1. Books and Magazines
Your first stop for inspiration should be the library. Look for books and magazines that deal with residential swimming pool design. You will likely find images and ideas that you like in periodicals about interior and exterior design, residential landscaping, architecture and travel. Also, check out some items that feature resorts and hotels from around the world. As you browse, make note of the names of the architect or designer of pools and landscapes that appeal to you, so you can look that person up and see more of their work in other books or online. If you are allowed, photocopy or scan pictures of pools that have elements that you like, such as tile patterns or steps.
2. Hit the streets
Go for a walk in neighborhoods that you love. Look for areas that have upscale houses, or areas with a lot of hotels. See if you can spot any pools in the backyard…you may not, as they tend to be hidden from view, but now and then you can catch a glimpse. You can also pick up a ton of ideas for pool landscaping. If you can get to hotel areas, stroll in and have a peek at their pool area. Often, it will be visible from one of the dining areas. [Continue Reading...]