Modern Pools Add A Splash Of Art And Drama

Posted on: 3 June 2015

Custom swimming pools are more than just a place for the kids to jump in and play with their friends. Today's modern pool can be a work of art that offers a dramatic focal point for your backyard. How can you add artistic elements to your pool design?

Water Features

Turn your pool into a water feature when not in use by incorporating flowing water elements such as spouts, waterfalls and bubble jets. 'Scuppers,' which are derived from openings in boat decks to allow water to flow out of the boat, provide a simple way to create a fountain-like look for raised walls around the pool. Deck jets create an arc of water over the pool and bubble jets can give it a fun, playful atmosphere. One of the newest types of pool accents is the rain wall or rain curtain, formed by adding columns and a sheet-like waterfall.

Glass Tile

One of the hottest recent trends has been glass tile, which is available in a wide variety of styles and colors. These tiles can be clear or opaque. Color choices are growing with its popularity and currently include beautiful shades of blues, green, aquas and more. Keep in mind, though, that since glass can be very slippery, it's best used in non-traffic areas such as columns, water features and raised areas. 


Fire pits and torches provide dramatic accents around a pool and surrounding relaxation areas. As a decorative feature, open fires give warmth to swimmers and create great mood lighting. When designing your swimming pool, look for ways to incorporate fire into other elements, such as natural stone settings, in unoccupied sides along fencing or a central lounge grouping for post-swim relaxation. 

Knife Edges

So-called 'knife edge' pools take the infinity pool idea one step further and create a unique, modern look for your pool. The water runs off all four sides to create a mirrored, never-ending effect, with the excess water flowing into slot edges placed below. This type of pool complements a modern style home and good vistas. To maximize the clean lines, make this pool the focal point of your space and avoid cluttering it up with too much additional decoration.

It's obvious that there are a lot of choices when designing a pool these days. Along with considering your budget and the size of the pool you want, it's important to look at the entire yard and the effect you want to achieve. A professional pool designer can help you decide which of these elements will best suit your overall style and how to implement them.