Outdoor — Woods are the top pick for pergola materials since it exudes natural vibes that go along with outdoor area. Pergola doesn’t always have to stand on its own – you may attach it close to the main house. How close and open your pergola will be is completely according to your preference. Don’t be afraid to try an unusual pergola design, such as combining two colors at a time. While the rest are painted in a very dark color, the left part is prominently white.