By Roelf Nel

Elements to consider for your Pool Landscape Design

It is always a great idea to compliment the interior of your home with your exterior and have a gorgeous backyard. Many homeowners choose to have their backyards filled with great landscape designs of flowers and other sorts of vegetation. The trend is for homeowners to create multi-purpose swimming pools to enhance a luxurious lifestyle.

Pool shapes:

It all begins with the shape of the pool you want. The shape and size of your yard will determine the best pool design. The general rule of thumb are the geometrical figures and streamlined lap pools that give the wet edge look. The latter are designed so that the water from the pool would slip over the surrounding basin. This gives the dramatic illusion of a more opulent and larger pool.

Pool colours:

The colour of the pool is always credited by giving the dramatic effect. This is because the colour gives the more defined outline on the general design and it dictates the surrounding landscape design. Shades of blue, more specifically sapphire hues, are popular for swimming pools which are often matched by crystal outline. Blue stands out from green shades of the vegetation and the rustic hues of bricks, marble and other rocks common among pools.

Water features:

Plain swimming pools are obsolete, thus fountains are great to create effects for the pool.  You can use a grand wall of flowing water or small trickles of a well-constructed fountain.

Plants:

Floras are never out of trend, the variety of effects come from the manipulation of the hundreds of species of plants and flowers. Each general design, say tropical landscape, calls for various usage and species of plants. This element for pool landscape design must be used with optimised results. Of course, you do not want your pool to look as if you have created a botanical garden when all you wanted is to accessorise your landscape design with touches of greens.

Lighting:

Whether you intend to use the pool in the evening or not, you still would want to consider the use of lighting effects to illuminate the features of the pool and the surrounding areas. A single spotlight has been out of trend for quite some time now and the use of subtle lights is considered the best replacements.

Decking:

Decking, no matter what you call it, is a great addition to your pool landscape design. This suggests a good outdoor “room” where you can stay for relaxation and is very useful for additional designs such as hanging plants.

Additional designs: 

Small details are good additions to your pool landscaping designs. Birdbaths, sculptures, wildlife boxes, bird feeders, rock formations and all other imaginable items will do your landscaping some favours when strategically placed.

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