There’s a reason for every season to spend more time under your pergola. In the spring you get to watch the world come to life after the long Calgary winter, while in summer the lattice roof of your pergola provides some much needed shade from the long sunny days. However, it’s in fall when your pergola truly comes to life. Calgary’s famous sunshine continues to keep everything warm during the day, and your pergola provides the perfect focal point for your garden as the evenings get darker and shorter.
Exploring The Idea Of Hygge
There is an old tradition in Denmark that centres around the concept of “hygge”, which roughly translates as a cosy lifestyle. For Danish people, something can be considered hygge if it involves friends and families, soft furnishing, good food and an overall feeling of safety and comfort. Your fall pergola is the perfect way to explore the idea of hygge with some of these ideas:
- Upgrade your soft furnishings – given that the goal of most outdoor furniture is to encourage people to spend more time sitting on it, the large majority feels uncomfortable after a while. Simply adding cushioned seats to your dining chairs is a great way to add some hygge to your fall festivities. You should also think about bringing your blanket game outside, which will give you the perfect reason to buy a storage ottoman to keep them all in. There’s nothing better than snuggling up under a blanket beneath your pergola when the fall sun sets.
- Add a fire pit – there’s something inherently magical about the flames of fire in the fall; the smell of woodsmoke, and the mixture of almost-too-hot heat with the cold air is something that you’ll come back to again and again during the fall months. Your pergola is a great place for a small fire pit to gather round, and you can find smokeless stoves if you’re worried about stray embers. A fire pit is also a great place to get rid of those pesky twigs and leaves that come with the changing season.
- Bring in the fall colours – finally, you always need to think about your pergola decorations as a way of making them the focal point of your outdoor entertaining area. Fortunately, fall in Calgary provides you with a solid colour palette, so make sure your soft furnishing, mugs and tableware all reflect the reds, yellows and browns of the season. It’s also a great opportunity to pick out fall flowering plants like chrysanthemums and place them around the base of each post to bring a pop of fall colour to your festivities.
The best thing about dreaming of a pergola this fall is that they are quick and easy to install, especially if you put them on top of an existing deck or patio. Both of these options give your pergola the solid base it needs to support the weight of the beams and removes the need for digging foundations. So call today to start your fall pergola journey.