Whether you’re jumping in the deep end or lounging on the deck, there’s no better place to be in the summer than by the pool. If your home has one, you’re bound to be playing host to a few pool parties this season, so now’s the perfect time to start getting the space in shape. Check out some of our favorite chic poolsides below and get inspired to give your backyard a sunny new look.
Surrounded by tall trees and manicured hedges, this poolside feels like a true oasis. Photo by Lesley Unruh.
Set farther back from the house, this pool features a rustic wood gazebo and a coordinating fence, taking full advantage of the property’s vast acreage. Photo by Lesley Unruh.
Towering palms, plush lounge chairs, and a seaside palette feel right at home on this Florida patio. Photo by Seamus Peane, courtesy of Hannah Crowell.
A darkened bottom gives this pool, set amid historic architecture, a statement-making, dramatic look. Photo by Nicole LaMotte.
Iron furnishings, antique planters, and a manicured lawn lend this pool a decidedly Parisian feel. Photo by Erica George-Dines.
This backyard’s gazebo provides loungers a break from the summer sun. Photo by Nicole LaMotte.
Weathered wood furnishings play up the wildness of the poolside landscaping. Photo by Laura Resen.
A wisteria-covered pergola, accented with a chandelier and upholstered chairs, creates an elegant outdoor living room. Photo by Nicole LaMotte.
A collection of silver orbs unexpectedly accents the surface of this pool—a high-low contrast to the cheeky pool float. Photo by Tony Vu.
This poolside boasts plenty of lounge chairs and other seating—plus an outdoor rug that helps dry off wet feet before they step into the house.