39 Pictures of Swimming Pools (Inspiring Designs & Ideas)

Welcome to our gallery of beautiful pictures of swimming pools. A swimming pool can be the focal point or the finishing touch to your backyard landscape. It will provide you and your guests with a touch of the soothing and calming properties of water – whether you are in it or lounging around it. Here are some of our favorite swimming pool pictures we hope you’ll love.

Modern home with turquoise blue pool

In the image above, the turquoise blue waters of the overflow pool offer a smooth surface from which bright sunlight and blue skies can reflect over the landscape for a calm and cooling effect. The clean curved lines of the white slate coping match the crisp lines of this modern home.

Swimming Pool Ideas

Here are some of the best pool design features for your home:

Pools with Connected Spas – This type of aqua retreat offers an invigorating place to cool down on a hot day or a relaxing place to enjoy the therapeutic benefits of a spa. A hot tub can be connected to the pool anywhere along its edge, surrounded by the water retreat, or elevated to become a water feature design.

Infinity Pools – The infinity aqua retreat is impressive when it overlooks amazing scenery such as a mountain, lake, or ocean. An infinity aqua retreat is also known as a vanishing edge, disappearing edge, negative edge, flooded edge, or just edge pool. Top designers often custom craft these types of pools to closely match the surrounding landscapes to create the perfect backyard retreat.

Lap Pools – These long, narrow, and rectangular style pools are ideal for fitness swimming and exercise. A lap retreat can be just about any size. However, they are frequently between 50 to 60 feet long with multiple swim lanes. Athletes often use luxury lap pools but can also be designed to include water features and impressive backdrops.

Endless Pools – Also known as swim spas, this type can best be described as a swimming treadmill. Those confined to a small backyard or space can install an endless aqua retreat for its therapeutic benefits. The pool is powered with water jets to create swimming resistance for the swimmer. Often they will be equipped with a heating unit to become a pool/spa hybrid.

Splash Pools – Also known as play pools, they offer a shallow area for relaxation and recreation. These are perfect for families with small children or for reclining in shallow water in a lounge chair. Many designs offer tanning shelves or sun shelves where one can get a suntan while relaxing on a shallow ledge. These types also feature sunken seating, firepits, and intricate designs that make the swim haven visually stunning.

Perimeter Overflow Pools – This type has water with the appearance of a flat sheet of glass contained without walls and is used in many modern water retreat designs. As the water overflows its edges, it is recirculated back into the water retreat and is similar to an infinity design. There are two main types of perimeter overflow pools – raised and deck level. You’ll also find pools with perimeter-overflow spas, a popular style for contemporary homes.

Beach Entry Pools – Your backyard tropical oasis isn’t complete until you include a beach entry or lagoon style pool. Some of the top features of this design is a gradually sloping surface from the deck into the water’s depths, similar to a natural beach. Another name for this type is zero-entry. Made from various materials with different finishes, colors, and textures, this style is often made to closely resemble real sand.

Water Features – Water features such as small waterfalls, water walls, fountains, deck jets, and bubblers can be incorporated into the water retreat itself or the pool’s surroundings. These little touches can be elegant or exotic and lend an air of romance and fun. Visit this page for pictures of swimming pool water feature designs.

Pictures of Inground Swimming Pools

Beautiful infinity pool at home with lake viewInfinity pools are best used when they overlook spectacular scenery, in this case, the house’s lake view. The otherwise simple lines of the rectangular water retreat and surrounding deck emphasize the area’s tranquil natural beauty. Big picture windows in the adjoining room allow you to enjoy the full view regardless of the weather outside.

Inground pools can be as plain as a loaf of white bread or as creatively complex as a seven-grain sourdough baguette. What you choose will depend largely on the size of your pocketbook and how much customization you’ll demand of your final design. – What Color Is Your Swimming Pool?, Alan Sanderfoot 

Luxury oceanfront pool with cabanaThe flooded edge of this infinity pool vanishes into the horizon of an oceanfront view. The darker blue hue of the floor tile provides a direct contrast to that of the sea and sky. Clean white decking and an inviting swimming pool cabana provide a chill and relaxing place to enjoy the sun, sea, and sky.

Pool with water jet feature with connected spaPlayful water jets spring from the decking of this rectangular pool. Floodlights in the water play off the spray of the jets and the surface of the pool. This pool features a connected spa, an elevated hot tub decorated with tile, and a wide deck for a place to rest and relax.

Stunning tropical pool with two storey homeThis two-story modern home has a two-depth pool set amid a tropical-style garden. The lush plant life provides a nice view and a serene screen, making this pool a cozy place to relax. The bright lights of the nearby patio reflect nicely on the pool’s reflective surface.

Resort pool with infinity edge designAt one edge of this infinity pool, the water flowing over the wall blends the line of pool and view. On the other edge, sun shelves with individual resort-style lounge chairs provide a great poolside area to relax and enjoy the view and the play of the water and the horizon. Pictures of swimming pools with infinity-edge designs are often favorites because of their dramatic effect on the surrounding landscape.

Backyard pool and spa with brick trimThe irregularly shaped pool of this house takes great advantage of the space afforded to it in the sprawling backyard. The clear reflective water charmingly reflects on the house. The brick trim of this pool, coping with potted plants at the corners, reflects the classical elegance of the home.

Overflow pool with patio and wrap around deckThe simple and clean design of this perimeter overflow pool makes this a calm and spacious place to relax. A stone patio complements the tanning ledge and the wooden wrap-around deck and provides a place for those who want to enjoy both the sun and the water.

Sunken pool with weathered wood deck in a hilltop homeThe blue depths of the sunken pool in this hilltop home lend you the calm feeling of being above it all. The infinite edge of this pool blurs the line between the pool and the horizon, lending an illusion of space. The weathered wood deck provides a place to bask in the sun and enjoy the view.

Irregular shaped pool with pin point lights and fringed palmsThe simple curved edges of this backyard pool soften the harsh angles of the mirrored facade of this modern home. The pool provides a focal point for this backyard, with its calm waters and strategically placed pin-point lights. Fringed palms provide a discreet screen to enhance the feeling of the pool being a private world.

Sunken edge pool with rock formation design and natural stone floorOverlooking the lake, this sunken edge infinity pool has a “rocky” theme and look. Rock formations provide an interesting pattern on the edge of the pool that help it blend in better with its natural surroundings. The rocky surface of the surrounding deck sport a nicely textured pattern that sets this pool apart.

Multi level pool with waterfall feature on two cornersMultiple water features set this multi-level infinite edge pool apart. Whimsical pool waterfalls at the corners provide an exciting display, and the sunken seating area at the pool’s far edge allows swimmers to relax and take in the view comfortably without having to leave the water.

Pool wiith round edge with gazebo nearbyThis multiple-level pool’s rounded edges suit the soft blue of its waters. The shallow end provides a place to relax, while the deeper end provides a space for play or exercise. The nearby gazebo provides a place to entertain and enjoy the water without actually getting in the water.

Pool with built in stone hot tub, spa and sunken barThe clean white and grey of this pool coping matches the overall color scheme of this house nicely. The entire area has a clean and airy feel. The irregularly shaped main pool has a dark bottom which contrasts nicely with its surroundings. A built-in stone hot tub provides a place to relax. A built-in spa can provide you with a place to enjoy the calming and therapeutic benefits of warm, flowing water. A sunken bar area provides a place for your guests to sit and talk while sun shelves allow them to relax and work on their tans.

Pool with circular lounge seating One of the best features of an infinite edge pool is the view. One of the best features of this particular infinite edge pool is the space it provides for people to enjoy the view with an upscale atmosphere. A circular lounge seating area in the middle of this pool provides a cool place to sit and converse in a unique location.

Lap pool with fountain feature in the middleWhat might otherwise have been simply a straightforward lap pool design is elevated with this pool’s incorporation of an elegant fountain in the middle and sunken seating areas at either end. The fountain adds an interesting focal point, while the seating areas are perfect for relaxing either in-between laps or afterward.

Pool with square shaped spa with underwater lightingThis lap pool features a connected elevated spa area which doubles as a water feature. After swimming a few laps in the main pool level, enjoy the therapeutic benefits of a good soak in the warm spa. The underwater lighting allows you to continue to sink into the water as the sun goes down.

Pool with faux sand and palapaThis pool and backyard is perfect for those who wish they were at the beach. A pebble-textured beach entry evokes the feeling of stepping onto the sand and into the blue water of a natural beech. A gazebo surrounded by palms further enhances at the beach atmosphere.

Pool with slate tub at luxury homeThe gentle curves of this pool evoke the rough feeling of the desert scrub around it. The sandy stone coping around the pool and the deck matches the overall color scheme of this home. A slate hot tub provides a place to relax and soak.

Blue pool with elevated tub and two red lounge chairsThis two-depth pool features a shallow area on one end, where people can splash and lounge about, and a rectangular lap pool that takes up the rest of the pool area. After swimming a few laps, the pool’s users are invited to relax a bit in it’s elevated hot tub.

Pool surrounded by bright pink accent and palm treesThe bright turquoise water and marble coping of this pool reflect the bright sun and sky for the feeling of being in an exclusive resort. Being surrounded by palm trees reaching for the sky and being able to sit on funky bright pink lounge-style seating areas help enhance the feel of being in the perfect vacation spot.

Swimming pool with mountain view and untreated wood deckingThe simple and clean lines of this rectangular pool provide a harmonious space to enjoy the mountain view. A deck of untreated wood along half of the pool provides a nice perch where one can enjoy the cooling breeze and take in the unobstructed view of the area.

Custom kidney shaped pool with shallow entryThis custom kidney shaped swimming pool features a water feature fountain with a shallow entry design. This shape is ideal for those looking to recreate a natural lagoon environment in their backyard. The pool’s lush tropical plants and landscaping create a relaxing retreat area that is sure to impress.

Modern Pool Pictures

Pool with mosaic bottom tiles and wooden deckThe curved and blunted lines of this water retreat evoke the same space-age cubic design of this house. Patterned mosaic tiles in different shades of blue live up to this pool’s bottom, contrasting the monochromatic white of the pool’s copings and the wooden deck furnishing.

By playing around with colors and shapes of mosaic pool tiles, they can be incorporated into the design of your pool’s floor, walls or sides. Another great place to play with colors and textures would be in your pool’s coping, the edge or cap around the outside of the pool. A variety of different materials can be used to suit your needs and your pool’s overall look. A pebbled or rough textured surface on the pool’s surrounding areas can also help enhance not just the look of your pool but add a bit of extra safety as they will be less slippery when wet. Wood is also a good choice, especially for pool decks and gazebo floors. Make sure they’re weather treated and can withstand exposure to water.

Pool with white pillars overlooking oceanAnother of our zen-like pictures of swimming pools. This modern aqua retreat with white pillars supporting decorative steel canopies provides a peaceful and whimsical space to enjoy the crystal blue water. Overlooking the ocean, this aqua retreat is a chill spot to enjoy the breeze and the sights and sounds of the ocean spray without getting in the ocean itself.

Backyard pool with clear-glass fenceThis simple rectangular aqua retreat with white tile coping matches the sleek and simple lines of this two-story modern house. With its clean and crisp lines, the pool is the focal point of this backyard, reflecting the lines of the house back on itself.

Hilltop pool with view of the treesThis simple and airy hilltop infinity aqua retreat provides swimmers with a cool and calm spot to just sit and enjoy the breeze. Overlooking the river, the pool’s edge blends in almost seamlessly with the horizon. As you sit here looking over the treetops, you really are “above it all”.

Pool on high-rise building Several stories about the city street and the calm blue water of this rectangular water oasis capture and reflect the cityscape. Modern design sensibilities reflected in the sharp corners of the pool coping, and the sleek curves of the asymmetrical lounge chairs enhance the contemporary feel of this swimming haven.

Pool Tile Ideas

Turkish bath-like pool with dark blue tiles and travertine tilesThis indoor swimming retreat evokes the feel of a Turkish bath with its granite coping, potted palms, simple tile patterns and wooden deck. A water wall fills the air with the soft noise of flowing water while old-fashioned wall sconces provide light. Sunken seating areas provide comfortable in-water perches.

Checkered bottom pool with sun shadeThe fanciful checkered bottom of this water retreat is made up of tiles of various shades and hues of blue. All the blue livens up this rectangular-shaped water retreat and adds to the cool and inviting feel of the area. A resort-style sun shelf complete with lounge chairs and sun shades provides the perfect place to work on your tan.

Architecture inspired pool with modern decorThis multi-depth water retreat makes great and imaginative use of the rough texture and interesting colors of slate, stone, and granite in its surroundings. The irregularly colored tiles of the pool’s bottom floor and sides lend to the overall feeling of depth and space.

Custom pebble pool and spa with tile trimThis multi-depth water retreat has a pebbled finish and tile trim which lend texture, depth, and substance to the area. A built-in spa within the water retreat itself provides a comfortable place to relax and soak, while the rectangular higher level ensures you have enough space to swim and play.

A multi-level water retreat is a great way to have an aquatic paradise that suits the needs of all. Multi-level pools can incorporate areas of different depths, such as splash pools to accommodate users who want to relax or lap areas where serious swimmers can perfect their strokes. The finishes, such as the liners, plaster, and tiles that make up the pool’s walls, surroundings, and ledges, can come in a variety of colors, designs, and textures that can contribute to the theme and the landscaping of your yard.

Water Retreat Patio Ideas

Rectangular pool with travertine patio This water retreat showcases a beautiful rectangular design with an elevated hot tub and a travertine patio. Travertine is a great material for a water retreat decking for several reasons. One of the best reasons why is that travertine is a natural insulator and reflects the sun’s rays, which helps to keep the feet cool. Unlike concrete or brick pavers, travertine stays cooler during hot days. Additionally, since the natural stone is porous, it is more slip-proof than many other common water retreat surfaces making it ideal for families with children or teenagers who like to run. Finally, a travertine swimming patio looks beautiful and provides a nice contrast to the popular blue tiles used in natatorium design.

Pool with wide granite tiles behind a Mediterranean inspired homeThe dark blue waters of this rectangular water retreat are broken up by water jets placed along the sides of the water retreat. These water features draw the eye and provide a relaxing “break” in the pool’s surface and fill the air with the discreet melody of falling water. Wide granite tiles enhance the blue hue of the water retreat.

Pool with expansive view of the ocean The aqua blue of this infinity water retreat reflects the infinite blue of the ocean it overlooks. The irregular stone pattern of the pool coping contrasts nicely with its surroundings. A nearby hot tub provides yet another place to relax and enjoy the water and the view.

Lagoon pool with interesting rough stone patternThis lagoon water retreat features a variety of interesting water features to ensure hours of fun and relaxation for those in and around it. Rough stone in interesting patterns makes up the deck and lounge area. The rocky sides of the hot tub evoke the feel of a natural hot spring.

Pool with canopy covered patio and outdoor furniture in rattan finishA canopy-covered patio with a dining area provides the perfect place to entertain in this poolside. The rectangular water retreat is just the right size to either swim a few laps or soak and enjoy. This water facility keeps things lively with a water wall and fountain on one end.

Tropical ocean front pool with sandy stone patternPictures of swimming pools with beautiful ocean views are inspirational and some of our favorites. The sandy stone pattern of this beach-front aqua retreat’s coping blends harmoniously with the surrounding sand. The blue tiles at the bottom of the tropical oceanfront aqua retreat reflect the blue of the waves crashing in the distance. Palm trees and other beach-dwelling plants enhance the feeling of the water retreat being a part of the beach.

Glass enclosed pool overlooking riverThis glass-enclosed water retreat overlooking a river makes great use of the reflective power of modern, stylish white to enhance the atmosphere of airiness and spaciousness. The deep blue of the water retreat is enhanced by the blue of the river for a cool and calming feel. A swimming pool fence is a must for families with children and can still look stylish with the right design.

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  1. Lap pool and a spa is best for me. The question is the type of materials for low maintenance as we get older. But very elegant. Using salt water since chlorine may be too harsh.

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