How to decorate an indoor swimming pool

Written by kathy gleason
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How to decorate an indoor swimming pool
There are many ways to decorate an indoor pool. (Jupiterimages/Goodshoot/Getty Images)

Indoor swimming pools are a wonderful luxury -- for those who have the space and can afford them. The options for decorating an indoor swimming pool are limitless; what will work best depends greatly on the room the pool is in and whether the decorations are meant to be permanent or are only intended for limited use, such as for a party. When decorating an indoor pool, make sure to take into account personal preferences and the type of party or time of year, depending on what you are decorating for.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy


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    Choose the tiling, if any, around the pool carefully. This will be hard to change once it's in and is a very important part of choosing the theme of your pool room. Tiles can be all one colour, multicolour or even form mosaic pictures. When choosing permanent decorations for your pool, also consider what colour you want the interior of your pool to be, as often you have a choice of many different shades of blue that will give the pool different looks.

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    Add floating lounge chairs, balls and pool noodles in favourite colours to the pool for a birthday party, or in theme colours like orange and black for a Halloween party.

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    Place floating candles into an indoor pool for a classy touch if people will be around, but not swimming in, the pool. These candles look beautiful but aren't really conducive to swimming. Take extra care if children will be present to avoid burns or fire hazards.

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    Buy tiki lamps to set around the pool, either just for decoration or for lighting. You can buy artificial tiki lamps that are lit with bulbs instead of fire if you feel more comfortable. Adding plants or small trees around the pool gives the pool an attractive, outdoor feel and look.

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    Hire an artist to paint a mural on a wall next to the pool, if finances permit. If you have artistic tendencies, you could paint the mural yourself. Paintings of outdoor scenes are especially nice if the pool room doesn't have windows, but murals can be any style of art that's desired.

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