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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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This sleek swimming pool by Maestri Studio adds contrast to this home’s brick exterior.
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With its unique R-shape design, this pool encompasses the beauty of nature around it.
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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