Pool Design Ideas, Inspiration, Photos & more!

A pool is the ultimate backyard luxury that will make yours the hot property on the neighbourhood block.  Not only are pools great for summer fun, but with the right design and landscaping, they can become a beautiful centrepiece not only of your backyard, but also your entire home.

Australian Outdoor Living offers custom designed concrete and fibreglass pools and spas, and we work closely with all of our customers to create stylish backyard pools to suit each individual location. If you’re looking for some inspiration on how to make a pool work in your backyard, we’ve put together a few of our favourite design ideas from past clients and around the web.

Pool with a view

Pools are no longer just for backyards, with many homeowners now installing a pool or spa on raised decking or platforms in their homes. There’s nothing more luxurious than floating over the neighbourhood in your in-ground pool – a beach view makes it even better, of course.

Pool with a view

Floating features

Your pool is a lot more than just a concrete square hole in the ground filled with water. The right design features can make it a spectacular addition to your outdoor space. Floating platforms are one of the most popular contemporary design features, while water features and fountains are a classic way to bring some style and elegance to your pool.

floating pool features

Pool fountain

Tropical influences

Many of our recent pool installations have a clean cut, modern feel. But using the influence of your favourite tropical holiday destinations still hasn’t faded. We’re seeing more and more timber decking used around pools to create a Bali resort feel, with palm trees and oak pergolas a classic choice to create a tropical atmosphere in your own backyard.

tropical pool

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pool decking

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Not always straight but often narrow

Pools are no longer limited by space restrictions, with curving and cornered narrow pools one of the most popular options in new installations. Pools don’t always need their own space either, with pools running directly alongside the house a popular way to make the most of smaller spaces. Wrapping a pool around the backyard is another way to maximise both living and swimming spaces.

Corner pool

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Bending pool

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pool down the side of a house

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Lighten up

Your pool will be the masterpiece of your backyard any time of year with a great lighting scheme, and in-pool LED lights are becoming increasingly popular for creating a spectacular show stopper. Whether your guests came to swim or not, a lighting design will have them gravitating to the pool regardless.

pool with nice lighting

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If you’re ready to get your pool design and installation underway, check out all of your concrete or fibreglass pools, or contact us to arrange a free measure and quote!

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About Alex Kuchel

This is Alex. Alex is the National Brand Manager at Australian Outdoor Living (AOL). By day, she’s a member of AOL’s marketing team. She helps to conjure up ideas on how best to promote Australian Outdoor Living and enjoys working with a pretty awesome team of clever cookies. By night (and weekends), she enjoys the company of her family and friends. She’s a big believer in sun shine and does her best to enjoy it with those she loves most.”