Pool season has well and truly kicked into gear and there may be a few sorry souls out there wishing they’d carried out their dream pool project while the weather was still cool.
Don’t despair, it’s not too late.
Matt Leacy from Landart Landscapes in Sydney shares the latest pool trends to guide your pool planning for the long summer ahead.
1. Tiling – extreme dark or all-white
Pool tiling trends really go from one extreme to the other – either dark, close to black tiles or completely white.
“With a complete white tiled pool you get a really natural water colour,” Leacy says.
“A black pool will give you a certain amount of elegance and can sort of act as a reflector. If you want a point of difference to your pool that’s a great option.”
Patterned tiles running along the water’s edge have also seen a resurgence.
Contemporary takes on classic pool looks remain strong in 2017.
We’re seeing a lot of finished concrete and grey limestone being used.
Leacy says style is not really driving in one direction or the other in terms of Balinese, Hamptons or French Provincial-inspired looks.
“It’s less themed and more directed towards creating a timeless space,” he says.
“All the traditional styles are being done in a more contemporary or updated way.
“In terms of surfaces we’re seeing a lot of finished concrete and grey limestone being used.”
3. Smaller space options
People dealing with limited space are now opting for a small plunge pool or custom-made bespoke spa.
“It can be less expensive but you still get that water presence,” he says.
“With the right lighting and planting around it you can create a really nice oasis in a small space.”
4. Mineral water
The traditional salt and chlorine pool is falling out of favour as mineral water pools rise in popularity.
“Mineral water has magnesium-based sanitisers which are more gentle on the skin and can be more low-maintenance, because they require less additives.”
5. Seamless connections
Open-plan living has found its way into the backyard.
Rather than having separate zones for outdoor dining, garden and pool, Leacy suggests using functional and visual connections to link the spaces.
Glass fencing is no new trend but remains the number one choice for creating a safe pool area and a seamless connection between the pool and garden.
The look works especially well if you can work the glass into a hidden channel underground rather than on spigots.
Another trick is to follow the tile used outside the pool and use that in the pool as well.
“It’s a nice way to make the pool feel more natural and makes it seem as if the outside elements are drifting down into the water,” he says.
Leacy also recommends adding some greenery around the pool so the distinction between your hard surfaces and lawn or garden area isn’t so harsh.
“Don’t surround your pool with (just) hard surfaces. If you can incorporate some garden you’ll end up with a more warm, inviting oasis.”
6. Wet-edge or infinity
For backyards with level changes, infinity or wet-edge pools are an obvious choice.
For split-level blocks a wet-edge works to connect the space because the spillover can be disguised into the pool itself.
“Wet edges and spillovers are great – they add to the cost – but they’re really great to have as a visual and if you have a level change as they’re a great way connect the spaces,” he says.
Wet-edge pools are also easier to clean because any leaf litter that accumulates runs straight off the edge and into the lower reservoir.