- by Byron
Pools — they’re luxuriously sinful, but they only play a small part when it comes to creating a backyard paradise. Just as important — or perhaps more so — are the deck materials, landscaping selections, and furnishings selected for the space. When all of these items, plus the pool, come together beautifully, a genuine outdoor oasis is created.
If you’ve been looking for ways to spruce up your pool or backyard deck, consider incorporating natural stone into your design scheme. Durable and beautiful, natural stone pavers are ideal for creating a luxurious deck, walkway, fireplace or anything else you can think of. If you’re lacking motivation or inspiration, these pics will get your creative juices flowing.
The exquisite pavers used to surround this pool are also on the ramp leading down into the pool, creating a dramatic effect.
Image: Land Design
Used on the stairs and around this lovely pool, beautiful sandstone pavers offer a variety and variance in color that’s truly stunning.
Image: Land & Water Design
Painstakingly laid to create a captivating design, the stone pavers found around this pool are textured, which increases both the beauty and safety of the stone.
Image: Pool Environments, Inc.
If you don’t like small pavers, large slabs are also an option. Strategically placed around this enticing pool, these slabs perfectly complement the design and shape of the pool.
Image: Daniel Hunter
Absolutely charming, this backyard pool is made brilliant by creative, lush landscaping and and chiseled stone pavers.
Image: Pekarek Crandell Architects
Another beautiful example of sandstone done correctly, this awe-inspiring pool features a combination of natural rock and sandstone pavers.
Image: Landscape Plus, LLC
A romantic spot indeed, this intimate sitting area bumps up right next to the luxurious spa. Magnificently designed with patterned paving stones, this cozy nook is an ideal couple’s retreat.
Luxurious beyond belief, this upscale in-ground pool is surrounded by gorgeous stones and decorative pedestals made from the same exquisite stone as the patio.
Image: Landscape Plus, LLC
Superbly designed, this impressive paved deck features ambling walkways that connect this fabulous area to the house.
Image: Longmire Photography
Brilliantly executed, the design of these stone pavers lends a magical, mystical aura to this enticing pool.
Stunning stepping stones connect the main part of the pool deck to a sweet and enchanting sitting area on the far side.
Image: Plusen Landscape Architects
Well-appointed and comfortably furnished, this splendid poolside deck boasts a great deal of color and character thanks to the natural stone used.
Image: Fine Decks Inc.
Elegant and serene, this relaxing pool features a meandering patio that follows the shape of the curved pool intimately.
Image: Water Wizard Pools, Inc.
Gorgeous bluestone pavers were used to construct this enchanting pool surround. Complete with stepping stones and a waterfall feature, this deck is truly divine.
Image: Lewis Aquatech
Color variations in the natural paving stones that were used to build this extravagant pool deck add an extra element of design to this already beguiling space.
Beautiful and enduring, natural stone is perfect for outdoor spaces and especially for pools and patios. Granite, bluestone and sandstone are all gorgeous options that you can use in your yard. If you’re not sure where to begin, ask for help from a natural-stone expert, but, most importantly, learn what you like. You can do just that by picking out your favorite patios showcased in these pics.