Latest Trends in Swimming Pools to Prepare for Summer
Swimming pool design has come a long way from those rectangular white boxes with a shallow end at one end and a deep end at the other. Today’s swimming pools are often highly customised affairs, with their shape, size, depth, colour and materials chosen to suit their owner’s unique lifestyle and the aesthetics and personality of their home.
What are the most popular swimming pool designs and shapes?
So what are the latest swimming pool design trends? Let’s take a look at what’s popular in homes across the country and around the world this summer.
- Infinity edges – also known as disappearing or vanishing edges, these are a modern and highly popular pool design feature where, due to a lowered lip along the outer edge of the pool, the water appears to extend to the horizon (to infinity).
- Lounging ledges – a luxurious addition ideal for pools used frequently for entertaining and family groups, these are inbuilt shallow areas around 6 inches deep where swimmers can relax and sunbathe and children can play and paddle in a safer enviroment.
- Swim up bars – these are quite popular, particularly at resorts and hotels, but increasingly also in backyard pools, allowing you to remain relaxed and immersed on hot days while enjoying your favourite beverage.
- Smart pools – if you’re having a new pool built, almost every energy-efficient function can now be incorporated and controlled remotely by technology from your phone or mobile device, including lighting, pumps, cleaning and solar powered heating/cooling.
- Lap pools – these are growing in popularity, particularly in backyards with limited space. They allow you to perform your daily swimming routine and then cover the area to provide additional space for outdoor entertaining.
- Plunge pools – these provide even more efficient use of space than lap pools. With just enough area to swim on the spot with the assistance of water jets, they are able to fit almost anywhere.
- Hydrotherapy jets – similar to those found in most spas and hot tubs, these jets are built into the walls of your swimming pool to add motion and circulation to the water and to soothe tired muscles after your workout.
- Saltwater pools – while these are not new, they are making a comeback, due to their more natural feel and their ability to maintain a pools’ chemical balance without the need to use chlorine.
- Tile mosaics – these are highly popular at the moment and are a great way to personalise your pool and add visual impact, whether you opt for a traditional pattern or go with a modern new image.
Creating the perfect pool setting
Just as important as the structure itself is the backdrop your swimming pool is set in. Poolside design trends are changing all the time and some popular themes currently being explored include:
- Outdoor living rooms – this involves extending the indoor/outdoor living concept beyond the patio to an outdoor kitchen and all exposed living areas, where guests can enjoy a relaxing dip and a great meal without needing to venture indoors.
- Poolside lighting – outdoor living can be enjoyed at night with the addition of task and mood lighting both in and around the pool and more often lately, with the use of flame-based features such as fire bowls, braziers and fire pits to add a primal feel to the poolside experience.
- Water features – these are popular additions which add the sensory element of moving water to your swimming experience. Fountains, waterfalls and rain walls are increasingly being used to not only create sensory delights for the eyes and ears but also to keep pool water circulating.
- Natural swimming pools – these are a popular trend at the moment, with designs featuring pools shaped and coloured like natural swimming holes, with rock formations and lush vegetation coming right down to the water’s edge.
Some things are always on-trend
While pool design and landscaping ideas come and go, the most popular materials for swimming pools and surrounds tend to remain the same. Glass tiles and stone pavers are the primary materials of choice due to their natural good looks and durable features.
The most popular glass tiles are those manufactured in Spain, which is renowned worldwide for its artistry in tile making. There are a wide variety of beautiful colours to choose from, but not all pool tiles are created equal, so be sure to keep factors such as cost, cleaning, slip resistance and ease of installation in mind.
To find out more about the best tiles and pavers for your swimming pool and surrounds, talk to Armstone, the natural stone specialists.