Pergolas are immensely versatile when it comes to jazzing them up. The seemingly ordinary adjoined rafts that make up a pergola may appear basic at first glance, but if you have the eye for it, you can style them up beautifully. From letting climbers drape over the beams of a pergola and moss fall from the lattice to hanging lights and curtains, there is so much one can do with their backyard embellishment to give their outdoor space a well-deserved glow up. That said, staying tasteful with the design and look of everything is a must; otherwise, a homeowner might end up with a gaudy horror story of a yard that nobody would want to step on.
We know what you must be thinking right now; what could possibly go wrong when decorating a pergola? Well, a LOT! Don't be fooled by the simplicity of the task. Like every other house improvement project, juicing up a pergola is also tricky and requires some thought. If that were not the case, then the world wouldn't have so many skillful designers for house decor. A lot can go wrong when styling a pergola; you can hang unsuitably large bulbs, or you might drape flashy curtains when just sheer drapes would have turned things around.
To save you from such decor debacles, we decided to give you a guide on choosing the right curtains for your pergola. Here is everything you need to know about pergola drapes.
Of course, the first thing you need to consider when choosing curtains for your backyard establishment is the fabric. And to do that, you need to know if you want privacy that comes with think drapes or the romantic setting created by flimsy drapes. You might also want to consider the weather to make the right call. Generally, sheer curtains work best with pergolas because they are elegant and keep the deck roomy. That is, they don't confine the space as thicker drapes do. And what's the point of having an outdoor seating area when you enclose it with fabric.
Another imperative factor to consider when buying pergola curtains is the look you wish to create. If you want to add grandeur to your backyard, then you could hang silk curtains. But if you want the ambiance to be casual and inviting, you should consider sheer or cotton drapes.
Lastly, the color of curtains for a pergola is crucial to the appearance of the space. Since pergolas are placed in the outdoor area of a house, the veil over it shouldn't be too bright or overpowering because that would take the attention away from the construction the drapes are trying to accent. You want the star of the place to be the pergola and not the curtains; therefore, choose a shade for your pergola curtains that blends beautifully with the surroundings instead of standing out and taking the spotlight.
We suggest you go for sheer or lace curtains because those generally don't have strikingly bold colors that'd make you want to shield your eyes.
Remember, the idea of hanging curtains over your pergola is to underscore it and not the drapes themselves; hence, always choose cloaks for your outdoor space that have subtle features.
Stress can be a blight on a person's wellbeing. It may not seem that way at first because you can't see stress, but living under it for prolonged periods can have devastating effects on the body and mind. Sadly, not many people realize it, and the ones that do still struggle to get out of its clutches and understandably so. Letting go of stress is not easy; in fact, it's probably one of the most challenging things a person has to learn to do. But even after trying their very best, many people never stop worrying and lose their health in the process. For such stress-prone individuals, having a soothing corner at their disposal can make a world of difference. And that's where a pergola can be a huge help.
Pergolas are not just outdoor structures that are only suitable for dinners and parties. They can be equally useful for some 'alone/me time' for anyone. If you set them right and decorate them well, you can have a relaxing yoga retreat at home 24/7. And that doesn't mean you you'd have to give up outdoor get-togethers; you can still have those but during the day style a pergola for a much-needed yoga session.
A Rustic Spa
If you like to be around nature or feel that being close to earthy elements can ease your anxiety better, you should go for a rustic setup. Get a wooden pergola installed in your backyard. Adorn it with twig climbers and perennials to keep nature close to yourself during yoga. For added effect, put up a water basin/fountain in the middle of the deck. Stretching near the sound of running water will alleviate your anxiety significantly. Even if you choose not to do that, it's completely fine. But then furnish the space in such a way that you can add other soothing elements such as scented candles and incenses. Place a rustic table under the pergola to keep your yoga implements. You can also choose to put comfortable loungers to induce a warm and comforting vibe.
A Chic Chamber
Some people feel at peace in clean and clear spaces; if you're one of those, then you need to install a modern pergola to create a sleek looking spa for your daily yoga sessions.
You can choose whichever material you want for the pergola and get it painted in the most relaxing colors, such as white. Install a marbled deck underneath it and furnish the space with contemporary furniture pieces, such as chaise lounges or round-arm loveseats. Don't forget to put a coffee table to place your candles and flowers (if you want) to create a peaceful ambiance.
Modern pergolas generally work well with sheer curtains, so you might want to consider putting up those as well in your chic yoga chamber.
Enjoy the benefits of having a pergola that go beyond the aesthetics of your outdoor space. Create a corner for yourself to recharge and recuperate from the daily burdens of life.
Bonus advice: Style your backyard anyway you want so that the retreat that comes out of it works for you.
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