When it comes to pool design, every homeowner is looking for ways to make their inground pool stand out. From exciting and unique design features to hotel-luxe-style amenities and extras, there are many ways you can make your pool and surrounding pool area stand out. There are lots of ideas that are perfect for your needs while elevating it from the standard backyard swimming pool setup to a resort vibe. Read on for our top 5 pool design trends that can make your pool stand out:

1.  Bring Movement Via Shapes

Movement has long been a trending way to bring interest to backyard pools, and it was mostly brought to life via waterfalls and other moving water features. But our favorite way to take on this trend is the shape of your pool. Choose a unique shape for your pool beyond the standard rectangle or kidney. Round, wavy, and lazy-river-style pools can all be choices that add flow to the design of your pool.

You could even consider adding some life and movement via fire features. Couple with water, these contrasting elements are a great option if you’re looking to add a breathtakingly dynamic and energetic feature to their pool space. 

2. Consider Different Depths

Utilizing a playful take on depth transitions in your pool can truly make your design stand out. Rather than traditional steps into a shallow end that grades to a deep end, consider adding a shelf ledge for in-water chairs along one end with steps to enter in the middle, and grading depth out towards both sides. That’s just one example though–the sky (or the ground?) is the limit!

3. Let Space Guide, Not Limit, You

If your available space for a pool is smaller than you might want, don’t be discouraged. Custom inground pools can be built for all different-sized backyards. These smaller pools, like a niche pool or cocktail pool, are smaller than traditional pools, but still perfect for all occasions. Whether outfitted with jets for a spa-like feel or a deep but small pool that’s great for fitness or relaxation, you can make your backyard dreams come true with a uniquely sized pool. 

4. Functional & Beautiful Outdoor Living Space

Your outdoor living space can bring your entire pool area together. From quality patio furniture to outdoor kitchens, fire pits, fireplaces and more, it’s important to create a space that is both welcoming and relaxing, while also complementary to your poolscape. Work with your pool designer to determine the best outdoor living space additions for your area, and then outfit the space with quality furnishing and gorgeous colors that will elevate your entire outdoor area. 

5. The Right Light Makes a Difference

Lighting plays a huge role in the overall look and feel of your poolscape. Your lighting exudes a certain ambiance, so it’s important to outfit your pool and surrounding landscape with the right choice. LED lighting is a popular choice because of its energy efficiency and brighter, longer-lasting lights. Then consider specific lighting sprinkled throughout your outdoor living space, be it in the landscaping or seating areas. Strategically placed lights truly create a most welcoming environment. 

Your Pool Designers in Rio Grande & McAllen

When it comes to custom pool designs, the options are truly endless. The above ideas reflect only a small amount of what’s possible. Give the pool design experts at Hamlin Pools a call today to schedule your design consultation and start creating your custom poolscape. 


Since 1952, Hamlin Pools has been a family-owned and operated pool company serving the Rio Grande Valley, including McAllen, Mission, Brownsville, Harlingen, South Padre Island, and Corpus Christi. Hamlin Pools is the largest pool builder south of San Antonio and is proud to have built nearly 4,000 swimming pools for its customers. 

Hamlin Pools is an industry leader in combining innovative designs with construction know-how. Through an extensive network built over the past 5 decades of building swimming pools in the Rio Grande Valley, Hamlin Pools has the ability to deliver a better pool at a better price. Hamlin Pools also does pool renovations, pool remodels, outdoor living, custom outdoor kitchens, weekly pool maintenance, pool equipment repair, pool chemical retail sales, and commercial pool construction. 

Hamlin Pools, with its main office in Pharr, has received numerous awards for pool design and construction and are members of every major industry group dedicated to upholding high pool construction and service standards. Contact them today about building the backyard of your dreams.