Written by Becca Green

5 creative pergola designs in real gardens

Thinking of having a pergola built? Take a look at these real life outdoor spaces to inspire your garden project.

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Pergolas are a big hit with garden lovers and we totally understand why! They offer a stylish shaded area perfect for housing a cosy seating set-up or perhaps even a hot tub! Here are a few winning examples that we’ve spotted on Instagram.

Black ‘n’ boho

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PERGOLA LOVE 🖤 So… We're shattered. I have permanent paint on my hands, face and feet. Hubbys arm is dead. Literally. But after a days work of labour and today's paint job it's finally done. So the story for this random project was that this corner of ours was a waste of space. The kids loved climbing up the trees but it always smelt of foxes poo (sorry but true) and hated it. The grass never grew there and it was just disgusting. So hubbys brainwave was to turn it into this beauty instead which actually made the garden look bigger (and cleaner) and no longer a waste of space. Now it's our very own holiday vibe pergola. Hammock is a must beneath this I think now! But for now we are off to have a cocktail and imagining we're on the beach ✌🏻 #blackpergola #diy #pergola #whitecobbles #rattenchairs #gardenfurniture #holidayvibes #love #edwardianlove #edwardianhome #blackbrick #blackfence #blackbrickfence #home #renolife #renovation #renolife #blackflooring #instareality #inspo4homeinterior #howimonochrome #myhomethismonth #ourway #exterior #pathway #beforeandafter #garden #plants #beautiful #ikea #pimpupmypad

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Painting your pergola black immediately brings it into the modern day. Take a look at Esin’s gorgeous pergola, which she has covered with reed screening to make it more private and to feel ultra cosy and inviting. We love the way she has styled it with rattan furniture and oversized plants.

Chill out zone

How gorgeous is Frankie’s garden pergola design? She has gone for grey to match her fence and put up a cover over it to prevent the rain from getting through. One great thing about a pergola is that you can hang a hanging chair from it, which is a super fun and comfortable addition to any garden.

Serene getaway


Transform your pergola into a serene getaway that mimics the feeling of being on holiday. Eniko’s bohemian-inspired design is covered in fairy lights and lanterns which gives it a whimsical ambience. Covering the floor with outdoor rugs and cushions also makes it feel really informal and a lovely setting area for friends and family to gather.

Disco dancefloor

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The disco balls are doing their thing in the sunshine today 💫💫 whoo hoo ! . So, this is what the Dining Room end of the Verandah looked like when we dragged the kitchen table out here at the end of last Summer. I had thought I would try make a similar one myself to go out here (I mean how hard can it actually be 🤣) but like everything else it will depend when lockdown ends & I can get materials but hey, in the overall scheme of things it’s really not important. . It’s a glorious day in North Yorkshire – enjoy your afternoon ☀️☀️ . . #storyofmyhome @storyofmyhome Talk Planty To Me . . #discoball #courtyard #patio #homeandgarden #atmine #gardeninspiration #backyard #stopandstaredecor #backyardgarden #mygardenthismonth #persuepretty #seekthesimplicity #outdoors #outdoorliving #thatsdarling #gardendesign #gardendecor #gardeninspiration #gardenparty #verandah #outdoorliving #bohotribex #greenaesthetic #plantsmakepeoplehappy #mymdm #gypsytribex #alfresco #bringtheinsideout #outdoorspace

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Turn your pergola area into a dancefloor just like Sally has! Sally’s pergola is attached to the back of her house so feels like an extension of her home. We are huge fans of the huge gold disco balls that she has hung from her Pergola, which instantly brings an element of fun to her outdoor space!

Relaxation haven

If you’re considering purchasing a hot tub for your garden, make it a statement feature by housing it in a stylish pergola. We are truly jealous of Katie’s hot tub area which is no doubt the perfect chilling out spot for friends and family after a long week at work!


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