100 Spectacular Backyard Swimming Pool Designs

Here's an incredible photo gallery of 100 backyard swimming pool designs of all shapes, sizes, colors and locations.

Large pool with patio surrounded by sprawling lawn

Welcome to our second backyard swimming pool designs gallery.  You can view our first gallery of 61 backyard swimming pools here.

As a kid, I loved nothing more than swimming in pools.  We didn’t have one, but we biked to the local rec center that did have an outdoor pool.  I spent days and days in pools and loved every minute of it.  Even now as an adult, I love pools and almost always choose a hotel with a pool.

Interestingly, most pools built today don’t have the features they did when I was a kid (1980’s), specifically diving boards and slides.  I suspect they are safety issues and homeowners opt not to have those features.  That said, some backyard pools are more like mini-water park complexes with rock walls, caves, waterfalls and even water slides.  These premium features add considerably to the cost, and not everyone likes the appearance of them, but they do offer more swimming features.  You either like the look or don’t.

This gallery features a diverse range of swimming pools.  Most are large, but some are small.  We chose the small pools to demonstrate that you don’t need a large property in order to enjoy your own pool.

Many of our pools are in the backyards of homes in warmer climates, which makes sense because it can be used year-around.  After all, spending $100,000 or more on a pool which you can use only 3 months a year doesn’t always make sense.

In my view, one aspect of backyard swimming pools is clear… and that is they really do look great.  It’s not often a pool looks bad if it’s a decently design pool.  Even above-ground pools can look great and be a ton of fun with a deck built around the top of it (this is a great way to enjoy your own pool inexpensively – in relation to the cost of an in-ground pool).

Luxury pool area surrounded by trees, rocks and grey flagstone patio. Pool patio is two levels and includes a slide.
Luxury pool area surrounded by trees, rocks and grey flagstone patio. Pool patio is two levels and includes a slide.

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Large white contemporary home with huge property including large backyard pool with red brick edge. Potted plants surround the pool.
Large white contemporary home with huge property including large backyard pool with red brick edge. Potted plants surround the pool.
Ornate contemporary home with rectangular pool with wrap-around patio and diving board. There's a large elevated patio area adjacent to the pool.
Ornate contemporary home with rectangular pool with wrap-around patio and diving board. There’s a large elevated patio area adjacent to the pool.
Two-story modern L-shaped home wrapped around large backyard pool and hot tub. Garden and palm trees line the long pool along one side.
Two-story modern L-shaped home wrapped around large backyard pool and hot tub. Garden and palm trees line the long pool along one side.
Infinity pool on cliffside overlooking sagebrush landscape.
Infinity pool on cliff-side overlooking sagebrush landscape.
Craftsman style home with small pool in the courtyard.
Craftsman style home with small pool in the courtyard.
Southwest style home with small lap pool overlooking desert mountain and countryside. The pool has 3 potted plants along one side and takes up much of the backyard. This pool is a great example of a small backyard accommodating a small pool.
Southwest style home with small lap pool overlooking desert mountain and countryside. The pool has 3 potted plants along one side and takes up much of the backyard. This pool is a great example of a small backyard accommodating a small pool.
Modern home on a golf course with backyard entirely patio and pool. Low hedge separates the home's backyard from the golf course.
Modern home on a golf course with backyard entirely patio and pool. Low hedge separates the home’s backyard from the golf course.
Rambling Spanish style home with ornate pool in the backyard surrounded by grass. The home has a covered patio extending the full width of the home.
Rambling Spanish style home with ornate pool in the backyard surrounded by grass. The home has a covered patio extending the full width of the home.
Contemporary home with large pool and patio in the backyard along with several palm trees. Patio is both covered and uncovered. Home includes indoor-outdoor living space.
Contemporary home with large pool and patio in the backyard along with several palm trees. Patio is both covered and uncovered. Home includes indoor-outdoor living space.
Modern home with huge covered patio adjacent to large pool complex that includes hot tub. Patio area includes outdoor kitchen.
Modern home with huge covered patio adjacent to large pool complex that includes hot tub. Patio area includes outdoor kitchen.
Pool in large courtyard of modern ranch-style home with palm trees and hot tub. Several patio sitting areas scattered throughout the courtyard.
Pool in large courtyard of modern ranch-style home with palm trees and hot tub. Several patio sitting areas scattered throughout the courtyard.
Small contemporary home with small backyard that is made up entirely of patio and swimming pool. Another good example of a small pool in a small backyard.
Small contemporary home with small backyard that is made up entirely of patio and swimming pool. Another good example of a small pool in a small backyard.
Backayrd pool with extensive gardens surrounding it along with a patio on 2 sides. Pool is steps away from the house.
Backayrd pool with extensive gardens surrounding it along with a patio on 2 sides. Pool is steps away from the house.

This gorgeous home features an equally gorgeous pool.  A stunning backyard waterfall is the only thing missing!

Terrific indoor/outdoor living with large covered patio leading to uncovered patio and large backyard pool. Pool is illuminated at night.
Terrific indoor/outdoor living with large covered patio leading to uncovered patio and large backyard pool. Pool is illuminated at night.
Small pool on the edge of a golf course bordered on one side with garden landscaping. HOme has unobstructed view of the manicured golf course.
Small pool on the edge of a golf course bordered on one side with garden landscaping. Home has unobstructed view of the manicured golf course.
Cozy blue pool with iron and stucco railing on edge of cliff overlooking city and ocean. The pool is small with wrap-around patio.
Cozy blue pool with iron and stucco railing on edge of cliff overlooking city and ocean. The pool is small with wrap-around patio.

The potted plant is an easy, low maintenance option when designing your perfect backyard space. Be sure and check out our feature on container gardens by clicking here!

Larger view of the cozy pool above.
Larger view of the cozy pool above.
Brightly lit home and pool with large outdoor patio. Extensive trees and plants dot the patio and surround the pool.
Brightly lit home and pool with large outdoor patio. Extensive trees and plants dot the patio and surround the pool.
Simple oval pool with surrounding red brick patio. Pool is private from large tree hedge.
Simple oval pool with surrounding red brick patio. Pool is private from large tree hedge.

Modern home with entire backyard a pool and patio. Great deal of privacy from tall hedge. Glass fence is an added safety measure.
Modern home with entire backyard a pool and patio. Great deal of privacy from tall hedge. Glass fence is an added safety measure.
Long pool with Italian-villa style pool house. Pool is surrounded by extensive lawn and hedge.
Long pool with Italian-villa style pool house. Pool is surrounded by extensive lawn and hedge.

Almost pond-like, this long pool almost seems like a natural part of the landscape.

Pool in a courtyard with the home wrapped around 3 sides and the fouth side being a tall wall for privacy. Much of the patio surrounding the pool is covered.
Pool in a courtyard with the home wrapped around 3 sides and the fourth side being a tall wall for privacy. Much of the patio surrounding the pool is covered.
Small home on hillside with small dark blue pool surrounded by grass.
Small home on hillside with small dark blue pool surrounded by grass.
Contemporary two-story home on canal with the entire backyard a pool and patio. Adjacent to the pool is a long private dock.
Contemporary two-story home on canal with the entire backyard a pool and patio. Adjacent to the pool is a long private dock. A boater’s perfect home.
Head-on view of the pool and home above.
Head-on view of the pool and home above.
View of the pool and water channel of the home above.
View of the pool and water channel of the home above.
Cliff-side private pool on elevated balcony for condo owners overlooking the sea
Cliff-side private pool on elevated balcony for condo owners overlooking the sea.
Luxury home with grey flagstone patio surrounding uniquely shaped pool and elevated hot tub. Ivy-covered pavilion adjacent to the pool provides covered outdoor seating.
Luxury home with grey flagstone patio surrounding uniquely shaped pool and elevated hot tub. Ivy-covered pavilion adjacent to the pool provides covered outdoor seating.
Interesting elevated pool and patio design with hot tub overlooking sagebush landscape.
Interesting elevated pool and patio design with hot tub overlooking sagebush landscape.
Small balcony pool. Another example of a small pool in a small place.
Small balcony pool. Another example of a small pool in a small place.
Infinity pool on the edge and overlooking the beach.
Infinity pool on the edge and overlooking the beach.

This infinity pool blends almost seamlessly into the ocean!

Long canal-like infinity pool on the edge of a golf course.
Long canal-like infinity pool on the edge of a golf course.
2-story contemporary home with pool in backyard bordered with tall sculpted hedge.
2-story contemporary home with pool in backyard bordered with tall sculpted hedge.
Aerial view of pool on deck overlooking the river.
Aerial view of pool on deck overlooking the river.
Ivy covered 2 story home with manicured gardens and in-ground pool.
Ivy covered 2 story home with manicured gardens and in-ground pool.
Small dip pool with brick sides tucked in the corner of a yard.
Small dip pool with brick sides tucked in the corner of a yard.
Backyard pool with wrap-around patio and iron fence. Beyond the fence is a large yard with gardens and a forest beyond that.
Backyard pool with wrap-around patio and iron fence. Beyond the fence is a large yard with gardens and a forest beyond that.
Private pool set among large trees in the middle of a large lawn with brick patio.
Private pool set among large trees in the middle of a large lawn with brick patio.
Small balcony pool on edge of cliff over looking a blue sea.
Small balcony pool on edge of cliff over looking a blue sea.
Ornate pool with fountains and checkered blue tiles surrounded by a brick and wood fence.
Ornate pool with fountains and checkered blue tiles surrounded by a brick and wood fence.
Infinity pool high up on a hill overlooking a valley and river.
Infinity pool high up on a hill overlooking a valley and river.
2-story brick home with pool in the courtyard. Courtyard contains gardens with trees and plants.
2-story brick home with pool in the courtyard. Courtyard contains gardens with trees and plants.
Small backyard with tile patio surrounding small pool with manicured hedge along the back for privacy.
Small backyard with tile patio surrounding small pool with manicured hedge along the back for privacy.
White two-story L-shaped home with simple backyard pool with wrap-around patio.
White two-story L-shaped home with simple backyard pool with wrap-around patio.
Modern one-story wood, glass and concrete home with extensive covered patio, pool and lawn for a backyard.
Modern one-story wood, glass and concrete home with extensive covered patio, pool and lawn for a backyard.
Cascading infinity pool on edge of forest with elevated hot tub. Gazebo on one side and brick patio on the other side.
Cascading infinity pool on edge of forest with elevated hot tub. Gazebo on one side and brick patio on the other side.
Different view of the pool above.
Different view of the pool above.
Tropical home in yellow with red rood with large in-ground pool among large grounds with tropical trees.
Tropical home in yellow with red rood with large in-ground pool among large grounds with tropical trees.
Balcony with small dip pool over looking forest.
Balcony with small dip pool over looking forest.
Modern circular red brick home with large dark blue pool with grey brick patio.
Modern circular red brick home with large dark blue pool with grey brick patio.
View of the same pool and home as above.
View of the same pool and home as above.
Two-story modern home with covered patio and deck (upper and lower) adjacent to small lap pool with small wrap around patio.
Two-story modern home with covered patio and deck (upper and lower) adjacent to small lap pool with small wrap around patio.
Large backyard with fenced-in pool area, hot tub and patio. Home has extensive gardens and trees surrounding the pool area.
Large backyard with fenced-in pool area, hot tub and patio. Home has extensive gardens and trees surrounding the pool area.
Cliff-side pool overlooking the sea.
Cliff-side pool overlooking the sea.
Home on edge of forest with small infinity pool with wood deck wrapping around 3 sides of the pool.
Home on edge of forest with small infinity pool with wood deck wrapping around 3 sides of the pool.
Large 2 story home with multiple decks and patios leading down to the lower pool area on the backyard.
Large 2 story home with multiple decks and patios leading down to the lower pool area on the backyard.
Large rectangle pool with flagstone patio on sloped property overlooking valley and homes below.
Large rectangle pool with flagstone patio on sloped property overlooking valley and homes below.
Suburban yellow stucco home with minimalist backyard pool with wrap-around patio. Grass surrounds the patio and pool.
Suburban yellow stucco home with minimalist backyard pool with wrap-around patio. Grass surrounds the patio and pool.

Another picture of the swimming pool above

Large pool adjacent to long covered porch on grounds overlooking the ocean.
Large pool adjacent to long covered porch on grounds overlooking the ocean.
Large suburban home with upper level patio with stairs leading down to pool surrounded by brick patio and gardens.
Large suburban home with upper level patio with stairs leading down to pool surrounded by brick patio and gardens. Pool has cascading waterfall on one side.
Suburban backyard with kidney-shaped pool with low hedge surrounding the brick patio.
Suburban backyard with kidney-shaped pool with low hedge surrounding the brick patio.
Tropical home with backyard pool surrounded by small patio, grass and tropical trees. One corner of the pool patio contains a small pavilion.
Tropical home with backyard pool surrounded by small patio, grass and tropical trees. One corner of the pool patio contains a small pavilion.
Aerial view of courtyard pool of modern 2-story home.
Aerial view of courtyard pool of modern 2-story home.
Infinity pool with wood deck overlooking valleys and small hills.
Infinity pool with wood deck overlooking valleys and small hills.
Aerial view of pool in the backyard of home high up on a hill overlooking other homes and the lake.
Aerial view of pool in the backyard of home high up on a hill overlooking other homes and the lake.
Luxury home with large property. Property has large rectangle pool with expansive patios on multiple levels. Home has privacy from mature trees surrounding the property.
Luxury home with large property. Property has large rectangle pool with expansive patios on multiple levels. Home has privacy from mature trees surrounding the property.
Old red rock home with tiny balcony pool on steep hill overlooking the ocean.
Old red rock home with tiny balcony pool on steep hill overlooking the ocean.

Another picture of the swimming pool above

Mansion with huge grounds and large rectangle pool area. Pool has large concrete patio with lounge chairs and several dining tables.
Mansion with huge grounds and large rectangle pool area. Pool has large concrete patio with lounge chairs and several dining tables.
Sprawling lawn with trees and pool.
Sprawling lawn with trees and pool.

Another picture of the swimming pool above

Large pool area with rocks, patios and covered pavilion.
Large pool area with rocks, patios and covered pavilion.
Aerial view of backyard pool of suburban home.
Aerial view of backyard pool of suburban home.
Pool and patio in small backyard of a home high up on a hill overlooking forest and ocean with spectacular sunset.
Pool and patio in small backyard of a home high up on a hill overlooking forest and ocean with spectacular sunset.
Small cozy courtyard pool with wood deck and stone patio.
Small cozy courtyard pool with wood deck and stone patio.
Tropical home high up on a hill over looking the ocean with small dark blue pool with wood deck.
Tropical home high up on a hill over looking the ocean with small dark blue pool with wood deck.

Another picture of the swimming pool above

Pool area on the backyard of a home in dry country side.
Pool area on the backyard of a home in dry country side.
Tropical pool area with gardens and privacy.
Tropical pool area with gardens and privacy.
Suburban home with modern pool and hot tub as well as fire pit on one side.
Suburban home with modern pool and hot tub as well as fire pit on one side.
Different view of pool above
Different view of pool above
Huge pool complex with patio, rocks and waterfall.
Huge pool complex with patio, rocks and waterfall.

Another picture of the swimming pool above

 

Another picture of the swimming pool above

Luxury home with infinity pool and several patios (upper, covered and lower).
Luxury home with infinity pool and several patios (upper, covered and lower).

Luxury home with infinity pool and several patios (upper, covered and lower).

Small pool surrounded by plants.
Small pool surrounded by plants.
Infinity pool with small fountains overlooking desert landscape and hills.
Infinity pool with small fountains overlooking desert landscape and hills.
Same pool as above
Same pool as above
Close up of pool with brick fence and tree hedge.
Close up of pool with brick fence and tree hedge.
Unusual mansion design with huge pool complex in the backyard.
Unusual mansion design with huge pool complex in the backyard.
Pool at night in lower level of the yard surrounded by lights, patio and trees.
Pool at night in lower level of the yard surrounded by lights, patio and trees.
Aerial view of pool and flagstone patio surrounded by tropical trees and plants.
Aerial view of pool and flagstone patio surrounded by tropical trees and plants.
Large dark blue infinity pool overlooking meadow and forest.
Large dark blue infinity pool overlooking meadow and forest.
Backyard pool surrounded by gardens and tree fort.
Backyard pool surrounded by gardens and tree fort.
Tropical backyard pool with rock garden, patio and palm trees.
Tropical backyard pool with rock garden, patio and palm trees.

Check out our other swimming pool galleries:

61 Backyard Swimming Pools | 24 Infinity Pools | 30 Indoor Pools | 2,440 Deck Designs (Product Review)


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