Perk Up Your Outdoor Space with a Pergola

by Jane VanOsdol on August 10, 2011

Have you been putting off redoing your deck and updating your outdoor living space? Well, with one of the hottest months of summer upon us and the lovely autumn season right around the corner, it’s not too late to create a beautiful outdoor space that you’ll still be able to use yet this year.

One way you can do that is by updating your deck with a fresh coat of stain. It’s a simple step, but one that pays back big dividends by giving it a like-new appearance. Evaluate the current color and decide if you want to remain with that shade or spring for a new color. Perhaps a different color will accent your home nicely and change things up a bit at the same time. If you’re not sure which color will best fit your home, consult with your home improvement contractor for a professional opinion.

Another way to update your deck is by adding a new feature to your deck, such as a pergola. You can make a pergola as elaborate or a simple as you would like. Research some of the different styles of pergolas to see which one best fits the style of your home and your tastes. A pergola is a versatile feature for your deck.

  • It adds an exciting architectural element and focus to your backyard.
  • It’s the perfect structure to highlight climbing vines, hanging baskets of flowers, and bird feeders.
  • You can add a personal touch with outdoor decorative lights and decorations like ribbon or wind chimes.
  • You can use it as the foundation for creating an outdoor room.

One of the more exciting options that will dramatically change the look of your outdoor space is to use the pergola as the foundation for an outside living room. Discuss your plans with your deck building professional so that you have an understanding as to the size and design of the pergola.

Once the structure is up, you can now create your outdoor room. Try a few of these suggestions to get you started.

If you would like some privacy for your outdoor room, add outdoor curtains to the pergola. You can do this by hanging a curtain rod from one end of the pergola to the other—either on just the front side of the pergola, or you can choose to do it on the back side as well. Purchase some outdoor fabric and seam up some curtains for the space, dividing it into several panels if there’s a long expanse of space to cover. Make some ties to secure the curtains when you don’t want them closed.

Choose an outdoor rug to anchor the space and a cushy outdoor couch, chairs and an outdoor table. Fill in with lighting and fun accessories to whatever theme and color scheme you desire.

So, what are you waiting for? Get started on your outdoor living space to enjoy that final summer fling with family and friends.

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