The most important thing to remember when adding a custom pergola design to your backyard is to first determine which outdoor functions are most important to you and your family. The space can be used for many functions and outdoor entertaining possibilities including cooking out, dining, lounging on comfortable chairs, or as a serene reply from the chaos of life. For maximum use of your outdoor pergola, go with a design that is versatile or one that can be converted or modified to fit and serve multiple functions. Make your outdoor space feel more like a comfortable room inside your home. Utilizing the outdoor space and enclosure to its full potential is the only way that you are going to get a full return for your investment.
When adding design elements to your newly installed pergola, take some of what you have already done within your home and continue it to the outdoors. Use fabric and furniture to add color and comfort to the space. Make separate sections that serve different functions so family and guests can spread out. Install the cooking area away from your home and in a well ventilated area. The dining area should be placed near the cooking area so the food does not have to travel very far from the grill. Add lighting to maximize the area's potential in the evening and night. You also add plants and flowers but keep in mind that even though they may be exposed to some rain via the pergola roof they will still need additional attention for good growth.
There really is no way to go wrong with a custom pergola design. As long as the space serves the function you are trying to achieve and it has style elements that reflect your taste and personality then you have accomplished exactly what you wanted. You can find multiple variations of outdoor design ideas. Tables, chairs, planters, rugs, lighting, and other outdoor accessories come in many colors, styles, and materials. The internet is full of great outdoor decorating supplies and ideas for pergolas and garden trellises. It is both easy and inexpensive to create the outdoor area of your dreams and a place where you and your family can gather to enjoy the fresh air and scenery.