Transform your outdoor pool area into a magical oasis this summer

It is the great Australian dream: to own a home with a spacious yard and a generously sized swimming pool.

Taking a refreshing dip or basking in the sun by the water is the epitome of a lazy Sunday afternoon for many. If you’re striving to revitalise this tranquil space, look no further! Be inspired with these creative pool ideas to morph your backyard pool area into a serene outdoor oasis.

Don’t veto the gazebo

Outdoor gazebos are a classic pool area addition, and can be designed for any aesthetic, reaching far beyond the traditional Bali hut. The covered space provides a peaceful reprise from the sun’s rays, whilst enabling you to relax in close proximity to your tranquil pool setting. For a gentle touch and soften the space, consider adding curtains or large cushions for a comfortable, homey touch.

Add in a table setting and outdoor lighting to create an outdoor dining area to entertain guests! There’s surely no space more perfect than the gazebo to kick back, relax and enjoy a refreshing, summer-inspired cocktail.

 

Throw some shade

Sun umbrellas and parasols are generally poised on land, but why not create some shade in the water? Consider installing a pool umbrella that reaches over part of the pool so you can enjoy perching in the water whilst avoiding unpleasant sunburn, so you can laze in the pool all day without a worry. They’re also perfect for those temperamental sun showers that frequent our Aussie summers!

 

Spas ‘n’ bars

Bring the fun of resort life into your home with a swim-up bar or seating area in your pool. Better yet, pop a cooler box or low bar by the adjoined spa so you can sip on something cold and sparkling whilst enjoying the rumbling jets – nothing better than some bubbles amongst the bubbles! Perfect for the avid entertainer and, if heated, can be enjoyed day or night.

 

Sculptures by the sea

As well as being a peaceful escape, gardens can speak volumes about a homeowner’s personality and individual preferences. Sculptural forms create interest and variety amidst a sea of greenery and is the perfect way to personalise a space; weave your own unique spin and choose a statue that expresses the ‘inner you’.

 

Chasing waterfalls

Bring a touch of the tranquil wilderness to your pool area with a waterfall feature. The meditative atmosphere created by a water feature allows you to unwind, relax and seek peaceful reprise from the busy occurrences in your daily life. Serving as a key structural element in the garden, waterfalls create a focal point amidst a sprawling array of lush greenery.

 

Build a bridge

‘When you’re weary, feeling small…build your own bridge over troubled water.’

Sure to lift your spirits, swimming pool bridges will revamp the space and bring an element of creativity and charm to your private abode.

Depending on aesthetic preference, homeowners can opt for the classic arched bridge design, or a more contemporary choice such as a flat concrete slab or series of wooden panels. A bridge at the deep end of your pool also provides an alternative platform from which to dive into the water, creating fun for kids and adults alike.

 

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Redeeming feature wall

For the perfect pool aesthetic, consider the backdrop upon which it is set against. Designing a statement feature wall adds style and atmosphere to the space, connects the indoor and outdoor aesthetic and makes use of designer features such as tiles, garden beds, texture renders, mosaics, screens, wall art and lighting.

 

Take a load off

Weatherproof outdoor furniture has flourished with the invention of durable yet stylish upholstery fabrics. Swap the plastic deck chairs for comfy lounges or padded sunbeds and make the most out of your lazy Sundays. Consider the style you’re going for and think outside the box — crochet hammocks add a bohemian flair, triangle pillow mats make for easy storage and four poster outdoor beds are perfect for those with a glamorous side.

 

 

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Light it up

Cost-effective with significant effect, lighting can transform your pool area into an enchanting and wondrous space.

Experiment with different options for the effect that most suits you and your lifestyle:

  • Drape strings of fairy lights in rows across the pool to create magical starry reflections on the water’s surface
  • Underwater lights create clouds of mesmerising colour in your pool, creating an exquisite sight and a magical swimming experience at night
  • Boundary lights offer warm mood lighting for intimate evenings under the night sky

 

Slip ‘n’ slide

With the installation of a pool slide in the backyard, kids will forget the existence of technology for hours at a time, and instead spend their days splashing in the swimming pool, creating lasting memories in the great outdoors. Who needs iPhones when spectacular wet n’ wild fun is on offer right in the backyard?

Whether you’re trying to create a water park, an entertaining space or a tranquil, private lagoon, choosing the perfect finishing touches will ensure a space that you adore. Your personalised outdoor pool area will enhance your outdoor lifestyle and delight guests with the creativity and care gone into designing your customised oasis.

Written by Sophie Deutsch

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