Photo: Getty Images

Photo: Getty Images

Item decoration and protection element, the pergola is usually made of wood structure, and is used with a functional role, such as coverage of a garage, or just decorative, leaving eternal and leisure areas even more beautiful.

constant presence in gardens and patios, can be covered or not, and its function will set this issue. According to architect Aline Plácido, office Up in the House, there is a variety of shapes and materials available. "The most traditional are made of wood, but can also be made of steel, concrete or stone in the form of frames, bricks and bamboo." 

Also according to the professional, the most common roofing material is polycarbonate, which allows natural light to pass, but it protects against rain and direct sunlight. It also reveals that in very hot areas can be used linings of natural materials in the polycarbonate.

"They are easy to mount, as the pieces come ready according to the elaborate design. The most practical are the wood and metal, but remember that a previous structure foundation needs to be built to support the weight of the pergola. The metal type has the advantage of being lighter and allow more varied ways, but as wood, this requires constant maintenance "teaches.

6 ideas for using the pergola to your home

There are numerous possibilities of using this item. Among them, Aline highlights the use in garages coverage, balconies or gourmet spaces. There still is the possibility of implementing it in the garden space creating an atmosphere of relaxation and rest, or in areas with plants to create protected circulations "he suggests.

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Check out the tips of the architect to use the pergola in different situations:

Pergola with flowers and plants

Photo: Playback / Ligia Resstom

Photo: Playback / Ligia Resstom

Professional indicates the use of flowers and plants on the pergola structure seeking to create an atmosphere of rest and relaxation, giving a bucolic air to the space. "Plants are very interesting because they can make the most cozy place and bring life to even the most arid environments," he explains. 

pergola covered

Photo: Playback / Piloni Architecture and Interiors

Photo: Playback / Piloni Architecture and Interiors

"This type should be used in areas in which activities will be developed that are can be negated by rain or strong sunlight," highlights the professional. However, please note that the use of cover does not prevent the use of decorative elements, such as plants for example.

Since the cover will depend on the function of space because it can be produced as complete seal with polycarbonate or just decrease the sunlight, such as coverings made with pieces of wood aligned themselves very close to each other. 

Pergola with play area / rest

Photo: Playback / Pine Martinez Architecture

Photo: Playback / Pine Martinez Architecture

"This model is widely used in gardens and in areas near the pools or the sea. It is important to use some sort of coverage for not preclude the use of the equipment in the hottest hours of the day ", says Aline.

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Pergola with garage

Photo: Playback / Thayane Oliveira & Lara Fialho

Photo: Playback / Thayane Oliveira & Lara Fialho

In this case, despite its highly functional feature, the architect points out that the pergola need not lose the decorative air. "The ideal is to have coverage to protect the vehicle from rain, but that does not stop is decorated with plants or natural liner, which besides being beautiful fulfills the function of reducing the sunlight without completely blocking the natural light," guides .

Pergola with barbecue

Photo: Playback / Maria Decker & Milena Decker Architecture

Photo: Playback / Maria Decker & Milena Decker Architecture

To use the pergola in these conditions, it is essential that it has coverage, allowing the use of the area in any season. "There are mobile covers, more common in steel structures, which allow opening or closing according to the climate changes. An interesting tip is to use natural materials lining or the wood itself into finer pieces to reduce direct sunlight if the cover is made of polycarbonate, so the atmosphere will be pleasant even in the hottest days, "teaches professional.

Pergola with curtains

Photo: Playback / Renata Almeida & Karla Martinelli

Photo: Playback / Renata Almeida & Karla Martinelli

"Curtains can sometimes appear as mere decorative elements, but the ideal is that the sunlight are used to thinking about the equipment throughout the year. They may be both present in the roof, protecting from direct sunlight, as among the pillars of the structure being activated when necessary, "says the architect.

Beautiful pergola of inspiration for your home

Want to know more use options this charming decorative element? Then check out the following inspirations and choose your favorite:

Photo: Playback / Flávia Brandão

Photo: Playback / Flávia Brandão

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Photo: Playback / Anni Verdi

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Photo: Playback / Gil Fialho

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Photo: Playback / João Fausto

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Photo: Playback / Modular Home

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Photo: Playback / Juliana Lahóz

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Photo: Playback / Atelier Plural

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Photo: Playback / Constructions Canatelli

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Photo: Playback / Costaveras Architects

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Photo: Playback / Stefani Architecture

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Photo: Playback / Heloisa Titan

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Photo: Playback / Bender Architecture

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Photo: Playback / ROME Architecture

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Photo: Playback / Lucas Lage

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Photo: Playback / Bellini Architecture

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Photo: Playback / MeyerCortez Architecture & Design

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Photo: Playback / Nautilo Architecture & management

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Photo: Playback / Apê 102 Architecture

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Photo: Playback / Trace Space

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Photo: Playback / Heloise Titan

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Photo: Playback / Nautilo Architecture & management

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Photo: Playback / Full Wood

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Photo: Playback / Trace Space

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Photo: Playback / Linea Landscaping

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Photo: Playback / Loro Architecture

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Photo: Playback / Luiza Soares Pisagismo

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Photo: Playback / Denise Barretto

In any structure with a functional role or just a decorative element, the pergola has the ability to let its most beautiful and elegant outdoor area. Bet on this item and add more beauty to your home.

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