We have been seeing gorgeous pergola ideas all over Instagram so far this summer and we can't get enough! They just seem to add such a cool, laid back, holiday feel to a garden and, as we have recently discovered, they are a relatively straightforward DIY project too. So we thought we would share with you some of the lovely pergolas we have found in order to inspire you to create your own!
Keep reading to see how much a few pieces of wood can totally transform a garden (plus where you can buy DIY pergola kits) and if you are after more garden ideas, make sure you head to our gallery next.
For more advice on how to build a pergola, check out our guide.
1. Create an outdoor living room under a pergola
We love the boho feel of this outdoor set up; the layers of texture and neutral colour palette look so cool. This would be a really easy look to recreate yourself too, pop up your pergola (check out Wayfair for a similar one), paint your garden walls and then just get creating your outdoor living room. Rugs, cushions, throws and soft lighting are key to this look, so make sure you include plenty.
For more tips on creating an outdoor living space, head to our gallery.
2. Go for a subtle look with natural materials
For a pergola idea that really blends into the garden opt for a roof made from natural materials. You can pick up reed screen from DIY stores like B&Q and just secure them in between the beams of your pergola structure.
Worried that the UK weather is going to destroy your lovely reed roof? Check out Dee Campling's handy pergola idea – use sturdy, rainproof plastic as your actual roof and then hide it away with far prettier natural materials.
3. Grow plants around your pergola
Another way to make your pergola feel more like part of your garden is to get plants growing up and around the structure. Plant borders to disguise the base of the pergola, and mix in some climbers too that will grow up and over the beams. Not only will this look lovely but will provide a natural shade too.
If you want to know where to buy plants online, check out our guide.
4. Add plenty of lighting to your pergola
Lighting is key to creating a pergola that feels cosy and inviting even in the evenings. String up the fairy lights, dot about some lanterns or copy this idea and hang pendant lights from the beams. These lovely white lights are from Ikea, they are solar-powered and really cheap too, they look gorgeous of an evening glowing amongst the foliage.
For more of the best garden lighting, head to our buyers guide.
5. Make a pergola an extension of your dining room
How gorgeous is this pergola idea? We love how simple and rustic it is with the long farmhouse table and muted, neutral colours. It's also lovely how it feels just like an extension of the house, an extra dining space attached to the kitchen. On a smaller scale, this is a look you could DIY, but if want something as extensive as this, you would be best to get in someone to help you out with the job.