When it comes to your pool’s interior, you may not have given its appearance much thought. Just a simple blue or white liner can indeed look elegant and won’t cost as much money as a customized decorative design. However, if you have a little extra to spend and want to add some pizzazz to your pool, you may want to throw in some creative touches (see Parts 1 & 2). Here are some ideas that can make your pool stand out from the crowd.
Put a Game Board on the Bottom of Your Pool
Painting a checkerboard, tic-tac-toe board, or some other popular game board on the bottom of your pool may make your backyard oasis the envy of the block! Your kids and their friends can spend hours of fun using toys or their bodies as the game pieces. They can even come up with their own versions of games or invent brand new ways to play on your underwater game board!
Add a Decorative Mosaic or Color Pattern
Including some kind of colorful pattern or mosaic can add a real wow factor to the look of your pool. You could create an elaborate ocean floor scene, add some cute sea creature characters, or dazzle your guests with beautiful color patterns. If you want to keep the same design for years, be sure to choose something that the kids won’t find too babyish as the years go by and they move from childhood into their teen years.
Choose Your Paving With Comfort and Safety in Mind
Another important feature people don’t always spend enough time thinking about is the type of paving material you use around the pool. Whether you go with a wood deck, concrete patio, tile or some other option will make a big difference when it comes to your family’s enjoyment of the pool for years to come.
If you have an above ground pool, you may decide to go with a wood deck. There are some wood decking products currently on the market that are sustainably sourced, durable, and easy to shape. Wood decking also doesn’t tend to demand as much drainage and leveling as other options probably will. If you do install a wood deck around your pool, you’ll want to be sure the wood has a finish on it that will help prevent the wood from causing splinters to bare feet. Ipe wood decking is an excellent, durable option, though on the pricey side.
Another popular choice is textured concrete. One drawback to this type of surface is that it can be hard on both pool floats and the delicate skin on your child’s feet. It’s also a pretty hard, unforgiving surface to slip and fall onto if a child forgets not to run on the patio.
Slipperiness is also a concern when it comes to tile, another common paving material choice. Whatever pool patio or deck material you go with, make sure to bear in mind that children will be playing in and around the pool. Try to select something that will be as easy on their little bodies as possible.
In our next article, we’ll take a look at some fun accessories you may want to include in the plans for your family-friendly swimming pool.
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