Summer is upon us, and while everyone has different memories of summer fun, the one common denominator that is almost universally beloved is – you guessed it – pools. They’re great for staying cool, they provide memories that will last forever for family and friends, they’re a great gathering place – there’s almost nothing bad you can say about them! (Except why are there never enough towels?)
As many of our Oklahoma clients know, GreenPro offers a wide assortment of landscape design services. Many of our clients own pools and often wonder how to integrate landscape design into their overall aesthetic. For those who may be looking to design or install pools this summer, we thought we’d share some insights on how to create the look you’re going for. (It’s important to think of design elements through before – ahem – diving right in.)
Rectangular Shaped Pools
If you’re only planning on using your pool for exercising, stick to a rectangular shape. Long and linear is the name of the game and this shape works well in the backyard too because you’ll have more pool cover options with the classic shape.
Looking to create a lounge area in the pool? Baja shelves allow you to get cool in the water without being fully submerged. They’re essentially an extended top step, where you can dip in and out or relax on loungers.
Whether opting for a minimalist fence-like landscape or going for something a little more classic such as a stone wall, fencing in your pool area will provide extra privacy and safety. It’s so important that your pool doesn’t disrupt your peace of mind!
Barn doors on your pool house can open onto the patio, leading our eyes straight into the charming space, providing an integrated and uniform design and sightline.
Drawn to the visual illusion of a never-ending edge? Have a killer view you want to take in from the water? Consider an infinity pool, which allows you a minimalist yet expansive pool design.
Pergolas and Planters
Your pool can look like an Italian retreat (even in Oklahoma) with the simple additions of burnt orange umbrellas, cypress trees, and terra cotta tiles and planters. Instead of a full roof over the patio, add a pergola to create a nice geometric look while also letting the sun dapple through.
Concrete running up to the edge of the pool can lead to burnt toes and hot feet, but grass can get trampled if you’re not careful as well. For ease of access, consider adding an arrangement of stone pavers. They’re functional, and they have a nice grid-like aesthetic.
If you want space for palm trees and other lush plants or even just an adjacent fire pit, take that into consideration when settling on a design. Since not all properties are the same, rather than installing a traditional rectangular swimming pool, if you have a complicated landscape design, consider building yours around the layout. If you have a lot of foliage or tree cover in your backyard, build your pool and hot tub around it to create some natural shade. It looks thoroughly enchanting. Looking for shade but not finding any? If your property doesn’t have much in the way of landscaping, a few Italian cypresses can transform a plain pool area into a relaxing retreat.
Tile It Up
If you have a smaller space but are set on building a show-stopping pool, you can still pack a lot of punch with colorful tiles. Green hues can mimic your landscape’s lush greenery, while orange can reflect the Oklahoma sunsets.
We hope these ideas give you some inspiration about ways to approach your pool design! Looking to integrate your landscape into your design? Call GreenPro today; we’d be happy to consult with you on the best way to make your lawn and your pool one beautiful, integrated landscape. We can even connect you with Tulsa pool contractors.