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Pool House Design Ideas That Make Life Feel Like a Permanent Vacation

Natural light, privacy, and cannonball proximity.

pool house design ideas
PETER MURDOCK

Fact: Having a pool house will make your life will feel like one big vacation. Okay, well maybe we can't make that promise...but we can confidently say that a well-designed pool house will make summer entertaining and year-round hosting a lot more stylish and convenient. There's just something about the added privacy, access to natural light, and cannonball proximity. So read on for twenty one pool house design ideas that'll get your space ready for summer (or simply provide you with a mental vacation).

pool house design ideas
PETER MURDOCK
Use a Crawl Space for Storage

Aside from being a nice to place to hang out, your pool house should also provide storage for all those pool toys. Keep it separate from the sitting area with a crawl space accessible by ladder, like this one designed by Lindsey Lane. A small window in the "attic" also happens to look good.

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modern pool house design ideas
KARYN R. MILLET
Beautify the Entrance

Think of the pool house entrance like you would any other front door. Like in this pool house designed by John Wooden, the door is flanked by large planters and sconces for a polished entryway.

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pool house design ideas
Peter Murdock
Keep Things Open and Airy

A pool house is the perfect place to experiment with an indoor/outdoor concept. Opt for a retractable door or floor to ceiling glass doors that allow you to let the breeze inside. Hanging some sheers or linen curtains as designer Lindsey Lane did here will give it a dreamy feel.

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pool house decor ideas
Alexander DB
Set Up a Game Room

When everyone isn't out enjoy the water at your pool parties, they'll want something to keep them busy inside. A design-savvy pin pong table like this one in a teen-friendly space by Alexander DB is a great example.

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pool house landscaping ideas
Thomas Loof
Use Consistent Prints and Colors

To make the entire pool area feels like one cohesive zone, find a way to tie the pool house and patio furniture together. We love how these graphic orange and white striped awnings are literally cut from the same cloth as the umbrellas and loungers on this Amanda Lindroth-designed property.

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indoor pool house designs
Nicole Franzen
Choose Durable Flooring

With wet feet running in and out of the pool house, make sure your floors are durable and easy to clean. Porcelain or ceramic tiles can be great options, as is natural stone and concrete for a rustic, edgier feel.

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modern pool house designs
@marc.merckx
Consider Going Modern

Though a crisp white bungalow or nature-inspired cabana have their appeal, we're really into the edgy design of this modern black pool house by Marc Merckx. It simultaneously stands out while also blending in nicely with the environment.

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outdoor living room ideas
Nicole Franzen
Give It Vacation Vibes

With a straw roof, raffia pendants, wood paneled floors, this lounge area has us dreaming about summer vacation. It opens straight up to the outdoor area, making it the perfect place to hang out in the evenings or when you need some shade.

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fancy pool house design
ROGER DAVIES
Opt for Sky-High Ceilings

Super high ceilings will give your pool house a more open and airy atmosphere, mimicking the great outdoors. This Malibu space by celebrity decorator Martyn Lawrence Bullard takes things to the next level with reclaimed wood exteriors, striking a nice balance between rustic and formal.

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pool design ideas
Nicole Franzen
Streamline Your Look

Create cohesion with curtains that match the fabric used for your patio furniture. Then keep everything else simple and clean for all-white perfection reminiscent of the Greek islands.

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pool house interiors
Studio Lifestyle
Add a Media Room

Instead of a formal living room in the pool house, make it a family room/ media center, as done in this pool house designed by Studio Lifestyle. It'll feel like a private hangout tucked away from the rest of the home.

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pool house landscaping
Lisa Romerein
Feature Bright Florals

With bougainvillea climbing up the exterior of this Spanish-style pool house designed by Tom Callaway, it feels like a secret garden oasis. Aside from the tile on the raised hot tub and those gorgeous sconces, we're loving the built-in bench.

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guest house ideas
PHOTO: Leanne Ford Interiors; DESIGN: Leanne Ford Interiors
Make It a Guest House

If your pool house is big enough, turn it into a guest house. It'll be the perfect backdrop for a private studio for guests or renters. We love the look of all white, texture-rich interiors, especially in a pool house. Get inspired by this Leanne Ford bedroom if you feel the same.

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outdoor living room design
KARYN R. MILLET
Build a Cabana

Aside from looking like the coolest treehouse hangout ever, this John Wooden-designed pool house nook is also comfortable and durable. Everyone is going to be fighting over who gets to sit in that hanging chair.

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modern pool house
Alexnader DB
Put the Living Room Outside

If you're tight on space and know you want to use the main indoor room as a bathroom, kitchen, or bedroom, set up the main hang out area outside. This adjacent outdoor conversation zone designed by Alexander DB flows with the rest of the space, and since it's tucked into the corner, it feels nice and intimate.

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pool house decor ideas
Jonny Valiant
Use Creative Décor

Don't forget to spruce up the walls in your pool house a la Jeff Lincoln in this Palm Beach sanctuary. Flea market finds, like these small antler busts, are a great way to introduce character without having to spend a ton of money on wall art.

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pool landscaping ideas
Studio Lifestyle
Set Up an Outdoor Bar

A large casement window in the pool house kitchen is going to keep the air flowing, but it's also a great way to extend your time spent outside with al fresco dining. Not to mention, you won't have to invite the guests and kiddos inside for lunch. When you're done gawking at Studio Lifestyle's gorgeous pool house, get inspired by the landscape design.

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coastal interior design ideas
Peter Murdock
Stick to a Theme

This pool house designed by Lindsey Lane is making a strong case for coastal themed pool houses. Opt for classic staples and furniture to anchor the room, and then use throws, lighting, and tabletop décor as an opportunity to set the mood and have fun.

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outdoor shower design ideas
Alexander DB
Build an Outdoor Shower

Whether or not you have a separate pool house, an outdoor shower by the pool or in a beachside locale is always a good call. Not only will they prevent your interiors from getting dirty, but they also happen to be gorgeous additions to any landscape design. This modern example by Alexander DB is proof.

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rustic pool house design
@bontraveler
Go Rustic

Your pool house doesn't need to be full of bells and whistles to look the part. Case in point? This rustic open concept pool area. With a wood burning stove, a dining nook, and a modern countertop work space, this pool house is transporting us to the Tuscan countryside.

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outdoor patio ideas
CHRISTOPHER BAKER
Provide Some Shade

A large awning stretching from your pool house over the patio makes it the perfect place to sit and relax all summer long. Take note from Lisa McFadden's Hampton cottage if you want to throw a memorable al fresco dinner party.

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