Pool design ideas, inspiration & pictures

Evidences of public and private swimming pools can be traced back at least 6000 years; the Romans’ love for bathhouses is almost legendary. Its popularity has never seemed to wane.

Even now, nearly every homeowner wants to build one to ensure the possibility of taking a cool dip during the summer months, enjoying relaxing evenings sitting on the side or even occasionally arranging a poolside party.

Which swimming pool designs can I consider?

A traditionally designed swimming pool boasts a geometric shape. These are mostly rectangular and occasionally circular or horseshoe shaped. Slight variations, like a bulbous corner or decorative features in the middle can be observed at times. Whether swimming for exercise, fun or both, the rectangular shape is the most functional option.

Freeform ones, like the name suggests, can be of any shape. This can be irregular or made to resemble certain objects like snails, fish or flowers. They have a greater aesthetic value than the ones with regular shapes and they can comfortably fit in a narrow or awkwardly designed space. Contemporary homes mostly prefer these types for their interesting appearance.

Natural swimming pools are given a pond like look and feel. They are sometimes lined with stones and aquatic plants or are superficially merged with an existing garden pond. You can have streams or fountains in this area or even build a small gazebo in the middle of it to connect it with the banks, using a narrow bridge. You can also give it a setting that resembles a Japanese garden.

If you are a sporty type, a lap swimming pool would be best suited for you. Infinity style pools are one of the most fashionable types for any home. Though more complex to design, they follow a basic rectangular layout. We recommend you to get a professional opinion as the ability to install an infinity pool will depend on your land/terrain.

Instead of in-ground you can consider building an above ground pool. However, above ground designs should be considered a temporary solution only. In the long run, they tend to develop numerous structural problems along with persistent maintenance issues. These are, however, a great option in terms of building a small swimming area for your little ones very quickly.

What equipment does my swimming pool need?

Your pool system will require pumping and motors to circulate the water. You can buy an energy efficient variable speed motor with a suitable high quality pump. Proper filtration is extremely important in maintaining the hygiene of this are and cartridge filters are one of the most common choices. This filter uses fabric to clean the impurities out of the water. It requires a minimum amount of maintenance and is very affordable.

Sand type filters use fine sand to clean the water and are inexpensive but require itself regular cleaning. Diatomaceous Earth (DE) filters use skeletal remains of diatoms to keep the water clean. These are effective in removing algae, cysts and the asbestos remains from the water.

DE filtration is actually divided into two categories. One is known as a pressure filter and the other as a vacuum filter. A pressure filter is more efficient in cleaning the water, but vacuum filters require less maintenance.

How big should my swimming pool be?

The dimension and shape of domestic swimming areas largely depends on the available space. But a total size of 3.7 metres x 7.3 metres with a depth of up to 2 metres can be considered standard for residential purposes. Both natural and infinity designs can have slopes. If you want to build one specifically for children you can design on a much smaller scale and build it only up to a metre deep.

What should I consider for an indoor swimming pool?

An indoor pool is not solely built for swimming, but also to increase the beauty of the interior and create a social hub around it. So, your indoor swimming area must be as meticulously designed as an outdoor one. Follow the design aesthetics of a building in this area too. For instance, if your home is designed in a classic fashion give the pool a classic makeover.

Indoor swimming areas can be built in the basement, on the ground floor level or rooftop and you will need all the basic equipments of an outdoor one. Additionally, when built in the interior of your home, you will have to make extensive arrangements to keep this area well ventilated and free of excessive moisture and dust. An efficient waterproofing mechanism would also be required for this space. You can style it with glass mosaic, porcelain or ceramic tiles.

How can I light my swimming pool effectively?

Pools with embedded LED lighting are very popular nowadays. They can give a soft glow and can be programmed to change colours at different times of the day. You can also select colours based on party themes or for special occasions. For example, red illumination for Chinese New Year or green for Earth Day could be appealing choices, although Earth Day is more about turning lights off. Fibre optic lighting can create a starry effect.

Mount a spotlight high above the ground to keep this space illuminated after sunset. For your patio, you can opt for a number of lighting fixtures that are suitable for creating a cheerful ambience. Solar photovoltaic panels installed on the patio roof can provide a cost effective solution for your outdoor entertainment zone while offsetting the utility costs of your home.

How can I accessorise the kids’ pool?

If you have kids at home, you may like to arrange a few special poolside features for them. Poolside slides and diving boards could be great additions to this space. Coat them in bright colours and install some other playful features by their side. Be assured that your little ones and their friends will much appreciate your careful choices for them.