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There’s no doubt about it…it’s getting balmy and sunny in our Southwest Florida paradise, and that means more time spent by the pool for those who choose to stick around for summer. The pool plays an integral role in many area homes, and whether you’re looking for a complete pool revamp or just a few tweaks, outfitting your pool area to work for you is always a fantastic idea. The pool has evolved from more natural rustic vibes with rocks and waterfalls a few years ago, transforming into the contemporary oasis it is today. From Baja shelves to water features, here are the 2022 pool trends you won’t want to miss, and when it comes to summer fun, everything is better poolside.

Tanning Ledges/Baja Shelves

Having a shallow spot in the pool to sit back and catch some rays (with plenty of sunscreen, of course!) is what every resident and visitor dreams of when they think of Southwest Florida. If you want to enjoy the cool water while also working on your tan, a tanning ledge, complete with comfortable lounge chairs, is a must for your pool area. Acting as an entry step into your pool, this space is versatile and the perfect spot to relax and soak in the plentiful summer sun.

Water Features

From fountains to waterfalls, everyone enjoys a water feature in the pool. Perfect to get a bit of cool relief from the sun, a dip under a waterfall is the ideal complement to a day spent out in paradise. Many homeowners are opting for multiple water features in their pools to really enhance the ambiance of the outdoor living area.

Spa Additions

Stepping out of the cool water into a relaxing spa makes it easy to lose yourself in the moment. Many pools come equipped with spas to add even more value and functionality to them. Ultra-sleek and modern, built-in spas come in handy when you want to relax, as well as when you’re entertaining guests.

Swim-Up Bars

Not having to leave the cool comfort of the pool to grab a refreshment is an unmatched feeling as you’re enjoying the tranquil breezes on a bright summer’s day. That’s why more builders and designers are adding in swim-up bars to pool areas to enhance this convenience.

Specialized Lighting

Having a rich blue illuminating your pool at night or a bright red can really set the tone of the evening. LED lighting is a must-have addition to your pool area. Not only are you able to see better while you enjoy a nighttime dip, the feeling of relaxation you get is indescribable.

Other Must-See Pool Trends

If you want to revitalize your pool area this summer, pay attention to some of the elements that are trending. Other popular aspects to include in your pool are:

  • Pool automation
  • Brightly colored pool tile/liners
  • Tropical/garden settings around the pool
  • Fire features

When you have a pool area that’s comfortable and functional, spending time outside and enjoying the ample sunshine is easy to do each and every day. Whether you’re looking to add a new outdoor living area to your home or you’re building a home from the ground up, pay attention to the pool and don’t forget about all of the exceptional elements you can add to make your time in paradise infinitely better in every possible way.


The team at Gulfstream Homes can’t wait to help you build the perfect home in Southwest Florida, complete with the perfect pool! Call (239) 254-1664 or visit to get started.


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