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Pergola, Gazebo, and Arbor Ideas

Outdoor structures contribute to a comfortable and stylish retreat. Browse this collection of gazebos, pergolas, and arbors to find your favorite patio designs.


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    • White Pergola

      This pergola matches the white patio furniture's simple style and creates a striking focal point against the dark green backdrop of trees.

    • 1940s-Style Pavilion

      The lines of this new pavilion are designed to reflect 1940s modernism, a style mirrored in the space's outdoor furniture. In time, the copper chimney that extends from the standing-seam metal roof will develop green patina, further integrating it with the garden.

    • Large-Scale Pergola

      The western exposure of this outdoor space meant that guests sizzled on hot days. The solution? A pergola--one that matches the scale of the large house and the sprawling backyard--provides some shady relief.

    • Poolside Pergola

      This pergola, surrounded by a dense hedge, is perched above the lap pool. A structure like this one designates a casual sitting area.

    • Outdoor Kitchen Space

      A three-season gazebo can keep a poolside patio hopping all summer long, especially when it houses a food storage and prep area. This one includes a complete outdoor kitchen: a sink, garbage disposal, concealed pullout trash bin, icemaker, and storage.

    • Raised Gazebo

      A gazebo provides a shady gathering place after a swim or the perfect place to dine outdoors with friends while soaking up the environment. This one--with a cedar shake roof, overhead-light ceiling fan, and open-air walls--is floored in stone and raised 2 feet above the concrete pool apron to add drama to the focal point.

    • Plant-Draped Pergola

      A pergola can welcome visitors or mark the borders of an outdoor space. Here, grapevines lush with blooms and greenery climb around this pergola, which marks the end of the deck.

    • Elegant Gazebo Eating Area

      This gazebo, just off the home's original deck, is the perfect spot for an afternoon meal. Potted plants infuse the space with color and blend the structure with its natural surroundings.

    • Old-Fashioned Arbor

      An arbor provides the perfect spot for climbing roses and annual vines. Good old-fashioned hand construction integrates this new structure with the vintage farmhouse for a seamless transition between home and outdoor living areas.

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      Eating-Area Pergola

      In this deck, a pergola adds architectural interest to the outdoor eating area. The structure also is a prime spot for plantings; lush foliage peeks between lattice panels.

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      Majestic Arbor

      Serving as the visual anchor to the backyard, a wide, majestic arbor establishes a sense of gardenlike seclusion. A substantial built-in planter provides a colorful element at the foot of the arbor, while also serving as a prominent divider on the lower level.

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      Classic Pergola

      A rectangular pergola is a classic patio design solution. This long, white-painted pergola visually connects the house and surrounding landscape.

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      Welcoming Arbor

      Use an outdoor structure to invite guests into a backyard retreat. Set at the garden's entrance, this rose-covered arbor fills a sunny spot, hinting at the inviting, relaxing spaces that lie beyond.

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      Arbor-Framed Walkway

      Structures can help define the paths between outdoor rooms. Here, a 5-foot-wide arbor-framed walkway runs the length of the yard, its columns made from 6-foot-10-inch stucco columns.

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      Corner Arbor

      This rustic arbor made from distressed cedar emphasizes the patio's natural feel and contrasts with the texture of the stone.

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      Flower-Filled Design

      Flowers can take center stage when densely draped over garden structures. Here, pale-tone flowers form a comforting canopy for a relaxing stroll to the peaceful seating area beyond.

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      Extra-Private Dining Space

      Adding drapes to a pergola can provide extra privacy for outdoor dining areas. Here, the clean-lined pergola roof is supported by stucco columns, with fabric drapes that can be pulled to surround the intimate eating space.

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      Outdoor Fireplace Ideas

      Use these outdoor fireplace ideas to give your deck, patio, or backyard living room a dramatic focal point. Browse pictures of fireplace designs for decorating ideas, inspiration, and tips on how to build an outdoor fireplace.
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