A backyard pool delivers the obvious fun of a constantly open, never crowded oasis, but one of the best aspects of a private pool is how homeowners customize them. Creating a pool that fits the tone and style of the house and landscape while utilizing tasteful design features that bring out the utility and beauty of the pool itself can add more dimension and enjoyment to any pool.
A pool installation in Maryland is a personal decision that should reflect the owner’s goals and visions for both utility and aesthetic; consider some of the top current trends to enhance your pool and landscape.
Here are four trending pool installation features in Maryland to consider when planning your own project.
Colorful and Textured Pool Finishes
The finish, which is the final layer of the pool, is important for holding the water and maintaining the integrity of the pool’s structure, but it is also a palette for creative opportunities. The finish defines the aesthetic of the pool visually and textually, and there are a variety of available options that allow you to incorporate styles that fit your personality.
Among the most popular finishing designs is plaster, a thin layer of dense mortar around the interior of the pool. Not only is it easy to install, but it is available in many colorful options. The plaster can be dyed any color, with each color influencing the appearance of the water.
A white or soft blue plaster shell will make the water glow blue, evoking feelings of a tropic Caribbean oasis. A cream interior will result in a classic turquoise color. And for an ambitious, non-traditional approach, black plaster or tiling will make the water look dark to the point of being reflective.
Tile as a finish is also popular because of its smooth texture and appearance. Homeowners can choose to combine artful tilework with less expensive, more colorful plaster by installing tiles around the upper perimeter and using a plaster finish below the water surface.
Ceramic tiles are a glossy mainstay, but also trending now are glass and iridescent tiles, creating a sparkling oasis of light. This method creates custom designs in the pool that pop out.
Integrating aggregate into the finish is a great way to create a beach or river feel to an extended shallow area entry. River stones, quartz or pebbles are embedded into the finish to create not only the feel but also the feel of a natural body of water.
Lighting Fixtures In and Out of the Water
In addition to finishes, there are other ways to make your pool’s water glow. LED light fixtures installed around the pool rim and under the water will illuminate the pool creating ambiance and peace, or vibrancy and excitement. LEDs in the pool are becoming more popular as they allow owners to change the color of the lights to fit their desired tone each evening.
Private pools are the ideal setting for family get-togethers, barbecues, or total relaxation, but without proper lighting, a pool can create potential for hazards as darkness falls. An underwater lighting system, outdoor lighting rig, or a combination of both, can brighten up the space and elevate the mood.
Fire and Water Features
Another dazzling way to light your pool and the surrounding area is with a (safe) fire. Fire pits, braziers, and torches can accentuate the aesthetic of a private pool and can be controlled remotely for added simplicity.
Alternatively, your installers can add piping to create waterfalls that cascade into the pool or spurts of water that jump up and out. These features are not only relaxing to watch, but they can also be engaging to swim and play in, especially for children.
The Structure of the Pool
A trendy installation reimagines not only the decorative elements of a pool but also its shape and structure. Tanning ledges are becoming more prevalent.
This creates a long, shallow shelf, usually about a foot deep, which makes it an ideal location for deck chairs in the pool instead of above the pool, allowing you to soak your feet in the water. Tanning ledges are perfect for relaxed lounging with a book, but they can also be fun for younger children who want to bring toys into the pool.
The trendiest way to structure a pool in recent years has been the infinity pool. Infinity pools have lifted edges on at least one end, and the water level comes right up against this lip. When people get in, the displaced water trickles over the edge and into a basin, where it is cycled back into the pool.
The result is a pool that has no edges at all. Infinity pools are spectacular to look at and swim in, particularly with the backdrop of a beautiful view, beyond the hidden catch basin, maintaining the illusion of infinite expansion. However, this luxury can be enjoyed in any landscape.
Find the Perfect Features with an Experienced Maryland Installation Team
If these trends have sparked your imagination for your new pool installation, a skilled installer will be able to help you explore options to design your pool space based on your unique landscape and goals.
The team at Masten Pools has over 30 years of experience in pool installation in Maryland and can work with you to configure a pool with a personalized shape, color, finish, and more to realize your vision. Contact Masten Pools today to schedule an appointment.