As we spend more and more time in our own backyard these days, we want our pool area especially to be welcoming. For many decades, having a pool wasn’t seen as necessary as an ornament in the yard to be decorated, but merely as a status symbol or a functionary piece of equipment to be used when the weather is right. This year though, as many pools are shut down to the pandemic, you should decorate and enhance your pool area, so it’s an enjoyable escape from your house.
Lighting and Decorative Fireplaces
If you’re looking to extend your time in the pool area late into the evening, adding in lights around the pool area is the way to go. Simple, floating candles in the pool for an adults only cocktail night, or solar lights around the perimeter can add to the ambiance. Hanging lanterns volunteer a soft light as they move in the breeze, while even tiki torches can be moody and keep the pesky bugs away. You can consult an electric expert on ways you can spruce up your pool area.
Adding in a decorative fireplace as well gives you the option to finish a kids pool night off with s’mores, or to sit around it and chat with a glass of wine. People naturally gravitate towards a fireplace, and as the evenings cool down in the autumn, they make the pool area cozy and welcoming.
Adding in plants around your pool area can be tricky. You don’t want to add in plants near your pool that will easily shed leaves or berries, because then you’ll have extra work to keep the pool area clean. Depending on your pool area design, adding in plants in pots can be a simple way to mix up the texture and colour around your pool area. Overall, plants around the pool make the pool itself look more like a natural feature of your yard.
Matching Furniture, with storage!
You need a place to sit, so splurging on some solid, waterproof furniture is the way to go, especially around a water-prone area like the pool. Wicker pieces with matching, waterproof cushions are comfortable and can be configured to multiple entertaining settings. Finding pieces that double as storage is especially beneficial for pool toys or accessories that need to be near the pool, but that you don’t want on display all the time.
On the very hottest days, even the pool can’t keep you cool and comfortable all the time. Creating a shady area makes lounging by the pool more enticing on hot afternoons, and prevents dangerous sunburns. You could build a small, open gazebo, or you could simply set up some large umbrellas that can be opened up to protect visitors from the sun. It all comes down to your choices and preferences and overall design of the pool. Having a permanent shady spot can open up your entertaining options, as it would allow you a space to entertain outside that is protected from the elements.
Keeping your pool in the shade with a pool blanket is also beneficial. It prevents a lot of water from evaporating quickly, and can keep the pool warm. A warm pool is definitely enjoyable, especially on cooler days.
Depending on when your pool was built, the tile along the pool may be cracked, faded, and more than a little dated. Updating your tiling is a bit labor-intensive, but it can radically modernise the overall feel of your pool and better tie in your pool with your decorating choices.
Implementing these five design ideas for your pool gives you the opportunity to give your pool area a much-needed facelift, and will encourage you to spend more time both in and around your pool.