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Live your Best Outdoor Life With These 14 Pool Deck Design Ideas

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‘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.

1Ease Transitions Between Zones
backyard patio with pool and lawn in the background

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.

2Optimize for Night Swims
modern pool patio at night

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.

3Use Unexpected Materials
small pool patio

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.

4Elevate It
modern pool and pool house

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.

5Strive for Durability
pool and back brick patio

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.

6Enhance Privacy With a Wall
country home with pool and stone patio

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.

7Make the Most of Your Space
pool with lounge cushions and hedges

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.

8Make It Sultry
modern pool patio

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.

9Encourage the Kids to Play
kid friendly pool

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.

10Go Round
round stone pool

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.

11Make it Minimalist
pool with blue lawn chairs and pergola

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.

12Add an Adjacent Fire Pit
modern minimalist pool deck

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.

13Create Visual Intrigue
modern pool deck

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.

14Invest In the Right Furniture
backyard with pool

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.

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