Pergola – Decorating Ideas

In Pool Features by Platinum Pools

Summer is around the corner, and you may want to spend your Saturday mornings working in the garden.  When you spend time under a pergola after a well-deserved break, you can enjoy a shaded area in your backyard, some privacy or create a dining area to share with the family.

Pergolas are a backyard oasis feature that creates a shaded area with vertical posts and pillars. Sometimes, vines go around these creating a natural protector of the sun while, at the same time, helps to provide a natural oxygenation area.

Pergolas serve as a link to open gardens, terraces, or swimming pools.  However, these freestanding structures also provide a shaded sitting area.  If you want to install a pergola with your swimming pool, look at these ten ways to decorate your pergola.


Curtains are a staple when it comes to providing privacy while using a pergola.  It also controls the amount of sunlight.  But most of all, it is a decorative item that lets you give that personal touch to your oasis.

Garland Lights

Garland lights are everywhere, even for a child’s bedroom.  By adding a string of lights to a pergola provides a fun way to decorate, provide a romantic look, and extend the use of a pergola all through the evening.

Hanging Bench

For years, hanging benches were a staple.  Go to a front or back porch and you will likely see one.  A hanging bench gives a creative way to decorate your pergola while it gives a playful form resting, or a cozy place to sit comfortably and relax while you enjoy your favorite beverage.

Pergola on top of Your Pool

South Pacific is a theme if you are looking to give a special look to your backyard.  Place a pergola on a body of water or even, over the swimming pool and you create a charming area for practicing yoga, meditation or a massage session.  Don’t forget to add curtains and lights to make it a great place to relax.


Adding an awning to your pergola can also protect you from sun rays or to enjoy a refreshing evening.  There are automatic awnings where you can cover the sunshine or protect you from the rain.


Dining Area

Converting the pergola area into an outdoor dining area gives a wonderful place to spend time with friends and family.  Adding lights like a hanging chandelier or modern light fixtures adds a touch of elegance to your events.

Go Mediterranean

By placing a hammock, lots of plants and a seating area, it gives a pergola a practical and functional option.  Lush plants provide protection from the sun while it refreshes the area.  The perfect Mediterranean décor for your backyard.

Garden Area

A pergola will not steal space in your garden; on the contrary, install some slate and add a few favorite flowerpots.  Garden plants will also give you an air of privacy.   Add some chairs or a hammock and you have a relaxing place.    

Child’s Play

Pergolas are strong structures that can hold even a child’s swing.  Place one or many swings, and your children will enjoy these on a strong structure while it integrates into the whole backyard. 


Decorating for the Occasion

Special events mean unique decorations.  If you have a wedding, a christening or any romantic occasion, decorating your pergola with flowers or curtains, make it a strong point of conversation.

Pergolas are versatile in many ways.  We hope these ideas can trigger your creative mind to give your backyard your personal and unique touch.  Happy decorating!

If you are visualizing your backyard with pergolas, now is the time to call us.  Our team of designers at Platinum Pools can help you provide a complete outdoor living experience, from the swimming pool to the pergola.  Call us at 281.870.1600 or visit our offices in Houston, Beaumont or Victoria.