Inspiring Pool Designs and Trends

Our top designs plus the trends across the world we’re loving.

Just like all architectural trends over the decades, we’ve seen many evolutions of pool styles and designs. From the good old rectangular shape (with diving board) through to the swinging 60s hot tubs, curvy kidney shapes of the 70’s and infinity pools of recent years.

Let’s take a look at what’s trending now and the new predictions we tip will be popular in Australian backyards in the summers ahead.

> Round Pools

> Resort-style Pools

> Infinity Pools

Pool, spa and water spouts landscape design in Williamstown Melbourne
Design: Mint Pool and Landscape // Keilor East.
Round Pool and deck area landscape design concept firepit
Design: Mint Pool and Landscape

Round Pools

Round pools have been around a little while and they're still going strong. Often a great use of space to allow for seating nooks and feature plantings, it's a strong architectural statement that makes a stunning addition.

From a very compact starting size of just 2.5m in diameter for a round plunge pool to a custom built pool to your spec, there is no doubt that round pools are an eye catching and unique feature for backyards large and small.

Round Pool with nearby firepit landscaped designed by Mint Design in Melbourne

The Resort-Style Pool

Our freedom to travel and holiday at resorts was thrown a huge curveball during the pandemic. As we craved a getaway, more and more of us looked to our own backyards to see what was possible.

Designs for swim up pool bars and built in pool loungers, lush tropical planting schemes, outdoor showers and upgraded alfresco entertaining areas was the order of the day with some spectacular results.

We're still catching up on photographing all our projects but we can't wait to share with you the finished resort style backyards.

Swim up pool bar designed by Mint Pool and Landscape in Melbourne

Infinity Pools

Infinity pools are probably our most popular design request and it's easy to see why.

The height of luxury, infinity swimming pools (also known as wet edge pools or negative edge pools), appear to have no pool wall, so the water cascades over the edge of the pool and provides a soothing sound of cascading water.

Seen on the rooftops of luxury hotels and in the top resorts across the world, an infinity pool or spa is a luxury trend that is only growing in popularity in Australian backyards.

infinity edge pool and spa looking over to BBQ area in melbourne
The key to the perfect pool is designing it to be useable and social. No matter the shape or size, a pool is about people enjoying it and using it for longer.Darin Bradbury, Director, Mint Pool and Landscape Design
White round pool near pavilion and hedging
Design: Mint Pool and Landscape
Green round pool and curved house
Kennedy Nolan. Landscape: Amanda Oliver Gardens Photo: Derek Swalwell
Luxury built in pool loungers into pool
Design: Mint Pool and Landscape
Built in pool loungers in luxury pool
Image: Pinterest
Tropical luxe pool and outdoor shower with palms and tropical plants
Design: Mint Pool and Landscape
Tropical pool
Image: Riad Amira

Coloured Pools

Hues of the classic blue colour of swimming pools will always be in fashion but that's not to say a bold colour is out of the question. We've seen a strong push towards black tiles for a contrasting spa look whilst others explore more intricate tiling details and effects.

If you're looking for something a little different but nothing too dramatic, deep hues such as dark blue or green for a lagoon look can be eye catching.

Black spa and dark pool near spiral staircase
Design: Mint Pool and Landscapes
Curved pool and landscape design Melbourne
Mint Design // Mornington Peninsula. Photo: Sally Goodall
Round pool and spa design in Toorak Melbourne
Image: George Kochukudiyil Architect: Rob Mills Architects
Curved pool around outdoor sun bathing area
Image: Reflections by Kelly Klein (Rizzoli)
Maldives blue pool
Infinity Edge pool by Mint Landscape and Pool Design
Mint Design
Luxury Pool in Melbourne Surry Hills
Mint Design // Surry Hills
Swim up pool bar with seats leading to a built in bar
Image: Pinterest
Lounge chairs built in to a pool
Image: Aquaheat Australia
Round dark tiled spa in luxury backyard
Mint Design // Yarraville
Infinity Edge spa by Mint Pool Design
Design: Mint Pool and Landscape