Swimming pools are moving to a new level of achievement. They are becoming works of art. Within the last twenty years or so the workings of the pool happen to be steadily improved. Technologies have contributed to pumps, fountains, jets, lighting, filtration, covers, automatic cleaning systems. In that sense, pools today are a part of a revolution which has happened.
Normally, whenever a pool is completed the inside is plain white or plain blue. (A rough survey suggests that this is the case over 90 percent of the time.)
Add water to some white or blue lined swimming pool and the interior appears blue. No unattractive blue. A bright translucent blue. A blue that is replicated in almost every swimming pool on the planet.
There are several owners, perhaps a majority, who would like their pools to be different, to make a statement.
Ways of carrying this out include changing the form of the pool. Make it oval, curved, elliptical, L-shaped. Build features – a fountain, a vanishing edge. Give a spa, a hot pool, a chilly pool.
One other way is to landscape the surrounding gardens. Make the pool appear as if it is a part of an all natural setting. (True, that swimming pool blue continues to be an issue but we will get to that later.)
Add substance to the surrounds, the decking – wood, ceramic – something that is kind to the feet but not slippery. Bring the landscape to the pool, have it overlap the pool in places, range from the pool within the landscaping.
But the pool itself, the water container, no matter how it is surrounded, how many features are added, is generally not an artistic statement. It’s no looks aside from looking invitingly cool on the hot day.
It is possible to way around this? A way to make the interior of the pool an attraction, an art form in its own right. To allow the pool create a spectacular artistic statement.
Most customers do not know all of the alternatives which exist. Yes, they can change the colour the inside of the pool is finished with – although many of them don’t. So when it’s changed, it is usually changed to another ‘single’ colour. Possess the inside of the pool a medium yellow and also the water will look green. Better, perhaps, than swimming pool blue but still an ordinary, single-coloured statement.
Two methods for making your way around this. The first is glass (usually as mosaics) and the other ceramics. Both materials are available, applicable and durable. Put on a swimming pool they primarily decorate. And, it can be argued, they make maintenance somewhat easier and extend the durability and life of the pool.
The images that accompany this article show the scope and breadth of swimming pool decoration. These pools were decorated using handmade ceramics.
The word handmade is essential. Because of this no two pools are the same. It is easily demonstrated that when pools are decorated with handmade ceramics each of the pools is unique. Nothing that can compare with it anywhere else in the world. But critically for that owner, the architect, the designer, using handmade ceramics transforms the interior of the pool right into a large and open canvas where the decking and garden around the pool are the frame.
And since this type of pool are only able to be designed after consultation with the client the pool design becomes an outward manifestation of the client’s inward aspirations. It is uniquely theirs. Their fingerprint around the landscape in which they live. Their statement to the world. The portrait of the needs, longings, achievements rendered within the design of the interior of the swimming pool.
There’s virtually no other method of declaring artistic individuality that approaches this.
Imagine a swimming pool as a large blank canvas on which a client can project totally their own artistic individuality. And then you will realize the inherent possibilities of hand-made, specially designed, porcelain tile pools.