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Love the idea of having a pool in your yard but don’t think you have the space for it? Small pools can be the ideal solution. Consider these landscaping and design ideas for an attractive, compact poolscape:

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A Compelling Secondary Focal Point

While the pool itself will be a primary focal point in your yard, choosing a secondary focal point can make for a dynamic backyard design. Examples of compelling secondary focal points might be a group of tall palm trees, an interesting pattern made of patio pavers at one corner or side of the pool area, a covered lounge area, a rock formation or a waterfall.

Enclosed Greenery Accents

Create a lush, uplifting setting around your smaller pool by adding brick planters to loosely frame the area and set it apart from the rest of the yard. Large square or round pots can serve this design purpose as well; just take care not to surround the pool entirely, or it might feel cramped and closed off. Choose a mixture of tall trees and flowering plants in your planters to open up the area and add visual interest.

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Focus on the Patio

For some homeowners, having a smaller pool may be more about creating a relaxing atmosphere in which to sunbathe, relax or sit and sip a cold beverage with friends. If this is the case, make the design focus your patio and outdoor furniture. Choose artful patio pavers arranged in a compelling pattern and color, and select patio furniture that creates the perfect relaxing environment for lounging poolside.

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Ambient Lighting

If you’ll be using the pool at night, some amazing design effects can be achieved with lighting. Consider light effects that emanate from within the pool, as well as artfully placed around it. Soft, creative light effects can expand the look of your smaller pool to make it feel larger and more luxurious.

Even smaller yards can be the perfect setting for an outdoor pool. Use these landscaping and design ideas for small pools and create the backyard poolscape of your dreams.