Design ideas and inspiration for your pergola One of the best things about installing either a pergola, verandah or patio in your home is the fact that there are no rules. Pergolas can be designed and constructed in a range of shapes, colours, and materials, with closed or open ceilings, lights or crawling plants. They can be installed alongside your home \u2013 creating an extended outdoor living area - or can be free standing as an oasis escape. There are so many different ways you can use a pergola to enhance your home in value, style and function. Check out a few of our favourite pergola design ideas from around the web for some more inspiration on how a pergola can fit into your home. Pergolas and your pool Why not create a luxurious, resort-style backyard pool with the simple addition of a pergola? They can be used to make a beautiful lounging area to sit back in the summer sun with a cocktail and a good book or can even house your spa. One of the biggest trends of the moment is a \u2018floating\u2019 pergola installed alongside your pool \u2013 the epitome of backyard indulgence. Pergola design ideas, inspiration, pictures and more. English country garden Traditional country garden styling is another popular way to bring a pergola into your backyard, adding a touch of class and English romance. Allow vine plants and roses to crawl up the sides of a white-painted timber pergola design to make the perfect spot to sit back with a Jane Austin novel and be transported to another time White-painted timber pergola. Free standing pergola. Bring family and friends together in a free standing pergola. Luxurious outdoor living One of the most popular functions for a pergola is to create a luxurious outdoor living space that can be used to entertain at any time of year. These spaces are becoming another room in your home to bring together your friends and family, and with the addition of heaters, fans and lights you can use them all year round. These spaces are decadent outdoor entertaining areas where you can sit back with a glass of wine on a warm summer\u2019s night, or host a brilliant barbeque regardless of the weather! Pergolas provide a luxurious setting for entertaining. Modern and sleek Outdoor living is no longer just traditional; a lot of homeowners are playing with unique designs with a modern edge to create sleek and stylish outdoor living spaces, experimenting with colours, shapes and textures. Pergolas can be modern and sleek. Pergolas can be made into another room for your home. If you\u2019re ready to explore your options and get your Pergola installation underway, view our full range of pergola designs or get in touch with us for a no obligation free measure and quote! Australian Outdoor Living is passionate about helping people love their life outdoors. We offer a range of products, including: Outdoor blindsArtificial grassRoller shuttersConcrete and fibreglass swimming poolsCarportsTimber deckingPergolas, verandah and patios Have you been thinking about renovating your home? Fill out the free measure and quote form at the top of this article and a member of our dedicated sales team will be in touch.