Say bye-bye to the days when homeowners only had kidney-shaped or rectangular swimming pools to choose from, and get ready to welcome modern trends in pool design. Today, exciting innovations in the pool design industry are churning out some of the most awe-inspiring and truly breathtaking residential water features imaginable. Whether you are in the market for a focal point of your space, a pool that fits into a small area, or one that integrates seamlessly into your landscape, you now have more options available to you than ever before. Modern trends in swimming pool design is all about taking a space and blending elements in such a way that they and the pool become one.
With that being said, get inspired and take a look at some of the most prominent trends in swimming pool design today.
If you find yourself with an irregular-shaped section of land, a freeform pool may just be your ticket. Taking advantage of the space you have available, and working within those confines, freeform pools are just that -- free of form. Limited only by imagination, freeform pools feature gentle curves and natural elements to give the illusion of the pool being an organic part of the landscape -- as if it has always been there. This trend in modern swimming pool design is also perfect for small spaces where traditionally-shaped pools would be an impossible fit.
Replete with understated elegance, minimalist pool design borrows from elements of minimalist architectural style to synergistically blend with your living space. If you are partial to grottos, rock waterfalls or other pool additions, you won’t want to go the minimalist route; sleek, lateral lines and basic pool elements are the order of the day. Paying careful attention to lighting, these less-is-more water features are built to compliment modern architecture through simplicity and efficient use of space.
If you want a beach vibe in your backyard, then turn your backyard into a tropical getaway with a beach entry pool. Perfect for families with small children, these pools have a gradually sloping walk-in entry that mimics the slope of a beach’s shoreline. There are no steps or ladders into the pool, which provides a shallow water area that can be used for sunbathing, lounging or by frolicking children. Beach entry pools have been gaining popularity as of late as more homeowners are looking to create a year-round vacation feel in their backyards.
Popular for decades in Europe, biological and natural pools are gaining definite momentum in modern swimming pool design on this side of the Atlantic. As consumers and homeowners are adopting a more organic, green approach to living -- and eschewing the overuse of chemicals-- there is a strong movement toward natural pools. Also known as swimming ponds, natural pools use water plants to filter the water without need for the addition of chlorine. Biological pools are a close cousin of natural pools, look like a traditional chemically-treated pool, but utilize phosphorous and bio filters instead of water plants.
Natural pools are the most organic-looking pool choice available today and can serve double duty as water gardens with a separate space for swimming. Water plants, rocks, waterfalls and freeform shape can transform your backyard into a water garden oasis.
Arguably one of the most elegant and innovative pool designs available, infinity pools are most often used in hillside pool construction. Those seeking to integrate a natural body of water, such as a lake or ocean that lies in the background, just beyond the pool, may also want to look into this current hot trend in pool design. Also known as disappearing, vanishing and negative edge pools, these impressive designs make the pool appear to be part of a spectacular view. The illusion of a vanishing edge is achieved by lowering the pool’s back wall to create a water’s edge that is the same level as the water in the pool. Overflow is caught in a catch basin below the main pool and re-circulated.
Rock pools, complete with waterfalls, grottos and even stone waterslides can help create that resort feeling right in your own backyard. Natural and artificial rock has long been used in pool design and has seen resurgence in recent years, making it a trend in modern pool design. With natural landscaping that ties together elements of lush, tropical swimming holes with efficient use of space, a rock pool will turn your backyard space into a scene from The Blue Lagoon. Imagine sitting in a rock grotto, behind a stone waterfall amidst meticulously planned landscape and you can see why rock pools are among the top choices of homeowners.
Well-placed lighting is king of modern pool design trends and creates an ideal environment for outdoor entertaining. If you live in an area where pool usage is limited to the warmer months, effective lighting can extend the pool’s usefulness well beyond the dog days of summer. Regardless of the weather, attention to proper mood lighting will prove to be invaluable when planning your pool’s construction. Light not only illuminates your water feature, it can also make a smaller pool look larger. With minimalist pool designs or beach entry options, lighting becomes an integral part of your watery landscape.
Modern trends in pool design are definitely leaning towards a more organic incorporation of pool and landscape. Don’t try to force a square peg into a round hole -- work with your landscape and choose a pool design option that fits into your landscape in ways that augment the space, rather than detracting from it. Every pool option will carry its own pros and cons depending upon the space you have available. Just go for it! Many pool design and architecture firms now use 3-d models to show a homeowner what their ideas will look like before committing to a design. One feature that is noticeably absent in most current trends are diving boards. Not only do they present a liability for homeowners, diving boards typically don’t meld well with contemporary pool creations.
As always, have fun and be safe regardless of your choice. Enjoy your backyard getaway—you deserve it!