Interesting pergola designs use landscape features such as existing trees. Other designs complement an outdoor living feature, such as a fireplace. Different types of side walls are other aspects of unique pergola designs.
Typical pergolas are garden structures used to cover walkways or serve as arbors. Contemporary designs incorporate existing garden features, such as building the roof around a tree that provides shade. For this design, a back wall with a window accent offers privacy. For a decorative design, incorporate architectural features of the home; for example, a pergola for a home with cedar shingles can use cedar wood supports.
Other designs integrate a pergola into a patio or deck to create a separate seating area. Similarly, a pergola with massive beams is a suitable design for use around a bulky outdoor fireplace. Many pergolas have four open sides, but to increase privacy a trellis wall on one side can offer seclusion while keeping a connection to the landscape. Another design for semi-seclusion is to use fabric to simulate curtains. Rods hold the drapery loose for privacy or ribbons tie them back for a sense of openness.
The traditional pergola design adds a climbing plant. Wisteria or grapevines provide color and shade and are decorative.