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When selecting a concrete design for your pool, consider your budget, climate, and the overall aesthetic you want to achieve.

Pools intersect with almost everything, from outdoor grilling to daily workouts and fun parties. The more you use it, the more your swimming pool becomes the heart of the outdoor living space. It’s a place where you create cherished memories with your family and friends while serving as a relaxation hub.

You can elevate your standard pool, along with other improvements this summer, into something cool and stylish. However, the pool itself is just one part of the overall design. It helps to consider the entire pool area so you can zoom out and add more exciting features, such as a hot tub, pool stairs, and windows. Here are some concrete design ideas that can help create the ultimate poolside experience:


Trend 1: Pool Windows

Swimming pool windows are a luxurious aesthetic, creating a fascinating connection between the pool and the outdoor environment. Also known as underwater windows or pool viewing windows, these windows offer a clear view of the pool below the surface of the water. They are generally crafted from durable and waterproof materials, such as acrylic, polycarbonate, and tempered glass laminate.

In recent years, pool windows have become a huge trend due to their ability to introduce a visually stunning element to any pool. Not only that, these windows provide essential visibility for parents, lifeguards, medical professionals, and supervising adults so they can watch and monitor swimmers effectively.

Having pool windows can give that calming effect as you observe underwater activities, especially when accompanied by lighting displays or the presence of aquatic life. To enhance the experience, why not incorporate exposed concrete? This combination generates a contrasting, natural texture against the smooth surface of acrylic or glass.


Trend 2: Blade Edges

Blade edges are characterised by their modern appearance in pool coping, creating a clean, sharp edge. The result is a strikingly straight, angular look for the edges. Pool blade edges are popular, particularly for concrete pools aiming for a contemporary yet minimalistic appearance. They provide a clear and well-defined border surrounding the pool, taking sleekness to a whole new level.

Blade edges are usually featured in the swimming pool’s coping area, which pertains to the material or border surrounding the pool’s perimeter. They can be constructed using a concrete slab to form an immediate barrier with a sharp edge, which is where the term “blade edge” comes from. Coping has both functional and aesthetic uses, providing a safe edge for swimmers while enhancing the pool’s visual appeal.

To make blade edges even more interesting, pair the design with a seamless edge. As discussed below, this technique refers to the absence of grout lines or joints. Combining these two design elements enables you to achieve a more cohesive and visually appealing pool area with a modern look and realistic patterns. Also, don’t be afraid to add pool stairs, which can coexist harmoniously with sharp blade edges.


using exposed aggregate concrete allows you to mimic the appearance of other materials like stone, brick, or wood while maintaining the durability of concrete.


Trend 3: Hot Tubs

Yes, you can have a hot tub and a swimming pool in one area. After all, who doesn’t love the idea of warming up in a heated spa after a refreshing swim? Or perhaps you prefer relaxing in the tub on a chilly autumn evening. What’s more, you can add soothing jets that give the feeling of a therapeutic massage. A hot tub and a pool can make this dreamy combo a daily reality.

Incorporating a hot tub into the pool area is not as complicated as you might think. If you already have an existing pool, you only have to select the hot tub’s appropriate location, size, and design. As long as it complements the pool space, it will work well. You may also have to consider the elevation of the hot tub, whether it’s partially sunken into the ground, elevated, or fully integrated with the pool itself.

Having a hot tub at your disposal provides a soothing environment where you get to enjoy the warm water and the therapeutic benefits of hydrotherapy jets, which can help sore muscles relax and reduce stress.


Trend 4: Rock Features

How about adding boulders, rock formations, waterfalls, or caves for a visually captivating swimming pool area? These rock features blend well with your pool, with some potentially becoming a stunning focal point.

For example, you can ask your pool builder to add a natural rock waterfall, which generally uses rocks of various shapes and sizes. For the best results, a higher elevation is a must to achieve a natural effect – therefore creating an eye-catching focal point. Regardless of the chosen height, the waterfall should be built to allow water to flow from above. Even better, you can pair it with exposed concrete for that natural, cohesive, earthy pool design.

Creating a home pool with a rock waterfall can be a beautiful and relaxing addition to your outdoor space.



Improve your pool and make it a backyard holiday getaway with one or more of the concrete design trends above. At Decorative Concrete WA, we specialise in decorative concrete solutions, including exposed concrete and seamless edges for your pool. Contact us to discover how we can assist you in incorporating these modern trends and timeless elements into your pool area. Working with pool builders to make it more aesthetically captivating than ever.