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Pool Trends To Pay Attention To In 2018

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By on May 27, 2018
Pool Trends To Pay Attention To In 2018

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It’s time to get outside and enjoy the sunshine! If you’re lucky enough to have a pool or considering adding one to your yard, it’s important to stay up-to-date on the latest pool trends and technology so you make the most of your investment.

Unlike other outdoor trends, popular pool features are a bit slower to change. With that in mind, you can easily change out the décor around your pool based on what’s hot right now. It’s time to have the pool everyone will be talking about with these 2018 trends.

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2018 Pool Trends

The pool trends this year are guaranteed to be hot. Some might call for a permanent change to your pool, while others you can try out for a season to see if it’s the right way for you to dress up your pool. Here are some trends you’ll be seeing in 2018:

  • Darker Pool Colors
  • Natural Landscaping
  • Pool Automation
  • Mosaic Pool Tiles
  • Infinity Pools
  • LED Pool Lights
  • Designing For Safety

1. Darker Pool Colors

Lighter pool liners are a thing of the past. This year, and likely many years to come, you’ll see more pool owners opting for a darker liner. Black and navy have become popular choices for the bottom of the pool, allowing the water to reflect more of what’s around. It does tend to give the pool a more natural look and absorbs heat better than lighter color options.

If you already have a pool installed, you’ll need to resurface your pool. The average cost to resurface a pool is between $5/sf to $7/sf.

2018 Pool Trends Natural Landscaping

2. Natural Landscaping

If you want the look of luxury and not just the feel, consider adding natural landscaping elements around your pool. In years past, homeowners have been focused on pool decks, but now, natural landscaping elements are being used to create an oasis. Tropical greenery and natural stones can enhance your experience, transporting you to your own island. Ornamental grasses, such as foxtail and bamboo, can add some extra privacy around your inground pool. Talk with a landscape designer who can help you choose the right plants to have poolside.

3. Pool Automation

Gone are the days where you had to do everything for your pool manually. Now, you can automate your lights, maintenance and more right from your smartphone. Products such as the Pentair Pool EasyTouch allow you to control lighting, chlorine and more from your mobile device. These can be a large investment for homeowners, but if you plan on spending a lot of time in your pool, it could be the perfect addition for you.

Pool Trends 2018 Automation

4. Mosaic Pool Tile

A hot topic when it comes to pool trends is tile. Many homeowners love adding an artistic touch to their pool walls with tile. However, you likely are aware that tile trends change. This year, mosaic pool tile is popular. Keeping with what’s popular, darker mosaic in blue and purple hues are being incorporated into inground pools, adding a bit of extra sparkle to the pool décor.

5. Infinity Pools

If you’re looking for the look of luxury, you’ve found it with infinity edge pools. These pools give the illusion that the water continues on into the landscape. This is something that would need to be put on a new inground pool installation and would likely come as an additional cost. The average cost to install an inground pool is $44,575, not including the infinity edge.

2018 Pool  Trends Infinity Pools

6. LED Pool Lights

In an effort to save energy, many homeowners have turned to LED pool lights as their choice to brighten up their pool at night. Not only a safety feature, but color-changing LED pool lights are very popular this year. As I mentioned earlier, automation can be helpful when changing these settings, so you don’t have to manually turn on and off or change the color of your LED pool lights.

7. Designing For Safety

Safety will always be trending when it comes to pool design and décor. Accidents can happen around a pool very easily. Parents and pet owners should take precautions when it comes to their pools. A fenced-in area can help keep out any children or pets that shouldn’t be near a pool. Lighting is a helpful tool, just not inside the pool, but around the surface as well. Non-slip stairs and pool railings can be helpful when exiting the pool. There are stylish options you can work into your décor as well but always keep safety top-of-mind when changing anything in or around your pool.

2018 Pool Trends Designing For Safety

What’s Out In 2018

While pool trends are slower to change, there are certainly a few popular items that are not going out of style. Here are a few past trends that we’ll be saying goodbye to:

  • Water Features
  • Concrete Pool Patios
  • Fire Bowls


If you’re thinking about a pool installation this year, try to incorporate a few of these trends to really make it an area you'll love. Even if you’re not starting new, incorporating more natural materials and new lighting into your pool’s design can help you refresh your look.

Looking for more pool inspiration? Read 7 Swimming Pools That Only Belong In Paradise.

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