Pool Deck Design Tips for Summer
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Summers and swimming pools are like synonyms. At this point, we can’t imagine summers without swimming pools. There’s nothing as refreshing as taking a dip in a swimming pool during the scorching heat of summers. A well-built pool along with a well-designed, safe, aesthetically pleasing, and comfortable pool deck is all you need to have great and safe summers.

If you actually think about it, people spend more time on their pool decks than in the actual swimming pool. So, having a good pool deck is quite crucial to hang out, socialize, and spend time with your family and friends. Pool decks also determine the overall appearance of your pool.

Hence, when you plan and design your pool deck, carefully consider all the available options before making the final decision. Generally, people end up choosing materials and design for a fancy pool deck over a durable one that requires more maintenance and blows up your budget.

But worry not! We are going to share 6 out-of-this-world pool deck design tips that will help you build a gorgeous pool deck for the summer of 2021.

6 Pool Deck Design Tips to Escape the Summer Heat

1. Adding Water Features

Beautiful Pool Deck
To make your pool and pool deck fancier and more enjoyable, you can add water features like cascading waterfalls, fountains, scones, bubblers, deck jets, and whatnot. By adding these water features, you get to have a better sensory experience as water in motion is relaxing to hear and beautiful to look at.

To decide on the water feature for your pool, consider your pool’s proportion and scale and your budget. You don’t want to overshoot your budget or end up with a monumental water feature while your pool is quite small.

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2. Blend Nature with Your Pool

wooden pool deck
If you have a stone or a wooden pool deck, then ask your contractor to add some greenery around it as plants will add quite a visual contrast to your pool deck. You can go one step further by adding flowers, trees, exotic plants to give the landscape around your pool deck a magnificent look.

Trees also provide the necessary shade and cool breeze during summers which means you are going to enjoy your pool a great deal. One other benefit of adding trees to the landscape around your pool is privacy. You can ask your contractor to add trees like a boundary, making your swimming pool and pool deck area a private space.

3. Light it up

adding lights to pool
What’s more calming than sipping your favorite drink in your pool while there’s a cool breeze dancing with your trees and your pool deck and the landscape around is lit up with these yellowish fairy lights?

By adding lights, you are making it perfect for taking a night swim and frankly, everyone just LOVE night swims. Most importantly, you can host sundowner parties after adding soothing ambient lights around your pool deck.

Here’s how you can go about adding lights to your pool deck area:

  • Add lighting in your water features
  • Use spotlights or well lights to uplight or downlight your trees and plants
  • Use path or hardscape lights to light the path to your pool

If you have an existing pool, lighting up might require a bit of a process where you will have to empty your pool and then install required wires within pool walls.

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4. Tile Your Deck

elegant tiles for pool deck
To add a cool, elegant look to your pool deck, use tiles. It is the easiest and quickest material to install and work with when you are going for pool deck resurfacing. It can be used on any existing surface like wood, concrete, bare ground.

There are many self-adhesive tiles available in the market or you can always use concrete or gout to set them around your pool area.

Tiles are versatile as they come in various shapes, sizes, and colors. So, get on your creative hats to give your pool deck a unique look.

Best Material to Tile Your Pool Deck

Usually, people prefer brick and ceramic tiles for pool decks. Tiles are the most preferred because of their finished appearance and longevity.

Brick is also a durable material used for pool borders.

For more information, read this detailed article on materials to use for the swimming pool resurfacing.

5. Add a Room or Seating Area on Pool Deck

swimming pool seating area
There’s nothing like relaxing in a well-built, well-lit, and ambient seating area after a swim. By adding an outdoor room or seating area, you are basically bringing your favorite room right to your pool deck. Such a room is a great place to socialize with your friends and families and throw intimate parties.

For building a cozy indoor-outdoor seating area, add a custom fireplace and deep-seating patio furniture. If you love enjoying your meals around the pool area, then make sure to add an outdoor dining area with a table that is large enough to accommodate your extended family or close group of friends.

If your budget allows, you can always add a small gourmet kitchen right next to the dining area to make carrying food easier. Adding a kitchen further enhances your outdoor seating area/room.

6. Build a Sun Deck

Sun decks
Sun decks are the best to have a quiet and relaxing time near the pool. Sun deck is the best place near the pool to unwind, soak in the sun, and cool off after your swim. Lined with rows of luxurious outdoor chairs, a sun deck can give your swimming pool a resort or hotel-like look. You can also have an in-pool sun deck as a poolside lounging area.

To build the right sun deck or an outdoor seating area, picking the right patio furniture is essential. Here are quick tips to pick the right patio furniture for your pool deck.

  • List down all your needs
  • Try every piece of furniture before buying
  • Always go for easy-to-care outdoor furniture
  • Have a storage space to store your patio furniture in the off-season
  • Match the color of your furniture with your outdoor decor
  • Add rugs for more comfort
  • Invest in quality furniture


To enjoy your swimming pool and poolside area fully, keep them tidy and clean. There’s nothing more upsetting than seeing a dirty pool when you feel like taking a quick swim in your pool.