An indoor pool has many benefits: year-round enjoyment, privacy, a comfortable and controlled swimming environment, regular exercise or physical therapy, and protection from the sun. While you may picture an indoor pool as a large rectangle similar to the one at your local gym, indoor pools have just as much design versatility as outdoor pools and can be suited to any size or style home.
From a cozy living-room lap pool to a serene spa retreat to a cool tropical escape, the impressive indoor pool rooms below showcase some of the most amazing design capabilities and features of indoor swimming pools.
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1. Lap of Luxury
A pool in the living room has to be the ultimate in comfort and design. This elevated, indoor perimeter-overflow pool and spa features an all-tile finish and elegant Grecian shape—which is repeated in the mirrored tray ceiling. A big-screen TV and custom fireplace complete the space and give the impression that nothing is out of the ordinary.
2. Evening Escape
Photo courtesy of Goodall Pools
What better way to end your day than with a relaxing dip in this indoor pool? The pool’s deep blue lighting creates a peaceful and meditative atmosphere that encourages a sense of calmness and rest; the double-sided fireplace adds a warm glow and coziness to the room.
Notice how the pool is a natural part of the home, corresponding with the architectural style and interior design elements found throughout the rest of the house.
This pool is featured in the 2013 Aquatech Award-Winning Pools Gallery >>
3. Indoor Retreat
Photo courtesy of Alka Pool Construction
This stunning indoor pool room is a statement of luxury. Large windows and an overhead skylight fill the room with beautiful natural light which causes the pool’s extravagant beach glass tile finish to sparkle. A detached whirlpool spa lies beyond the pool and provides a blissful solution to rainy days and the winter blues.
Photo courtesy of Shehan Pools
Take a break from reality and plunge into this indoor paradise, which was featured on HGTV’s Cool Pools series. Designed for both pleasure and fitness, this tropical indoor pool features an exhilarating speed-slide (concealed within the massive rock mountain) and a powerful swim jet for infinite swimming.
A 14-foot sheer waterfall, fiber-optic lighting, romantic cuddle cove, and panoramic sunset mural complete the feel of a private (indoor) beach retreat.
5. Swimmer's Delight
Photo courtesy of Platinum Poolcare, ltd.; Photo by Outvision Photography
Just because a pool is indoors doesn’t mean it has to be isolated from the outdoors. Two stories of windows, sky blue walls, and several doors that open to the back patio connect the pool room to the outdoors (but honestly, who would want to leave?!). With its ample size, elevated spa, and exquisitely tiled deck, this indoor pool is a delightful and inviting place to go for a swim, no matter if it’s the dead of winter or the dog days of summer.
6. Pool with a View
Photo courtesy of Ramapo Valley Pool
An intricate Greek key tile design adorns this magnificent indoor pool, which features an integrated perimeter-overflow spa.
The stately wall of windows plays in tandem with the pool’s graceful design and provides both an abundace of natural light and a spectaular view of the landscape.
7. Endless Exercise
Think you need a large space—and budget—to enjoy the benefits of an indoor pool? Think again! This compact room houses an “endless pool,” or swim spa, where you can swim in place against a current to your heart’s content.
8. At-home Spa
Photo courtesy of Ramapo Valley Pool Service & Construction, Inc.; Photo by Douglas Gornall
A day of pampering at the spa is just a few rooms away for the lucky homeowners of this indoor sanctuary.
Offering a place for everyone to relax, the room features a 12-foot deep lap pool with a beautiful stone diving platform, a partially recessed mid-sized hot tub, comfy lounge area and flat-screen TV.