61 Pictures of Swimming Pools for Your Backyard Design Ideas

Waterfront pool at night in backyard of luxury Mediterranean style home

Swimming pools of all kinds allure me like no other home design element.  I suspect my love of pools stems back from when I was  a kid.

It was a Saturday afternoon and my dad was taking care of us 3 kids.  We were booting around town with Dad as he did a few errands.  One of those errands was to get us signed up for swimming lessons.

I was around 5 or 6 years old.  It’s one of my earliest memories.  We drive up to the recreational center that housed our town’s pool.  We walk into the reception area and BAM – there it was through the glass… the large, crystal blue pool.  I wanted in.  I actually thought we were going swimming.  My young mind couldn’t comprehend that my Dad was there to only sign us up for swimming lessons, not to go swimming.

I saw the pool and I wanted in.  Dad did his best to reason with my young, illogical mind to no avail.  I entered tantrum mode and we drove home.

I still remember like it was yesterday my glimpse of the pool.  It was magical.  Ever since then pools have held a magical sway over me.

Which made putting these 61 pictures of swimming pools together a lot of fun.  I love swimming in pools, but also enjoy looking at pictures of great swimming pool designs. This non-infinity pool gallery was put together to provide a wide variety of in-ground swimming pool types.  For our infinity pool gallery – go here and for our indoor pools, click here.  Also be sure to view our gallery of 24 incredible patio furniture sets here.


In ground pool in ranch style home courtyard bordered by long tree hedge.

In ground pool in ranch style home courtyard bordered by long tree hedge.

Large pool in the backyard of a contemporary white mansion with covered patio

Large pool in the backyard of a contemporary white mansion with covered patio

Screen-covered in-ground pool in Florida backyard surrounded by grey brick patio

Screen-covered in-ground pool in Florida backyard surrounded by grey brick patio

Small lap pool on white patio with a bed pergola overlooking the sea

Small lap pool on white patio with a bed pergola overlooking the sea

Kidney-shaped swimming pool with sanded brick patio and hedge

Kidney-shaped swimming pool with sanded brick patio and hedge

Private villas with small private dipping pools on edge of pond

Private villas with small private dipping pools on edge of pond

Large oval pool at night illuminated with recessed patio lights

Large oval pool at night illuminated with recessed patio lights

Contemporary home with large portico patio and rectangle backyard pool

Contemporary home with large portico patio and rectangle backyard pool

Small L-shaped dip pool with wooden deck on the beach

Small L-shaped dip pool with wooden deck on the beach

Ranch-style home with in-ground pool in the courtyard

Ranch-style home with in-ground pool in the courtyard

Modern home with large backyard pool - 2 images - one during day and one at night

Modern home with large backyard pool – 2 images – one during day and one at night

Pool with large man-made waterfall

Pool with large man-made waterfall

Desert home with pool surrounded by wood deck and sage brush

Desert home with pool surrounded by wood deck and sage brush

Simple backyard rectangle pool with L-shaped wooden deck

Simple backyard rectangle pool with L-shaped wooden deck

Large rectangle backyard pool with brick patio, thatch gazebo and large tropical hedge

Large rectangle backyard pool with brick patio, thatch gazebo and large tropical hedge

Stunning pool in the middle of the yard with brick patio and grass surrounding it

Stunning pool in the middle of the yard with brick patio and grass surrounding it

Modern home with simple rectangle dark blue lap pool

Modern home with simple rectangle dark blue lap pool

Small dipping pool on elevated deck over looking forest and ocean

Small dipping pool on elevated deck over looking forest and ocean

White villa with large blue pool.  Pool has an island with grass.

White villa with large blue pool. Pool has an island with grass.

Backyard pool with small waterfall and sand-colored patio bordered by lush trees

Backyard pool with small waterfall and sand-colored patio bordered by lush trees

Elegant deep blue pool surrounded by grass patio

Elegant deep blue pool surrounded by grass patio

Light blue pool with small white wrap-around patio in the middle of a large grass yard bordered by elegant hedge

Light blue pool with small white wrap-around patio in the middle of a large grass yard bordered by elegant hedge

Large pool surrounded by grass with a patio island

Large pool surrounded by grass with a patio island

Condo deck with small dipping pool overlooking the sea

Condo deck with small dipping pool overlooking the sea

Large backyard pool complex with meandering pool illuminated at night

Large backyard pool complex with meandering pool illuminated at night

Small dipping pool on deck of condominium with unobstructed view of the ocean

Small dipping pool on deck of condominium with unobstructed view of the ocean

Stylish modern 2-story home with rectangle inground pool bordered with wooden deck

Stylish modern 2-story home with rectangle inground pool bordered with wooden deck

Large contemporary home with red-brick patio wrapping around long rectangle swimming pool

Large contemporary home with red-brick patio wrapping around long rectangle swimming pool

Slightly elevated kidney-shaped pool in the middle of a large grass yard surrounded by palm trees

Slightly elevated kidney-shaped pool in the middle of a large grass yard surrounded by palm trees

Desert-style one-story home with dark blue backyard pool surrounded by grey cement patio

Desert-style one-story home with dark blue backyard pool surrounded by grey cement patio

Mediterranean ranch-style home with large pool complex in the backyard including hot tub and palm trees

Mediterranean ranch-style home with large pool complex in the backyard including hot tub and palm trees

Bungalow home with backyard swimming pool surrounded with brick patio and contemporary patio furniture

Bungalow home with backyard swimming pool surrounded with brick patio and contemporary patio furniture

White bungalow home with pool and large wrap-around patio

White bungalow home with pool and large wrap-around patio

Huge swimming pool complex in backyard with stone patio, gas fire pit and palm trees

Huge swimming pool complex in backyard with stone patio, gas fire pit and palm trees

Elegant rectangle pool with white stone patio surrounded by grass on one side

Elegant rectangle pool with white stone patio surrounded by grass on one side

Home with small in-ground lap pool on the side bordered by dining deck

Home with small in-ground lap pool on the side bordered by dining deck

Contemporary home with backyard pool with rich wood patio and large gazebo

Contemporary home with backyard pool with rich wood patio and large gazebo

2 story modern home with small pool bordered by covered patio

2 story modern home with small pool bordered by covered patio

Elegant 2-story home with pool surrounded by home and gazebo

Elegant 2-story home with pool surrounded by home and gazebo

3-story home with large in-ground pool surrounded by brick patio (aerial view)

3-story home with large in-ground pool surrounded by brick patio (aerial view)

Modern home with light blue pool with wrap-around white patio and stylish modern white patio furniture

Modern home with light blue pool with wrap-around white patio and stylish modern white patio furniture

Large backyard pool bordered by large tree hedge

Large backyard pool bordered by large tree hedge

Modern two story home with rectangle swimming pool surrounded by grey stone patio and grass

Modern two story home with rectangle swimming pool surrounded by grey stone patio and grass

Backyard pool with waterslide, waterfall and large rock wall

Backyard pool with waterslide, waterfall and large rock wall

Elegant covered patio leading to small in-ground light blue pool

Elegant covered patio leading to small in-ground light blue pool

Photograph of large kidney shape pool with tree islands - aerial view

Photograph of large kidney shape pool with tree islands – aerial view

Simple contemporary home with backyard pool and flagstone patio

Simple contemporary home with backyard pool and flagstone patio

2-story white home with long rectangle pool bordered by wooden deck and grass

2-story white home with long rectangle pool bordered by wooden deck and grass

Huge pool with grass patio island

Huge pool with grass patio island

Simple backyard in-ground pool overlooking sage fields

Simple backyard in-ground pool overlooking sage fields

Stylish pool with wrap-around white patio and surrounded by tall palm trees

Stylish pool with wrap-around white patio and surrounded by tall palm trees

Large wood deck on edge of meadow with small kidney-shaped pool

Large wood deck on edge of meadow with small kidney-shaped pool

Large 2-story luxury mansion with red brick patio, dark blue pool and hot tub

Large 2-story luxury mansion with red brick patio, dark blue pool and hot tub

Tropical pool with gazebo on the edge

Tropical pool with gazebo on the edge

Elegant in-ground pool in large grass yard surrounded by trees

Elegant in-ground pool in large grass yard surrounded by trees

White colonial home with grey flagstone patio wrapped around in-ground pool with diving board

White colonial home with grey flagstone patio wrapped around in-ground pool with diving board

White colonial home with grey patio and trees surrounding pool

White colonial home with grey patio and trees surrounding pool

3-story mansion with large pool surrounded by rocks with grey rock patio

3-story mansion with large pool surrounded by rocks with grey rock patio

Stylish 2 story home with grey patio wrapping around pool on the side of the home

Stylish 2 story home with grey patio wrapping around pool on the side of the home

Large backyard swimming pool surrounded by extensive patio

Large backyard swimming pool surrounded by extensive patio

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