Indoor swimming pools are a luxury that can be enjoyed at any time of day, night, or year. Offering privacy in a climate-controlled setting that's protected from the elements means that you can take a dip regardless of the weather. And it will save you the trouble of outdoor swimming pool-related maintenance such as sweeping up leaves and other debris.
Some indoor pools are attached to the main living space by a sliding glass door or glass walls. Indoor pools in city apartments or town homes may be located on the basement level. And large residential properties may feature standalone pool houses located adjacent to the main home that may include extras like showers, a spa, or a bar and entertainment area.
Whether you dream of converting a room in your home to house an indoor swimming pool, adding an indoor pool extension to your home, or building a dedicated freestanding indoor pool house in your backyard, having an indoor swimming pool means that you can design and decorate it to harmonize with the style of your home. This may mean seamlessly integrating an indoor swimming pool with the rest of your interior design, so that the pool room looks as stylish as any other room in the house. Or it may mean adding contrast by mixing materials, finishes, and styles, or adding a modern pool house on a historic property to complement the marriage between old and new.
Check out these indoor swimming pool ideas in a range of sizes and styles to help you plan your own all-weather indoor poolside oasis.
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Embrace Japanese Minimalism
This handsome and quietly luxurious lakeside retreat from Envi Interior Design Studio features an indoor swimming pool that is part of a pool house, spa, gym, and art gallery complex that was inspired by Japanese minimalism and design. The decor features custom doors, Venetian plaster walls, shoji screens, and a rain sky shower with a teak slatted drain detail.Continue to 2 of 32 below.
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Modernize the Mediterranean
San Francisco-based Geddes Ulinskas Architects built a modern pool house building to complement a historic Mediterranean-style home. "Although the architecture is modern in design, the finish on the doors and metalwork, the plaster and the stone were all designed to be in harmony with the original historic main house," Ulinskas says. Stacking doors allow flow between the pool building and the courtyard leading to the main home. A lounge area at the end of the pool building has wide open views of the San Francisco bay, and color-changing mood lights.
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Line It With Windows
This light and airy indoor swimming pool from Crisp Architects is the best of both worlds: sheltered from the elements to make it easier to maintain and available to use in all types of weather, but flanked with wrap-around windows that connect it with the outdoors and offer an energizing view of the green space on the other side of the looking glass. A skylight and even indoor wall sconce lighting ensures that the space is well lit at all times of day or night.Continue to 4 of 32 below.
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Paint the Ceiling
This small indoor pool designed by French interior designer Jacques Garcia for Maison Souquet, a five-star hotel located in the Montmartre area of Paris, has moody dark blue paint on the walls that creates a sense of depth in a small space, and a gilded ceiling detail that you can gave up at while floating on your back in the water.Continue to 5 of 32 below.
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Add Modern Style
This Los Altos, California pool house from Framestudio is an addition to a 1966 ranch-style home that includes a wellness space. "The design concept was inspired by European planning laws that dictate additions to listed historic structures be in the style of the current times, intentionally contrasting with the original," the architects write in a project description. "The simple geometry and limited materials give clarity to the new addition. The exterior is punctuated by a cladding of vertical cedar battens, which will age to soft gray over time. Along the neighbor-facing facade, the cladding forms a screen, offering privacy, as well screening out the harsh sun."Continue to 6 of 32 below.
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Clad the Walls With Plywood
The interior of this pool house from Framestudio is clad with plywood that adds warmth and energy to the fresh and modern black-and-white space.Continue to 7 of 32 below.
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Keep It Front and Center
This luxurious Sea Cliff, New York pool house from Smiros & Smiros Architects isn't an afterthought, but a fully integrated part of the home that functions as a central artery, connected to a living room lounge space on the ground level and a loft space above.Continue to 8 of 32 below.
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Create a Destination
This pool house from Smiros & Smiros Architects is more than just a place to take a quick dip, it's a showpiece and a destination complete with warm lighting and a pair of dramatic chandeliers for socializing after the sun goes down.Continue to 9 of 32 below.
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Lap It Up
This indoor lap pool from Revamp Interior Design is deftly integrated into a West Village, NYC townhouse, and visible from multiple vantage points.Continue to 10 of 32 below.
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Show It Off
Metal framed glass walls turn this indoor swimming pool from Revamp Interior Design into a giant human fish tank or an art installation that comes to life when someone is swimming, adding drama and theatricality to the design.Continue to 11 of 32 below.
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Add a Skylight
This indoor swimming pool from Revamp Interior Design is visible from the outdoor patio through a skylight that allows natural light to flow into the enclosed lap pool.Continue to 12 of 32 below.
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Celebrate Midcentury Style
This renovated midcentury modern indoor swimming pool from Leanne Ford Interiors honors the character of the home with painted white shiplap and stone paver walls and a collection of oversized white paper lanterns that creates a large-scale pendant light hanging over the kidney-shaped pool.Continue to 13 of 32 below.
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Add a Glass and Metal Roof Canopy
This indoor swimming pool from Thomas Guy Interiors has a dramatic industrial-style metal and glass paned canopy with a pitched roof that gives it a greenhouse vibe and allows light to penetrate the space. Blue-and-white striped curtains and an indoor umbrella by the seating area a retro poolside resort vibe, while scattered plants and wood furniture enhance the indoor outdoor feel.
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Add Mood Lighting
This indoor pool designed by Pauline d'Hoop for the Hotel Monte Cristo in Paris has graphic wall tiles, an LED ceiling light feature, and a row of tropical plants in rustic pots of varying sizes that creates a lush and earthy contrast to the sparkling blue pool water. LED pillar candles in hurricane lanterns scattered around the pool add ambient lighting perfect for a leisurely late-night swim.
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Install Decorative Ceiling Beams
This sprawling indoor swimming pool room from Kendall Wilkinson Design is warmed up with chunky honey-toned wood ceiling beams and a row of pendant lanterns with flame bulbs that add atmosphere to the combination pool and lounge space.Continue to 16 of 32 below.
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Match the Flooring
This indoor outdoor pool from Lindye Galloway Studio + Shop is the best of both worlds, open both to the interior and to the backyard with a mixture of glass doors and semi-open walls, with billowing curtains for privacy and light control. Using the same pale stone flooring in both the indoor and pool area helps to make the spaces feel cohesive and the transitions seamless. A large cased opening with black-framed glass doors enhances the indoor outdoor feel.Continue to 17 of 32 below.
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Paint the Pool Floor Black
There's no rule that says your pool basin has to be painted or tiled in blue. The interior of this kidney-shaped midcentury modern pool from Leanne Ford Interiors is painted black to enhance the black-and-white palette of the room.Continue to 18 of 32 below.
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Add Rustic Wood Tones
Adding rustic wood tones and wall hooks complements the cool blue tones of an indoor swimming pool room from London-based House Nine.Continue to 19 of 32 below.
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Hang Up Your Swimsuit
The design of this luxurious this indoor swimming pool from Design by Kendall Wilkinson Design includes lighthearted touches like a perfectly themed gallery wall of framed wall art featuring retro-style swimsuits.Continue to 20 of 32 below.
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Add a Fireplace
Watch movies from the pool or from a lounge space by the fireplace in this indoor outdoor pool from Lindye Galloway Studio + Shop.Continue to 21 of 32 below.
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Include a Changing Area
Adding showers, a spa, or a changing area to a pool house adds an extra layer of convenience and luxury, like this sleek modern San Francisco pool house from Geddes Ulinskas Architects.Continue to 22 of 32 below.
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Add a French Touch
This West Sussex, U.K. indoor pool house from Unique Homestays has an elegant indoor swimming pool that was built to complement the French country chateau style of the property, and is part of an indoor wellness complex that includes a heated swimming pool, hot tub, gym, sauna, and steam room.Continue to 23 of 32 below.
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Add a Bar Lounge
This West Sussex, U.K. indoor pool house from Unique Homestays has an elegant indoor swimming pool with a bar and lounge on one end that can be enjoyed before and after swimming, or anytime.Continue to 24 of 32 below.
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Add a Lounge Chair
This indoor pool from Kendall Wilkinson Design features a lounge chair positioned beneath a window that provides a place to bask in the natural light streaming in, bringing home those relaxing poolside vibes.Continue to 25 of 32 below.
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Add Architectural Details
A Romaneque-style indoor pool complements a 17th-century Jacobean hunting lodge property in Worcestershire, U.K. from Unique Homestays, part of a larger indoor wellness area that includes a sauna, steam room, and hot tub that are impervious to the temperamental British weather.Continue to 26 of 32 below.
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Install Glass Walls
When building a freestanding pool house on an existing property, be sure to consider landscaping so that the structure feels integrated and has a sense of place. This independent residential pool house from Fantastic Frank is located in Berlin and surrounded by planted greenery that softens the glass facade and entry doors.Continue to 27 of 32 below.
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Mix Warm and Cold Finishes
On this inside of this indoor pool house from Fantastic Frank, a wall of glass is contrasted with mixed wood tone cladding on the opposite wall and ceiling that adds warmth to the utilitarian space.Continue to 28 of 32 below.
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Maximize the View
This Gloucestershire, U.K. indoor swimming pool from Unique Homestays is located in a beautiful rural setting on a sprawling property that consists of a series of refurbished 18th century barns. The clean modern interior showcases sweeping views of the green rolling hills of Cotswalds countryside from the large glass paned picture windows.Continue to 29 of 32 below.
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Hang a Pendant Light
Adding touches like a sculptural pendant light to a seating area in this indoor pool from Envi Interior Design Studio makes it feel comfortable and as thoughtfully decorated as any other room in the house.Continue to 30 of 32 below.
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Add a Domed Ceiling
A theatrical ceiling dome window above this indoor pool from M. Lavender Interiors allows natural light to pour in while creating a dramatic structural element that is carried throughout the brown and white space.Continue to 31 of 32 below.
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Use Mosaic Tile
House Nine used small mosaic tiles in shades of blue, green, and white to line the indoor pool at the U.K.'s Gara Rock Hotel, giving it a timeless feel.Continue to 32 of 32 below.
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Create a Compound
This luxury pool house and spa from Envi Interior Design Studio includes a small art gallery space to create an escapist compound whose individual buildings blend into the landscape with their harmoniously matching pitched roofs.