Outdoor Poolside Decor Ideas: Make Your Pool a Mini Resort

By Craig Donofrio

Posted on September 1st, 2022

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With the right patio and poolside decor, you can create a resort-like atmosphere in your backyard. Doing so will make your weeknights and weekends feel like a quick little getaway, and will give you an excellent way to relax and recharge! Here are some design ideas to get you started.

Set up a Daybed or Porch Swing

A daybed will not only provide a comfortable, shaded place to rest and enjoy your surroundings, but it also gives the perception of a luxurious getaway. Likewise, porch swings give any space a relaxing, homey feel and serve as the perfect setting for a relaxing evening.

Add Natural Greenery

Plants, flowers, and bushes perfectly complement a pool or patio. Greenery can be incorporated into the natural landscape, but if you want more flexibility, you can use pots to bring color and lushness to your space.

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Incorporate Ambient Lighting

If you have a pool, use soft light in and around the water to create a relaxing atmosphere during evening hours while preserving the safety of family and guests. If you have a patio, use solar lights along pathways and among bushes and trees. You can also hang market or twinkle lights around the yard or on your gazebo to create a lovely ambiance.

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Set up a Poolside or Patio Lounge Area

As you may have noticed, relaxation plays a major role in creating a resort-style space. That’s why having a comfortable place to entertain friends and family is key. If you have the space to do so, set up a more formal dining space on your patio, then set up a gazebo or hardscape patio in your lawn and furnish it with conversation patio set. This space will be ideal for chatting and relaxing.

Want some extra wow factor? Add a wood-burning or propane-powered fire pit!

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Make Sure There’s Ample Shade

In the hot summer months, being stuck in the scorching sun can really reduce the amount of time you’re able to be outside. A shady hideaway will help create comfort and convenience.

To accomplish this, you can use trees, umbrellas or a gazebo or pergola. If you want a little extra comfort, add some water misters to your outdoor space.

Use Outdoor Decor That Enhances Existing Views

If your yard faces a lovely green space, canyon or wooded area, take care to landscape in a way that accents your view and provides privacy as needed, but that doesn’t take away from what’s already there. It would be a shame to cover up any gorgeous landscaping that is already in place!

A few well-thought touches can turn any standard yard into a luxurious escape.


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