40 Best Swimming Pool Designs

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There’s no denying the fun that comes along with diving into a pool. Think crystal clear water, warm weather and the company of family and friends — right in the comfort of your home. In light of the season, we’re sharing beautiful swimming pool designs that can elevate your backyard or airy indoor space.

Whether you want a minimalist look or a luxurious, statement-making setup, these popular swimming pool ideas are perfect for your home. We’ve included pictures of elaborate styles that showcase the views of a mountainous terrain or picture-perfect palm trees. Plus, designs that showcase how you can surround your pool area with a variety of decking materials (such as pavers, bricks or stone), and create a unique escape surrounded by lush greenery.

So if you’re making plans to upgrade your home, consider these swimming pool looks for a backyard refresh. Your kids and guests will thank you.

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A Cozy Indoor Oasis

All-white, including round pendant lights, steal the show in this indoor pool layout by Leanne Ford Interiors.

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Modern Farmhouse

This sleek swimming pool by Maestri Studio adds contrast to this home’s brick exterior.

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R Shaped

With its unique R-shape design, this pool encompasses the beauty of nature around it.

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Vacation Nook

Looking for a design that embodies vacation vibes? Take a cue from this look by Lindye Galloway Studio + Shop and design an indoor swimming pool off of your backyard. There’s nothing like basking in the beauty of your garden’s florals while taking a dip.

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Spa-like Spring

This look features a relaxing spa-like experience, from the brick and stone elements to the surrounding trees and sky views.

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The Feeling of Luxe

Joshua Smith Inc. designed this outdoor area with a luxurious aesthetic. The pool’s shape and white design blends in with the refined and midcentury modern look.

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Water Park Fun

Installing a slide and brick waterfall only added to the natural elements surrounding this structure.

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A classic T-shape is great for those with an artsy mind. The vertical stem in this design by David Turner Studio is smaller and lesser in width.

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Multiple Pools

This freeform look gives the impression of multiple pools in one. It has an irregular shape that perfectly complements the surrounding trees.

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Bar Area

While you’ll usually find swim-up pool bars at resorts, this doesn’t mean they have to be reserved for these spaces. They’re perfect for entertaining guests at home, too.

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Underground Plunge Pool

This underground haven is surrounded by a pebble and stone wall. Light gleams from the stairwell above, offering a beautiful reflection of the cave-like setting.

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A Taste of the Tropics

This eccentric pool shape and design is marked by Mediterranean influences. Bright colors and a brick outline complete the look.

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The Classic L Shape

An L-shaped appearance divides the shallow and deep ends, while helping to fill those empty spaces around the corner of the house.

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Wooden Enclosure

This arched wooden enclosure provides the perfect cocoon, helping to evoke a warm and inviting atmosphere.

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Crystal Blue Lagoon

Round pools are simple and free-standing, making them great additions to any small backyard.

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A Rocky Landscape

The rectangular layout at the Red Mountain Spa in St. George, Utah, is ideal for swimming laps, while offering majestic views of the Rocky Mountains and rugged terrain.

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Black Bottom Pool

Black bottom pools are trendy and brilliant for retaining heat. They’re also incredibly dramatic and make a moody option, whether indoors or in the backyard.

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European Influence

Classic white pillars surround this pool, while the glass structure above paves the way for light to seep through and reflect on its surface.

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Floating Balcony Pool

Swim on the edge with a floating balcony pool that overlooks an alluring sky and landscape views.

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Indoor Sky Views

This indoor pool by M. Lavender Interiors was built in a dome-like structure that offers a casual and relaxed experience.

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Checkered Tile

A blend of light and dark blue hues combine for a checkered look that mimics swimming in the tropics.

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Modern In-Ground Pool

Designed by JL Design, this sleek and modern in-ground structure features clean lines and an outdoor portico for added privacy.

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Midnight Swim

This modern swimming pool is illuminated to urge the owners and guests to take a midnight swim. The pool steps allow an easy transition from the water to the deck.

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Infinity Pool

This villa’s infinity pool overlooks the Playa Grande Beach in Costa Rica. It features a vanishing edge and a picture-perfect geographical scene.

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Long and Narrow

Long and narrow backyards are ideal fits for narrow rectangular pools, as they fill out the entire shape of the space.

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Section Off Sauna

Stones and pebbles outline this circular sauna’s base, while the surrounding water is meant for swimming.

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Herringbone Pattern

The waterfall and herringbone patterned deck and paving gives this pool a classic and stylish appearance.

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A Garden Escape

This domestic garden features a swimming pool surrounded by plants and chaises. A stunning wood panel deck only adds to this enchanting garden escape.

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Kidney-Shaped Design

This holiday villa in Spain features a striking kidney-shaped pool design. This style has a naturalistic appeal, a functional design and retro charisma.

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