Pool Design Flows From Home Lines
From straight to curvy to free form, here's how to design a pool that reflects your home inside and out
Finding your perfect pool shape is all about paying attention to your surroundings. Remember, the pool is an extension of your existing spaces, so you want it to complement the look of your house and landscape. Above all else, your personality and home style are the most important aspects of the design.
Straight lines. This pool's clean, simple lines mimic the architecture of the home without overpowering its style. Small grassy spaces in a minimalist design add to the modern look.
This larger rectangular pool stays balanced with a scale in proportion to the house and yard. The darker pool finish reflects the home, visually connecting the two spaces.
Throw a curve. A large radius end on this pool and circular spa echoes the curved roofline of the house.
Although this pool has a traditional rectangular shape, the small, free-flowing curves in the patio steps and attached spa reflect the ornate and detailed tile work.
Tip: If you have your heart set on certain finish materials, make sure you are open to adjusting your pool's shape. Some materials won't fit in curves or don't come in certain shapes. Trying to force them to work could dampen your results.
Go freeform. By using a freeform shape for this pool, the designer allowed for the creation of new sitting spaces to the side.
This pool sits on more than 200 acres. Its freeform shape creates a lagoon look that complements a fish pond beyond.
Stone on the exterior of this home played a large role in the pool's free-flowing style, which mimics a natural hot spring.
Celebrate tradition. A tall privacy wall lined by cypress trees creates an old-world feel that fits this house. The shape of this pool follows suit, creating a relaxing atmosphere reminiscent of an Italian villa.
Tell us: How have you designed your pool to work with your home's design? Share details in the Comments!
Ideabook updated on Aug. 17, 2012.
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