Top tips for decorating your pool area

Decorating your garden can be a fun experience. You can transform it into an outdoor oasis from the hustle and bustle of the world simply by adding some stunning outdoor furniture. You could also add a sprinkling of twinkle lights to bring in a welcoming atmosphere in the evening, or invest in some solar garden lights to dot around the pool and your outdoor patio furniture.

You should look out for wooden garden furniture that you can paint in any colour to match your theme or colour scheme. Or you could be extra creative and cover your wooden patio furniture in different pieces of fabric for a quilt-like appearance, making your outside furniture a focal point. Ensure that your pool area is fenced off if you have children or pets, but the fence itself can also be part of the decor. Keep reading for some top tips on how to decorate your pool area.

Up the ante with umbrellas

You should think of your pool area as an outdoor living area, which means that the tables and chairs should be shaded from the sun. You can bring in some quirky character with brightly coloured and patterned umbrellas or you can instil an atmosphere of elegance with muted, neutral tones.

Using umbrellas, you can create a comfortable and cool seating area in the corner, allowing you and your family to relax in the shade after a long day of swimming. You can make it beautifully bohemian by opting for lace umbrellas in white or cream or make it a more tropical by using leaf, flower, or fruit prints. You can have a lot of fun with umbrellas, but be sure to look for the correct height and size for your space.

Go green(er)

It is likely that you have some greenery in or around your pool area. This is because it is outside, but you can bring in more greenery to make the space even more relaxing and tranquil. If you do not have a large area to work with, some potted plants will do the trick, especially if they are painted in charcoal tones that will highlight the lush green of the plants.

You could plant a hedge to surround the pool area or you could plant a small tree to shade the pool. Be sure that the leaves will not fall into the water and clog the filter and use a net to scoop them out if this does happen. You could plant creeping ivy on the walls around the pool for a stunning aesthetic or incorporate flowers into the area too. Look for brightly coloured blooms to make it bright and beautiful.

Get decorative with stones

If you prefer a more minimalist look, you can opt for using decorative grey, charcoal or even black stones as paving. For those who prefer a more tropical look, you could use beige or brown stones that are reminiscent of the sandy shores of your favourite South African beach. Or you could be extra creative and choose different coloured pavers for a little added pizazz.

You will need to ensure that the pavers are not loose or uneven, as this could be dangerous for those walking around the pool. Ask a professional landscaper to install them for you as this will ensure that everything is well aligned and stable. You can grow ground cover between the pavers for a greener look and for one that is kind to the environment. Be sure not to pave over your entire garden and keep it to be just around the pool, as this can be difficult to clean and maintain especially during the wetter months.

Lighten the mood

If there is one simple tip to always remember when decorating an outdoor space, it is that lighting can make all the difference. If you want to save on electricity, you can invest in solar lamps and outdoor lighting around the pool to create a magical even atmosphere. You can also wrap twinkle lights around the trees in your garden as an added extra.

For pool parties on a hot summer afternoon, battery-operated paper lanterns are ideal. Choose bright, cheerful colours for a fun and funky look or opt for pale pastels for an understated vibe. Or you could up the bohemian factor and add a few lace lanterns. A simple evening in with your partner can easily be enhanced with lighting, so be sure to invest in some tealight candles and candle holders in metallic shades to create a truly romantic atmosphere.

Keep it classic

One effective way to decorate your garden and pool area is to keep your decorations classic. Opt for clean lines and neutral tones so that you can easily add other elements. But this does not mean that you should avoid colours, patterns and personality. You can bring in some fun by using unique umbrellas or make the space an oasis by going green. Decorative stones are ideal for a simple addition to the area and outdoor lighting is always a good choice.