Many people today consider adding pergolas to their outdoor landscaping, as these serve many design functions. A pergola incorporates vertical dimension to a flat space in a visually appealing manner. They can be a beautiful way to delineate an outdoor room of sorts, providing shade and diffused lighting in an area to put comfortable furniture for relaxing, reading, and socializing. Other use them over an outdoor kitchen to shield from sunlight and providing privacy for both food preparation and entertaining.
Though pergolas are generally made of durable wood and stained or painted, there are many ways to customize these structures to add personal flair and better incorporate them into your existing outdoor environment. These include adding brightly colored or patterned curtains, intertwining lush green plant life, or incorporating planters of colorful and fragrant flowers. For more ideas and inspiration, check out this HGTV article: