It’s a new year, and with the new year comes new trends. Summer’s right around the corner, and if you’re considering a new pool for the hot season, why not usher in the new year the right way. These up and coming pool trends are everything you’ve ever wanted for your pool, but didn’t even know you could have!
An upgrade from the ever popular infinity edge design, the knife-edge shares the same negative drop-off characteristics as its predecessor, but without the inherent necessity of an overhanging ledge. This design utilizes a diagonal slot, constructed within the pool interior, to give the pool the appearance that the water level is overflowing onto the surrounding deck or pavement, without ever actually spilling over. The design showcases no visible incongruity between the pool and surrounding surface, giving the pool a somewhat illusionary effect – the driving force behind its growing popularity. Infinity pools can be an amazing spectacle with the right backyard landscape, but the knife-edge design can accommodate any flat-surfaced area.
Baja Shelves & In-Pool Furniture
While neither typically exist apart, Baja shelves can exist singularly. Commonly thought of as lounging areas, these “shelves” are an intuitive design feature which effectively transforms any generic pool into a backyard resort. With the water level lapping gently over the shelf area, you and your guests will be able to lay back and relax in the water during breaks between swimming sessions. As aforementioned, semi-submergible lounge furniture is the key to the ultimate water lounge experience. From chaise longues, to pillows and tables, you would be astounded by the complexity of the underwater set-ups available today.
Comparable in nature to the baja shelves’ beach-like offerings, the zero entry slope ups the ante, providing your pool with an entrance reminiscent to that of a real beach. In addition to easing access for aesthetic affinity, this surfacing feature creates a safe environment for young children to learn to swim, and accommodates the needs of disabled and elderly guests. To complete the atmosphere, some owners even elect to include sand and tropical trees, effectively forming their own tropical escape, right in the comfort of their backyard.
Fire and water features are a great way to add depth to your pool atmosphere and set the tone of your landscape. There are a variety of fire features on the market, some functional, others solely aesthetic. Depending on the ambience you wish to cultivate, pavement-bound fire pits may be of interest to you. Fully functional, and great for warming up after a dip, these features make the perfect centerpieces for those aspiring to bring people together. Poolside fire features, on the other hand, can really enhance and accentuate the characteristics of your pool.
Practical yet tasteful, underwater LED lights can really push your pool over the top, and elegantly accommodate night swimming. When coupled with poolside outdoor lighting, you can really set the mood you’re going for. Most lighting systems can be configured to exhibit specific patterns and a variety of colors. You should be able to work with your provider to develop the backyard ambience you’re searching for.
Glass tiling has become an increasingly popular accent in new pool designs. Its iridescent shine provides a stylish accompaniment to any pool, especially the knife-edge and infinity edge designs. In terms of utility, glass tiling outperforms both its ceramic and porcelain counterparts, making it the best all-around choice. While available for purchase in a variety of sizing and style options, these features have been found best suited for freestanding walls, where they render a look of seamless perfection.
In accordance with the growing desire for simplicity and control in today’s market, many pool companies have developed smartphone compatible equipment, which allow for full integration and control of your backyard masterpiece. Everything from lighting to water temperature and digital pool functions, such as cleaners & pumps, can now be wirelessly adjusted, making your pool not only spectacular, but hassle free.
Hopefully, these trendy designs have dredged up some newfound pool visions from their deep subconscious abode; if you’ve enjoyed these fashionable pool trends, and want to find out more about how to attain the pool you’ve always dreamed of, check out New Image Landscape and Pools, the winner of AZ Foothills Best Pool Builder of 2016. With over 35 years of experience, Arizona’s most skilled staff, and exquisite pool design expertise, we’ll never leave you disappointed!