Patio Gazebos

Learn about patio gazebos and explore your options for adding an elegant and functional element to your outdoor living space.
Patio Gazebo

Patio Gazebo

A paver patio with a beautiful wood gazebo situated in a garden.

Photo by: Elena Elisseeva

Elena Elisseeva

By: Sean McEvoy

Patio gazebos are one of the most common additions to an outdoor living space, and with good reason. As you explore deck and patio design ideas, consider that patio gazebos provide an inviting, relaxing and functional element where friends and family can gather.

Gazebo, Pergola, Canopy Ideas

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Shade to Grow On

This traditional white pergola serves as both a shade-maker and a place for flowering vines to flourish. The more the plants grow, the more shade they'll provide. Design by Jamie Durie

Romantic Patio

Skylights on the roof of this chartreuse covered porch let a little sunlight in, while flowing, romantic curtains can close to create filtered light and additional privacy. Design seen on HGTV's Going Yard

Poolside Pergola

A dark wooden pergola frames this outdoor living area and creates filtered light during sunny afternoons. Image courtesy Viceroy Hotels and Resorts

Relax in the Shade

This poolside cabana in toasty Palm Springs, Calif., provides total shade for tired swimmers. Image courtesy Viceroy Hotels and Resorts

Photo By: Courtesy of Viceroy Hotels and Resorts

Cool Off the Dinner Table

Designers Robert and Cortney Novogratz used thin panels of wood to create a woven covering for this urban outdoor dining room. It provides both moderate shade and a barrier from nosy upstairs neighbors.

Two Layers of Cool

This triangular pergola next to the pool provides much-needed shade in between laps. Two layers of wood provide shade from multiple directions, and create a lattice pattern on the patio. Design seen on HGTV's Going Yard

Natural Shade

Building this patio around an existing lemon tree provides color, interest and Mother Nature's favorite form of shade. Design by Jamie Durie

Modern Comfort

Designer Jamie Durie used long strips of canvas to create shade and to echo an interior feature in this modern home.

Anne Heche's Shade Solution

When actress Anne Heche and her husband asked Jamie Durie to create more shade in their too-hot backyard, he delivered with this house-length pergola fitted with adjustable Roman shades on the top and sides.

Sliding Panels

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.

Spider Web-Inspired Shade

The macrame design on this gazebo blocks just a bit of light, but creates interesting shadows on the floor below and provides an ideal spot to suspend bright hanging baskets. Design by Jamie Durie

Modern Canopy

From below, this modern canopy looks like a piece of art. Designer Jamie Durie filled triangles where wood pieces met with blue and yellow fabric, leaving lots of negative space to allow some light to get through.

Temporary Shade

For small gardens, temporary shade solutions take up less space and allow more flexibility. This sail-like screen creates shade and makes the garden feel more intimate. It can be taken down when not in use.

Photo By: DK - Garden Design © 2009 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Made for Shade

A custom canopy and draperies made from Sunbrella outdoor fabric help keep the elements (and the sun) out while also softening the space.

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.

Photo By: Jamie Durie

Modern Country

Dan Berger put a modern twist on rustic-country style when he designed this gazebo that sits alongside a babbling brook. Latticed vertical screens provide privacy and additional shade.

Billowing Curtains

This airy space is large enough to house summertime parties but intimate enough for an afternoon nap. The linen draperies and overhead sails add romantic style and help bring in cool shade. Design by RMS user SanDtexs

Green Roof

Wisteria blooms create the "ceiling" of this patio and a moderate amount of shade. Design by Patricia Wagner

Two of the biggest advantages to adding a patio gazebo are durability and permanence. With other patio covering options, these two elements will almost always be a concern—for example, a canvas canopy will need to be removed in winter months in any regions where winter snow is common. A gazebo, on the other hand, is a permanent structure with a full roof—the only weather protection it may need is side coverings during the harshest weather conditions.

A patio gazebo can also be a great option for those whose outdoor living design tastes tend more towards "traditional garden". Gazebos are iconic features of classic garden designs, so if you took some inspiration from a whimsical English garden style when designing your patio and outdoor space, a gazebo will definitely feel right at home.

That's not to say gazebos can't work with more modern and contemporary design styles—they are now available in a range of styles, some of which sport the clean lines and updated design of many outdoor living spaces.

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