It's time to put away those winter coats and bring out your sandals and beach towels. With warmer summer months ahead, you can finally look forward to enjoying your backyard pool retreat. Whether you can't make that summer trip happen or you've vowed to take more staycations this year, your own backyard pool can be a great summer retreat with the right layout and look.
To help you make the most of your space, we dive into our favorite pool deck ideas, from traditional to modern styles, that will have you enjoying relaxing days as well as fun gatherings all season long.
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Sometimes a beautiful garden is more important than a bigger pool deck where you can access the pool from all sides. Melanie of Lady Landscape chose to add a garden on two sides of the pool to add privacy, for a cooling effect and to create a habitat for wildlife. The boulder border around the pool highlights the pool while providing a fun spot to jump in.Continue to 2 of 26 below.
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Narrow Yet Efficient
Even though this pool deck is narrow, the use of the space is efficient. Simply adding a couple pieces of furniture, a stylish tassel umbrella that provides shade and an outdoor rug, pulls the whole space together. The brick detail on the flooring is an eye-catching addition that brings color and texture to the outdoor space.Continue to 3 of 26 below.
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Pathway to the Pool
A simple white concrete pathway and large pavers help create different zones around this backyard pool. The artificial turf is a great place for yard games when you want a break from swimming, and a partially shaded cabana with comfortable outdoor seating is a great reprieve from the sun.Continue to 4 of 26 below.
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Midcentury Modern Pool Patio
Not only does this partial white concrete breeze block fence enhance the midcentury modern vibe of this backyard patio, but it also serves a purpose when poolside. The breeze blocks help with ventilation on the patio as well as help balance the sunlight. It's a design feature that's equally beautiful as it is functional.Continue to 5 of 26 below.
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Black and White Pool Deck
This pool deck has everything you need, from the outdoor seating to the tranquil sounds from the three water features. The most eye-catching feature though is the dark tiles surrounding the spa and garden. The contrast between those and the rest of the pool patio mirrors the home's exterior.Continue to 6 of 26 below.
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Maybe it's the covered outdoor kitchen or the surrounding deciduous trees or lounge chairs, but this backyard pool area is a relaxing escape from reality. The pool deck leads right up to pool's edge where you can safely enter the pool from the stairs.Continue to 7 of 26 below.
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Anything But Square
The perfectly cut lawn and concrete square pavers surrounding this pool and spa give this backyard a clean, polished look. Lounge chairs and a forest backdrop add a more laidback feel to the outdoor space.Continue to 8 of 26 below.
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A Perfect Backyard for Parties
This pool deck is a great place for a backyard gathering. It features different areas for lounging and eating poolside and features a concrete deck with patches of grass for drying feet after a swim.Continue to 9 of 26 below.
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Elevated Garden Design
A pool is a fun backyard feature, but what makes a backyard inviting is the seating, shading options and a beautiful garden that make you appreciate the outdoors. This backyard features all the elements of what makes a backyard truly enjoyable, from the elevated garden to the covered seating area.Continue to 10 of 26 below.
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Poolside in Cali
Because the roof pitch is the focal point of this home and backyard, the pool deck was kept simple and clean. The outdoor eating area features simple neutral flooring, while the grass surrounding the pool adds a touch of color.Continue to 11 of 26 below.
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Small Yet Functional Backyard
Even a small backyard can have all the features you want. The lounge chairs and are great for sunbathing, while the herringbone brick patterned part of the deck features a spot to sit under the shade. The small wild garden separates the two areas and makes the backyard feel larger than it is.Continue to 12 of 26 below.
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Upscale Mediterranean Style
The standout features of this upscale Spanish villa's backyard are the lush plants and arches that anchor the courtyard, but what really makes this pool patio special is its versatility. It's a great place to host a formal party yet it's intimate enough to go for a swim or sunbathe with the family on a relaxing Sunday.Continue to 13 of 26 below.
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A Backyard for all Seasons
The infinity pool in this backyard allows you to enjoy the surrounding nature. But this pool deck isn't only enjoyable during warm months. The seating area and modern firepit allow friends and family to enjoy the view during colder months, too.Continue to 14 of 26 below.
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Even though this backyard pool area is small, the all-white design makes it feel larger and more open. Plus, the sofa pillows and small table give the seating area dual purpose as a place to sunbathe or sit for dining and conversation.Continue to 15 of 26 below.
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Boho Design Vibes
The outdoor area rugs and lounge chairs, that might as well be beds, bring the indoors out in this backyard. You could easily spend hours sunbathing, napping, eating and relaxing by the pool in this boho design inspired outdoor living room.Continue to 16 of 26 below.
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Pool and Play
While the adults swim, the kids can play with this backyard playset that blends perfectly with the wood pool deck. The only entry point to the pool is by stairs that start at the shallow end of the pool, making it a safe feature for families with kids.Continue to 17 of 26 below.
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Stone Border Detail
This narrow, curved pool deck is a cozy spot to place a couple lounge chairs right by the pool. The teak outdoor furniture and striped pool umbrella add a classic look, while the stone detail border around the pool breaks up the clean lines of the rest of the backyard design.Continue to 18 of 26 below.
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A Spot to Dip Your Feet
With an outdoor space like this, you'd probably want to spend more time outside than in. The best spot in this backyard is the bamboo deck with two round daybeds. The edge of the deck extends over the pool, providing the perfect spot to sit and dip your feet in during hot summer days.Continue to 19 of 26 below.
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Even if there is no room to place lounge chairs all around the pool, you can still make the most of any size pool deck. The white privacy wall is livened up with color through succulents and other low-maintenance plants that make the most of the pool's small deck.Continue to 20 of 26 below.
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This large outdoor kitchen has plenty of room to gather for a poolside meal. The gray stone floor tiles anchor the space, while a half glass wall separates the dining area from the rest of the pool deck and adds safety without sacrificing on style.Continue to 21 of 26 below.
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A Dream Backyard
You have everything you need in this backyard, whether you want to sunbathe, relax in the shade or grill up some lunch or dinner. One side of the pool deck features stone flooring in an eye-catching mosaic pattern while the other is all grass for a cooler spot to enjoy the backyard space.Continue to 22 of 26 below.
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Tropical Style Lounging
You'd think this tropical-style backyard is an expensive vacation retreat. The palm leaf outdoor sofa is the focal point of the pool deck while a row of golden barrel cacti brings interest and texture to the outdoor space.Continue to 23 of 26 below.
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All-Grass Pool Deck
This large backyard pool is completely surrounded by grass, giving the pool an upscale look. Concrete pavers are set in a patterned design and lead up to the large outdoor dining area and home. The whole look is luxurious yet relaxed.Continue to 24 of 26 below.
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Each side of this pool deck has a completely different look that together create a stunning backyard space. One side is streamlined with clean white lines and matching white lounge chairs, while the other side features a privacy wall with a wild and beautiful vertical garden.Continue to 25 of 26 below.
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A Variety of Textures
This pool deck features a variety of textures that each enhance the backyard's visual appeal. The half glass wall and white stucco privacy fence add a clean, modern look, while the mosaic tile pool edge and wood deck bring texture.Continue to 26 of 26 below.
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This poolside cabana features natural stone tile flooring laid in a mosaic pattern that enhances the retro colors of the cabana without competing with it. Privacy curtains can be drawn to separate the cabana area from the rest of the pool deck.