Pergola ideas for British gardens

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If you've taken the time to design and build a beautiful patio in your garden, you want to get as much use out of it as possible, which is why a suitable cover is vital. 

We've taken a look at how landscape architects have sought to offer all-weather protection for charming terraces and found such an array of lovely options that we simply had to collate a few to show you today. 

If you're keen to get outdoors and onto your patio a little more often, take a look at these super designs and see if any are just the ticket for you!

1. Boxed-in beauty

Wood and glass have transformed a patio into a super garden room.

2. Bamboo roofing

Using natural materials as a patio roof is such a lovely idea and the contrast with the black roof struts is outstanding.

3. Simple and slim

This slimline pergola looks absolutely gorgeous! 

It proves that you really don't need a huge installation to make a real splash.

4. Rustic chic

It could be the apricot-coloured render, but the rich wood here looks utterly lovely. 

Such a pared back design, this cover would really come to life with some fairy lights.

5. Multi-purpose

Now this is clever design at its finest! 

A little balcony has doubled up to offer some valuable patio cover and looks great.

6. Wonderful white

Natural wood looks great, but when you want to make a bit more of a statement with your pergola design, painted styles are worth a thought.

7. Natural and nice

A wonderful al fresco seating spot, the cover here is so simple and the flowing curtains create a really luxurious feel.

8. A little luxury

Why settle for a lean-to roof when you can have a specialist cabana-style patio space?

9. Deliciously dark

We have to say pergolas do look fantastic when finished in a dark stain and an unfussy way!

10. All mod cons

This is a canopy we know you'll love because come rain or shine, you can happily dine underneath it.

11. Fancy finishes

If you plan to keep your patio cover for a long time, it's worth investing in something truly pretty.

12. The perfect platform

Heavy drapes and a wooden ceiling have made light work of making this patio weatherproof, stylish and cosy.

13. Make a statement

While the actual design is staggeringly simple, the effect here is striking. A solid wooden roof on a metal frame is extremely effective.

14. Tonally appropriate

This patio cover looks great as it's a colour match for all the wooden furniture and keeps a direct connection to the garden.

15. Petite and sweet

The self-contained styling here looks great, especially with open sides.

16. Traditional undertones

A traditional pergola installation, finished in rustic wood, looks wonderful against a modern garden backdrop.

17. Simple construction

We think you could knock something like this up yourself, as the wooden roof looks to be little more than decking strips.

For more garden inspiration, take a look at this Ideabook: Modern outdoor fire designs.

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