So, we have to decide what to do with our new rear pergola. We couldn't afford the budget to do it in natural cedar, so it's treated wood right now. We can a) stain it (probably silvery-grey, like aged cedar), b) paint it (probably in one of our trim colors, like a pale purple, set against the dark blue of the house), c) do a combo of stain and paint.
Here's some pics of our pergola as is, newly-built. I feel like it dominates the rear view a bit more than I'd like, and I'd be happier if we managed to get it to blend in a bit more. What do you think? Is it out-of-scale? Or am I just being paranoid and over-thinking this?
We're planning to cover it in flowering vines, so perhaps paint doesn't make sense on the top trusses, since the paint will likely lift off, from the plant action? I'm not sure.
Here are some painted pergolas. (I had to hunt a bit to find these, since natural / stained is much more common, it seems.)
What do you think? Stain, paint, or a combination (which would probably be painted base, stained upper beams)?