With its clean edges, crisp white color and irregular slat spacing, the roof cover is a fresh take on classic pergola design. Its lines mirror the deck planking below, with both surfaces directing the eye out to the coastal view.
On a rooftop deck in Bangalore, India, a shade structure adds interest with its intricate botanical-shaped cutouts (as well as with the shade patterns it’s sure to create).
The roof’s perforated, woven quality repeats in the woven lounge furniture, tying the two elements together.
Landscape designer Kevin Clare designed a rooftop refuge in Paris that was inspired by the essence of Mexico. In one corner of the roof he designed this covered nook, complete with custom storage benches, cane furniture and lush, climbing plants. The rustic roof structure above provides shade and a perch for plants, reinforcing the feeling of an exotic getaway in the city.
Among their many virtues, outdoor structures offer an opportunity to play with shade patterns. This roof deck in Madrid, designed by Adam Bresnick Architects, features bold colors and stylish furniture. Its most distinct feature, however, is the shade cover, a military-style netting on a metal frame. The lightweight, affordable UV-resistant material provides sun protection and a captivating dappled pattern on most of the deck’s floor.
In this covered outdoor lounge in Montecito, California, near Santa Barbara, a ceiling cutout offers an upward view and colorful contrast to the all-white space. Even if the outdoor curtains are drawn, guests can recline and admire an unobstructed view of the sky above.
This home in Melbourne, Australia, does an elegant job of connecting the indoors and outdoors. Among the many elements that join the two spaces, the blackbutt wood ceiling is the most seamless,seen here on the covered deck. Used indoors and outside, the wood plank draws the eye up and provides a warming contrast to the concrete wall and black accent pieces.
These days, as furniture and decor continue to improve, outdoor dining setups are looking more like a formal dining room and less like somewhere you’d throw together a backyard barbecue.
Such is the case with this Newport Beach patio, in Southern California, with its dramatic light fixtures and elegant outdoor furniture. The designers at Garden Studiolayered wicker-orb pendant lights of various sizes at different heights for an elevated outdoor dining experience.
The interior designers at Schulz.rooms were tasked with transforming a 1980s outdoor eating area into a space that felt more current. They kept the existing roof structure, brick wall and flooring in the redesign but added new built-in furniture, outdoor lighting and an outdoor kitchen.
In updating the elements of the outdoor space, the existing pergola was finally able to shine as a clean-lined modern detail.
In Moscow, this sleek covered garden pavilion features streamlined lounge furniture, dark-stained wood and a pattern of ceiling slats that almost creates a feeling of movement through its varied spacing. Perhaps the most memorable feature in this design byBlockstudio is its inventive fire feature, with the freestanding fire pit sitting beneath a suspended chimney. The round chimney and fire pit bisect the outdoor room, creating contrast in the otherwise-linear space.
There’s a lot to love about this San Francisco Bay Area patio designed by Imprints Landscape Architecture, including the turf and paver floor, cool-toned sectional sofa and white climbing roses. A wood pergola frames the space, and string lights and paper lanterns provide a cheerful view above, day or night.