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Modern Pergola Designs Gallery and Notes

Modern Pergola Designs

Here are some design notes when it comes to modern pergola designs. The most common pergola design is to have decorative and somewhat rounded ends on the beam. The easiest way of creating a more modern pergola is to do away with the decorative ends. In picture (1) the beams still hang over the frame of the pergola but the decorative shape is gone. In pictures (2) (3) and (4) the beams are built within the frame so there are no overhanging parts – creating a sleeker look.

Going Dark: Using darker wood (almost black) creates a more modern look (5) (6), compared to the natural brown tones common with traditional pergolas.

Alternative Materials: Mixing a steel or wrought iron frame with wooden slats creates an ultra contemporary pergola design (7) (8).


Different Styles: The pergola in picture (9) is more of an awning style – there are beams only on the left side while the right side is completely open.

Luxury Touches: Some premium design add-ons include: adding lights (Simple Outdoor Pergola Lighting Ideas), a fan, and having a retractable canopy or motorized slats (Pergola Roofing Design Ideas: From the Natural to the Motorized). 1/2/3/4/5/6/7/8/9

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3 Responses to Modern Pergola Designs Gallery and Notes

  1. Monica June 13, 2014 at 6:44 pm #

    What is the darker wood that is used, in photo # 6, of the Modern Pergola Designs photo??

    • Jacob June 18, 2014 at 1:12 am #

      Hey Monica, from the looks of it, the color is painted onto the wood, not the wood itself. Hope that helps.

  2. Donna Phillips February 2, 2015 at 4:31 am #

    do you have or offer email updates for design ideas?