Another summer without a pool may have you dreaming and making plans to create your own backyard oasis before temperatures heat up again next year.

Or, perhaps you’ve had a pool for years and you’re looking to enhance your swimming and lounging experience by adding some new features. As pool trends continue to emerge, you’ll have lots of elements to chose from. Here are just a few.


Dark-colored pool finishes

Instead of traditional light-blue pool surfaces, some people are opting for darker colors, such as azures or cobalt blues that make the pool look deeper and convey a lagoon-like effect. In addition to looking great, dark colors absorb more of the sun’s heat, increasing the water temperature and reducing pool-heating costs.


Pool depth

 While pools traditionally were designed with a shallow end that gradually sloped to a deeper end, more people are now choosing a single-depth pool – also known as sports pools – because of the versatility it offers. This design is ideal for a variety of fitness and sports activities, including basketball or volleyball, and also makes lap swimming easier.


LED lighting

Pool lighting can serve an aesthetic and functional purpose in your pool design and enhance the ambiance of the setting by creating dramatic focal points in your pool and on the deck. Today’s customized LED lighting systems offer different colors and qualities, such as a soft glow, to add visual interest. Around the pool, lighting can illuminate pathways and steps, as well as landscaping and patio areas.


Sun shelves

Sun shelves, also known as Baja shelves or tanning ledges, are a new favorite feature for homeowners.  These flat, shallow sections are an ideal place for adults to enjoy the pool without getting fully submerged and an area where young children can play. It’s also the perfect spot to add a lounge chair or beach umbrella.

Ledge loungers

If you’ve ever stayed at a resort, you know how comfortable and relaxing it can be to soak in some rays while dipping your feet in the pool. If you have a sun shelf or Baja shelf, it’s easy to add this furniture to your backyard pool. Simply submerge it into your pool, let it fill with water and pull it onto the ledge. Make sure you choose durable loungers made of high-quality materials that can withstand the elements.

With more options than ever before, you can customize your backyard pool to fit the needs of your family and create your perfect backyard oasis.