Here are some design notes when it comes to modern pergola designs. The most common pergola design is to have decorative and somewhat rounded ends on the beam. The easiest way of creating a more modern pergola is to do away with the decorative ends.
The Best Privacy Trees! What to plant if you see to much of your neighbors yard! Here is a smaller version - the tree is a Frons Fontaine Hornbeam. With a name like Fons Fontaine it is sure to be a showstopper.