“Ensure that the pool aesthetic, shape and finish reflects your home’s style,” says Chris Mahoney, director and landscape architect at Verde Design Group. “You wouldn’t put a coastal-themed kitchen into a mid-century modern home, and the same applies for your pool.”
Sophie Greive, landscape architect at Think Outside Gardens, agrees and advises that aspiring pool owners design and choose finishes for their swimming pool with their house’s architecture in mind.
Though both experts believe a simplistic, rectangular pool will stand the test of time, Chris and Sophie also predict a handful of trends for the year ahead.
Pools should no longer be confined to the far reach of the backyard. In 2018, Chris predicts we’ll begin to see a more streamlined integration between outdoor entertaining areas and the blue lagoon.
Whether achieved by glass sliding doors, clever landscaping or a close-for-comfort lap pool along the side of one’s home, space will be better utilised to ensure the maximum use of a pool trans-seasonally.
“Continued popularity of white or light blue pool interiors give a crisp and contemporary look,” says Sophie. When paired with a tiled black spa, it can also provide a bold and sophisticated edge.
Looking for a more understated application of monochrome magic? Sophie predicts black- or charcoal-coated fences will make a resurgence.
“We’re starting to see more glass pool fences on black spigots rather than stainless steel – it’s very much in line with the increased use of black tapware and fittings inside the house,” she says.
3. Smart pools
The future is here, people. Automation features such as lighting, temperature control, cleaning and audio can now integrate with your home systems and be controlled by smartphone apps.
Just imagine heating up your spa and queuing your favourite relaxation playlist as you head home from work on a chilly, winter’s evening…
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