The pool is a quintessential hallmark of an Aussie backyard. The perfect hangout for summer, it’s easily the most active part of your backyard. After a while though, it’s easy to see how the novelty fades, especially during the winter months. Primp up your pool with Gardeon and our top tips for highlighting your backyard pool.
Your pool is an incredible feature of your backyard that you should be highlighting, and that means having the perfect lighting set-up. This not only includes outside the pool, but inside the pool as well.
There are lots of ways you can light up your pool for maximum style. For a casual fun look, fairy lights look great either hanging high above the pool or stringing along the fence. Be careful though – you’ll want to make sure they’re shatterproof, built for outdoors, and (if they’re above the pool) at least 10 feet above the water. They’re best used as a temporary decoration and not a permanent installation for both safety and maintenance.
As far as other lighting goes, there are plenty of smart LED, solar-powered and motion-detecting lights that will suit your style. The more, the better! Choose standing lights for that indoor-outdoor blend, or go small and use battery-operated decorative lights on outdoor furniture to create a really intimate, cosy vibe. Just make sure all electricals are installed/designed by professionals and there are no cables near the water!
As for underwater, you’re best to go with LED lights. You can really highlight the clear water with cool lighting, or you can light it up the colour of your choice to really make an impact.
Invest in landscaping
If you’re already in the renovation mindset, create your own personal oasis by surrounding your pool with greenery. Fragrant, colourful, native species will make a beautiful environment. Ornamental grasses, vines and trees that tower over the space will look gorgeous and make a lovely tropical getaway…just be careful you choose plants that will make the least mess in the water, or you’ll spend your autumn digging out debris from the pool filter.
Other inclusions to your garden might include a water feature in or around the pool, or surrounding it with decorative statues.
Choose a coloured finish with a contrasting coping
If you are gutting the pool from the inside out, put careful consideration into the finish you want. The most popular colour is blue, but the type of blue you choose – sapphire, turquoise, viridian – will make all the difference. You’ll also have to decide on materials, like whether you want the shine of tile or the natural look of pebbles. Finally, you’ll have to match it all to the pool coping, the material used to cap or edge the pool. There are many ways you can style the coping - it can be squared or rounded, made with tiles or stone, and you can use contrasting colours for an impactful accent piece.
Find the perfect outdoor furniture
Create an inviting space around the pool for people to gather. What’s the point of having a pool if nobody wants to relax by it? Create a welcoming environment with an open lounge set, plenty of table room and loads of comfortable seating. If it’s convertible, like this unique Gardeon piece, all the better! For maximum outdoor cosiness, plant a fire pit/BBQ nearby – nothing attracts an Aussie crowd like a hot fire, marshmallows and a grill!
Decorate with floating accessories
It doesn’t matter whether you’re kids or Big Kids, everyone loves a pool float. For the little ones, a ride on float, tube or boat is the perfect thing for a hot summer day. For adults, large floats, floating bars or pool fitness equipment will add extra fun to your day, and all ages can enjoy water games with anything from a water polo set to inflatable hoops. For best results, clean and dry pool accessories and put them away after use – that will protect them from sun damage, algae and more.
Invest in a great pool cover
The best solution is prevention! If you want to avoid a gross, high-maintenance pool, invest in a good pool cover. Not only does a pool cover help cut back on evaporation, chemical waste (from pool cleaning) and pool debris, there are even covers that can help heat your pool!
Install a nice safety fence
Finally, if you have kids or pets, you’ll want the perfect fence to keep curious little feet and prying eyes out! Combine with landscaping by surrounding your pool with hedges to create a natural privacy screen. Glass fencing is an elegant solution that won’t totally ruin your garden’s look, or you might choose a wooden fence for a rustic, homey feel. Of course, the traditional aluminium fence is still available, though they come in far more styles than before and all kinds of colours.
Pools are the centrepiece of most backyards. Highlight yours with Gardeon! Buy from our website or one of our partnered retailers today!