Whatever style of architecture your home and wherever you lay your sun hat, these fabulous backyard pools will tempt and inspire you to take the leap and create your own garden oasis.
A perfectly manicured side garden provides privacy for this lap pool, while cushions scattered around an open verandah make for the perfect outdoor oasis. Glass fencing will help you to enjoy maximum light and keep the space streamlined.
Greenery along the wall creates a lush enclosure while also offering a shady respite from the midday sun. A timber pool lounge (like the 'Jimmy' lounge from Robert Plumb, pictured) is the perfect poolside piece - add a punch of colour with vibrant accessories, like this towel from Orla Kiely.
A pool house comes in very handy for storing furniture, toys and cleaning products, keeping the surrounding area free from mess and potential hazards. Paint your shed white and blue for instant poolside chic!
An infinity pool immediately brings a five-star resort feel. The owners of this home have added warmth by using tiny black glass mosaics for the pool walls, which also doubles as a water feature. Soften minimal, boxy edges with comfy beanbags and lush tropical plants.
Backyard pools and outdoor entertaining go hand in hand. Make sure you have enough shade available for a midday barbeque, along with plenty of seating like these dining chairs from Recollections.
A black exterior creates a striking and unexpected backdrop for colourful accents, including a pair of red sun loungers from The Tendershed, cushions from India and a yellow wire sign from The Romantic.
This tiled terrace has a decidedly Mediterranean feel, with an oversized antique urn from Parterre and a white linen tablecloth adding hints of romance. Lush surrounds provided by trees help to break up the formality of the geometric hedges and hard surfaces. Plan ahead with plantings that will add shade in future summers.
A large, luxurious pool will make you want to dive right in! Enjoy the best of both worlds with a swim in the sunshine followed by a cool retreat under a shade umbrella like this one from Made in the Shade.
Poolside loungers provide a comfortable spot to dry off after a dip, the ones pictured are from Adirondack Chairs Australia. Inject personality with statement cushions in bold stripes.