Swimming Pool Trends to Look For in 2021

Swimming Pool Trends to Look For in 2021

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A swimming pool has always been a coveted asset in any backyard. With the pandemic keeping most of us home, though, having one of these amenities at your fingertips is becoming invaluable. A residential swimming pool can be so much more than just a way to cool down in the summer. With proper design and landscaping, you can have that kind of relaxation you associate with vacation resorts. If you, too, are planning to invest in a swimming pool in the near future or want to renovate your old one, here are some of the pool trends we can expect to see this year.

Small pools

In 2021, we will see an insurgence of smaller pools or "spools." You don't necessarily need a large outdoor space to indulge in such an amenity, and more and more people are realizing this. Cocktail pools and small pools with spa-like features are actually a perfect option for those with small backyards thanks to their versatility. A spool equipped with jets and hot tub features might not be the cheapest investment, but it allows you both to exercise and to wind down like at a spa resort. It’s no surprise thus that this is becoming a new trend.

Lighting is very crucial in creating the right ambience, and experts know this. That is why LED lights are now the way to go when lighting up your swimming pool. LED lights will give just enough illumination while not being too harsh, and the best thing about them is that they are also an eco-friendly option. In addition, since homes are getting smarter and smarter, it should not come as a surprise that smart swimming pool lighting is becoming popular as well. Therefore, if you find white lights boring, this option will allow you to change colours at the push of a button, in addition to being able to adjust the brightness of the fixtures. Modern lighting will give a more modern look to any swimming pool.

Sleek design

Just like interior design, pool design is moving towards sleek minimalism as well. That is probably why built-in features are becoming so popular. For instance, built-in seating will not be distracting when it comes to the overall design, but it will still change your whole pool experience. It will allow for lounging in the cool water in an entirely new way, so it’s worth considering introducing this extra feature.

Trendy finishes

The classic blue colour of swimming pools might be ubiquitous, but in 2021, we might see some more interesting solutions when it comes to finishes. First of all, we will see tiles appearing more and more frequently. Patterned and mosaic tiles indeed give a unique look to an otherwise ordinary swimming pool, so those who want to bring in some character might want to give this option a try this year. Tiling was always considered expensive. However, it has become much more affordable so tiled pools are definitely going to grow in number. Besides, we might see a shift in popular colour choices. Black swimming pools might just become the next big thing, but if this seems too drastic for you, you can also try deep hues such as dark blue or green for a lagoon effect.


As we mentioned in the beginning, landscaping is extremely important in creating the right atmosphere. The material you choose for your pool area greatly determines the look of your entire backyard, so it’s a crucial decision to make. Wooden decks were often the preferred solution for their attractive look. However, they can be finicky, especially if you are planning to build your deck yourself.

In 2021, decorative concrete will probably be one of the most popular choices. Not only is it versatile and attractive, but it’s also a great non-slip option that will boost the safety around the pool. You don’t have to worry about it not matching your backyard design, since concrete can mimic the look of other materials, such as tiling. However, it’s by no means easy to bring the whole design together, so you might want to leave the landscaping around pool areas to seasoned professionals.

Introducing saltwater

A surprising trend that is currently emerging and might become one of the big things of 2021 pool design is saltwater pools. Everyone who has tried it will agree that swimming in salt water is a different experience. Those who want to bring the sea one step closer to their homes thus opt for this feature. However, the reason why saltwater pools are so appealing is not only because we all miss those faraway beach vacations. Saltwater pools actually require much fewer chemicals to maintain. This means that you don’t have to worry about excess chlorine drying out your hair and irritating your skin.

Bringing nature in

Finally, a trend we cannot overlook is introducing natural elements to your swimming pool area. These certainly boost the aesthetics of the space and turn your ordinary pool into a true sanctuary. For instance, we will probably see an increasing number of rain descents installed in 2021. Needless to say, these will make you feel like you are in a tropical rainforest. However, other natural features are popular as well, such as mini waterfalls that will make lounging around the swimming pool even more relaxing.

Adding a pool to your outdoor space is a great way to revitalise your backyard. The aforementioned 2021 trends have probably given you enough inspiration to introduce this amazing feature to your home and make it the focal point of your entire outdoor space.

Darren Sherwood

Darren is the founder of experteasy.com.au his background in software development helped launch the expertEasy platform following late nights and lost weekends, he lives in Melbourne.

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