Ultimate pool design

Make a splash with our round up of the best pool designs


Pools are the ultimate backyard accessory. And with summer on its way, we wanted to share our round up of the best pool designs to spark your inspiration.

From designs for small backyard to awkward blocks, ideas for a total kids paradise to resort-style relaxation, our round up has something for everyone.

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1. Perfect design for a small space

If you’re short on space, don’t think a pool is out of question. This gorgeous pool from George and Sarah’s home on The Block, is the perfect example of what can be done in a tight space.

We love the pretty petal tiles they used, and the wooden seating space at the end. Just hand us a cocktail and we’ll be set for summer!

2. Pool with a view

Pools don’t always have to be on the ground, as seen here in this stunner from the Kew penthouse. There’s nothing OTT here, just a simple design, done well and taking full advantage of that incredible view.

3. The ultimate kids paradise

Here’s one for the kids. And boy, is it a good one! The ultimate kids paradise, this home ticks every box. A cool cubby house (make that 2!). A rope bridge, firefighters pole, swing, and a slide into the pool.

This one just had to make our best pool designs list, even if it might be a bit of a stretch for the average Aussie backyard! You’ve gotta admit, you’d love to take a ride down that slide into the pool, wouldn’t you 😉 ?!

4. Add style and texture through tiles

Take your average backyard pool to the next level with stunning tiles. These beauties at Bilinga Beach Abode are some of our faves, with the owners choosing encaustic patterned tiles to give their pool the ultimate wow factor.

5. Tropical paradise

In another stellar home renovation from Kyal and Kara, their own family home includes this incredible backyard pool. The glass pool fence is the perfect addition. It feels almost invisible giving the space a seamless flow to the rest of backyard.

6. Make it your centre feature

At the Suncatcher House, the challenging block meant this courtyard was ‘left over’ in the centre of the home. They added in this beautiful pool and it turned out to be the best part of the home.

Almost every room of the house looks out onto this stunning courtyard — a real statement feature of the home.

7. Take the plunge

Check out this little beauty from The Designory. This luxe, boho boutique holiday rental in Byron Bay is small but sweet. A plunge pool is a fab addition to your backyard if you only have a small space but still want to make a splash.

8. Resort-style living

This pool just had to make our list of best ever pool designs. Bonnie from Three Birds Renovations designed her entire house to make this stunning pool the centrepiece, and we can totally see why. It’s just… perfection!

This is the epitome of resort-style living at home.

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Image via Three Birds Renovations

9. Lap up the view

Mountains on one side, spectacular ocean view on the other. It’s a simple design, but we think this stunning pool has got everything going for it. Also check out that long top step — the perfect spot to chill (literally!) and ideal for kids.

10. Bushland oasis

Anyone else think this one would feel like swimming in a secluded, outback oasis? We love the organic feel to this pool and the addition of the waterfall, rocks and landscaping, which make it blend into its natural surrounds.

11. Pop in a pool window

A bit of a quirky feature and oh so much fun, is a pool window! When it comes to the best pool designs, this one is high on our list. You’d certainly be the talk of the street with this epic pool!

12. Family-friendly fun

Another fabulous pool from the talented Three Birds trio. In House 11, they gave the old pool a zhuzh-up and created this Hamptons style beauty. The addition of the viewing cabana is our fave feature. We can just imagine relaxing here while the kids go crazy in this fabulous family-friendly pool design.

13. The ultimate pool for an awkward block

How’s this for an epic idea. A shipping container pool! A no-brainer to make our list of best pool designs, shipping container pools are perfect for awkward or sloping blocks. They can go up on stilts or metal frameworks to level them in to even the trickiest of blocks (like this one below).

They’re a fabulous low-cost option and you’re ticking the environmental box too, by upcycling an old and otherwise unloved shipping container. Win, win, WIN!

14. Make it organic (shaped)

Who said pools have to be rectangular? Or round? Break from tradition and create a pool shape that works with the space available like this pool. Its unique curve means there’s still room in this relatively small backyard for a fun built-in trampoline.

It’s an ingenious and clever design, made to work around the family’s needs, not the other way around.

15. A pool for everyone

If space allows, a pool with sections makes for a gorgeous backyard statement. We love the stepping stone feature, giving this pool a luxe, resort feel. Kids in one section, adults only in the other — what’s not to love?!

16. Woodland view

Would you just check out that view. Swoon! This is a great example of an indoor pool that doesn’t feel… indoors! The huge floor to ceiling sliding doors bring the stunning woodland view right inside so you can swim in your pool year round.

17. Plunge right in

Snuggled right up against that wonderful sunny deck, this pool is a total winner. Plunge pools are perfect for a relaxing dip which is sometimes all you need to cool off in the summer heat. You also don’t need a whole lot of room to fit one in so they’re a great space saving option.

18. Add a ledge for lounging

This pool flows seamlessly into the rest of the outdoor entertaining space with its cleverly designed edging and shape. We love the idea of a baja shelf — basically an extra long shallow end, perfect for small children, but also for lounging in the water without having to fully commit to a dip.

If you need us, you’ll find us on one of those semi-submerged sun loungers!

19. Let colour do the talking

In what could otherwise be described as a sparse outdoor space, this pool totally pops thanks to its vibrant blue mosaic tile. We love the simplicity of its shape because when your tiles are that pretty, you really don’t need much else!

20. Instagrammable infinity edge

This pool was just made for epic Instagram pics, right?! And while not everyone has a hinterland rainforest treetop view to look out over, an infinity edge pool is still a stunning design feature if your block allows for it.

Which was your fave in our round up of the best pool designs? Has it given you any inspo for your place? Tell us in the comment section below!

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Tom Fereday Designs a Bespoke Furniture Collection for the AGNSW


Through Tom’s signature holistic approach, the design is sympathetic to the space and purpose of the gallery. “The collaboration acted as a celebration of Australian artisanship through both locally sourced materials and craftsmanship, with the final collection made entirely in Sydney,” Tom says.

Close inspection reveals a refined angular timber frame made from solid Australian spotted gum, accentuated with a fine aniline leather seat. “Each element is handcrafted by some of the finest makers in Australia,” Tom adds.

Celebrating its 150th anniversary in 2021, Tom’s furniture installation forms part of a significant transformation for the Art Gallery of New South Wales scheduled for completion in 2022.



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Serene kitchen scheme

4 on-trend kitchen schemes inspired by Caesarstone’s latest designs


Supported by Caesarstone

One of my favourite things to do is design kitchen schemes so when Caesarstone released their new Whitelight Collection of quartz surfaces, I couldn’t wait to get concepting! All the new Caesarstone designs are inspired by natural stone, such as marble and granite, in on-trend colours. 

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Serene and soft kitchen scheme

There’s a shift towards earthier colours and textures in interiors and Caesarstone’s new ‘Adamina’ hits this interior design trend on the head. 

Inspired by the golden hues of sandstone and travertine, it has a softly mottled pattern that fits perfectly into any warm kitchen scheme. 

Use it with darker finishes to create a luxe retreat vibe or pair it with lighter materials to achieve a modern coastal scheme as I’ve done below.

Oak timber picks up on the subtle brown flecks in the quartz, while pops of white in the joinery and tile splashback brighten the space. Other natural elements, such as the wicker pendant light and kitchen décor, finish off the space.

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Serene and soft kitchen scheme featuring Caesarstone’s new Adamina design

Contemporary luxe kitchen scheme

Dialling up the drama is this dark and moody kitchen scheme inspired by Caesarstone’s ‘Calacatta Maximus’design. Replicating the look of natural marble — but for a fraction of the cost and without the maintenance — it’s a beautiful pattern with soft grey and delicate copper veining.

Working just as well in a light kitchen scheme, I decided on a sophisticated darker palette with black timber veneer joinery, black tapware and sink, architectural track lighting and minimalist accessories.

By using a pared back palette of materials, it allows the complex layering and detail in ‘Calacatta Maximus’ pattern to be the hero of the space.

Contemporary kitchen scheme
Moody kitchen scheme featuring Caesarstone’s Calacatta Maximus

Timeless and elegant kitchen scheme

There’s no denying Hamptons design is taking off in Australia so for my next kitchen scheme, I’m playing to this design style. 

Featuring the ‘Aterra Blanca’ benchtops and splashback, this Caesarstone design captures the beauty of natural marble with subtle veining and strokes. It’s an understated quartz that offers timeless appeal.  

Signature shaker profile doors are given a modern twist with slimline black hardware. And these black accents are repeated in the ornate tapware and lighting.

Earthy décor, such as wicker baskets and unglazed ceramics, complete the design.

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Modern Hamptons kitchen scheme featuring Caesarstone’s Attera Blanca. Lifestyle image in concept via Metricon Homes

Bold kitchen scheme that makes a statement

For those of you who like to go big or go home, this final kitchen scheme is for you! Featuring the boldest of Caesarstone’s latest designs, ‘Arabetto’, it’s a kitchen scheme that doesn’t hold back.

‘Arabetto’ is being called the marble of tomorrow. It has dynamic grey veins interlacing with jade and copper across a crisp, white polished surface. 

Dark blue joinery is the perfect complement to this quartz pattern, and I’ve chosen the hue ‘Kara Sea’. Brushed gold accents pick up on the metallic veining of the stone and add to the luxe factor of this kitchen. 

Bold kitchen scheme
Final of the kitchen schemes is a bold palette featuring Caesarstone’s new Arabetto design

What do you think of Caesarstone’s new Whitelight Collection? Caesarstone’s Whitelight Collection also includes four of their classic designs — Vivid White, Statuatio Maximus, White Attica and Empira White. Browse the full collection on their website or visit your nearest Caesarstone showroom to see these in person.

Tell me, what’s your favourite of these kitchen schemes or how would you use one of these premium quartz surfaces in your design?

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