Having a swimming pool in the backyard is great in its own right but adding extra features can enhance the swimming experience and improve the overall aesthetics. If you are in the market for a pool and want to know what the best pool trends are, you’ve come to the right place. In this article, we will share everything you need to know.
Smart Pool Lighting
LED pool lighting has been popular for years but now it’s even better. Smart pool technology allows you to control your LED lighting from the convenience of your smartphone. You can alter the lighting to suit the mood, theme, or occasion. Adding lights to your pool and the area surrounding it makes an attractive feature as well as increases its safety.
Fire water feature
If you’re looking for the ultimate “wow factor” for your pool, you can’t go past a fire water feature. They are visually striking and create a beautiful focal point. Fire water features are available in various shapes, styles and designs and you can have just one or many.
Seamless pool edges
Seamless pool edging is a design feature that is becoming increasingly popular. It can be either used to revamp an older pool or included on a new pool build. Seamless edges hide the edging of the pool and offer a sleek finish. They can blend the pool in with the area surrounding it to create a cohesive space.
Natural finishes and elements
Cement is the most commonly used finish around pools although many are starting to turn to natural stone paving options such as limestone and granite. Natural paving adds a luxurious and elegant touch to the pool area. Additionally, natural inclusions such as rock waterfalls and low maintenance plants can create an organic feel in the pool area.
If you want your pool area to make you feel like you’re on holidays every time you step outside, tanning ledges are a great option. They make an ideal spot to relax with a lounger whilst providing a shallow area of the pool that young children can paddle in safely.
Dark interior pool finishes are trending this year and more people are opting for this dramatic and sleek look. Darker coloured pools heat up faster and retain heat for longer than lighter coloured pools which can save you money on your energy bill.
Mineral pools are up there with the hottest trends of the year. Mineral pools use far fewer chemicals to clean the pool are known the have many health benefits including reducing sensitive skin symptoms and detoxifying the skin. The water has a softer feel and you don’t get any of the side effects that can come with traditional chlorine pool systems such as stinging eyes or bleaching swimming costumes.
Smaller pool varieties
Years ago, family-sized pools used to dominate the market however, backyards are getting smaller and people want room for other things such as outdoor kitchens, entertaining areas, and space for the kids to play. A smaller sized pool doesn’t mean it will detract from its overall appeal, they can make the outdoor area more functional and inviting by balancing it with other elements.
Most larger pool types have a deep and shallow end. Smaller pool varieties such as a plunge pool are more designed for relaxation rather than swimming, so the depth is shallower than a regular-sized pool. This reduces the amount of excavation needed to put your pool in and can save on chemical and energy consumption. Shallower pools are safer for children learning to swim and are a great option for those wanting a pool for light exercises and stretches.
Smart self-cleaning system
Most of us don’t want to be spending our free time cleaning the pool. The good news is fibreglass pools are relatively easy to maintain and with a smart cleaning system, you can reduce your pool maintenance to virtually nothing. A smart self-cleaning system clears the pool of dirt and debris and circulates the water so effectively that it can reduce your chemical and electricity use.
Smart pool technology
Smart pool technology is relatively new to the pool industry and is only going to get bigger and better. Smart technology allows pool owners to control almost all aspects of their pool maintenance with one touch of a button from their smartphone or tablet. This drastically reduces the need to manually clean the pool and you can control the pool’s equipment and features when you are away from home which can save you money.
Circular pools are making a comeback. They are generally small and round in shape and provide an ideal place unwind and relax after a long day. This pool shape can create a stunning architectural design feature in a backyard.
People are conscious of the impacts a pool can place on the environment and because of this, new and innovative eco-friendly pool options are continuously bought out to meet demand. Many components of running your pool can be converted to eco-friendly alternatives. This not only will reduce your carbon footprint but will save you a significant amount of money over the lifetime of the pool. This is a trend that is unlikely to go out of fashion anytime soon and newer and better equipment will be hitting the market for years to come.
Gone are the days of huge fountain water features. Simple and subtle water features are on trend this year. They are an effective way to enhance the look of the pool area and add an extra element of fun for kids.
Each year new pool trends are coming out so when deciding on the design of your pool and the features you want to add to it, it’s important to choose ones that suit your home and preferences to ensure you love it not only today but for many years to come. If you have decided to install a pool at your place Barrier Reef Pools can help. We are experts in the pool industry and have spent the last 30 years producing award-winning pools across Australia. For more information or to organize your free onsite quote, get in touch with our experienced team today.