Summer is a great time to install a brand new pool in your backyard so that you can beat the heat with family and friends. I have made a list of my top 10 pool trends to help you build the most stylish pool to splash around in.
TOP 10 POOL TRENDS FOR YOUR HOME
1. PLUNGE POOLS
With the large amount of sub-divisions occurring in the suburbs lately, backyards are becoming smaller and the addition of a plunge pool is the answer to limited spaces. Plunge pools are becoming hugely popular in high end properties that have a large internal floor plan and a smaller backyard.
Plunge pools are usually smaller than 6m x 4m and provide the occupants with a place to sit and relax, while entertaining friends or family on built-in seating inside the pool. These smaller pools enable occupants to swim in the summer months and still use the other part of the backyard in cooler months.
Round plunge pools are on-trend at the moment, as their curved edges create a line pleasing to the eye in an otherwise square or rectangular backyard. Decking around the pool can also be added to incorporate the pool into the setting.
(Image via Brisbane Prestige Plunge Pools)
2. BUILT IN BENCH SEATING AND DAY BEDS
Built-in bench seating around pools are also becoming very popular. Wooden benches which surround the pool are custom made to create an area where people can sit and enjoy relaxing by the pool, while the kids are splashing around in the water.
A lot of benches incorporate a hinged lid which provides under-bench storage for things like pool inflatables, or cushions for day beds. Add some cushions to your bench seating and you have yourself a very comfy day bed to relax on and soak up some sunshine.
(Image via Home Beautiful Magazine)
3. GLASS POOL FENCING
Glass pool fencing continues to dominate luxury homes with pools, as it’s stylish design allows the eye to view the pool area, without having a steel pool fence limiting your view. Installing glass rather than steel bars is more expensive, however it really adds a touch of class to the space.
(Image via mypoolguide.com)
4. NATURAL POOLS/ECO-FRIENDLY POOLS
Natural swimming pools (or Eco-friendly pools) are becoming on-trend with people who like the idea of living off the grid, or as eco-friendly as possible. They are chemical-free pools which are filtered naturally by using rocks, plants and a built-in biological filtration system to clean the pool and filter out any bacteria.
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5. BALINESE STYLE POOLS
With more and more people going to Bali for holidays lately, the trend of building your own tropical oasis in your own backyard is becoming more popular amongst Australians. We are seeing pools surrounded by tropical plants, stepping sones, Balinese huts surrounded by frangipani trees, outdoor showers and Balinese statues which have pride of place as a water feature, beside and into pools.
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6. INFINITY POOLS
Infinity pools have always been popular, as they are a very stylish addition to a backyard. Again drawing inspiration from Balinese hotels, more people are choosing to include infinity pools in their homes to re-create the feel of being on holiday in your own back yard. Infinity pools have a streamlined look and can make an outdoor area feel more relaxing with water cascading over the edge.
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7. GLASS WALL POOLS
Glass wall pools are emerging as a popular design trend in residential homes in early 2019. We have seen the likes of these in hotels and such, however more people are opting to install them into their own backyards now as well, as they look very stylish and add a touch of luxury to a home.
(Image via outfromtheblue.com.au)
8. POOLS WITH SHALLOW LOUNGING AREAS
Pools which incorporate a shallow lounging area for relaxing on a daybed or for kids to splash around in are also becoming popular in 2019. This design allows parents to do some gardening while keeping an eye on kids splashing in the shallow part of the pool, without having to accompany them in the water. We are seeing companies popping up everywhere, who sell loungers specially designed for immersion in the shallow water. These allow you to be able to relax in the pool, without actually having to get wet.
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9. SEPERATE SPAS
Pools with a seperate spa area provide relaxation at the end of a hard work day and can be used in winter as well as summer, as the water is usually heated. We are also seeing houses with portable saunas installed for that ultimate spa feeling at home.
(Image via platinumpools.com)
10. OUTDOOR SHOWERS
Outdoor showers are becoming increasingly popular in modern day design as people are taking inspiration from other countries where outdoor showers are the norm, and getting a plumber to install them around pool areas, to wash clorine away after swimming.
Outdoor showers are also being encorporated into home designs where there is no swimming pool in the backyard, as people love being immersed amoungst nature and feature outdoor showers in addition to internal bathrooms.
(Image via onekindesign.com)
SALT WATER VS CHLORINE POOLS
The great debate about pools is always “should i get a salt water pool or a chlorinated pool?” Well, the answer is, it’s totally up to you. There is no better choice (unless you want to put in an eco-friendly pool) between the two. It just comes down to personal preference. Salt water pools still have a bit of chlorine in them, as the salt gets converted to chlorine over time. Salt water pools are slightly more cost effective than chlorine pools, but not by much.
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I hope that my top 10 pool trends has helped you to consider which pool would best suit your needs. Getting a pool installed can help to raise the house price if done properly.
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