Use Your Pool As A Landscaping Feature  

by Pool Builders on 04-11-2007 in Articles

If you have the chance to benefit from a pool in your garden, make the most of this feature by integrating it to your design scheme. It is an area that is naturally well suited to decoration and can help you tie the scheme together.

Designing Around Your Swimming Pool
If you are lucky enough to have a swimming pool in your own garden you can use it as the main focal point of your garden design project. With a few creative ideas you can come up with ways to make your pool the center of your very own luxurious spa, right on your doorstep. Even adding simple pool lights could help transform the whole area.

Dress Up The Surroundings
You can use a whole host of materials and ideas to add a bit of interest to the area around your pool. Planting will add color and structure, and by adding mulch around the plants you will give the whole area a neat and manicured look that will prevent weeds, too. It's also very easy to select rocks and stones for their decorative effect, and you can place these amongst the planting. You can really go to town setting up the scene as you would decorating inside your home: this might be a wise investment if you enjoy spending a lot of time outdoors.

Setting The Furniture
How you place furniture and decorative items around your pool has a huge impact on the overall look and feel of the area. Each piece should therefore be positioned with care. You can accessorize with sculptures, planting, lighting and even soft furnishings to make the pool area even more enticing.

Add An Awning
You may want to consider adding a canopy over the main patio area: this will give you more flexibility to entertain even on days where the weather attempts to ruin your plans.

A Safe Perimeter
If you have young kids you will be particularly safety conscious: adding a locked fence around the pool can give you piece of mind and prevent accidents. There are many options open to you, depending on the style, colors and materials you feel would work best with your personality and the rest of your dcor.

A Bit Of Privacy
Fences are also very useful to add a bit of privacy if the area is overlooked. This will help you relax while enjoying the pool area with your family.

A Place For Everything
As a pool owner you already know that the joys of enjoying a pool come with having to house quite a bit of kit for maintenance purposes. You also need somewhere to store your deck chairs in the off season. Don't feel like you have to settle for unsightly plastic bins: there are plenty of options to choose from that can also be quite decorative.

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