2024 Pool Design Trends to Watch

Backyard pool lit up at night with lounge chairs and tanning ledge feature

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As with luxury cars or high-end fashion, pool designs evolve with new trends and innovations. It is a field as fluid as the waters these installations support. From astounding underwater light shows to innovative designs that maximize comfort and efficiency, we’ve rounded up some of 2024’s notable pool trends.

Must-Watch Pool Design Trends in 2024

As we dive into 2024, the world of pool design is set to make waves with innovative trends that blend aesthetics, technology and sustainability. Here are some we think you should know about:

Trend 1: Cold Plunge Pools

Cold plunge pools are set to make a big splash in 2024. This refreshing twist on traditional pool experiences offers health benefits, promoting circulation and reducing inflammation. These icy retreats have become a must-have for health-conscious homeowners. Need proof? In 2023, Zillow reported a staggering 130% increase in listings featuring cold plunge pools.

Trend 2: Smart/Automated Pool Systems

In the age of smart homes, it’s no surprise pools continue to get an intelligent upgrade. Smart and automated pool systems take the hassle out of maintenance . And you know what that means. Less time cleaning and balancing chemicals…more time enjoying your oasis! 

From easy-to-use, remote operations to control the heating and cooling of your pool, turning on your hot tub, water features, and changing your pool’s light show, temperature controls to optimizing filtration systems, these technologies enable effortless pool upkeep. This automation creates a pool that adapts to your lifestyle. Need help creating a high-tech pool? Aqua Blue Pools can help!

Trend 3: Sustainable Design

Sustainable pool design is more than a trend; it’s a commitment to the environment. In 2024, eco-conscious homeowners are opting for features like energy-efficient lighting, low-energy filtration and pump systems. By minimizing its carbon footprint, these sustainable choices make your pool a haven for you and the planet.

Trend 4: Tanning Ledges/Sun Shelves

Tanning ledges (or sun shelves) redefine poolside lounging, offering a perfect space for relaxation without diving in too deep. Ideal for all ages, these shallow design features provide a safe, sun-kissed retreat. Imagine incorporating  water features and pool-friendly lounge chairs for soaking up the Lowcountry sunshine, creating a picture-perfect fusion of comfort and style.

Trend 5: Innovative Lighting and Fire Features

Lighting and fire features elevate residential and commercial pools. Imagine a night swimming through the underwater glow of LED lights or a poolside gathering around the mesmerizing flicker of flames. 

These features not only enhance aesthetics but also create a captivating ambiance. From color-changing LEDs to chic fire bowls, your pool designer will help plan a space that illuminates your poolside experience.

Let’s design your perfect pool!

A world of relaxation and play is just within reach. As the Lowcountry’s premier custom pool builder, Aqua Blue Pools is ready to help you realize the pool of your dreams. Since 1991, our team has built pools in a range of styles for residential and commercial clients in South Carolina. We are proud to work closely with our clients to create and execute impressive custom projects built to last. Contact us today to begin planning your oasis!


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