When it comes to swimming pool designs, there are so many shapes, finishes, and water features to choose from, you may not know where to start. We chose five amazing pool designs featured in our Award-Winning Pools book to give you some inspiration for your own backyard.

Christopher Anderson Custom Pool design perimeter overflow infinity poolThis raised perimeter-overflow pool features Egyptian glass tile and is surrounded by bright flowers, lush landscaping, and decorative planters. Its geometric design and infinity edge create a sleek modern look for this tropical escape.

Pool designed by Christopher Anderson and built by Bob Anderson. Photographed by Collin Guinn ( for Custom Design Pools, Webster, Texas; Association of Pool & Spa Professionals (APSP) Award

Pools by John Clarkson patio deck mosaic tilePerfect for entertaining a crowd, this pool features a spacious deck, tanning ledge with mosaic inlay, and upper lounge pool with bar stools on the other side of the pool wall. Decorative ceramic bowls filled with rocks adorn each corner throughout the space.

Designed by Krent Wieland Design, Inc.; Photographed by Ben Brewer for Aquatech Pools by John Clarkson, Jacksonville, Florida; Aquatech Award

Dal Pino Quality Pools sunset pool spa gazeboWith two spas, a swim-up bar, and stylish gazebo with a fire pit, this pool has everything a homeowner could want in a backyard retreat for hosting parties or simply lounging poolside while enjoying the sunset.

Photographed by Keith Sutter Photography for Dal Pino Quality Pools, Inc., Auburn, California; Association of Pool & Spa Professionals (APSP) Award

California Pools tropical pool spa fountain bubblers rock waterfallThis tropical oasis features a beach entry, a giant rock waterfall, and decorative pots that double as water features. A large circular spa, complete with over a dozen fountain bubblers, makes this pool the ultimate place to spend a weekend.

Photo courtesy of California Pools, West Covina, California; Association of Pool & Spa Professionals (APSP) Award

G&G Concrete infinity pool lake viewThis vanishing-edge infinity pool appears to flow right into the lake it overlooks. A well-crafted design makes the unique shape of this pool a tranquil outdoor retreat.

Photo courtesy of G&G Concrete Pools, Inc., Fort Pierce, Florida; Master Pools Guild Award