Landscaping Options Around a Swimming Pool
Considering installing a new concrete swimming pool at your home? Let us help you with some landscaping ideas to compliment your space, help bring your ideas to life and create your very own backyard oasis that you’ll never want to leave.
Creative Pool Landscaping
Now we’re not landscape gardeners by any means, but we have seen a backyard pool or 2 in our time as Gold Coast and Northern NSW multi award winning concrete pool company. So, we have picked up a few tips and ideas in our 28 years in the swimming pool industry. From modern to contemporary or a more natural design, don’t just opt for grass or concrete around your new swimming pool. Let your inner green thumb and imagination run wild.
The most obvious place to start when it comes to pool side landscaping would be what type of material you will use adjoining the coping tiles on the edge of your concrete swimming pool. Whether you’re extending the coping tiles into the surrounding tiles to create a seamless, streamlined look or switching up the materials used and opting for paving, wood decking or even grass – there’s no rules to limit you. Be bold, get creative and have fun with it. Make the space around your new pool, a space you can’t wait to spend time in!
The Natural Look Timber
Timber decking adjoining your coping tiles creates a stunning contrast when combined with a natural stone. The look of 2 natural products side by side provides a beautiful effect, capturing your eye and brings you right back to nature, throw in some pot plants with vibrant green leaves and you’ll be in your very own backyard paradise.
New decking options on the market also mean that there is no more need for sanding and re-staining of your decking – this means more time spent in your pool, rather than maintaining the decking area around it (and we’re all for that idea).
Grass – artificial or real?
Most of us will have fond memories as kids running barefoot over the grass, there’s no doubt that natural grass underfoot is absolutely beautiful, but to have grass adjoining your coping tiles near your pool is another thing entirely.
Thinking of putting grass around your swimming pool – we recommend using artificial turf – not only is there less maintenance for you to worry about, but there is less risk of grass clippings ending up in your new concrete swimming pool water, meaning less time spent cleaning your pool and more time enjoying it. Check out our recent blog on all things grass Artificial turf or real grass – which option is best near your pool? (balipools.com.au)
Outdoor tiles are a great choice. They vary in non-slip ratings so be sure to check this out when making your selection. Outdoor tiles provide a hard wearing, streamlined look for your space. Spills and garden matter will also present less risk of staining on this man-made product.
The look and feel of natural stone around your swimming pool creates a high-end, lux look – we love it! The beauty of natural stone means that no two pieces are ever the same. Lines, small holes and colour variances mean that your outdoor space will be a space that looks streamlined but not uniformed like outdoor, manmade tiles can be. Don’t forget to speak to the tile company about sealing your natural stone tiles to protect them and keep them looking amazing for many years to come.
Don’t be afraid to mix various materials together – natural stone, decking, concrete, tiles. Be bold, have fun and get creative!
Landscaping is more than just plants and outdoor flooring – furniture plays a big part in your overall outdoor pool area design. Try including an oversized, comfy day bed to lounge on pool-side with your favourite book (or a mid-day nap while the kids are at school – we won’t tell)
Still water is calming, but water when it’s moving has and always will be one of the most relaxing sounds for me – unless it’s that dripping tap at 2am. Consider adding in water jets to your pool design to create a gentle waterfall sound. Or go big by adding in 1 or 2 sheer descents from a feature wall. No matter what style of water feature you have in mind, we can work closely with you to bring your ideas to life.
Have fun with colour – here on the sunny Gold Coast, we are blessed with humidity and tropical weather for about 6 to 9 months of the year – giving us plant options that have some of the most beautiful leaf colours to use around your new concrete swimming pool. Check out your local nursery for some inspiration on what tropical plants to use to highlight your garden areas. A small point of consideration is to look at plants that have minimal leaf litter – this will mean less for you to clean up and less chance of leaves ending up in your new pool.
Turn the lights on
Lighting is a great way to compliment pool landscaping. Try emphasizing tall plants with up lights to highlight that gorgeous palm tree in the corner of your yard or add in a string of Festoon Lights to create ambiance in your pool side or decking area. Festoon lights, or string lights are less about function, but they do create a certain mood, perfect for pool side dinner parties. We love the look of the Festoon lights from another Aussie owned company in Melbourne – check out Fat Shack Vintage for their impressive range of outdoor lighting Festoon Lights – Buy LED Festoon Lighting Australia | Fat Shack Vintage
With all of these landscaping ideas now floating around your head, why not give the team at Bali Pools a call today #07 5576 0900 and let us help bring your ideas to life.