Functional and Elegant Pergolas you will Love

I’m sure you’ve heard it at least once today… It’s HOT!

The Caribbean climate at this time of year can be overwhelmingly hot and uncomfortable but it is still massively important to get outside for fresh air and family time. Putting together a pergola for your garden may be the perfect way to do just that.

A pergola is a garden feature that forms a shaded walkway or seating area with posts or pillars that support cross-beams and lattice.

Although their styles and materials may have changed over the years, pergolas have stood the test of time and have been serving their purpose of cooling and adding beauty for over 3000 years. It has been said that pergolas existed in garden plans dating back to about 1400 BC. Nobody really knows what motivated people to create them in the first place. Whether it was purely for their beauty, or perhaps to battle against the hot weather is a mystery. One thing’s for sure… They are able to provide both functions wonderfully and have therefore become a unique and timeless entity.

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Pergolas come in many different shapes and styles and whether you’re looking for a simple garden feature or a lavish backyard escape, they are a great way to provide function and beauty to your outdoor space. They are budget friendly and can almost be a DIY project for the family if you’re decent with hammer and nails. Pergolas can stand on their own or they can work with others structures like patios, decks or pools.

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What’s more, you can personalize your pergola by adding your favourite flowers or greenery (Bougainvillea work great!). Hanging flower baskets can also add a beautiful and unique look. Add some soft lighting or a mini chandelier for added romance and a relaxed ambiance. For eco-friendly homeowners, roof solar panels can be incorporated to provide wire-free lighting.

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So make that decision to add another beautiful feature to your landscape to encourage you and your family to head outside and soak up the beauty outdoors has to offer. Invest in the perfect entertaining space or peaceful morning coffee spot. Pergolas provide a perfect amount of openness yet protection for that touch of simplicity, personalization, and refreshing elegance.

See more beautiful pergola designs: 

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Sources: http://www.artofthehome.com/backyard-pergola-ideas/ http://www.gazebocreations.com/cs_InfoPages.aspx?CategoryID=4328

Jessica Buckmaster

Jessica Buckmaster is currently finishing her undergraduate degree and joint diploma in Media and Production at Western University in Canada. She has chosen to specialize in Journalism as she has a passion for current affairs and interacting with many different personalities. Jessica has had the opportunity to fine-tune her writing abilities as well as her interviewing techniques and loves all aspects of media. After graduating, Jessica is looking to travel and work in freelance journalism before she returns home to Barbados.

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