Let These Stunning Swimming Pool Designs Inspire Your Backyard's Look

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40 Swimming Pool Designs for the Ultimate OasisChad Mellon/ Lance Gerber

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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.

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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Alexandra Ribar

Modern Farmhouse

This sleek swimming pool by Maestri Studio adds contrast to this home's brick exterior.

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Jenifer McNeil Baker

R Shaped

With its unique R-shape design, this pool encompasses the beauty of nature around it.

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Vacation Nook

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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Chad Mellon

Spa-like Spring

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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Lance Gerber

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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Multiple Pools

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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Bar Area

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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Stacy Bass

River Views

Opposite this pool area by Jessica Lagrange Interiors and Grand Tradition Homes, you'll see gorgeous views of a river that only enhances the layout.

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Tony Soluri

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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Wooden Enclosure

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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Al Payne

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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European Influence

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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Martin Barraud

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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M. Lavender Interiors

Checkered Tile

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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Leslee Mitchell

Midnight Swim

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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Infinity Pool

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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Michael Spengler

Section Off Sauna

Stones and pebbles outline this circular sauna's base, while the surrounding water is meant for swimming.

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Herringbone Pattern

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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Kidney-Shaped Design

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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Around the Corner

This pool wraps around the side of the backyard, offering more swimming space than what's seen.

Design by Phil Kean Design Group »

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Flowers and Foliage

Shrubs were strategically placed at the corners, helping to add dimension and decoration to the surrounding green area.

Designed by Jenn Feldman Designs »

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Amy Bartlam

Courtyard Laps

If you think your backyard is too small to host guests or install your dream pool, don't fret. A slim lap pool gives you spaces on both sides — one for lounging and the other for standing — while leaving room for a refreshing dip in the water.

Design by Phil Kean Design Group »

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Swim-up Patio

Designed by Ike Kligerman Barkley, this pool's grassy deck plays up to its rural setting.

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Richard Powers

An Underrated Display

The art tree display at the rear only adds to the pool's intricate and unique construction.

Design by Phil Kean Design Group »

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Clean and Light

Instead of using vibrant blue waterline tiles, Jenn Feldman Designs opted for lighter shades. This allowed the pool to blend in with the home's color and clean design.

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Amy Bartlam

Pool Lighting

Adding in-ground pool lighting helped Phil Kean Design Group achieve a high-end look that complements the home's interior.

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Verdant Setting

With one side for lounging and the other full of lush greenery, this layout by Ike Kligerman Barkley mirrors the beauty of a lake.

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Richard Powers

Luxurious Retreat

Take a cue from this stylish pool area and let neighboring palm trees and versatile chaises add to its visual appeal.

Design by Phil Kean Design Group »

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Mini Waterfall

Decorating your pool with a mini waterfall, similar to this look by Phil Kean Design Group, can turn your backyard into a private retreat.

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Amy Bartlam

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