Pergola and Gazebo Design Trends

See the latest materials and designs being used to build outdoor shade structures.

By: Switchyard Media

Lodge Style

Designed to evoke images of the great rustic lodges at many national parks, this 10' x 10' fully covered pergola is made of structurally enhanced fiberglass resin made to look like wood. Here it has been paired with a pergola-covered outdoor kitchen. Photo by The Outdoor Greatroom Company.

Contemporary Pavilion

This modern gazebo is constructed of tubular stainless steel with pleated vinyl-mesh sides and a retractable top. It is 10' x 10' by 8' tall and comes in several colors. Photo by Richard Schultz Design.

Faux Timbers

You'd be forgiven if you thought this pergola was constructed of timbers. It is actually made out of fiberglass designed to resemble heavy logs. The 12' x 12' pergola retails for $6,000 and comes in a ready-to-assemble kit. Photo by The Outdoor Greatroom Company.

Moorish-Style Gazebo

With its sweeping ogee arches, timber deck and bench seating, this open-air belvedere makes an elegant garden centerpiece. Photo courtesy of Amdega

A Place to Park Your Swan

When you combine aesthetics and utility, you get even more use out of your gazebo. This multi-level structure is both architecturally interesting and a working water-level dock. Photo by Archadeck.

Classic Gazebo

Some people call them pavilions. Others refer to them as belvederes. Whatever you call it, this is a classic octagonal gazebo -- an ornamental structure open on all sides with a covered roof designed to provide shade, shelter and a place to rest. Photo by Taber Andrew Bain.

Winter-Friendly Pergola

With a blazing fire, an overhead electric heater, stereo speakers and built-in benches, this pergola is ready to entertain no matter how cold it gets. Photo by Trex Company.

Contemporary Wood Pergola with Clean and Simple Design

This classic four-post cedar pergola creates a small and alluring backyard oasis. Made of western red cedar, it can be stained, painted or left to weather naturally. Photo by Four Seasons.

Elegant Setting

Stargazing under a cedar pergola, supported by six massive Roman columns is certainly a wonderful way to spend a summer evening. When the weather turns chilly, stoke up the massive stone fireplace and take advantage of the autumn evenings. Photo by Melody Saunders Brenna, Stirling Stone Works

Roman Style

Even if you only have a small backyard, a pergola or arbor can be tailored to your space. Two imposing Roman-style columns are topped with a cedar arbor. Climbing vines are starting to snake themselves through the structure, soon to lend even more character. Photo by Stirling Stone Works.

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