Our Favorite Modern Pergola Ideas

Pergolas can enhance every outdoor aesthetic and bring beauty to any backyard. While we may tend to think of pergolas as a classical touch, the right pergola can provide a modern look to match your contemporary outdoor look. So, if you’re hunting for inspiration, you’re in the right place — today we’re exploring all of our favorite modern pergola ideas!

At The Backyard Showcase, we craft and install a wide range of outdoor structures including pavilions, pool houses, and pergolas. Team up with our talented outdoor designers to find your perfect pergola, and our Amish craftsmen will build it just for you! Keep reading to explore our favorite modern pergola ideas — or simply reach out right now to talk to a designer.

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Cutting-Edge Contemporary Pergola Designs & Touches

As pergolas are quickly becoming the in-demand outdoor living structure, creative designers are finding more and more ways to incorporate them into different spaces. While we certainly craft countless traditional and classical pergolas, our contemporary pergola designs provide an alternative option for your outdoor décor. See some of our favorite modern pergola touches:

Black Stain

contemporary pergola designs

While white may be the classic pergola color, this striking black shade sets the modern tone immediately. Notice how the flat black color matches well with the modern geometric posts and simple straight lines of the design. These two factors combine to make for a truly contemporary pergola design.

Heavier Lumber

heavier lumber used for modern pergola idea

Elegant, delicate, and subtle — these are some of the words people often use to describe the look of a traditional pergola. On the other hand, some modern pergolas flip the script. Many modern pergola ideas feature heavy timbers for a completely unique look and feel. Taking the rough and rustic style even further, leaving the cedar timbers unpainted furthers the up-to-date look.

Read our breakdown of wood vs vinyl pergolas.

Straight Line Design

contemporary pergola with straight line design

In general, contemporary pergola designs tend to incorporate simple, straight lines instead of a more ornamental look. See how this otherwise traditional white pergola uses straight rectangular posts, simple brackets, and a flat top — rather than an arched one.

Color Contrast

modern pergola idea with color contrast

This contemporary touch can make your pergola an eye-catching style showstopper. Pairing multiple color shades or even multiple materials together in your pergola creates a distinct look that is more at-home in a contemporary backyard. This comes from the bold impact that two-tone pergolas make. Notice how this specific pergola features straight, no-frills posts and a top made of rustic heavy timbers.

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Custom-Designed Structures Always Available

contemporary backyard structure

If you’re feeling inspired by any of these gallery pieces — we’d love to build one for you! However, if you want something completely original, we’re excited to craft that for you, too. Whether your tastes are contemporary or classic, we want to partner together to build something great for your home. In fact, a conversation about a custom project between our designers and an inspired customer is at the center of the vast majority of our designs — including the ones you’ve seen today.

Learn more about the convenient process of designing your own pergola with The Backyard Showcase!

While contemporary pergola designs are the main focus of today’s blog, at The Backyard Showcase, we build plenty of classically ornamental pergolas, too. Both styles are absolutely exceptional — it all depends on your personal style and your backyard décor. So, if you’re not sure that the bold colors of these modern pergola ideas are right for you, choosing a classic is always an option!

Bring Your Modern Pergola Ideas to Life

Your backyard is great — it could just use that extra touch. These contemporary pergola designs are the perfect addition for decks, patios, yardscapes, and more. So, if you’re ready to bring your modern pergola ideas to life, a skilled outdoor designer is standing by to work with you.

Reach out today to get started — and to get a price for the gorgeous new addition to your backyard!

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