40 Gorgeous Gazebo Design Ideas for Any Yard

A midcentury modern gazebo housing an outdoor sofa

Design by Cathie Hong / Photo by Margaret Austin

Do you have a romanticized vision of a gazebo in your yard? Before getting too carried away, consider some practicalities, like cost, the size of your yard, the size of the structure, availability of materials, and who is going to build it. Depending on the scope of the project, you may have to get plans approved by your city, which could take months. Other things to consider are the foundation, water drainage, plumbing, electricity, where it will be located and what functionality you'd like your gazebo to have.

Don't get discouraged: any project requires time and planning. While you're working on details, get inspired by these beautiful and diverse gazebo designs.

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    Poolside Gazebo

    A gazebo next to a pool

    Anything Pools / Instagram

    A gazebo has multiple purposes, from creating a relaxing spot to sit in the shade to creating different zones in a large backyard. The gazebo in this backyard houses a seating area right off the pool deck so swimmers can grab a snack or take a break from the sun and water.

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    Outdoor Living

    A gazebo with a black rug and outdoor sofa

    Kirsten Diane / Instagram

    If you live in a nice climate, you may want to create a living space outside. An outdoor sofa and rug, some plants and hanging string lights with woven pendant lights create a cozy living space where you can take in all the fresh air all weekend long.

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    Trellis Gazebo

    A black trellis gazebo with seating

    Design by Calimia Home / Photography by Jeanne Canto

    A gazebo with a trellis rooftop is the perfect opportunity to hang lighting or grow vines. Black isn't the first color you think of when designing your outdoor space, but this black gazebo and fence provide a stunning backdrop in this outdoor living room.

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    An Entertainer's Dream

    A contmporary poolside gazebo

    Michelle Boudreau Design

    This contemporary-style gazebo features everything you need to entertain outdoors. You can enjoy a meal at the high top table, prepare cocktails and appetizers in the kitchen area or sit back and watch a movie or a sports game with friends.

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    Picture Perfect

    A round gazebo with chairs

    FOTOGRAFIA INC / Getty Images

    Even though this gazebo looks simple, the woodwork is so intricate it's its own garden art piece. The gazebo is the perfect size for two people to sit and relax together and take in the fruits of their labor.

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    A Whimsical Gazebo

    A gazebo filled with plants and seating

    Getty Images

    The arched opening is an inviting entrance to this cozy gazebo. The opposite end of the gazebo features a lattice wall that provides a beautiful view of the garden beyond while still making the seating area feel secluded.

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    A Spot to Get Away

    A gazebo with pink and white decor

    LuckyPlot13 / Instagram

    A gazebo is a great way to dedicate a spot you can call your own. LuckyPlot13 created this corner spot with a pergola and awning she can pull back when she wants to get some sun. Comfortable outdoor seating and a hanging hammock chair provide plenty of options to relax.

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    Tropical Oasis

    A poolside gazebo with curtains

    Lady Landscape / Instagram

    This tropical-inspired backyard is complete with a large gazebo that features curtain walls so you can easily choose between privacy or enjoying the fresh breeze and view of the pool.

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    Completely Enclosed

    A glass enclosed gazebo

    Perry Mastrovito / Getty Images

    If you have a 360-degree view of nature in your yard, a dining table inside a gazebo is a must. This gazebo has all glass walls that give you the benefits of being indoors but allow you to enjoy the natural surroundings.

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    Poolside Entertaining

    A large gazebo with an outdoor kitchen

    Lady Landscape / Instagram

    Whether you enjoy getting into the pool or not, having a full-size outdoor kitchen poolside is the epitome of enjoying summer cookouts. This gazebo even includes an outdoor bathroom so you don't have to trek all the way back to the house.

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    Backyard Zones

    An aerial view of a backyard with a pool, gazebo and pergola

    Lady Landscape / Instagram

    Every area of this backyard serves a purpose, from the pool and lounge area to the garden pergola and the small gazebo that protects from the outdoor elements. One side of the gazebo features a bar top and seating so you can enjoy a cocktail or meal when you aren't busy swimming in the pool.

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    Natural Wood Gazebo

    A wood stained gazebo with a hammock and seating

    Wild Rose Country Home / Instagram

    This natural wood gazebo is the perfect backdrop for this boho-style outdoor living room. The comfortable seating, hanging plants, string lights and outdoor rug will make you want to spend hours outdoors.

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    Extra Garden Space

    A pergola with hanging flower baskets

    Zhanen Mo/EyeEm / Getty Images

    If you're a plant lover, a pergola or gazebo is a great opportunity to incorporate more plants into your outdoor space. We love the extra color these hanging flower baskets bring to this backyard.

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    A Gazebo With a View

    A seating area next to a large gazebo

    Michelle Berwick Design

    You have your choice of sitting in the sun or shade in this backyard that features a large gazebo. The gazebo's half glass wall provides security while still allowing to enjoy the beautiful view of the garden below.

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    White Brick Gazebo

    A white brick gazebo with an outdoor kitchen

    Mary Patton Design

    The white brick on this gazebo is the same material of the main home's exterior and brings a cohesive look, while the wood ceiling adds contrast. With everything you would need to stay entertained, from a flat screen TV to a fully equipped outdoor kitchen, you'd probably spend more time outdoors than in.

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    Cabana-Style Gazebo

    A pool with a gazebo on the end

    Lady Landscape / Instagram

    Is there anything better than sipping on your favorite beverage while lounging on comfortable chairs next to the pool? We think not and Lady Landscape brought that to this backyard with a large gazebo that's complete with a ceiling fan for those extra hot summer days.

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    Traditional Gazebo

    A round ornate gazebo

    Mint Images / Getty Images

    When you hear the word gazebo, you most likely think of something that looks like this. The hexagonal shape allows for a 360-degree view of the garden and has a quaint design that fits seamlessly with the surrounding garden.

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    Grand Gazebo

    A poolside gazebo with grand columns

    Portra / Getty Images

    With grand columns that resemble Grecian architecture, this gazebo is the statement piece of this backyard. It could serve multiple purposes, from providing shade to serving as a dance floor for summer gatherings.

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    A Designated Spot for Your Hot Tub

    A gazebo with a hot tub and half glass wall

    tracielouise / Getty Images

    This gazebo is solely dedicated to housing a hot tub. The half glass wall let's you enjoy the view while the gazebo protects from outdoor elements so you can relax in the tub day or night.

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    A Minimalistic Gazebo

    A rusted metal gazebo in a Southwestern style backyard

    The Home Consultant

    Even though the style of this backyard is minimalistic, it's decked out with a full-size pizza oven and an outdoor seating area that's housed by a simple wood gazebo.

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    An Extension of the House

    A modern gazebo with a wood slat roof and wall

    Maite Granda

    This coastal-style house features clean lines and a bright white exterior, and the attached gazebo mirrors the look with its matching ceiling and white trim.

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    A Simple Gazebo

    A backyard with a large pool and outdoor kitchen

    Erin Williamson Design

    A large backyard provides opportunity to create your perfect backyard and combine a variety of zones, textures and colors. The main feature of this backyard is the large lap pool, but the heart of the space is the outdoor kitchen that's housed by a black metal gazebo that adds depth and texture.

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    Upscale Gazebo

    A gazebo with a TV and seating area

    Lady Landscape / Instagram

    This gazebo is just as visually-appealing as the surrounding lush garden. The dark brick columns carry through to the freestanding fireplace and flooring while a wood ceiling creates the perfect contrast.

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    A Makeshift Gazebo

    A gazebo with an outdoor sofa and area rug

    Kirsten Diane / Instagram

    If a gazebo isn't in your budget, you can create the same effect with a pergola and easy, budget-friendly additions like a corrugated fiberglass roof and curtains. The outdoor sofa and rug pull the whole look of the outdoor living room together.

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    Simple Yet Efficient

    A small gazebo with seating at the end of a backyard pool

    Marie Flanigan Interiors

    An outdoor sofa could easily transform into a gazebo for two with the addition of wood posts and simple drapes. This outdoor sofa is now solace from the sun.

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    Tranquil Lines

    An aerial view of a backyard with a gazebo, pool and pergola

    Lady Landscape / Instagram

    Straight lines in design create a tranquil feel, and this backyard doesn't fall short. From the lines in the pergola and wood deck to the lines in the roof of the gazebo and stepping stones, this lush backyard brings an instant feeling of relaxation.

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    The Hammock Life

    A gazebo with curtains and a hammock

    Wild Rose Country Home / Instagram

    Taking a nap in a hammock is a great idea until you get a sunburn, but a gazebo can alleviate those worries. Wild Rose Country Home's gazebo features a hanging hammock chair you can spend hours in without worrying about sun damage.

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    A Fairytale Backyard

    A large round gazebo with hanging plants

    KG Designs

    There is something magical about white wisteria and this large round gazebo allows the wisteria in this garden to take center stage. The outdoor fireplace next to the seating area allows you to enjoy the backyard year-round.

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    Backyard Essential

    An elevated garden next to a gazebo and backyard pool

    Lady Landscape / Instagram

    Two of the most important things you need to create a backyard you will actually use and enjoy are a gazebo and plants. Lady Landscape planted perennials in this elevated garden to keep the space from feeling bare and added a gazebo at one end of the pool to make the backyard more usable even during hot summer days.

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    Outdoor Dining Area

    A small modern gazebo

    Lady Landscape / Instagram

    A modern-style wood gazebo helps separate the outdoor dining area from the rest of this backyard. The pendant lights mimic the color and shape of the chairs, while a stone accent wall adds texture.

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    A Gazebo for Chilly Fall Nights

    A large gazebo with seating

    Charbonneau Interiors

    Not only will this stone column gazebo provide shade during summer, but the attached fireplace with chimney makes this the perfect hangout spot to spend time with friends and family during chilly fall evenings.

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    Boho-Style Vibes

    A white gazebo with hanging woven pendant lights

    JC Designs / Instagram

    This gazebo provides a crisp white frame in this boho decor-inspired outdoor living room featuring rattan furniture, woven pendant lighting and an earthy color palette.

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    White on White

    A white gazebo with white curtains and seating

    Dazey Den

    Even though white is usually seen as a neutral color that blends in, it can really stand out in a backyard full of greenery. This all white gazebo features a thick white awning and curtains that provide privacy but keep the space feeling breezy.

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    Combining Indoor and Out

    A large white gazebo with curtains and seating

    Trinette Reed / Stocksy

    The half wall of this gazebo gives you the best of both indoor and outdoor lounging. The lattice wall brings interest to the gazebo while allowing you to still enjoy the view beyond.

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    A Midcentury Modern Twist

    A modern gazebo with dark wood and black slats

    Design by Cathie Hong / Photo by Margaret Austin

    This gazebo combines Caribbean elements with a touch of midcentury modern design. The cherry wood boards create a beautiful contrast with the black gazebo, while the outdoor sofa anchors the space.

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    A-Frame Gazebo

    An A-frame gazebo with a dining area

    Marie Flanigan Interiors / Instagram

    This A-frame gazebo not only adds visual appeal but also doesn't impede views of the beautiful tall trees in the backyard. The white brick column and walls keep things private and still allow the space to feel open and airy.

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    A Gazebo for the Fall Season

    A firepit with a nearby black gazebo

    Wild Rose Country Home / Instagram

    During the fall, a gazebo with walls or curtains can protect you from cold wind while still allowing you to enjoy the crisp fall air. This backyard features a fire pit area right off a gazebo that has privacy curtains and lighting for nighttime s'mores.

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    Sunset Views

    Modern gazebo with wood slat walls and ceiling

    Dontstop / Getty Images

    The wood slats of this gazebo bring a fresh, contemporary look to the backyard. The placement of the slats protects from the sun's rays during the hottest time of day yet still allows you to enjoy sunset views.

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    Privacy Curtain

    A poolside gazebo with a white curtain

    isitsharp / Getty Images

    The step up to this gazebo gives it a grand feeling. It has room for plenty of seating and the curtain in the back adds privacy while adding to the design aesthetic.

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    Dining Al Fresco

    A wood gazebo with a dining table

    Valery Yurasov / Getty Images

    This gazebo takes dining al fresco to a new level. The simple wood frame is the perfect backdrop for a meal outside. The surrounding garden, cloth covered table and café chairs make you feel as though you're eating on the patio of your favorite restaurant.