A swimming pool is a great addition to your backyard, especially if you plan on a staycation with your whole family this summer. Pools come with responsibility though—including keeping you and your family safe with a fence or barrier. (Depending on where you live, you may also need a barrier to keep wildlife out!) We share our favorite fence and barrier ideas that will enhance the look of your backyard, from bamboo fencing to a cool water feature.
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A modular wall acts as a great barrier for a backyard pool because it blocks out noise and has a sleek design, and this slim wall design by modularwalls even acts as a garden trellis giving you the opportunity to seamlessly blend the wall with your outdoor space.Continue to 2 of 26 below.
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Half Glass Wall
If you want your pool to be the standout feature in your backyard, you don't want to conceal it with a fence. A glass half-wall will blend into your backyard design seamlessly and will allow your pool to stand out while still adding the safety factor to ensure your family stays safe.Continue to 3 of 26 below.
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For the eco-conscious, bamboo fencing is the way to go. However, bamboo can be expensive and may be difficult to maintain. If you want the tropical look of bamboo but you are on a budget, natural reed fencing is a great alternative. Natural reed fencing is almost as durable as bamboo; it is made from peeled fresh water reeds woven with galvanized steel wire. It's a versatile fencing option that can be treated and painted.Continue to 4 of 26 below.
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To keep weather elements out but still enjoy a nice view and the sun shining through, a glass enclosure is a great barrier to keep around a pool. You can even grow plants inside since it acts as a greenhouse, too.Continue to 6 of 26 below.
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DIY Hanging Lanterns
To spruce up an existing fence, hanging lanterns creates a relaxing ambiance without going over budget. To get this look, place string lights inside Mason jars and hang along the fence using twine. It's the perfect, relaxing way to enjoy a nighttime swim.Continue to 7 of 26 below.
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A Wood Deck for an Inflatable Hot Tub
You don't need a fancy hot tub to enjoy your backyard. Here, Erika built a wood deck for her inflatable hot tub to create a nice, relaxing corner in her backyard. A wall made of wood pallets adds privacy, and some string lighting, outdoor cushions and signs add a cute design element and a personal touch. With some basic skills, you can make your own with the instructions in her Instagram highlights.Continue to 8 of 26 below.
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Classic Wrought Iron Fence
If you want something simple and classic and don't need complete privacy, a wrought iron fence will keep your family safe while keeping critters out.Continue to 9 of 26 below.
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Bamboo is a durable, eco-friendly fence material, and you can paint or treat it to match your personal aesthetic. This bamboo fencing is painted white for a charming cottage-style look.Continue to 10 of 26 below.
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Vertical Garden Wall
If you love a lush backyard look, an outdoor pool and fence shouldn't get in the way of that. Look for every opportunity to grow your plants—even vertically on a pool fence or wall for a resort-inspired look. If you want something a little more low-maintenance, buy sheets of artificial greenery and hang it from the fence.Continue to 11 of 26 below.
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Lattice Fence and Shrubbery
A white lattice fence brings a charming look to your backyard, but it isn't the best option for privacy. Add some shrubbery to help block out surrounding noise while adding greenery and privacy to your backyard.Continue to 12 of 26 below.
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For fencing on a low budget, cinder blocks are an easy way to create a barrier around your pool. To spruce it up, paint it and plant shrubbery and flowers in front of it. White paint will make your greenery and plant choices really pop.Continue to 13 of 26 below.
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Wood Lath Accent Wall
Wood lath walls and plaster were used to construct homes back in the day, but today a wood lath wall acts as a modern and sleek accent wall. If you're on a budget, you can get a similar look by using wood pallets.Continue to 14 of 26 below.
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For a completely different approach to fencing, mondolandscapes sanded and added a natural finish to Jarrah sleepers, a type of Australian tropical hardwood, and installed them at slightly varying heights and directions. It adds a bit of privacy while bringing visual appeal that all your guests will notice and talk about.Continue to 15 of 26 below.
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Stone Mosaic Wall
Although a stone wall is a pricier pool barrier option, it creates a certain aesthetic you can't quite get with any other material. The natural look makes it feel as though it's part of its natural surroundings, and it gives you and your family complete privacy.Continue to 16 of 26 below.
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Sometimes just the landscape itself is a great pool barrier. Plant lush trees, shrubs and bushes to create a natural border for your pool that will make you feel like you've escaped to a secluded part of the world.Continue to 17 of 26 below.
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A little bit farmhouse, a little bit resort chic—a white shiplap wall is a great pool barrier that will make your backyard feel open and airy. Pair it with bright blue lounge chairs to make you feel like you're oceanside.Continue to 18 of 26 below.
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Lattice or See-Through Fencing
Your pool fencing can be a part of your backyard design. Here, a fence of simple, vertical posts adds a beautiful design element while still allowing a view of the surroundings. Try a fence of lattice if you prefer a more traditional aesthetic (the bonus there being that you can grow plants up the side).Continue to 19 of 26 below.
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Vertical Garden Accent Wall
You don't need a lattice fence to grow a vertical garden. Here, greenery grows vertically on one side of a typical wooden fence to create an aesthetically pleasing accent wall while providing privacy.Continue to 20 of 26 below.
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Raised Garden Bed
Planting a raised garden at the border of your pool fence or wall, as Barrier Reef Pools Perth did here, is a great use of backyard space. Depending on the climate you live in, you can plant tropical plants in the raised garden to make your backyard feel like a tropical getaway.Continue to 21 of 26 below.
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Large Mirrors and Greenery
If your pool sits adjacent to your home or another building, you can hang large mirrors and grow greenery vertically to make your backyard feel larger and more lush.Continue to 22 of 26 below.
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Water Feature Border
If you want to enhance your pool's design, a water feature will instantly spruce it up. If you don't want to get one built into the wall, you can make one using large stones and boulders and some low-maintenance plants.Continue to 23 of 26 below.
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Half Stone Wall
Since stone can get pricey, you can opt for a shorter wall on one side of your pool to add luxury without going over budget.Continue to 24 of 26 below.
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Tree and Shrub Privacy Fence
A cheaper (and more earth-friendly) alternative to a privacy fence is a border of trees and shrubs. It adds privacy, helps block out noise and is a beautiful pool border idea. Plus, depending on the variety you choose, these trees can grow tall quickly, so it won't take long to create a completely private backyard.Continue to 25 of 26 below.
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Tropical Plant Border
If you live in a warm climate where tropical plants thrive, creating a backyard oasis with your favorite tropical plants will add beauty, privacy and will block out noise.Continue to 26 of 26 below.
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Matte Black Fence
This matte black fence by premierconstructed paired with a half glass wall adds a unique design element to this backyard without overdoing it.