Whether you have a cozy pool side gazebo or expansive detached guest house, curating the right combination of décor elements for your cabana sets the tone for your backyard retreat. Go for old-school Hollywood glam, laid-back beachy resort or anywhere in between.
Often a pool house is a small villa built on your property that follows the same look and feel of the construction of your main house. As such, you’ll likely maintain similar décor styles for consistency to your main living space, however since this is a detached, semi-outdoor spot you can be a bit more casual, playful or adventurous with your style choices here.
Chances are that your casita is built with views in mind featuring sprawling windows and doorways that open widely to the back yard. This makes the flow of use and entertaining seamless. Indoor-outdoor furnishings and textiles can be embraced for their sturdiness and resistance to water. Wicker is a natural choice, offering a relaxed and comforting aesthetic.
A Place To Relax
A pool house serves many functions … from a place to change into swimsuits, use the restroom or rinse off after a dip. First and foremost, you are curating a place to relax and refresh. Create a place for your friends and family to lounge and enjoy each other’s company with all of the comforts at your fingertips. A casual environment works well that can withstand the moisture and drips cast off by wet bathing suits as the bustling ins-and-outs of busy swimmers zip through the space.
Cabana Seating Layout
Pay special attention to positioning of furnishings, you’ll want to be sure the space has an open and airy feel that makes the most of the pool views and allows for easy movement throughout. Before you begin, consider how you will utilize your casita. Will it be for relaxing and chatting, game or movie nights, dining and entertaining, teen zone? All of these possibilities and more are common ways to expand your home life with a pool house.
Often the first pieces you will choose will be for seating. Create an inviting atmosphere with generously cushioned sofas or sectionals. Be sure to include some tables to set snacks and drinks. Arm chairs with ottomans allow guests to kick up their feet and can be easily rearranged when needed. Unless you have unlimited space keep chaise lounges for an outside spot, their lengthy dimensions can cause havoc with traffic patterns.
Dining and Entertaining Poolside
If you have the space for it, adding a dining set to your pool house or on your cabana porch enhances entertaining options, expanding the way you will enjoy the space. You have countless opportunities to have friends and family over to enjoy sunny days or balmy evenings in a relaxed setting. The beauty of dining in your casita is that it keeps your crowds comfortable while keeping the chaos out of your main house. This wicker and teak padded dining set makes a perfect transitional grouping that holds up to indoor/outdoor wear and even wet bathing suits while presenting a clean, fresh style with crisp lines and loads of appeal.
Indoor/outdoor area rugs and runners provide a cozy spot for bare feet as it collects drips and dirt that cross the threshold from busy bodies enjoying the sun and fun of poolside gatherings. After measuring your space choose the largest rug that will fit and that you can afford. This will keep wet floors to a minimum, adding comfort and safety to your guest house. From plush floral rugs to woven striped mats there are outdoor rugs in such a wide variety of designs and styles you are sure to find the perfect look for your villa.
Throw Some Light on the Subject
Permanent detached pool houses that are wired for electricity can offer opportunity to continue your design sensibilities with wall sconces, chandeliers and even floor lamps that can take entertaining late into the night. For semi-permanent structures and frames there are many indoor/outdoor lighting options that are made to withstand the elements. If electricity is an issue, select lanterns inside and torches out to add ambiance. The more finishing details you can add to your poolside entertainment area, the more it will feel like a complete cabana and welcoming living space.
Save Some Space for Storage
One of the best unexpected benefits of having a pool house is that it likely offers space to store your pool and outdoor accessories. You’ll have a nearby spot to keep fluffy towels and pool floats at the ready as well as stowing deck pillows and cushions when inclement weather comes around. A few accessible shelves, baskets or bins can keep daily amenities handy while organized closets inside or outside along a back wall can be used to store bigger seasonal items.
Create the Resort Feel
Even if your pool house is little more than a strategically placed gazebo, canopy or pergola, don’t let that stop you from making the most of your surroundings. Try some billowy white cotton curtains for a breezy high-end resort appeal, and the option for privacy. There are other ways to add a sheltered feel to your backyard. Catch some shade or some ZZZs on this sectional daybed with an adjustable canopy feels luxurious and lets you lounge in style.
An effectively designed and decorated pool house instantly expands your home’s living and entertaining space. You’ll enjoy the convenience of having swimming amenities and outdoor supplies close at hand, as well as having a special place to relax or visit with friends and family.