When thinking about your swimming pool design, there are some easy ways to tie your pool style and home style together.
Try not to think of your swimming pool in isolation. It needs to be part of the whole picture of your custom home so that your house and backyard can work in harmony. If you plan to put in a pool, it’s best to factor it in from day one. That way, you can make sure that your swimming pool design complements the style of your custom home and that one enhances the other.
And remember that a swimming pool doesn’t have to be blue. Greens, blue-blacks, and even white can help you make a style statement outdoors.
We’ve identified four key looks to help you synchronize your swimming pool design to the style of your home. All four looks work perfectly with frameless glass pool fencing for a clear view to the water, whether you’re opting for a custom-designed stainless-steel pool, concrete pool, or choosing from the many fiberglass options available.
The ‘retro’ or Mid-Century Modern look is very ‘flat’ and open, with no landscaping near the pool. The color of the pool is typically light, while a white glass mosaic tile to the waterline is always a winner. The pool shape is simple and rectangular and is excellent for making the most of a big block. White cyclone fencing can add a touch of fun and authenticity to a ‘retro’ backyard. Compliment the simple lines of the pool with a washed aggregate surround and highlight the edges of the steps into the pool for uncomplicated detailing. A long underwater bench with a highlighted edge is perfect for lounging in the pool on a hot afternoon, channeling those glamorous 1950s Palm Springs pool parties.
Using a ‘bridge’ or walkway to connect the pool to the house adds instant resort-inspired appeal. Alfresco spaces and freestanding cabanas often look as if they are surrounded by water, while dark tiles to the waterline of the pool can enhance the ‘floating’ effect. The dark waterline can also reference structural elements of the home, such as charcoal-grey windows and doorframes. Shapes are clean and uncomplicated, with a resort-style pool typically designed to create a strong visual from the main living areas of the home. Blues and blue-greens bring an inviting sparkle and shimmer to a resort-style outdoor oasis.
Lap pools are a popular addition to a Contemporary home and can be as much about exercise as they are about leisure. Their long, linear shapes highlight the bold lines of an up-to-the-minute home, and while detail is minimal, it often includes an infinity edge, a spa, a raised sun deck, or a poolside conversation pit. Colors can be light and bright, or dark and moody in the style of a hidden lagoon. Colored lighting in or around the pool will help create a night-time centerpiece. Bright neon colors will add a party vibe to your swimming pool design, while blue lights will bring a white pool to life after dark.