As swimming season is underway all over the country, homeowners are contacting their Dallas/Fort Worth pool service technicians and prepping their pools for regular use. However, just as important as maintaining the water balance, proper function of pool machinery and overall cleanliness of the pool is, creating an engaging outdoor area that can impress your friends and family is just as important. If you’re looking to make a few comfort-driven improvements on your pool deck, there are a number of fabulous design tweaks you can make to the space so that it’s functional for outdoor gatherings. Here are a few ideas to keep in mind.

Add a touch of greenery
Your pool deck should feel like an escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life, so incorporating a natural aesthetic could be a great step to improve the overall atmosphere of your pool area. HGTV suggested adding a series of potted plants and flower beds to revitalize the area. Consider hiring a landscaper or manually planting a series of small flower beds around the perimeter of the pool deck, as well as bringing in a series of potted plants, shady palms and other touches of green. With a few small changes, your pool area will feel more like an outdoor room that’s an extension of your house.

Spruce up your deck space
If you have a primary seating area on your pool deck with patio furniture, this can be a fabulous backdrop for your design ideas. Better Homes and Gardens magazine divides the area into multiple activity zones, such as places for dining or enjoying a refreshing cocktail by the pool. Investing in outdoor sofas paired with traditional patio furnishings and colorful throw pillows can add a cozy touch, while installing an awning or a pergola covered with plants can be a dynamic way to provide shade and an eye-catching focal point.

Add outdoor lighting
If your pool’s atmosphere is lacking when the sun goes down, consider talking with a Poolman professional to look into pool deck lighting options and porch lights that can make the space feel more inviting. Begin by looking into small light fixtures that can illuminate the path from the pool to the house and provide idyllic ambient lighting for your yard. Next, take a closer look at your pool deck to find areas where more illumination is necessary. Solar-powered fixtures are cost-effective options to consider that will charge throughout the day and run long into the evening.