Rustic Timber Pergola with Bar

Pimp Your Pergola

In Blog, Outdoor Inspiration by Karlin van der Vyver

The humble pergola has long been considered a classic concept, but who said classic had to be boring…with a little bit of creativity, you can easily pimp your pergola to become an outdoor must-have that will effortlessly boost the overall beauty of your garden landscape.

Pergolas can be designed in a wide variety of shapes and sizes and can be built using all sorts of different building materials. This versatility makes them easy to customize and decorate to provide you with a shading solution that’s tailor-made to your unique style, taste and requirements.

Here are 15 ways to pimp your pergola:

Eucalyptus Timber Pergola with Laths

Eucalyptus Timber Pergola with Laths

1. Sanding your structure reveals the natural colour of the timber to add a beautiful rustic touch to your pergola.

Eucalyptus Timber Pergola with Swing Chairs

Eucalyptus Timber Pergola with Swing Chairs

2. Add some contemporary swing chairs in a peaceful corner to create a blissful spot that’s perfect for reading, relaxing or have your morning coffee.

Rustic Timber Pergola with Bar

Rustic Timber Pergola with Bar

3. Climbers and pergolas come together beautifully to add a tropical, bohemian touch to your outdoor living area.

Rustic Timber Pergola with Hammock

Rustic Timber Pergola with Hammock

4. Swing the day away in a classic hammock that’s easy to attach to your pergola bearers.

Square Timber Pergola with Decorative Laths

Square Timber Pergola with Decorative Laths

5. Add some texture and a touch of quirky design to your pergola by enclosing the columns with planter boxes and white-washed laths.

Square Timber Pergola with Laths and Decorative

Square Timber Pergola with Laths and Decorative

6. Draping sailing ropes between bearers adds a nautical theme to your pergola – an easy DIY project to spruce up your structure!

Square Timber Pergola with Privacy Screen

Square Timber Pergola with Privacy Screen

7. Fixing woven lath screens between columns adds a touch of privacy and rustic beauty that will easily turn your pergola into the focal point of your garden.

Square Timber Pergola with Swing and Lighting

Square Timber Pergola with Swing and Lighting

8. With some fairy-lights and a comfy, cozy swinging sofa, a simple pergola becomes the perfect place to enjoy your garden landscape.

Stained Timber Pergola with Decorative Screen

Stained Timber Pergola with Decorative Screen

9. Horizontally fixed timber slates provide an excellent foothold for creepers and vertical gardens to start thriving.

Timber pergola with Decor and Dining

Timber pergola with Décor and Dining

10. Comfy seating, a table and woven lampshades makes this a super chic hangout to dine with family and friends alike.

Timber Pergola with Swing Bed

Timber Pergola with Swing Bed

11. A daybed suspended from the rafters is an excellent way to add some playful character to your pergola.

Timber pergola with Decorative Plants

Timber pergola with Decorative Plants

12. Pergolas can easily be decorated to theme a party, celebration or season!

Timber Pergola with Lighting and Seating

Timber Pergola with Lighting and Seating

13. Stringing some light around your pergola columns and bearers will create a soft, romantic ambience with minimal effort.

Whitewashed Timber Pergola with Bar and Seating

Whitewashed Timber Pergola with Bar and Seating

14. A classic white-wash adds a Mediterranean touch to your poolside pergola.

A Whitewashed Pergola with Seating

A Whitewashed Pergola with Seating

15. Some comfy seating is all you need to create a stylish outdoor entertainment area to make the most of your outdoor living space.

So, light it up, swing it around and treat yourself to a place in which to relax and socialize without leaving the comfort of your home.

Go on, pimp it up!