Outdoor Gazebo Ideas
Learn about options and ideas for your outdoor gazebo.
A gazebo somehow conjures up memories of a different time—when moonlit strolls and long conversation on summer evenings were more common. As such, these decorative, functional and often beautiful outdoor structures remain hugely popular, even in an era when "gentleman callers" have transformed into "gentleman texters."
Because of their popularity, gazebos are now available for purchase as fully assembled, pre-fabricated structures. If you decide to go this route, you'll have many styles to choose from, ranging from modernist approaches sporting clean lines and sharp angles, to more traditional styles with ornately carved columns and distinctive flourishes like double cupolas.
Anne Heche's Shade Solution
These canvas panels are easily moveable, so you can block out the sun (or let it in) as it shifts throughout the day. Designer Jamie Durie mounted the panels on heavy-gauge wire for durability and maximum adjustability.
Your Own Personal Cabana
These private lounge spaces are artfully immersed into the pool; the infinity edge merges the cool waters with the private cabana, creating a unified, harmonious experience. Bamboo roof slats and white linen canopies provide shade while creating a well-defined private retreat.
A tiered roof is another feature found on more traditional gazebos. This adds visual appeal and hints at a bit of whimsy, the perfect touch for a structure that's likely to be used for relaxation or entertaining.
Scalloped roof shingles are another common gazebo feature. These classic decorative roof tiles can add even more visual flair to your structure.
If you're looking to break from traditional gazebo styles, you might want to consider a more rustic feel. Gazebos constructed from salvaged wood, tree branches or aged barn wood can create an eye-catching and original design.
See also: Deck and Patio Design Ideas