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Which Pergola Style is Best for My Backyard?

All pergolas are basically constructed the same way and for the same function- to provide outdoor shade. The hard part is deciding which details are important to you. Column style and beam design may not seem important if the pergola is providing shade like it’s supposed to. However, minute differences in pergola style can confuse your outdoor aesthetic. Make sure you choose the right pergola for your best backyard style.

Roma Style

The Roma pergola brings bold sophistication to your backyard with squared posts. This pergola style is best for modern homes that don’t need the flair and frills of fluted columns. There is no capital on the Roma; instead the column meets a single beam at the top of the structure. The Roma is also a good choice for homeowners looking for a pergola that won’t detract from prominent focus points in their outdoor design. Sometimes the best designs are the ones that hide in plain sight.

Florentine Style

The Florentine is a step up from the Roma in detail. The Florentine also uses square posts, but reinvents the style with deep grooves and a sophisticated square capital that meet a double beam. This design is perfect for homeowners looking to add shade to their rustic or modern-styled backyard.

Venetian Style

The Venetian is unique because of their rounded columns and double-beam. This pergola style brings to mind the vintage luxury and mind for detail that is so often overlooked in newly constructed homes. This style would be perfect for an outdoor design that evokes the country gardens of England, the refined luxury of the old south, or intricate detailing of the Old World.

Pergola with Patio Cover

Many homeowners want the charm of a pergola in their backyard, but with more shade. The perfect option for homeowners that can’t choose is to add a patio cover. This shade option will give you more overhead coverage than a pergola would, but with much more style.

Pergola with Curtain

Maybe the coverage you’re seeking is more for privacy than sunlight. If that’s the case, curtains and drapery are a great way to add interest and privacy to your outdoor space. For minimal maintenance, consider adding a retractible awning to your pergola. These curtains are weatherproof, retractible, and come in tons of different patterns and colors for a perfectly customized space.