Outdoor living is constantly evolving as homeowners are realising the value of merging indoor entertaining with smart exterior designs. If your backyard space is looking a little blah, you're going to want to elevate your outdoor living experience through staying up to date with the latest trends in a way that'll allow you to satisfy your needs. A pergola is a great way to do this! So here are the pergola designs taking over backyards in 2016:
1. Artistic Curves
For a backyard space to truly ‘pop’ you need to create visual interest through layers. Pergola designs that flaunt arches and curves offer an artistic appeal to a dull looking outdoor area, whilst offering a comfortable space in the shade on hot summers’ days.
Pay attention to any architectural features your home already showcases and tap into these details when considering the design of your pergola. This will help to introduce similar complexity to the outdoor structure and create artistic curves that reflect the best of your home.
2. Lodge Style
There’s something very inviting about visiting a cabin or lodge: relaxing at the heart of nature whilst being surrounded by lush landscapes with rustic appeal. For this reason the lodge style has become an increasingly popular style of pergola. Its raw and rustic appearance looks beautiful when paired with an outdoor kitchen and fireplace.
Keep the style consistent throughout your outdoor space by blending other natural materials into the design. For example, build a wooden deck or a stone patio garden. Rustic lodge pergola designs can also be enhanced with the use of ivy or other climbing plants to really create that holiday cabin feeling.
3. Winter-Friendly Pergolas
The initial pergolas were used to enjoy summer outdoor entertaining. Especially in Australia, outdoor living has always been popular and crafting a space that can cater to the needs of homeowners, whilst keeping out of the harsh summer sun is priority.
Morph your pergola into structure that can be used all year round. This can be achieved through installing a retractable roof or make use of outdoor blinds to shield the sides of the pergola on rainy and windy days. Furthermore deck the pergola out with cosy and add heating features such as fireplaces. Lastly invest in LED downlighting or tube lighting to keep the area well-lit during winter nights.
4. Contemporary Timber Pergola
The natural warmth of timber is impressive, whether its used in pool decking, interior flooring or pergola projects. Its by no means a new style, but in 2016 we've already seen the popularity of wooden pergola designs boom through the roof.
Clean, simple, modern designs are perfectfor creating that alluring backyard oasis many homeowners and investors are attracted too. Choose a wood, like red oak, that can be stained or painted to add your own personal touch to the space or leave it to weather naturally to showcase its wooden texture.
5. Bold Designs
If you really want to create that ‘wow’ factor in your backyard space, look for pergolas that scream individuality! The right pergola design can totally transform the look and feel of the outdoors, bring energy and liveliness into your outdoor space.
Integrate the pergola design with a tropical deck area and style with key accessories to make the space pop. Bright colours with muted natural materials will further elevate the your design and spark visual interest.
6. Poolside Pergola
The poolside pergola is both a stylish and sun-smart addition to any beach house or home. They commonly conform to a cubic shape, and have panelling along the top to block the sun. White is a popular colour chosen as is doesn't attract heat and looks clean and sharp. Furnish with white cushions or beach chairs to complete the look.
So go out an try some of these pergola designs taking over backyards in 2016 to elevate the look of your backyard!
This article is written by Jayde Ferguson, who writes for Great Aussie Patios – Perth’s leading pergola and patio builders with a unique design solution for any outdoor space. You can catch her on Google+.