As a common decorative element in Victorian design, a water fountain, either freestanding or wall-style, is a classic accent to include in your gazebo design. A water fountain creates a naturally relaxing and tranquil atmosphere with its delicate trickle and design that can range from florid and ornate to simple and minimalist. Install your water fountain either in the center of the gazebo to make it the primary point of interest or over to one side to create a nook for meditation and relaxation.

Originating from the Victorian era, gazebos, with their post-and-beam construction, still retain numerous elements of Victorian-era design. With their freestanding, covered outdoor spaces, gazebos became escape points for people after the 1900s, when homes were built more closely together. Commonly used for relaxation and garden parties, gazebos are still popular outdoor structures, creating places for repose and meditation.

A holdover from gazebos’ Victorian heritage, corner brackets are placed in the triangular shapes along the roof line and the posts. Sometimes they are called bric-a-brac and gingerbread. These brackets add flair and visual interest to the basic gazebo shape. Friezes, where there are lines of wood underneath the roof line of the gazebo, are often combined with corner brackets. Similarly, scroll-work or cutouts, particularly four-leaf designs, were common to Victorian gazebos and can be easily replicated in modern gazebo design.