5 Reasons Why a Pergola is the Perfect Addition to Your Outdoor Space

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If your outdoor space permits it, a pergola is a perfect addition that will add boundary, definition and an exceptional place to entertain under.

Looking to upgrade your outdoor living area? Few additions can offer the perfect combination of style, functionality, and value quite like a pergola.

So, Join me as a I share the exact Pergola we have added to our outdoor setup ready for the Spring/Summer season and 5 reasons why a pergola is the perfect addition to your space.

From adding value to your home to creating a comfortable and stylish space for family and friends to gather, you’ll discover why a pergola is more than just a beautiful outdoor structure – it’s a game-changer for your outdoor lifestyle…

A Stylish & Timeless Choice For Our Outdoor Space

I’ve always loved the idea of having a pergola. They signify a real nod to outdoor living, and because they create a boundary in a large space, it makes it easier to create a super comfortable, and well stylised space.

I’m a fan of both wooden and steel pergolas for the right outdoor space, but after Backyard Discovery launched into the UK market, we fell in love with their new metal Trenton pergola which received the Good Housekeeping Home Reno Award in 2022 in the Excellent Exteriors category!

If you’re looking for something with serious gravitas, presence and robust in nature, a steel pergola like this a great choice.

The area of the garden it was being placed in experiences a lot of wind as its totally unprotected, so we needed a robust solution that would weather well, and look amazing.

Pergola Assembly

The metal pergola arrived in three boxes and some of the best instructions we could have hoped for! All of the parts were in labelled bags and each step was incredibly easy to follow. There was also an app that we downloaded which had all the visual instructions, I cannot stress how amazing the addition of this was to the paper instructions, and SO helpful in visualising how it needed to look at each stage. The only battle we had was trying to get it assembled in the dry, hello Spring in the UK.

Myself and my partner got it assembled within the day. It’s definitely a 2 person job as some of the parts, especially the posts are very heavy. It’s of steel construction so it’s super robust and doesn’t move when in place.

We got all of the parts connected for the top and sides before laying everything out ready for the assembly stage.

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We then had to get the posts ready with the necessary brackets that would take the top panels.

Pergola assembly 1

Once we had all the parts ready for assembly, erecting the pergola absolutely flew! I couldn’t believe how quickly we got to this stage.

This is the steel pergola after construction and you can leave it with the open panels if you want sunlight to penetrate through, yet you still get a bit of coverage.

Alternatively, with this metal pergola, it also comes with an integrated full shade canopy so you can create a perfect shelter from the sun. Aesthetically it looks stunning, even without the canopy in action.

Pergola assembly 2

Pergola Styling

Of course, once we had erected the pergola it was onto my favourite part, the styling. The pergola has a stylish black finish so it lends a really modern feel to any garden space, and it helps to ground the area too. Especially true of this garden where its so large, it’s provided a really nice boundary that’s added to the overall visual appeal.

Pergolas are perfect for adding sun loungers, chairs, tables and large sofas, and pretty much however you choose to envisage using the space.

We will be elevating our outdoor furniture set later this year, but for now we wanted to create a cosy seating area that was stylish, cosy and perfect for a toast or two under the English sun.

Pergola assembly 3

Ready for a closer look at the styling under the pergola? Because this has created a gorgeous boundary, you’ll want to create another boundary underneath the furniture to avoid it feeling like it’s floating.

I love adding a versatile outdoor jute rug, it gives a rustic and natural nod to the world around it and it contrasts beautifully with the black finish of the pergola.

Don’t be afraid to introduce a welcome pop of colour with your accessories such as throws and cushions. I tend to lean towards blue for a coastal, Mediterranean feel, but I love additions of terracotta too.

Don’t forget a side table for those glasses of champagne, books and some effortless styling. It’s all in the detail when creating that cosy, outdoor living space underneath a pergola.

With the canopy added over the top which is super easy to put on and take off as required, it makes the space feel even cosier, case in point.

I think what I love the most about this steel pergola is its durability. It has all weather, all season functionality, is maintenance free and has rust resistance. The Trenton is also a Pro-Tect® certified performance structure; certified to withstand up to 160 kmh winds. Seriously, what’s not to love?!

It’s brought such a timeless element to our garden, whilst maximising the space we have and becoming an integral part of outdoor living and entertaining. For what was a very open area that was at the mercy of all the elements, it’s also given us a bit of a wind break and a space to escape the sun in the summer.

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5 Reasons Why a Pergola is the Perfect Addition to Your Outdoor Space

1.Creates A Comfortable Outdoor Living Space

A pergola is one of the best additions to a garden that creates a definite boundary for outdoor entertaining that can be enjoyed in different weathers. As they set a boundary, it creates a comfortable living area that’s perfect for relaxation, entertainment, and family time.

A pergola provides shade from the sun’s harsh rays and can help cool down your outdoor space during hot summer days. You can also add outdoor furniture, such as a dining table, chairs, or a cosy seating area, to make your pergola the ultimate outdoor retreat.

To up the ambience, you can string up a set of outdoor festoon lights along a pergola to help you enjoy the space well into the evening.

2. Potentially Increase Your Homes Value

Another advantage of adding a pergola to your outdoor space is that it can increase your home’s value. A pergola adds style and visual interest to your property, making it more attractive to potential buyers.

It can also make your outdoor living area more functional, which can be a major selling point for those who love to entertain outdoors.

3. A Versatile Design Element

A pergola is a versatile design element that can be customised to fit your personal style and needs. You can choose from a variety of materials, including wood, vinyl, or steel, and a range of styles, from modern to rustic.

You can also add lighting, decorative elements, and climbing plants to your pergola to create a unique and inviting outdoor space that is suitable your needs and desires from an outdoor space.

4. Enhances Your Outdoor Experience

Adding a pergola to your outdoor space can enhance your overall outdoor experience in many ways. It can provide a sense of privacy and seclusion, allowing you to enjoy your outdoor space without feeling exposed.

It can also create a natural transition between indoor and outdoor living, blurring the line between the two and making your home feel more spacious.

5. Offers Low Maintenance & Longevity

A pergola is a low-maintenance and long-lasting outdoor addition. Unlike other outdoor structures, such as gazebos or pavilions, a pergola does not require regular maintenance or upkeep.

It also has a long lifespan, making it a worthwhile investment for your home. With proper installation and care, your pergola can provide years of enjoyment and relaxation in your outdoor space. What’s not to love?

Pergola assembly 4

Before You Go…

What do you think of this metal pergola from Backyard Discovery? Fancy elevating your own outdoor garden space for summer? From pergolas and gazebos to garden play equipment, you can get 15% off site wide with Backyard Discovery with code SLEEKCHIC15 until 9th April, 11:59pm. If you have any other questions about this particular pergola please drop them below and I’ll come straight back!

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Nicole Sage

Nicole Sage is the founder of Sleek-chic Interiors and is a highly experienced interiors writer and skilled home renovator who has a passion for all things design. She has been featured as an authority at Pinterest, Ideal Home, Daily Mail and in countless other interviews. For 8 years, Nicole has written, observed key interior trends, renovated and undertaken interior short courses at the renown KLC school where she has gained her grounding interior design principles. With a keen eye for detail and a love of creativity, she shares her expertise on the latest interior trends, practical DIY tutorials, and styling inspiration to help others transform their homes into stunning spaces. With a commitment to delivering informative and engaging content, Nicole inspires and empowers readers to explore their own unique sense of style and create beautiful, personalised interiors. Contact her at hello@sleek-chic.co.uk for interiors advice, colour questions and any commentary.

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