37 Diverse Backyard Swimming Pool Ideas (Photos)


Here's a stunning collection of 37 diverse backyard swimming pool ideas in a series of photographs. Includes infinity pools, traditional pools and more.

A backyard oasis with pool and patio

I remember the first time I saw and used a backyard swimming pool.  I was in grade 2.  I couldn’t believe that somebody could have their own pool in a backyard.


I spent about 8 hours in that pool.  It was a day I’ll never forget… you know those magical days as a child that make such an impression and were so fun and carefree that you enjoy just recollecting those days.  That first time of using a private pool was one of those days for me.

From that day on, I fell in love with pools.  I still love them.  I use one 3 to 5 times per week as an adult.  Some of my best memories are spent in pools … they’re beautiful, fun, relaxing and a great place to hang out with family and friends.

I know they’re a lot of work and very expensive.  They’re definitely not for everyone, but if you love them as much as I do, the effort and cost is worth it.

If you’re like me and would like your own pool, the starting point it to get some swimming pool ideas.  That’s what this collection of swimming pool pictures offers.  You can also check out our several other pool galleries (61 pools and 100 pools).


Oh yeah, a backyard pool creates a fantastic setting for patios and decks.  It’s hard to beat a patio or deck setting that has a pool involved.

Learn more about the shapes and designs available to you in our definitive swimming pool guide!

Here's a great example of a very private outdoor pool surrounded by high walls that are tastefully built and designed. While some people prefer a much more open pool setting, I like the cozy effect of a private pool area. I also like the clean lines and white color scheme.

Here’s a great example of a very private outdoor pool surrounded by high walls that are tastefully built and designed.  While some people prefer a much more open pool setting, I like the cozy effect of a private pool area.  I also like the clean lines and white color scheme.

Stunning infinity pool that's a bit scary, especially if you have young children. The design is very cool and dramatic, but I think I'd create a bit larger of a safety edge below in the case somebody does fall out of the upper pool.Stunning infinity pool that’s a bit scary, especially if you have young children.  The design is very cool and dramatic, but I think I’d create a bit larger of a safety edge below in the case somebody does fall out of the upper pool.  Source:  Zillow DigsTM

 This is a great example of a nicely appointed Southwest style home with a pool, garden and patio making up the backyard.

Obviously more homes in dry, hot climates have pools because you can get a great deal more use out of them (like year-around).  This is a great example of a nicely appointed Southwest style home with a pool, garden and patio making up the backyard.  Pools and patios are great replacement for grass especially in dry and hot climates that render grass a futile landscaping option.

Here's another beautiful pool (infinity style) in the backyard of a desert home. This is a long and large pool with a tiered surrounding patio. The surrounding fence is made up of vertical bars which enables you to see the stunning desert vista.

Here’s another beautiful pool (infinity style) in the backyard of a desert home.  This is a long and large pool with a tiered surrounding patio.  The surrounding fence is made up of vertical bars which enables you to see the stunning desert vista.  Source:  Zillow DigsTM

This pool showcases an interesting design element being a bridge over part of the pool that creates a fun and aesthetically pleasing design. The pool runs up against the home so the bridge makes it easy to get back and forth from each side.

This pool showcases an interesting design element being a bridge over part of the pool that creates a fun and aesthetically pleasing design.  The pool runs up against the home so the bridge makes it easy to get back and forth from each side.

Here's a vista for which infinity pools are idea. It's hard to top a pool environment like this - an infinity pool perched up with an unobstructed view of the surrounding golf course.

Here’s a vista for which infinity pools are idea.  It’s hard to top a pool environment like this – an infinity pool perched up with an unobstructed view of the surrounding golf course.  Source:  Zillow DigsTM
The pool depicted here illustrates how even a simple pool design can make for a beautiful backyard. The patio is also simple and it's the simplicity that creates a beautiful backyard environment.

The pool depicted here illustrates how even a simple pool design can make for a beautiful backyard.  The patio is also simple and it’s the simplicity that creates a beautiful backyard environment.
And yet another infinity pool perched high above low-lying area that flows into the ocean. The surrounding patio is tiered with covered and uncovered patio areas.

And yet another infinity pool perched high above low-lying area that flows into the ocean.  The surrounding patio is tiered with covered and uncovered patio areas.
This is a great example of a rambling pool design in a large courtyard-like backyard. The pool design attempts to create a natural crisp lagoon like setting and pulls it off nicely.

This is a great example of a rambling pool design in a large courtyard-like backyard.  The pool design attempts to create a natural crisp lagoon like setting and pulls it off nicely.Here's a more panoramic view of the above rambling lagoon-like pool.

Here’s a more panoramic view of the above rambling lagoon-like pool.

Traditional pools like this one sound unattractive, but they aren't. Many home owners with larger parcels of land create pool areas away from the home which creates an oasis in the middle of sprawling lawns. This is definitely a wonderful backyard gathering place.

Traditional pools like this one sound unattractive, but they aren’t.  Many home owners with larger parcels of land create pool areas away from the home which creates an oasis in the middle of sprawling lawns.  This is definitely a wonderful backyard gathering place.  Source:  Zillow DigsTM

I included this pool design idea because you may like a fountain-style pool with an elevated rim. I'm not particularly fond of this design, but you might be. It's different and is designed to create a fountain-look.

I included this pool design idea because you may like a fountain-style pool with an elevated rim.  I’m not particularly fond of this design, but you might be.  It’s different and is designed to create a fountain-look.

Here's another desert home with a backyard that is entirely made up of a huge patio, long pool and hot tub. The perimeter is desert bushes which affords the space privacy.

Here’s another desert home with a backyard that is entirely made up of a huge patio, long pool and hot tub.  The perimeter is desert bushes which affords the space privacy.

Spectacular aerial view of a terraced backyard leading down to the lake. The top terrace is a pool, hot tub and large wrap-around patio all of which overlooks the lake below.

Spectacular aerial view of a terraced backyard leading down to the lake.  The top terrace is a pool, hot tub and large wrap-around patio all of which overlooks the lake below.  Source:  Zillow DigsTM
Here's a modern pool design idea that's a symmetrical geometrically shaped pool. It's simple, yet elegant and fits very well in the backyard of this contemporary one-story ranch home.

Here’s a modern pool design idea that’s a symmetrical geometrically shaped pool.  It’s simple, yet elegant and fits very well in the backyard of this contemporary one-story ranch home.This pool depicts a newer pool design style where one side is exposed to appear like an aquarium. It's a clever pool design for sure and looks fabulous. The only caveat is if the glass isn't cleaned regularly, it won't look very good.

This pool depicts a newer pool design style where one side is exposed to appear like an aquarium.  It’s a clever pool design for sure and looks fabulous.  The only caveat is if the glass isn’t cleaned regularly, it won’t look very good.

Here's an even more spectacular example of an aquarium style backyard pool. The nigh lighting creates a large neon lighting effect that is definitely a cool pool design. It's a fun design to view from the outside as well as in the pool.

Here’s an even more spectacular example of an aquarium style backyard pool.  The nigh lighting creates a large neon lighting effect that is definitely a cool pool design.  It’s a fun design to view from the outside as well as in the pool.  Source:  Zillow DigsTM
Here's a great example of a small pool design in a smaller backyard. You don't need a huge estate to create a beautiful pool area in your backyard. In fact, growing up, I had a friend down the street who didn't have a large backyard, yet his parents had an in-ground pool installed. It looked great and was a ton of fun for us kids.

Here’s a great example of a small pool design in a smaller backyard.  You don’t need a huge estate to create a beautiful pool area in your backyard.  In fact, growing up, I had a friend down the street who didn’t have a large backyard, yet his parents had an in-ground pool installed.  It looked great and was a ton of fun for us kids.

Because many people have smaller yards, here's another view of the above smaller pool exhibiting how a smaller space can accommodate a beautiful pool.

Because many people have smaller yards, here’s another view of the above smaller pool exhibiting how a smaller space can accommodate a beautiful pool.
Here's another example of a fountain-style backyard pool. Again, not my favorite, but I do like the checked tile patio design.Here’s another example of a fountain-style backyard pool.  Again, not my favorite, but I do like the checked tile patio design.

Here's a spectacular backyard pool complex that's akin to a private water park with a pool canal, island, bridges, fountains, waterfall all surrounded by a massive flagstone patio.

WOW!  Here’s a spectacular backyard pool complex that’s akin to a private water park with a pool canal, island, bridges, fountains, waterfall all surrounded by a massive flagstone patio.  Source:  Zillow DigsTM

Here's a pool and patio design that's fits nicely in a long, deep narrow property. That's a great thing about swimming pools - you can customize the shape to pretty much accommodate any property shape and space.

Here’s a pool and patio design that’s fits nicely in a long, deep narrow property.  That’s a great thing about swimming pools – you can customize the shape to pretty much accommodate any property shape and space.

Another spectacular infinity pool at night. This property is situated very high up over a canyon. The infinity pool choice is ideal for this property setting.

Another spectacular infinity pool at night.  This property is situated very high up over a canyon.  The infinity pool choice is ideal for this property setting.  Source:  Zillow DigsTM
Here's another example of a small pool in a small backyard that works very well. The entire design of this home and backyard is modern with a touch of zen.

Here’s another example of  a small pool in a small backyard that works very well.  The entire design of this home and backyard is modern with a touch of zen.Despite being in a suburban area, this pool and patio makes for a beautiful and fairly private backyard. Imagine this backyard just grass and some gardens... it just wouldn't be the same.

Despite being in a suburban area, this pool and patio makes for a beautiful and fairly private backyard.  Imagine this backyard just grass and some gardens… it just wouldn’t be the same.

Pool and patio at the edge of a small forested areas. Pools with trees and bushes as a backdrop is almost as beautiful as infinity pools on the edge of a cliff.

Pool and patio at the edge of a small forested areas.  Pools with trees and bushes as a backdrop is almost as beautiful as infinity pools on the edge of a cliff.  Source:  Zillow DigsTM
Spectacular mansion with a huge pool that looks like a small lake.

Spectacular mansion with a huge pool that looks like a small lake.I like this pool design because it's in a private courtyard like setting, isn't large and creates a wonderful small backyard oasis. I think it could use more patio space though.

I like this pool design because it’s in a private courtyard like setting, isn’t large and creates a wonderful small backyard oasis.  I think it could use more patio space though.If you have the space, pool canals are fun especially if you create a flowing water effect so that you can travel around your pool in an inner tube or air mattress. This is a great meandering narrow pool canal with lush vegetation on each side creating a natural canal/river effect.

If you have the space, pool canals are fun especially if you create a flowing water effect so that you can travel around your pool in an inner tube or air mattress.  This is a great meandering narrow pool canal with lush vegetation on each side creating a natural canal/river effect.If modern design is your thing, here's a great example of a minimalist backyard of a modern home.

If modern design is your thing, here’s a great example of a minimalist backyard of a modern home.Here's another example of a modern home with a modern pool. It's a dead simple design. The modern effect is enhanced jutting the pool up against a high wall surrounded by a wood deck on three sides.

Here’s another example of a modern home with a modern pool.  It’s a dead simple design.  The modern effect is enhanced jutting the pool up against a high wall surrounded by a wood deck on three sides.Here's the reverse view of the modern pool above.

Here’s the reverse view of the modern pool above.Here's another example of a large pool, hot tub and patio complex in the backyard of a suburban home.1

Here’s another example of a large pool, hot tub and patio complex in the backyard of a suburban home.This pool showcases a design style I really like - the floating patio. The wooden deck appears to float on the pool. The surrounding greenery enhances this otherwise fairly modern home and backyard design.

This pool showcases a design style I really like – the floating patio.  The wooden deck appears to float on the pool.  The surrounding greenery enhances this otherwise fairly modern home and backyard design.

Here's an incredible sprawling estate pool situated far from the home. I'm not sure I'd want a pool situated so far from the main residence. That said, the pool area is nothing short of spectacular with a surrounding patios.

Here’s an incredible sprawling estate pool situated far from the home.  I’m not sure I’d want a pool situated so far from the main residence.  That said, the pool area is nothing short of spectacular with a surrounding patios.  I like how the entire estate property is surrounded by trees so that despite its size, it’s still private.  Source:  Zillow DigsTM
I'll end this collection of swimming pool ideas in pictures with a Roman style indoor pool and hot tub.

I’ll end this collection of swimming pool ideas in pictures with a Roman style indoor pool and hot tub.  It’s definitely a grand indoor pool area… perhaps a bit too gaudy for your taste?

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