, soft and luxurious furnishings, warmth and subdued lighting - all to heighten the senses.
Socializing Pergolas are great for this, and can have dining furniture and barbecues added. Or, for a more informal feel, use comfortable garden furniture and soft furnishings such as outdoor beanbags, hammocks, hanging chairs and cushions. For the ultimate accessory, with a definite wow! factor, you could always try a hot tub! And for evening use, there are always patio heaters and chimneys, candles and lights, to keep you feeling warm and cozy. The pergola is usually positioned near to the house, but it could just as easily be in a corner pergola at the end of the garden. Just think cozy and welcoming.
Adding height and interest. Height is desirable, too. A flat garden is restricted in the interest it gives, although height can be achieved through careful placement of trees and plants. A pergola, however, gives a permanent, solid anchor around which to base other design features such as patios, paths, water features and planting. And, of course, the use of climbing plants can be a huge bonus, adding both beauty and fragrance. Pergolas are inviting. We are drawn to them, whether it is to walk through them or relax under their canopy on a warm summer’s day.
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