How to decorate around the pool

How to decorate around the pool

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It's easier to pull off pool décor than you might think — promise! Looking for design inspiration to create the perfect poolside area? Just follow our pool ideas for tips on how to decorate around the pool.
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Poolside décor: our design ideas to use at home

Poolside décor: our design ideas to use at home

Looking for inspiration on how to tackle your pool décor? Luckily for you, we've come up with a few fun and easy ideas to help you find your style, regardless of the size or shape of your pool. And while we're at it, we'll throw in a few budget-friendly tips (just in case you haven't won the lottery...).

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Decorating around an inground pool

Decorating around an inground pool

The main advantage of an inground pool is that the water level is basically in line with the ground. This makes it really easy to landscape the area around the pool using materials like pebbles or even by creating your own little artificial beach! Alternatively, you can create a decking area to stop guests from trailing dirt into the pool. Quick tip: a foot bath also does the job! Prefer to get down to basics? The simplest option is to lay a decking or patio area all around the pool. It's up to you to choose between options like decking tiles or exposed aggregate concrete.

The area around the pool is where you're going to be kicking back between lengths. Poolsides are also used for sunbathing, reading and chatting, not to mention napping, snacking and sipping on drinks. Garden furniture is therefore key if you're hoping to combine style and comfort. The more sun loungers you have, the more welcoming your outdoor space will be. Add in a few extra side tables and you'll have your own little outdoor living room.

Looking to create a shady area around the pool? Adding an cantilever parasol will keep you protected from the sun when you're not in the water. Or if you've got sturdy poles or trees nearby, why not install a shade sail instead?

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Decorating around an above ground pool

Decorating around an above ground pool

When it comes to above ground pools, it's important to consider the walls that surround the pool. You might be wondering how to go about decorating a steel frame pool. One option is to cover up the walls using a kind of cladding structure. All kinds of boards and posts can be used for the job from timber battens and PVC planks to aluminium decking boards.

Another method involves creating a raised deck that incorporates one side of the pool. There's no need to build a huge platform — you can simply set out an area big enough to throw down a few cushions. On the other hand, if you want to set up an area large enough to accommodate a few garden chairs, that's totally possible, too! Installing a guard rail around this space will provide the perfect spot for drying towels.

There's no reason why your pool ladder shouldn't be part of your décor. Depending on the look you're going for, you can keep things simple or go all out with a wide ladder topped off with a platform. The most important thing is to ensure the structure is perfectly stable. After all, safety first! If you opt for a wooden ladder, paint each step in alternating colours to mix things up.

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Decorative pool accessories: leisure, relaxation or party time?

Decorative pool accessories: leisure, relaxation or party time?

All sorts of different decorative accessories can be used to round off your pool décor and really set the mood. Of course, we can't talk about pool accessories without mentioning pool mattresses and chair floats. Pool inflatables offer all kinds of advantages: they come in all sizes, they go down well with little ones and grown-ups alike and they don't take up a lot of room in storage.

Outdoor pouffes also work really well round a pool. They're comfortable, durable and some can even be used in the water as well as around the pool. What's more, they can add a pop of colour to the pool area whether you're looking to create a chic atmosphere or a more festive vibe.

When evening comes, the right kind of lighting can make all the difference around the pool. Even the most family-friendly pool can transform into a cosy hangout spot at night. Floating pool lights create a really pretty spectacle by automatically changing colour. Some models can even be controlled via an app. Alternatively, go green with outdoor solar lights around the pool surround or solar stake lights planted among your bushes.

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Planting around the pool for a natural look

Planting around the pool for a natural look

Unless you have a swimming pond, the idea here isn't to actually plant in the pool but rather to dot a few plants around the edge of your pool area. At the same time, it's important to ensure that the plant roots aren't going to damage your pool surround in the long term (which can be the case for plants like bamboo).

Palms work really well around a pool. They don't need a lot of care, (some are even fairly frost-resistant), they cope well with the heat of the summer and they can add an exotic feel to your pool décor. Flowerbeds filled with perennials can be a good alternative to large trees or shrubs, and flowering varieties can really cheer up a poolside. Depending on where you live, you can also opt for fragrant plants like lavender, roses or jasmine. We can smell their heady aroma already!

Another top tip for natural poolside décor: play around with garden ornaments in the shape of plants or animals. It's easy enough to get your hands on colourful ornaments made to look like exotic plants like cacti or agave (you know, those big tall-leaved succulents with pointy tips...). Or why not invest in a few bird ornaments?

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5 pool décor ideas for a unique poolside

5 pool décor ideas for a unique pool design

Looking to go big and really have fun with your pool décor? Here are a few poolside décor ideas your family and friends are sure to love.

  • Organise a themed pool party and go all out with pool inflatables.

  • Choose one big statement piece, like a multicoloured pop art garden statue.

  • Create your own little Japanese zen garden by installing a garden fountain to use as a foot bath.

  • Design a special garden path leading to a secret spot at the bottom of the garden or an outdoor bar.

Now you have all the poolside design inspiration you need to design a poolside that works for you. The main idea is simple — as long as you feel good in (and around) the pool, you can decorate however you like. Now it's up to you to play around and have fun with your poolside décor!

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