Choosing the Right Pool Design for Your Garden

Transforming your garden into a personal oasis with the addition of a swimming pool is exciting, but with so many designs, shapes, and styles to choose from, it can also be overwhelming! Your pool should not only serve its function but also complement your garden’s size, shape, and aesthetic.

Here’s a guide to help you navigate the world of pool design and make the right choice for your space.

1. Assess Your Garden’s Size and Shape

The first step is to take a good look at your garden. Its dimensions will play a pivotal role in determining the size and shape of your pool. A rectangular pool might suit a long, narrow garden, while a wider garden might accommodate a circular or free-form design.

2. Consider Your Pool’s Purpose

How you intend to use your pool will influence its design:

  • Lap Swimming: If you’re keen on swimming laps, a long and narrow design is ideal.
  • Relaxation: For relaxation, consider wider designs with shallow depths, or perhaps an attached spa or jacuzzi.
  • Family Fun: If the pool is primarily for children and family, a play pool with varying depths and maybe a slide or waterfall could be the choice.

3. Dive into Different Shapes

  • Rectangular: Classic and elegant, the rectangular pool is timeless and suits most garden types.
  • Oval: Soft rounded edges of an oval pool can provide a more relaxed feel and can fit a variety of garden shapes.
  • L-Shaped: If you want a designated shallow or deep end, an L-shaped pool offers separation.
  • Kidney: This organic shape is great for gardens that demand a more natural look.
  • Free Form: These pools are custom-designed, taking unique shapes that can weave around garden features or obstacles.

Please note that covering the pool should be considered when choosing the shape and design of your pool. All heated pools in the UK need to be covered in some way to keep heat in, due to our cooler climate compared to mainland Europe. Rectangular shapes are much easier to cover.

4. Material and Finish Options

Due to advances in vinyl/liner technology, we would always recommend liner pools. They are much quicker to install and roughly half the cost of a tiled pool. Modern liners can look just like stone or tiled pools and are much more long and hard wearing than the old fibreglass pools.

A vinyl liner is custom-fitted to a pre-dug hole. It’s cost-effective and offers various pattern and colour choices.

5. Enhancing Aesthetics with Features

Add flair and function to your pool with additional features:

  • Waterfalls and Fountains: These not only look great but also produce calming sounds.
  • Deck Jets and Bubblers: Add a touch of whimsy and playfulness to your pool.
  • Infinity Edge: If your garden overlooks a scenic view, an infinity edge can seamlessly blend the pool with the horizon.

6. Integrating Landscaping

The area around the pool is just as crucial as the pool itself. Consider integrating planters, rockeries, or even a small garden beach. Choose pool-friendly plants that don’t shed leaves frequently, reducing cleaning needs.

7. Safety and Accessibility

Depending on who will be using the pool, consider features like steps, handrails, and shallow areas for children. Also, think about safety barriers or fencing, especially if you have young children or pets.


Your garden’s transformation with a pool should reflect your personal style and meet your needs. By considering the aforementioned factors, you can ensure that your pool becomes a harmonious and functional addition to your garden. Always consult with pool design experts, like those at Spruce Pools, to bring your vision to life perfectly.