|I want to add an outdoor design element that will be functional in the spring, but still provide some shade when summer rolls around. Do you have a suggestion that does not involve an umbrella?|
|A pergola is a great way to provide some shade while creating a beautiful design element. This versatile structure instantly creates an outdoor room that can reflect your personal decor touches to become an entertaining area, a spa getaway or an outdoor living room.
A pergola can be built out of wood, vinyl or metal. All have their advantages, however a pergola made of wood is the traditional European look. There are ready-to-assemble or DIY pergolas available at The Home Depot.