With summer finally upon us, it’s time to get outdoors and start enjoying the balmier days and longer, lighter evenings – and what better way to upgrade your garden space and create the perfect space to cool off after a day in the sun than with your own luxury swimming pool?
Travel abroad might still be tricky at the moment, but there’s no reason you can’t recreate that five-star holiday vibe at home. All you’ll need are some pool cleaner chemicals and a great design, and you’ll be all good to go.
So, if long, hot days lounging poolside are what you’re craving, then there’s no time to waste. From super-luxe infinity pools to classic lap pools, there are plenty of styles to choose from – so let’s dive straight in and prepare to make a splash. Here, we take a look at some of the best ways to inject a little style and sophistication into your design for a British summer to remember.
To infinity, and beyond
Let’s face it; when it comes to luxury, no pool does it quite like the infinity – and if you happen to live on a hillside, with striking views over the ocean or the city below, then you’re in prime position to put one in. The best infinity pools rely on a dramatic edge, and make for the perfect place to sip on a cocktail at sunset after a long and relaxing day. It’s a design that is certain to impress guests and is guaranteed to add the wow factor, so if it’s a lavish pool you’re looking for then this is the way to go.
Long and linear
If you’re not blessed with breath-taking views but still like the long and linear effect, then a rectangular pool is the next best thing, and is the perfect shape not just for a feature pool, but for getting in those laps, too. Whilst there’s no denying that a swimming pool has the power to add a little ‘something-something’ to any outdoor space, let’s not forget their prime purpose – they were originally designed for getting some exercise, and this type of pool offers the best of both worlds.
With every great pool comes a great decking surround, and choosing different materials can be a great way to distinguish different hangout spots as well as adding interest and some extra aesthetic appeal. The key is to make your swimming pool the focal point of your garden, and by placing seating areas and even a firepit strategically around it, it instantly becomes a welcoming and inviting space that is just perfect for entertaining guests.
For a luxurious look, edge the pool with grass, then create a large area of decking and furnish with outdoor sofas and loungers. Add some concrete space for your firepit in the middle so that guests can huddle around it when the temperature cools off in the evening, and you’re good to go.
A baja shelf makes for a great addition to any pool where the goal is lounging in the shallow end. Essentially a giant and spacious top step, they’re perfect for those days when you just want to cool off without the commitment, allowing you to take a quick dip or paddle without having to fully submerge. Ideal if you like to kick back and read a book in the sunshine or socialise over a drink with friends, they don’t add much in an aesthetic sense, but you’ll be grateful for the practicality they offer later on.
Always dreamt of owning your own private island? Well, now you can. Opting for an in-ground swimming pool with a built-in central island is another great way to add interest and create a focal point, breaking up the simple shape and providing a handy place to pop your drink or get some alone time in the sunshine.