Exciting and Attractive Pool Trends to Look for This Year
If you think that choosing a pool is as easy as deciding on in-ground or above ground and rectangular or circular, you couldn’t be more wrong. Swimming pools have come a long way in the past few years, and there are some really exciting trends showing up in home swimming pool installations.
These unique and interesting pool trends are worth checking out. Some of them make pool spaces more efficient, giving you more choices and flexibility for the use of your space. Others are kinder on the environment and your wallet. And some will make your home gym experience so great you’ll never want to skip a workout.
Commercial buildings and gymnasiums have been using hidden pools – like the one in the dance scene in “It’s a Wonderful Life” when the floor splits open, and George, Mary, and everyone else at the dance end up taking an impromptu dip – for decades. Whereas a dedicated pool will take up a lot of real estate, these allow you to use the space in a number of ways.
The hidden pool trend is moving out of gyms and municipal buildings and into residences all over the United States. Not only is this a great way to create more space for you and your family, but the different choices of mechanisms for covering and uncovering the pool can be pretty exciting, too.
For example, in addition to the old side-sliding split floor model, like you saw in “It’s a Wonderful Life”, some pools have a moveable floor that allows you to change the pool’s effective depth. That way, you can have a full pool, a shallow splash pool for the kids, or a smooth floor, depending on what you need to use the space for. Others are less advanced (and less expensive), with decks that you can fold out over the pool for a patio effect.
Eco-Friendly Filters and Salt Water Pools
Another interesting trend is sometimes called the “natural pool”. These pools are made to look like naturally occurring ponds, and they’re intended to be as eco-friendly as possible with a very small impact on the environment. Instead of chemicals and synthetic filters, the pool is divided into two areas, the swimming area and the regeneration area.
The regeneration area is filled with plant life that purifies the water for the swimming area, in effect a natural filtration system. These pools take a good bit more setup time than a traditional pool, but they require very little maintenance if you can get their filtration systems stabilized.
The other eco-friendly option that’s gained a lot of popularity lately is the saltwater pool. Instead of shocking the pool with chlorine, it’s treated with salt. Swimming in a saltwater pool is a lot like swimming in the ocean, and these pools have both health and environmental benefits, too.
Water Features and Infinity Pools
The natural look is in, even in traditional pools. Waterfalls, fountains, and other water features can give your pool the exotic look of a luxury resort in paradise. The sight and sound of falling water is incredibly soothing and will make taking a dip or just sitting out by the pool even more enjoyable.
A lot of people are pairing these water features with infinity pools, pools that have at least one recessed edge, where the water seems to overflow from the edge of the pool. Infinity pools are very popular at resorts with grand views and rooftop pools (where it feels like you can swim right up to the edge without falling off), and more and more people are getting these features at home for added luxury and beauty.