It’s officially summertime, which means we’ve got a busy season filled with pool jobs. As we begin planning their landscape, we’re often asked about what other homeowners have done with their pool design. To help spur the imagination as you’re dreaming up your own custom pool, here’s some of the top designs we see for inground pools.

Rectangular Pool

One of the most common pool shapes that combines aesthetic and practicality. It the best choice for swimmers who love to swim long laps, and it’s a great option for those working with smaller spaces. Then, you can still get a decently sized pool with room for a patio.

Circular Pool

This shape is best suited for large, open spaces since it’s more about aesthetic rather than space-saving. However, if it fits your landscapes style, circular pools are a classic choice that used to be a favorite among Hollywood stars.

Freeform Pool

If you’re looking to maximize your space or have a one-of-kind pool, a freeform shape would be ideal. It’s one of the most space-friendly options for those who have a more limited area to work with and want to still have some add-on features like a waterfall.

Kidney-Shaped Pool

These classic forms are similar to freeform, but they follow a distinct kidney bean-like shape. Its curvature gives off a more relaxed vibe that might fit the landscape better than a rectangle shape might.

Underwater lights

Whether it’s night or day, underwater lights allow you to get the most out of your pool so you can properly see even during those cloudy days or dark nights. Plus, if you opt for colored lights, they can be changed to better fit the mood or entertain the kids.

Fire features

Even with heated water, the pool can be cold on those chillier summer nights. Adding on some fire features, such as fire columns, will help keep the air warmer and also give the space some soft, natural lighting that turns your pool into a relaxing oasis.


A fan-favorite among households with kids, adding on a slide keeps everyone entertained for hours on end. Even if there’s multiple pools on the block, the one with the slide will definitely be the place to go.

The landscape experts at Outdoor Innovations love bringing your ideas to life, and we’ve proudly been doing so since 2007. Contact us if you’d like to talk about upgrading your outdoor living.