Sitting Pretty Under the Sun

Inside shares five tips on how to design and decorate your pool area to make it a fabulous extension of your living and entertainment space

Issue: May 2015

Your poolside can become a wonderful place for gatherings or quiet moments of personal reflection if you know how to do it up properly
Your poolside can become a wonderful place for gatherings or quiet moments of personal reflection if you know how to do it up properly

The swimming pool area can be a wonderful focal point for get-togethers or some personal time-out. Properly done up, this outdoor area can be an extension of your living and entertainment space. The challenge lies in optimising your poolside space.

1. Consider the Colour

A riot of primary colours evokes a sense of fun that is in keeping with the idea of spending time by the pool
A riot of primary colours evokes a sense of fun that is in keeping with the idea of spending time by the pool

Begin by deciding on a primary colour to play with. Sure, there are no walls to carry the colour scheme and most outdoor furniture come in neutral tones like white, brown or beige. But the rest of your outdoor décor – the soft furnishings, decorations, even the umbrella - can all add colour to your poolside.

If your pool has plenty of greenery around it, you might want to pick green to carry on the Nature theme. Blue is always a good colour since it plays off the blue of the pool. Sunshine yellow and oranges are effective, too, because they mirror the warmth of the sun. Sometimes, going with a riot of primary colours works well too, because it evokes a sense of playfulness.

The beauty of picking a colour for your poolside décor is that because there are no walls to repaint, changing your mind midstream is a lot less painful.

2. Settle on a Style

Style and color sometimes go hand in hand – for a Mediterranean look, blues and white work best
Style and color sometimes go hand in hand – for a Mediterranean look, blues and white work best; for an exotic Balinese feel, for browns and reds

Along with choosing a colour comes choosing a décor style. Sometimes, one dictates the other. For example, if you want something Mediterranean, you would have to go with blues and whites. Going for an exotic Balinese look? Pick browns and reds. For the country look, try yellows, oranges or greens.

Go natural with this set of outdoor furniture and evoke the charms of ancient Greece
Go natural with this set of outdoor furniture and evoke the charms of ancient Greece
Photo credit: Fukai

If you want to evoke Grecian charm, stone-hewn furniture and sandy tones are what you require. Sleek, modern styles dictate that subdue hues like white and cream be used.

3. Don’t Forget Durability

Your outdoor furniture will be subject to the elements. You need furniture that can withstand the blazing sun as well as downpours and still stand up to scrutiny. Metal, iron, teak, rattan and wicker pieces are the most resilient, as are materials that do not rust.

6' Round Sunbrella Ribbon Red High Dining Umbrella will shield you and your outdoor furniture from the elements and add a splash of colour
The 6' Round Sunbrella ® Ribbon Red High Dining Umbrella with Tilt Black Frame (S$468) will shield you and your outdoor furniture from the elements and add a splash of colour to your poolside decor
Photo credit: Crate & Barrel

You might do well to have an umbrella, too. It will provide shade not just for you but also protect your outdoor furniture.

4. Know Your Purpose

The Babylon Round Bed and the Beryl Double Beach Bed feature all-weather polyethylene cushions
(Left) The Babylon Round Bed (S$3099) and the (right) Beryl Double Beach Bed (S$4399) feature all-weather polyethylene cushions that can withstand every climatic condition in an aluminium rust-proof frame
Photo credit: Picket & Rail

What you plan to do by the pool will determine what type of outdoor furniture you need. If you intend to lounge by it, you might want to invest in a day bed or a chaise lounge you can recline on.

(Left) The Orlando 3-Seater Sofa (S$1948) and (right) the Lotus Dining Armchair (S$699) will let you entertain your guests in style
(Left) The Orlando 3-Seater Sofa (S$1948) and (right) the Lotus Dining Armchair (S$699) will let you entertain your guests in style
Photo credit: Picket & Rail

If you intend to hold pool parties or have barbecue dinners, sofas with tables and dining sets are what you are looking for.

Sit back on (left) The Woven Hammock with Pillow and Stand Set or (right) the wooden swing and sway your stress away
Sit back on (left) The Woven Hammock with Pillow and Stand Set or (right) the wooden swing and sway your stress away
Photo credit: Fukai

You might want to save a little corner for some alone time. A hammock or a swing is the ultimate outdoor furniture for relaxing in. Lay down and sway your stress away.

5. Dare to Have Details

(Left) Add a water feature can accentuate the beauty of your poolside décor
(Left) Add a water feature can accentuate the beauty of your poolside décor
Photo credit: Fukai

When you have settled all the must-haves and should-haves, take a step back and see what details you can add for a touch of whimsy to your outdoor décor. Water features are always a hit. And do not forget your outdoor lighting. There is something so magical about sitting by the pool at night under winking outdoor lights.

Now you know what to do to turn your outdoor space into a spectacular place. Enjoy your place in the sun and sit pretty under it.

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