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Outdoor Décor: Dressing up a Pergola

For an outdoor retreat or entertaining space, few options are as perfect as the pergola. This overhanging structure is easy to design and add to your own patio or backyard, and can be used to bring light and nature into your space—and it’s a decorator’s dream!

In today’s blog, we will be looking at a few fun ways to dress up your pergola and add color, light and style to your outdoor sanctuary or entertaining zone.

Hang garden string lights

The holiday season may be over, but that doesn’t mean warm, festive string lights are any less perfect for your outdoor space—in fact, they can create a relaxing ambiance you and your guests will enjoy during dinner parties and get togethers. Hang up outdoor strings lights—in classic bulb shapes or fun varieties like paper lantern shapes—from the shades of your pergola or from post to post. You will be able to create an outdoor escape that’s well-lit and ready for whatever occasion you may have.

Grow climbing vines

For a bit of natural beauty and shade cover, there are few better options than climbing vines and other plants. Grow them on the posts and shades of your pergola for shade, color and an aromatic delight your friends and family will enjoy.

Add a pergola cover

A sturdy cover for your pergola may be just what you need if you’re trying to evade the hot afternoon sun. Covers can also protect you from rain and fallen tree leaves… and many are retractable, so they can be closed or open depending on the weather and your personal preferences.

Hang up breezy drapes and curtains

To complete your pergola’s look as a festive, enticing outdoor sanctuary, consider hanging up breezy drapes and curtains between posts. Light curtains that are made for outdoor use will blow gently in the breeze, adding to the inviting, serene nature of your outdoor space. They can be closed for your morning meditation, or open wide for entertaining guests at dinner—it’s up to you!

Cool off your family and friends with an outdoor fan

One of the best décor options is a practical one. An outdoor fan for your pergola is easy to install and can provide you and your family friends with a welcome cool down whenever the weather is warm.

While outdoor fans serve a practical purpose, you don’t have to sacrifice style by installing one. Pick an outdoor fan with broad, tropical style blades (or another style you prefer!) to match with the overall look and feel of the space.

Do you plan on trying any of these ideas in the coming months? By decking out your pergola and outdoor space now, you’ll be able to enjoy it all the more once spring and summer roll around.

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