5 Ways to Make Your Pool the Focal Point of Your Backyard


Installing a custom pool in your backyard will give you a place to relax, exercise, and entertain. While most people are familiar with the benefits of owning a pool, one that is often overlooked is the contribution it can make to the overall aesthetics of your backyard space.

With the right landscaping design, you can turn your pool into a beautiful focal point that makes you feel like you’re at a high-end resort or a tropical oasis. Need some inspiration? Here’s a look at a few ways you can turn your pool area into the centerpiece of your backyard.

1. Mosaic Stone Tile

There are many patio and deck materials to choose from, so why not get a bit creative? Building a patio from mosaic stones creates a charming look that will draw the eye to your pool while also blending well with the surrounding greenery. This allows you to surround your pool with nature, creating the look and feel of an outdoor sanctuary.

2. Rocky Waterfalls

If you’re ready to go all-in on creating your dream backyard, there are few things more exciting than building a natural rock waterfall that spills into your custom inground pool. Complete the look by filling in the spaces with greenery and flowers to add a bit of color and scent you and your guests can enjoy while relaxing in the pool.  

3. Brick Walkways

Adding a large brick walkway around the entire perimeter of the pool will create a classic look that’s impossible to ignore. Brick is a good choice because the red color is both warm and inviting, creating a softer look than you can achieve with concrete or certain types of stone. 

You can also expand the design to other areas of your backyard. For example, you may create a larger grouping of bricks that gives you space to arrange a table and chairs or patio furniture. Consider breaking up the brick with patches of greenery to further soften the look and breathe life into your design.

4. Stepping Stones

Another great way to draw attention to your pool is to create a whimsical pathway using various-sized stepping stones. This is an excellent option for connecting your pool and patio to other areas such as your back porch, outdoor kitchen, or gazebo. Depending on the look and feel you’re going for, you may decide to use tiles, bricks, or landscaping rocks.

5. Tropical Plants

Many homeowners dream of having a pool area that reminds them of a tropical paradise. An advantage of living in the Sarasota area is that you can easily surround your pool with lush vegetation. Turn your pool into an eye-catching focal point by planting palms, banana trees, hibiscus, bird of paradise, and zebra grass around your pool. When creating a tropical vibe, more vegetation is almost always better, so aim to plant as much as you can fit in the space available.

Get Creative with Your Custom Pool Design

Using landscaping to draw attention to your custom pool design will help you create the stunning backyard you’ve been dreaming of. When you work with the pros at Swim Inc., our design team will help you plan out all the details, from choosing the right pool style to selecting your lighting, water features, and landscaping design. Contact us today to schedule a consultation.

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