Lounge-Worthy Poolside Patios

Turn your poolside patio into a true at-home getaway with these beautiful and inspirational ideas.

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Resort-Style Pool Area

Lounge chairs fill several niches in this resort-style patio, providing a place for many guests to relax. A raised wading pool sits on one side of the pool and houses two chairs immersed in the water for an island getaway feel. The loggia area features a dining area for eight, as well as a large outdoor living area that surrounds an oversized limestone fireplace complete with a flat-panel TV. The glass tile in the pool interior reflects the water, while the LED lighting allows the homeowner to create different moods in the courtyard by altering the color of the light. Design by Turner Boaz Architects and Archiverde Landscape Architects; Builder: Pool Environments

The Perfect View

Chaise lounges invite guests to soak up the ocean view, or to take a quick dip in the nearby infinity pool. Design by Barry Dixon

From: Barry Dixon

Backyard Focal Point

Beating the Florida heat at HGTV Smart Home 2013 is a breeze. One of the home's defining features is its stunning outdoor swimming pool which features a jet propulsion system with a water treadmill, a murmuring fountain and color-changing lights for a beautiful nighttime experience.

Tuscan-Style Relaxation

A retaining wall houses this Tuscan-style pool area without obstructing the beautiful landscape view. Travertine tile complements the warm, rustic tone of the house and is cool to the touch during hot summer months. A round pavilion off the pool area provides a place to relax in the shade, and crepe myrtles and other lush plants add visual appeal. Design by Liquidscapes

Private Swim

More than just a stunning water feature, this narrow plunge pool and deck at HGTV Dream Home 2013 offers a private place to swim, sunbathe and relax with views of the South Carolina marshes.

Bold Focal Point

A vibrant red fireplace is the focal point of this colorful, contemporary backyard. The red and charcoal stucco fireplace features a mantel veneered in a gray stacked stone pattern for a dimensional look. The water features give the illusion that water is flowing into the pool from the upper deck, and the pool wall is made with four different tiles to add texture to the space. Design by Randy Angell

Italian-Style Lounging

Vibrant orange patio chairs bring a splash of color to this neutral Italian-style backyard. Lounge chairs are dispersed throughout the large patio to create a resort-style feel. A dominant water feature at one end of the pool makes a bold statement. Design by Thom Oppelt

Luxe Lounging

This luxurious pool area includes a poolhouse, which provides a place to store all the pool equipment and to grab a cool refreshment. A separate spa area is just off the pool and brings an architectural appeal to the space. Design by Liquidscapes

Modern Serenity

This modern stone home takes outdoor living to a whole new level with a sleek lap pool, spacious living area and fireplace. Design by Ilija Karlusic

Youthful Design

Wood latias offer shade and architectural interest to this shallow, weaving kids' pool. Giant Euphorbias surround the pool deck for a touch of added color and interest. Design by Jamie Durie

Party-Ready Patio

With an outdoor kitchen and cabana, this enclosed poolside patio is the perfect place to entertain guests. Design by Maria Toczylowski

Modern Dining

The large wading pool with an infinity edge is the show-stopping feature of this luxurious backyard. Design by Jamie Durie

Desert Daze

This classic desert home features a brick patio and white plaster pool for the perfect place to cool off all year round. Design by Jamie Herzlinger

A Backyard Getaway

This backyard oasis designed by Jamie Durie is made up of several materials, such as timber, sandstone and copper accents, which create a serene environment. The poolside towers provide privacy and feature a front-face glass that houses cascading water for an effect you'd normally only see at a high-end resort.

Vacation at Home

For a true at-home getaway, designer Lori Dennis created the ultimate outdoor living space. With views of the Pacific Ocean and Hollywood Hills, this infinity edge pool and hot tub feel like they're anywhere but in the city.

Mediterranean Oasis

Designer Lori Carroll created a beautiful and relaxing outdoor living space with natural stone surrounded by lush landscaping. The pool area is equipped with plenty of seating options, making it the perfect place for both relaxing and entertaining.

Outdoor Living Area

Incorporate an outdoor living room into your yard for a relaxing place to unwind. The dark wood pergola complements the light wood outdoor furniture, while the splash of cobalt blue from the dining table brings life to the space. Photo courtesy of Viceroy Hotels and Resorts

Tuscan Escape

This rectangular pool is suited for active swimmers and those who just want to relax. The space features swim up seating and water platforms for sunbathing, all surrounded by a living privacy wall. Design by Jorge Ulibarri

Serene Eating Area

Lush plants create a natural privacy wall in this backyard. Concrete pavers lead from the wooden patio area to the other side of the pool, and a large fire pit and up lighting create a serene ambiance. Design by Randy Angell

Caribbean Contemporary

Landscape designer Jamie Durie installed this corner trellis to take advantage of every inch of space. The curved deck sits right at the edge of the pool, and floating benches allow for entertaining a large crowd. A planter box trailing across the fence blocks the harsh sun yet still catches the light. Ocean-colored pots tie in the color of the pool, and white poufs serve double duty as ottomans and pool toys.

Mod Outdoor Entertaining

Designer Velvet Hammerschmidt converted this large backyard into four areas for entertaining, including a place for lounging by the pool. She added Paola and Richard Schulz furniture to provide an area for eating around the pool. A spacious balcony gives a view of the entire backyard, while sliding glass doors allow for views of the pool from indoors.

Water Park at Home

This elaborate pool setup looks like a water park, but it's actually a backyard. The 45-foot pool slide adds a fun element to the yard for both kids and adults. The archways and stone and stucco elements bring visual appeal, while a fire pit and an outdoor kitchen make the space great for entertaining guests. Design by Scott Cohen