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Ten Ideas for a Great In-Ground Pool Design

April 25, 2023

Is there anything better than relaxing by the pool on a hot summer day? An in-ground pool can turn any outdoor space into a peaceful oasis. And to make that oasis even more relaxing, there's nothing like thoughtful landscaping.

Looking for some inspiring ideas for your in-ground pool landscaping design? We've put together ten trendy ideas to turn your backyard into a tropical paradise.


1. Use different flooring materials

By combining materials such as concrete slabs, natural stone, wood, and even synthetic turf, you can create a unique atmosphere in your backyard. Mixing flooring materials adds dynamism to the space.


2. Optimize the functional sides of the pool

Most of the time, only two sides of the pool are used for relaxation. Usually, we pick the ones that receive the most sunlight during the day. Plan the area around the pool based on what you intend to do there. In the end, you might decide on a narrower sidewalk with lovely vegetation on two sides and a wide, sunbathing area on the others.


3. Add plants

Add greenery and freshness to your landscape. Pick fragrant plants like lavender and jasmine that will release a subtle perfume into the air. Your yard will feature a whole new sensory experience.


4. Camouflage the fence

Although essential for safety, fencing is not among the most aesthetically pleasing elements of a backyard. If you can, go for a glass fence which won't catch the eye as much in addition to making the space look more open. Otherwise, camouflage the fence with vegetation for a modern, more natural look. Turning a section of fence into a conveniently located privacy panel can also enhance the aesthetic and overall ambiance of the yard.


5. Add a colored border around the in-ground pool

An increasingly popular design element is the use of a contrasting color stripe around the exterior of the pool's coping to create the illusion that the pool is larger than it actually is. This easy hack can do wonders for your pool's aesthetic.


6. Establish floor zones

With zoning, you can define areas and maximize their use. Creating zones in a big, open space like your backyard can be challenging. However, you can achieve this by raising specific sections of the patio or adding different floor coverings. For instance, a relaxing area could be set up on artificial turf or on slabs of a different color.


7. Add a spillway waterfall

Create a soothing atmosphere and a dramatic look with this water feature. Very popular for the peacefulness they bring, spillway waterfalls add a luxurious dimension to your landscape.


8. Install a gas fire pit

Why not gather your guests in one place and spend the cooler nights in your backyard altogether? Swimmers and those who are always cold will be able to mingle and chat. This is very practical for people who love to have family and friends over.


9. Add ambiance lighting

If you want to add charm and character to your space, incorporate ambiance light into your design. You can add floor lighting for a more subdued atmosphere or overhead lighting for a more dramatic effect. Light strings are always in style.


10. Choose the appropriate slabs for the swimming pool area

If you walk around the pool barefoot a lot, it is important to choose the right slabs for your swimming area. We recommend that you choose light-colored slabs in shades of gray or beige, as they tend to be cooler in the summer due to their high solar reflectance index. Also, for your pool coping, we recommend a smooth finish that will provide more comfort when sitting on it.


With these ideas, you can create a unique in-ground pool that reflects your personality while optimizing your outdoor space and keeping up with the current landscaping trends. Use these stylish and practical suggestions to get the most out of your backyard and in-ground pool.

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