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37 Pool Deck and Patio Designs

Lounging around the pool is a pastime most of us dream about, but you’ve got to start with a good surface on which to place your lounge chairs. Check out these design ideas for pool decking and patios and start making your dreams a reality.

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Patio and Deck Ideas for Pools

When adding a swimming pool to your landscape, don’t overlook the importance of the surrounding deck or patio — after all, you’ll likely spend just as much time lounging or entertaining poolside as you will swimming. Be sure your pool patio or deck offers plenty of room for lounge chairs, dining tables and other furniture, plus enough space to comfortably walk around those items.

Pool decks and patios can be made of a variety of materials including concrete, pavers, wood, stone, tile and brick. Consider looks, durability, maintenance, safety and cost when choosing a surface for your space. This poolside patio features a mix of concrete (a budget-friendly option that can be textured to make it slip resistant) and wood (a naturally beautiful choice that requires regular staining and sealing). Need more inspiration? Browse our beautiful deck and patio ideas for pools and find the right look for your landscape.

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Photo: Warwick P Hunt. From: Studio H Landscape Architecture.

Tried + True Terra Cotta

Heat up your white exterior walls with a Mediterranean-inspired terra-cotta tile pool patio. This vibrant space boasts wall-to-wall terra-cotta tilework laid in a contrasting diamond and brick pattern to create a striking symmetrical display. The warm clay finish enhances the bright-white façade and plays well with glazed artisan planters and handpainted tile accents lining the back wall.

Beauty aside, terra cotta has been used since ancient times and has a track record of durability you can trust. That said, invest in high-quality terra-cotta tile and seal it upon application to protect it from the elements.

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Photo: Chris & Cami Photography. From: Carolina Landscape.

Go Brick by Brick

Make this design your muse for creating a stately and traditional pool patio. Weathered brick set in a timeless herringbone pattern frames the swimming pool and the bordering topiary garden on three sides. The white-washed red brick is rich with contrasting tones and offers a striking juxtaposition to the otherwise polished features in the space, like the tailored sun loungers and the creamy marble table.

Brick is a failproof material option for pool patios that dates back in architecture and design for thousands of years. It's easy to install, low-maintenance over time, and comes in several shades, allowing you to customize your pool patio based on your exterior.

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Photo: Robert Peterson, Rustic White Photography. From: Brian Patrick Flynn.

Play Both Sides

Why stick to one patio design when you can have two instead? Designer Brian Patrick Flynn wields concrete pavers and stacked stones in similar shades to create two distinct spaces for eating and entertaining on this contemporary pool patio. Concrete pavers framed with evergreen turf create a polished checkerboard pattern to anchor the alfresco dining space. The adjoining lounge area shines in its own right; brick-laid stone pavers bring texture and — perhaps most importantly — grip underfoot for slip-free swimming.

Concrete pavers are a popular pool patio material because they are budget-friendly and available in various sizes, colors and finishes. And if damaged, concrete pavers are much easier to match than their natural stone counterparts.

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