Pool Design Ideas

Swimming pools are heavenly during hot Australian and New Zealand summers and are the perfect way to cool down, relax, entertain friends and even get fit. A pool can also create visual interest, especially when you consider features like coloured pool tiles, lighting and landscaping. If you are short on space, you might still fit a lap pool, plunge pool or swim spa, all of which could be focal points in your small garden.

As you plan your pool design, map out your space and determine what size, shape and style works best for you. Browse the photos on Houzz for design ideas for above ground pools, inground pools, as well as pool landscaping and novelty features like pool slides or water features. Then, save your favourite photos to an ideabook, and get in touch with the experts behind your favourite picks.

What type of pool should I install?


The dimensions of your backyard will determine the type of inground pools you can install. Take into account boundary restrictions and pool fencing compliance. Fibreglass versions are cheaper, and quicker to install; whereas concrete constructions are better suited to tricky sites and give you more freedom in design. If you’re on a tight budget or don’t want to commit to an inground pool, above ground pools are a more affordable alternative. If you only have a small backyard, a plunge pool is a great solution, and can easily run along a boundary wall or down the side of a house. This option is also low maintenance, can be heated for use in winter, and can do double duty as a swim spa. A long, narrow space, on the other hand, could fit a lap pool, whereas a water feature could fill an awkward space. If your backyard features a stunning vista, consider an infinity pool to accentuate the view.

What pool fencing options are available?


While the specifics vary from state to state, fencing is required of most pool designs. However, pool fencing doesn’t have to obscure your pool design. Glass fencing is increasingly popular for this reason exactly, and is available framed, frameless, semi-frameless and even in-ground. A cheaper alternative is aluminium or steel fencing, which, again, are available in a variety of styles: flat top, loop-top, double-top and wire-based.

What pool landscaping features should I consider?


To get the most out of your pool, design an area that offers multiple hangouts. Include a nearby barbecue, dining area, seating for lounging and outdoor shower. Having shaded areas will give you more reason to stay poolside longer, too. Timber decking and stone paving are popular choices for pool surrounds, and are also helpful in creating zones. Just imagine a raised timber platform with a daybed – a luxurious, resort-style addition to any pool design. Leafy trees and rocks will create a more natural-looking oasis, and will help provide more privacy for swimmers. Where you want your landscape to be the main focus, keep pool equipment and furnishings to a minimum.
Photo of a contemporary backyard custom-shaped pool in Perth.

Photo of a contemporary backyard custom-shaped pool in Perth.
Clean lines white tiles plunge pool - r_jcarmody

This is an example of a tropical backyard custom-shaped lap pool in Perth with a hot tub and decking.

Balinese Inspired,
This is an example of a tropical backyard custom-shaped lap pool in Perth with a hot tub and decking.
Haven - michelle_demarzi

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This is an example of a mid-sized contemporary courtyard rectangular infinity pool in Melbourne with natural stone pavers.

A Neptune Pools Original design House by Latitude 37
This is an example of a mid-sized contemporary courtyard rectangular infinity pool in Melbourne with natural stone pavers.
Neptune pools. Like the colours - jacks77

Inspiration for a contemporary rectangular pool in Melbourne with a hot tub.

Inspiration for a contemporary rectangular pool in Melbourne with a hot tub.
would work well if Spa raised further to give 12m for laps pending stair design - simonblakers

Inspiration for a mid-sized contemporary backyard rectangular pool in Melbourne with a water feature and concrete slab.

Tim Turner Photographer
Inspiration for a mid-sized contemporary backyard rectangular pool in Melbourne with a water feature and concrete slab.
woodwork on wall place back pool - sujeyn_shanmugam

Photo of a tropical backyard custom-shaped pool in Sunshine Coast with a hot tub.

Phill Jackson Photography
Photo of a tropical backyard custom-shaped pool in Sunshine Coast with a hot tub.
Integration of pool with outdoor living space - ash_pandey

Inspiration for a transitional backyard rectangular lap pool in Sydney with a hot tub and tile.

Inspiration for a transitional backyard rectangular lap pool in Sydney with a hot tub and tile.
how to have lawn pool and outdoor patio - campton_smith

Inspiration for a contemporary backyard rectangular lap pool in Melbourne with a hot tub and concrete slab.

Pat Redmond Photography
Inspiration for a contemporary backyard rectangular lap pool in Melbourne with a hot tub and concrete slab.

This is an example of a contemporary backyard custom-shaped pool in Brisbane.

This is an example of a contemporary backyard custom-shaped pool in Brisbane.
good transition between indoor and outdoor - chaitu_cheruvu

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Photo of a tropical backyard rectangular lap pool in Cairns with decking.

Photo of a tropical backyard rectangular lap pool in Cairns with decking.
Nice timber posts - annamazzei

This is an example of a contemporary rectangular aboveground pool in Sydney with a water feature.

This is an example of a contemporary rectangular aboveground pool in Sydney with a water feature.
Like the water-sprinklers - outdoors - amelie_gibson

Inspiration for a contemporary pool in Sydney.

Inspiration for a contemporary pool in Sydney.

Mid-sized contemporary backyard rectangular lap pool in Melbourne with tile.

Mid-sized contemporary backyard rectangular lap pool in Melbourne with tile.

Transitional pool in Sydney.

Transitional pool in Sydney.
Combination of timber and colour - katrina_merten

Inspiration for a contemporary side yard custom-shaped lap pool in Melbourne with a hot tub and concrete pavers.

Landscape by Bayon Gardens // Photography by Tim Turner
Inspiration for a contemporary side yard custom-shaped lap pool in Melbourne with a hot tub and concrete pavers.
Fence and narrow garden - megan_piper7606847

Beach style rectangular pool in Other.

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Cactus and pool layout - camellia1

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Design ideas for a large contemporary backyard rectangular lap pool in Perth with a water feature.

Joel Barbitta
Design ideas for a large contemporary backyard rectangular lap pool in Perth with a water feature.
The doors and little bit of feature stone - webuser_80196911

Photo of a tropical backyard rectangular infinity pool in Other with decking.

Photo of a tropical backyard rectangular infinity pool in Other with decking.
could we do this at Grunert Street???? - chrisandglennys