Swimming pools open doors to unforgettable barbecues, days spent relaxing in the sun, and hours of fun splashing around with the kids. However, they can also be customized to serve as the ultimate eye-candy that sets your landscape design apart from the rest in your Warwick, NY, neighborhood. Here are a few pool design ideas to get your creative juices flowing.
A California Dream
Luxury and refined taste are timeless. A long rectangular pool with a simple layout can be transformed by the addition of a sleek stone deck and sophisticated pergola. Nestle all the indoor comforts you may desire at the poolside underneath the shade of your pergola, including a decked-out bar and plush seating. This design is all about investing in high-quality materials and keeping the color scheme simple, to bring the textures and details to the forefront. A thick, vibrant, and manicured lawn is always a good partner to this swimming pool design.
Making a poolscape more impressive doesn’t necessarily require hardscape features as far as the eye can see. In fact, introducing more greenery into your pool surroundings can go a long way in making it look exotic and inviting. A neat row of Mediterranean cypresses against a white-painted wall is a powerful image that can give the entire poolscape a retreat-like look and feel. A cover of trees can cast much-needed shade and look more elegant than a collection of tacky umbrellas.
There are numerous ways to bring the beach into your backyard. Consider how a beach entrance involves a downward, gradual slope that does require the use of steps. With the addition of sea sand, rugged sandstone or decorative pebbles at the entrance, your pool can replicate this experience and become a quiet lagoon. Create a tanning shelf, just a few inches deep, and pop a few coral stepping stones onto it. Not only will the stones contribute their crude textures to the tropical design, but they will also allow you to “walk on water.” A pergola fitted with white curtains that billow in the breeze can give any poolscape a tropical appearance.
There is nothing better than a pool on a hillside overlooking a good view. If you have the landscape and scenery to facilitate this type of design, consider yourself lucky! A pool with a view is incomplete without a vanishing edge. This side of the pool is flush with the water level and is accompanied by a catchment area that collects water that spills over the edge. A vanishing edge creates the impression that your poolscape and the scenery beyond are continuous. It also creates the potential for fantastic photos.
A Desert Poolscape
This poolscape design requires very little space and contains an essential contrast that packs a visual punch. The contrast exists between cool blue pool water and dry xeriscape surroundings. A simple rectangular pool can be imbued with character by the addition of happy succulents in beds of gravel or decorative stones. Red-orange clay pots, pavers, or soils will look stunning in juxtaposition to the cool blue hues of the pool water. A trio of large concrete balls can serve as a focal point that enhances the crude, unrefined palette of textures found in this poolscape.