Design Ideas for Enhancing Your Pool Area for Summer 2024

Summer is almost here, and there's no better time to breathe new life into your outdoor space and create an inviting oasis around your pool. So, whether you're planning a complete renovation or just some minor enhancements, we’ve put together design tips that will help you create a luxurious and functional poolside retreat.

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Determine the Style of Your Pool Area

There’s a few things to consider when it comes to choosing the style of your pool area. Firstly, think about your home’s architecture, your pool area should complement it while still reflecting a space you’re going to love. For example, if your home is modern, but you want a Mediterranean-style pool, try combining the two styles to achieve a good balance and create a unique look. 

Your location also matters, as local climates and landscapes influencing your choice, but more on this later. 

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Choosing Your Pool Area Materials

Choosing the right material for in and around your pool area is an incredibly important step. They need to be quality, durable and of course, look good for years and years to come. The options are also endless, will you opt for tiles in the pool? Decking around the outside? What colour will best match your chosen style? Are the products non-slip for safety? There’s a lot to consider. Our advice? Pop all your materials ideas on our mood board to visualise how your outdoor space will look with the different materials and finishes. 

Selecting the Perfect Furniture for Your Pool Area

Like your materials, furniture also plays a crucial role in enhancing both the aesthetics and functionality of your pool area. Opt for weather-resistant materials to ensure longevity and easy maintenance. Choose comfortable cushions, plush towels, and bold umbrellas in vibrant summer colors to make your lounging experience even more enjoyable. Consider adding a mix of chaise lounges, sunbeds, and outdoor dining sets to accommodate various activities and guests.

Did you know that we have a whole section in our product library dedicated to elevating your outdoor space? Explore everything here in our exterior category

Mood board created by Villa Ta Lumi on Style Sourcebook. View mood board here.

Mood board created by Ballantyne Home on Style Sourcebook. View mood board here

Pool Area Accessories and Décor 

Summer is the season of color, so don't hesitate to infuse your pool area with bright, cheerful accents. Aside from decorating with vibrant cushions, towels and umbrellas, you could also add potted plants and flowers for an element of freshness and décor. These small details can make a big difference in the overall look and feel of your poolside oasis.

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Image credit: Sage & Cove | Villa Styling 

Luxury Outdoor Shower

No outdoor space or pool area is complete without luxurious features, such as an outdoor shower. Not only are they so practical for rinsing off chlorine but they enhance the overall aesthetics and ambience of your outdoor area. 

Pool Area Lighting

Use your pool area well into those balmy summer nights by incorporating well-placed outdoor lighting. Consider a combination of string lights, lanterns, and LED landscape lighting. Pathway lights can guide your way to the pool, while underwater LED lights can create a captivating ambiance. Lighting not only enhances safety but also sets the mood for evening gatherings and late-night swims.

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Pool Area Outdoor Kitchen and Bar

Transform your pool area into an entertainment hub by incorporating an outdoor kitchen and bar. A well-equipped outdoor kitchen can make dining and entertaining a breeze, while a bar area with seating allows guests to enjoy refreshing drinks. You can also make your outdoor kitchen a focal point by using natural stone, tiles, or a stylish countertop.

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Mood board created by Daisey’s Design Diary on Style Sourcebook. View mood board here.

Pool Area Landscaping

When we think of pool areas, we often overlook landscaping. But the greenery and gardens around your outdoor area can really make or break the space. The good news is that landscaping can be as large or as small as you like, and there are so many options to choose from. Maybe you’re looking for something more subtle, so you opt for a grassed backyard and gorgeous potted plants, or maybe you match your greenery to the style of your pool and you go with something very chic. 

No matter what you choose, it’s important to consider your climate. If you’re in a cooler area and your pool only gets used for a couple of months of the year, it’s best to opt for something low-maintenance that won’t require a lot of attention. 

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Pool Area Safety 

Above style and functionality, designing a safe pool is the top priority. Make sure your pool area has compliant fencing, gates, and locks, as well as meeting requirements set in your local area. 

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Image credit: The Villa General 

With these design tips in mind, you're well on your way to creating a stunning and functional pool area perfect for summer. If you’re looking for more inspiration on your exterior projects, why not check out our design community’s mood board projects?

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Frequently Asked Questions

What's the first step in designing a pool area?

The first step is to assess your space and consider your design preferences and needs. Determine your budget, the style you want, and whether you need professional help from an interior designer or landscaper.

What materials are best for pool decking?

Popular options for pool decking include concrete, natural stone (like travertine or limestone), wood, and composite materials. Choose materials that are slip-resistant, comfortable for bare feet, and complement your design style.

How can I create a luxurious and inviting pool area?

Opt for high-quality, comfortable furniture and consider additional amenities like an outdoor kitchen or outdoor shower. Incorporate lush landscaping, vibrant accessories, and good lighting to enhance the ambiance.

What are some eco-friendly design options for a pool area?

To reduce environmental impact, consider energy-efficient pool equipment, solar heating systems, LED pool lighting, and the use of permeable paving to manage water runoff. Choose native plants for landscaping.

How can I create privacy around my pool area?

You can use a variety of privacy solutions, including natural barriers like hedges or trees, decorative fencing, trellises with climbing plants, or outdoor curtains. The choice depends on your aesthetic preferences.