Poolside Inspiration for Your Patio Lounge

Nothing says relaxation and leisure during the hot season like a swimming pool. A glassy expanse of turquoise or aqua is as distinctive a summer design element as you can get. And even if you don’t have a pool in your backyard, you can take inspiration from poolside style to capture that relaxed leisurely vibe in your outdoor space.

EcoChic furnishings are a natural for the pool deck because of their colorful and approachable aesthetic and their durable teak construction. The Second Wind Sun Bed pictured above combines laid-back lounging with lively tropical colors that were made for a waterscape.

Here are some inspiring tableaux to infuse your outdoor design with that poolside langour we all love.

 

Invoke Calm with Multiple Matching Pieces

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Matching loungers lining the pool deck are a quintessential look for many a high-end resort. When you replicate this setup in your own space, you’ll borrow that sense of welcome and abundance, as well as the calming repetition of identical pieces. Above, the white frames of the Second Wind Sun Bed create an attractive pattern against the dark decking.

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Here the eye is drawn to the dark cushions, while the lighter wood disappears into the patio stones. The matching piping on the cushions connects the two. The effect is one of reassuring simplicity — no need to choose a spot when they’re all the same.

 

Focus on Natural Materials

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Organic stone and fibre are another poolside staple, letting your furnishings and accessories fade into the backdrop while the brilliant blue water takes centre stage.

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This vignette uses neutral wicker loungers and undyed fabric on the umbrella and cushions to create an inviting oasis. The majestic palm tree adds a touch of the palatial, as does the jewel-like mosaic of the Apocalypso Coffee Table in the center.

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Here natural wood, a fringed hammock, sand-colored stucco, and a limestone wall make this pool look as though it bubbled up spontaneously from the aquifer.

 

Embrace Beachy Colour

 

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For a more festive feel on your patio, you can dive into a bright carnival of color. These shots of the Second Wind Sun Bed show off its rainbow palette, evocative of beach balls, ocean buoys, and tropical fish.

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This overhead photo of a Miami hotel shows how aqua beach umbrellas, yellow loungers, and green turf make a appealing color scheme for relaxation.

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A pair of our Swell Chairs pulls blues and greens from its surroundings to demonstrate a slightly more chill yet cheery approach to poolside seating.

 

Use White . . . Everywhere

For a look that echoes the Aegean islands, embrace the simplicity of a pure classic white for all your finishes and furnishings. White reflects sunlight and keeps surfaces cooler, and it also provides a soothing monochrome vista for the eye.

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The delicate aqua hue of the pool takes the focus here, attracting bathers to its refreshing waters.

 

Don’t Forget Side Tables

Side tables are an essential for entertaining in your outdoor space, and they also give you another opportunity to show off your style.

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Make sure that your side tables are at the right height for your seating, so that drinks and reading material are easy to reach. Again, don’t shy away from color as a way to incorporate happy vibes and visual interest.

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Whether you take your cue from luxe resort décor, natural landscapes, or eclectic and unassuming backyard style, you can capture the feel of a poolside lounge with your choices of color, materials, and layout. Have fun and stay cool in your outdoor space this season.

Megan Risdon

CEO EcoChic

Megan Risdon is the CEO of EcoChic Lifestyles. She was inspired to found the company when she discovered the possibilities for crafting art furniture from colorful fishing boat wood.