17 Swimming Pools That Make Us Wish Year-Round Summer Was A Thing

But like, why isn't it?

Watson and Reid embellished the rear facade of the British Colonial–style house with a Chippendale railing and Bevolo gas lanterns.
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From a Tuscan-style retreat to a rustic farmhouse swimming pool, these pools will make you want to dive right in. If you need more inspo, try our favorite patio and landscaping ideas. Now your backyard is summer (and party!) ready.

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Watson and Reid embellished the rear facade of the British Colonial–style house with a Chippendale railing and Bevolo gas lanterns. 
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Coastal Cool

Gas lanterns on a double porch add a Bahamian vibe to a pool. Now we're dreaming of the Caribbean.

Wall Lantern, $191, wayfair.com

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striped chaise lounge chairs
Victoria Pearson
That's Amore

You don't need a lot of landscaping to make your pool look impressive. A few Italian cypresses can transform a plain pool area into a relaxing retreat.

Artificial Cypress Tress, $372, amazon.com

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Watson and Reid embellished the rear facade of the British Colonial–style house with a Chippendale railing and Bevolo gas lanterns.
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Go Rustic

Barn doors open onto the patio from the pool house in the rustic pool of our farmhouse dreams. Now if only we actually owned a farmhouse.

Wood Chaise Lounge, $90, wayfair.com

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James Merrell
Pastel Pretty

Match your guesthouse to your pool. It adds a pop of color to your yard, and the pastels feel totally tranquil.

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coral stepping stones
William Abranowicz
Stepping Stones

This beach house has a serious wow factor — the living room opens to the pool. If that isn't enough, coral stepping stones at one end let you literally walk on water.

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pool
Victoria Pearson
Home On The Range

This ranch house has an underwater bench that runs the length of the 45-foot pool. It's ideal for dogs to get in and out, or for people to lounge.

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Jonny Valiant
Break Out The Boxwoods

Clipped boxwood and a tall privet hedge dress up a pool. If you're extra fancy, add a pool house.

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striped gray pool chairs
Francesco Lagnese
Live It Up

We may not be able to have an infinity-edge pool overlooking the ocean, but we can probably handle recreating this living wall. Added perk: It's the perfect photo backdrop for summer parties.

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stone pool and jacuzzi
Julian Wass
Made In The Shade

If you have a lot of foliage or tree cover in your backyard, build your pool and hot tub around it to create some natural shade. It looks way more chic than a bunch of umbrellsa. Just saying.

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Anne Schlechter
Landscape Goals

Add boxwood parterres and you'll feel like you're living in a palace. Versailles's got nothing on your backyard.

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yellow pool furniture
Eric Piasecki
Brighten Up

The easy way to update your pool? Upholstery. Yellow cushions make a pool feel even more summery, and you can swap them out for darker colors in the fall/winter.

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poolside gauzy curtains
Simon Upton
Easy Breezy

A vacation is as close as your backyard. Gauzy curtains give the pool area a breezy, tropical feel.

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elevated pool
Pieter Estersohn
Out Of Sight, Out Of Mind

If your pool area is next to your garage or anything else unsightly, construct an elevated deck. Looking at cars while you swim isn't exactly the definition of relaxing.

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brown outdoor furniture
Matthew Hranek
Palm Trees on Palm Trees

No matter where you live, make your yard feel like paradise with an alley of palm trees. Coconut cocktails on repeat.

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mecox cuba lounge chairs
Thomas Loof
Pull Up A Chair

If you buy one thing for your pool, make it comfy lounge chairs. Now all you need is a fruity cocktail in your hand and you're good to go.

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mosaic tile pool
Luca Trovato
Mosaic Magic

To create easy water access without having to walk on the grass, add mosaic tiles. They're function, and look totally impressive.

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orange sunbrella umbrella
Thomas Loof
La Dolce Vita

Take your pool Tuscan with orange umbrellas and cypress trees. And then go pour yourself a glass of red wine.

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