Add sculptures around the pool. You can create a really artistic look for your pool by adding sculptural art around the area. I like the idea of choosing Roman-inspired sculptures to evoke the feeling of the old Roman baths but of course there are many art styles you could choose from to decorate your pool area.
Add plants around the pool. It's a lot more enjoyable to swim in your pool when it feels almost like you're really swimming out in nature. Adding plants and spending time landscaping the pool area is a wise design choice.
Add great lighting to the pool area. There are many different pool lighting options. You can light the pool from within or simply light the pool area using lamps or brighter hanging lights. I love colored lights in the pool myself.
Add decorative tiles to the pool. This is a fairly affordable way to dramatically change the look of your pool. You can drain it out and add the tiles to the inside or you can simply tile around the pool. Of course, you'll want to be selective in choosing tiles that aren't too slippery for around the pool. Stone decor around the area is another great option.
Add a waterfall. There are many different ways that you can create a waterfall effect around your pool. There is no wrong way to do it because this pool addition always enhances the pool!
Add a fountain effect to your pool. This can be done in an elaborate way by installing a full pool fountain in the center of the pool. Alternatively, it can be done by adding small fountains or even fountain-like sprinklers to the side of the pool. You can swim under the fountain water which heightens the fun of the pool.
Go edgeless. If you're installing a brand new pool on your property then you might want to get fancy with an edgeless pool, also known as an infinity pool. These have such a cool look to them!
Select a pool shape that is unique and appealing. Another option if you're adding your own new pool to a property is to be picky about the shape of the pool. A unique pool design can really alter the total appearance of your landscape.
Add a hot tub. If you already have a pool but you're ready to make a big change then adding a hot tub to the pool area is the perfect choice. Everyone loves a great hot tub after all. This makes your pool area useful all year long.
Take it indoors. If you live in the kind of place where you can actually install your pool indoors then do that to really make it different from the norm. Even a tiny lap pool inside is a terrific addition to a house!