Set Your Pool Apart with a Touch of Nature – Fire, Rocks & Landscaping
Science may have rejected the idea of Aristotle’s four elements, but they continue to capture the human imagination.
Seeing the contrast of a body of water against a completely separate force of nature creates a truly striking effect. If you are looking to add a unique feature to your pool, one of the most beautiful and compelling ways is to add natural elements like plants or fire to contrast the water in your pool.
While of course the pool itself has water, one common design element is to use fountains or infinity fountain designs with overflow to give a more natural feeling to the water in the pool area. After all, water in nature is rarely ever completely still. Surrounding the pool with moving water lends it a feeling of a stream or waterfall and adds a calming aura to the installation.
Earth – Plants, Landscaping & Stone
Plants do contrast to water, usually being associated with the Aristotelian element of earth, but they also interact with it. Plants near a pool tend to provide the feeling that the pool is a natural body of water rather than an artificial construction.
Of course, different plants will give off different feelings – palms and other desert plants will give the feeling of a hidden oasis, while plants that belong to a forest setting could evoke a hidden glade with a pool. It is important to consider both the intended feeling of the pool and the plants that will survive well and not disrupt the pool space.
Experienced landscapers should know the survivability of different plants, and you can find official information on government-run sites relating to conservation, like Arizona’s Water Conservation page. In general, it is best to use plants that will not shed too many leaves and that thrive in your area.
We’ve done a few pool builds using fire recently, and the results are simply amazing!
Fire is the opposite of water. We use water to quench fire, and even in the imagination, it is hard to picture the two coexisting. This is why fireplace installments near pools are frequently breathtaking. This unexpected juxtaposition of opposites creates a brilliant statement that instantly catches the attention of any observer.
Traditional fireplaces give this feeling, but open fireplaces, where the flame seems exposed and dangerously close to the water. This allows the elements to interact and play off one another.
Anyone who has been near a body of water at sunset or at night also knows how gorgeous light looks when reflecting off the water. The flames provide not only a contrast but also a source of light that illuminates the pool and makes it shimmer and sparkle.
How to Combine Them
Of course, you don’t have to pick just one element for your pool.
Some pools will only need one, but some can manage to place all three together to create a modern look that still incorporates nature. If you are going for a striking, daring, or unique pool, consider tapping into the hidden magic and charm of the elements and adding these pieces of nature to your poolside to contrast with the water or to evoke natural imagery.