Skip to main content

Southlake Style

Home Style

Jul 06, 2017 11:49AM ● Published by Ashley Pape

Swim Trends 
The simple, sophisticated design trend proves you don’t need a lot of flash in your splash. 

CLEAN AND CLEAR

Particularly in Texas, yesterday’s pools tended to look as though they were carved from the hillside—even if the surrounding terrain was flat. Large boulders served as leap- ing ledges, and stacked stones often sputtered waterfalls from within. While these freeform designs certainly created an illusion of a natu- ral swimming hole, the rough edges provided the perfect place to crack a chin or bonk a noggin. Plus, keeping all those rocks secure with mortar added a maintenance element and a slip hazard.

Today’s clean edges—or even infinity edges—make the pool a backyard feature that complements the surrounding landscape without competing with it. Smooth decks and patios practically glide into the water’s surface and sightlines continue uninterrupted. Even sunning ledges seem to unceremoniously rise from the water with grace.

HIGH-TECH LIGHTING

Not only does the design of a pool installed today differ from one installed five to 10 years ago, technology has certainly made illuminating your backyard pool more sophisticated than ever. Popular features such as Light Emitting Diodes (LED) lights are not only energy efficient, bright and durable, but also come in a rainbow of color options. Traditional blue always looks inviting, but don’t be shy about letting your family’s personality show with your choice of colors. LED lights are also heat-resistant and can even be used in the submerged features in your pool.

Fiber Optic lights offer waterproof and moisture-resistant illumination that can be submerged and installed along the pool floor. You can even create glowing lines for evening lap swims. With the right lighting, when the sun goes down, the ambiance of your pool is undeniably enhanced. 

SAFETY: ALWAYS IN STYLE

Every day in the United States, 10 people drown on average in non-boating incidents.  About one in five who drown are children 14 and younger, and for every child who drowns, another five receive emergency care from nearly drowning, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s latest data. Keep rescue equipment close at hand and ensure every person in the house over age 12 is CPR-trained.

Install slatted fencing with self-closing, self-latching gates around the pool to keep toddlers from wandering too close. Children’s Health urges families to install alarms on doors and gates leading to the pool and underwater pool alarms to warn you if someone hits the water. The hospital also encourages skipping the inflatable arm floaties and using only U.S. Coast Guard approved personal flotation devices on your children and non-swimmers at all times in and around the pool. 


In Print, Life+Leisure
  • Celebrity Chefs 2018

    01/21/2018
    06:00PM

    Mid Cities SOS presents an evening of culinary magic and chef's auction.


  • Mosaic Madness Sale!

    01/22/2018
    11:00AM — 07:00PM

    Receive great discounts on all mosaic projects every Monday in January! No reservations required...


  • NEW YEAR / NEW ART

    01/25/2018
    11:00AM — 06:00PM

    Starting 2018 With NEW ART waiting to be SEEN Giddens Gallery of Fine Art presents an All...


  • Ladies Night Out

    01/25/2018
    06:00PM — 09:00PM

    Ladies will enjoy great discounts on all merchandise at this monthly event! Bring your favorite ...


  • FORT WORTH STOCK SHOW AND RODEO

    01/25/2018
    08:00PM

    Since 1896, the Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo has been drawing in cowboys and cowgirls from all...


  • NEW YEAR / NEW ART

    01/26/2018
    11:00AM — 06:00PM

    Starting 2018 With NEW ART waiting to be SEEN Giddens Gallery of Fine Art presents an All...


  • Parent's Night Out - Kid's Night In!

    01/26/2018
    05:30PM — 08:30PM

    Kids ages 5 and up will have fun making a snowflake mosaic, eating pizza and playing games. Rese...


  • Duckhorn Vineyards Wine Dinner

    01/26/2018
    07:00PM — 10:00PM

    Join Truluck's on Friday, January 26, 7:00 PM, for a four-course wine dinner event featuring wine...


  • FORT WORTH STOCK SHOW AND RODEO

    01/26/2018
    08:00PM

    Since 1896, the Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo has been drawing in cowboys and cowgirls from all...


  • Pretzel Twists Workshop (ages 5-8 w/caregiver))

    01/27/2018
    09:00AM — 10:00AM

    In a galaxy far far away… lives a delicious donut! Learn how to make these mesmerizing galaxy gla...


  • Jiggle Butt Run 5K

    01/27/2018
    09:00AM

    Registration is still open for the 12th annual Jiggle Butt Run 5K run and walk, set for Saturday,...


  • Hike with Mayor Hill

    01/27/2018
    10:00AM — 11:30AM

    Come out to Bob Jones Nature Center on January 27th to meet Southlake Mayor Laura Hill and take t...


  • NEW YEAR / NEW ART

    01/27/2018
    11:00AM — 06:00PM

    Starting 2018 With NEW ART waiting to be SEEN Giddens Gallery of Fine Art presents an All...


  • FORT WORTH STOCK SHOW AND RODEO

    01/27/2018
    08:00PM

    Since 1896, the Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo has been drawing in cowboys and cowgirls from all...


Read This Month's Digital Issue
STAY CONNECTED
FOLLOW US ON INSTAGRAM