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A pool is a nice amenity to have, but it's the lighting that really makes it. If you plan to use your pool at night or while entertaining, it's worthwhile to invest in a pool lighting scheme. It will help you enjoy your pool more and also improve resale value.
It’s hard to further enhance this gorgeous outdoor pool setting. To keep the look simple and focused on nature, Jill Shevlin of Jill Shevlin Design opted for modern portable lanterns that can be positioned around the hot tub or moved elsewhere after dark. Pendants in the home’s outdoor arcade round out the outdoor lighting scheme.
Indoor/outdoor portable lamps come in all shapes, sizes and colors. Because they are rechargeable and free from plugs, you can use them in a variety of situations. This streamlined style is equally at home by the pool, in an outdoor seating area or even your living room.
Treat your pool area like an extension of your living area. Here, a seating area is integrated with a modern outdoor kitchen, which leads right off the hot tub and pool area, making it a perfect spot to entertain guests. A sleek metal outdoor chandelier ties the look together.
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While pool lighting is extremely important, don’t forget outdoor fans for your exterior spaces. These simple three-blade, propeller-style fans look sleek while providing a gentle breeze. In particularly warm climates and those with lots of insects, outdoor fans are a must.
Pamela Hope of Pamela Hope Designs created the ultimate retreat with an outdoor waterfall feeding into a pool from a Spanish Revival-style home. For such an over-the-top gesture, the only fitting outdoor lighting source could be burning bowls of fire. These outdoor lighting pits can double as torchieres.
Each metallic finish has its own tone and temperature. For example, gold is considered to be very warm, while silver is a colder finish. This room masterfully combines those two metals along with others to create a recurring motif throughout the room's accents and decor. Using various metals subtly throughout an office can help establish an elegant, elevated style.
For this idyllic estate, Pamela Hope of Pamela Hope Designs kept the focus on the large, crystal-clear swimming pool. A large outdoor fan cools a dining area, while subtle sconces that blend with the architectural style illuminate the back doors and a porch acceded via a spiral metal staircase.
Like any good lighting scheme, the approach to outdoor pool lighting should be multi-layered. For this home, we see three different types of fixtures: wall-mounted security lights, modern outdoor wall sconces and spot lights under the eaves. This allows the homeowner to adjust the lighting levels as needed.
Light fixtures mounted within the walls of the pool are one of the best ways to provide illumination for swimming while making the pool itself glow. Beneath the exterior lounge area, soft spot lights provide an even wash. Two table lamps round out the scheme, lending a cozy vibe.
This multilevel outdoor entertaining space seamlessly transitions from an outdoor lounge area to a deck with a series of pools. Similarly, the lighting strategy includes multiple levels. Spot lights direct light as needed to seating areas, while outdoor fans keep the temperature comfortable. In-pool lights create a dazzling effect.
To get the best bang for your buck, look for versatile fixtures that you can use in a variety of ways within your outdoor pool area. This pendant fixture can be suspended from a variety of structures and surfaces and can even double as an outdoor lamp. Lighting needs to accommodate the multiple ways in which you use your outdoor space.
A pergola is a great way to shield an outdoor dining area from the sun, but also doubles as a structure from which to hang outdoor pendants. These drum-shaped metal pendants softly illuminate the entertaining area. Step lights provide safe passage from the patio to the yard.
Cultivate a midcentury pool party vibe with bright orange upholstery for outdoor furnishings and earthy textures like brick pavers. Subtle lighting interventions include outdoor ceiling fans with lights and wall sconces that blend in with the architecture of your home. Double doors that open to the interior allow for an indoor-outdoor connection.
Sometimes the most unexpected light sources make the biggest impression. This freestanding outdoor floor lamp features illuminated vertical rods that call to mind delicate reeds. They draw the eye upward and make a dynamic statement, all while providing soft lighting for the yard and pool.
We hope these outdoor pool lighting ideas will help you to transform your pool into a stunning feature in your landscape, day or night. Pool lighting is also an important consideration from a safety standpoint. A good lighting scheme allows you to maximize your enjoyment of this desirable amenity.
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