‘Tis the season to bask in the glory of the sun, which is especially glorious when you’re doing so right by a pool. And even glorious when your pool patio and/or deck is styled well. So to get yours ready for the warm months ahead, we’re spotlighting 14 beautiful pool deck ideas from landscape designers and architects. Take notes from these stylish hangout setups to find the right decking materials, patio lighting, and more so you can live your best outdoor life.
Design a pathway that visually draws the eye to the pool and also provides a clear way for people to approach it. Here, Janice Parker Landscape Architects opted for an offset stacked bond pattern of stepping stones that eases the transition between the stone tile patio, lawn, and pool area.
Get your pool deck ready for night swims with the appropriate mood lighting. Of course, pool lights are a game-changer, and if you look in the far left, you’ll notice the garage skylight that gives you peek at the cars below and allows for shared light. Add a few spotlights and hurricane candles and voila.
An all-white plaster-effect material gives this pool deck a modern, bohemian edge. Just add simple white cushions for comfort and you’ve got yourself a relaxing oasis at home. A raffia roof hanging over the deck is a nice touch too.
Distinguish the sitting area from the pool deck with an elevated patio. It will look separate but also consistent when the pool design reflects style of the home’s architecture. On this property designed by Nicole Hollis Studio, the modern, dark pool tiles and clean lines reflect the open-air structure beyond.
This Sag Harbor pool deck by Elizabeth Cooper Design is the perfect blend of polished and laidback. The brick paving on the patio is durable (bonus: it’s more affordable than wood decking or tile) and it also boasts a nice lived-in aesthetic.
This pool deck by Janice Parker Landscape Architects has it all, from the grassy hillside view to separate sitting and dining areas, and a sleek yet classic swimming pool. The stone wall helps separate the outdoor living area from home, enhancing privacy.
No room for lounge chairs? No problem. Interior designer Jenn Feldman improvised with two mediation lounge cushions and just placed them directly on the pool deck for a comfortable, easy-to-move, and stylish solution.
It doesn’t get any chicer than this backyard designed by Night Palm Studio. With black and white swirly side tables, curvy, wave-like daybeds, a sleek concrete foundation, and lighting built into the underside of the benches, it’s the ultimate edgy pool deck. For extra point, stain your wood fence black.
A simple, contemporary swimming pool will age with the house as your kids grow up, but why not make it ultra fun while they’re still little? Studio Life/Style built a water slide and play house structure in this Los Angeles backyard.
The soft edges of rounded swimming pools tend to fit in well with traditional architecture and design. This one in a GRT Architects-designed home also features natural stone, making it feel even more serene and relaxing.
Landscape designer and architect Ed Hollander opted for a sleek backyard design where the pool is flush with the lawn and patio. The light blue lounge chair cushions bring in a little pop of color without contrasting too much.
Here, Studio Robert McKinley used light wood decking materials and extended it up the facade of the house for a fresh, nature-inspired take. Just off to the side, you’ll see the extra perk on the pool deck: a fire pit. The concrete flooring under the fire pit sitting area is durable, low-maintenance, and affordable.
Instead of lining up some classic lounge chairs, customize your pool area with a modern daybed. Take a cue from this pool deck by KAA Design Group, where the attached day bed brings some geometric drama and sexier poolside lounging.
Invest in patio furniture that can double as seating to sun on if you don’t have the space for two separate hang out areas. It can still look elevated and comfortable with the right approach, as demonstrated in this space by Jenn Feldman Design.