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    How to choose a pool colour?

    With so many pool colours to choose from, selecting the perfect pool colour for your backyard can be a tricky process. Clients often begin by asking to see the most popular pool colours when visiting our swimming pool display centres.  Yet, like most trends, what is popular today may not be popular tomorrow.  For this reason we encourage our clients to consider a number of important factors when choosing a pool colour.

    Look and Feel

    Before you begin to think about pool colour, first consider the look and feel you would like to create in your backyard. Are you after a tropical oasis, a Tuscan haven, a natural lagoon, or a modern chic outdoor space?  Be sure to consider the style and exterior tones of your home.  The theme of your backyard will begin to guide you towards a colour palette to work from.

    The Pool Colour

    Depending on the size of your swimming pool, your backyard design may feature your swimming pool as the centerpiece in its design.  Like any centerpiece, it should compliment the desired look and feel whilst adding the ‘wow’ factor to the overall design.

    Factors to be considered when choosing a pool colour include your backyard theme, pool surrounds, water reflection and water temperature, just to name a few.  To ensure the process of choosing a pool colour is as simple yet enjoyable as possible, I’d encourage you to use the table below as a reference point when selecting the right pool colour for your swimming pool.

    FactorLight Pool ColoursDark Pool Colours
    Pool ColoursPacific Light Blue Maldive Mosaic Reef Pebble Mediterranean MarbleAntique Bahama
    Caribbean Casablanca
    Costa Rica Dark Blue
    Pool SurroundsThe tone of your pool surrounds should be in contrast to your pool colour. If you choose a light pool colour, consider  darker pool surrounds including:

    • Dark Wooden Decking
    • Bluestone
    • Dark Granite
    • Sandstone with red, brown and orange earth tones
    • Travertine with chocolate and caramel tones
    • Dark Limestone
    • Dark Slate
    • Dark Bric
    The tone of your pool surrounds should be in contrast to your pool colour. If you choose a dark pool colour, consider  lighter pool surrounds including:

    • Light Wooden Decking
    • Light Granite
    • Natural or Ivory Sandstone
    • Travertine with cream and beige tones
    • Light Limestone
    • Light Slate
    • Light Brick

    Pool Reflection

    A lighter pool colour will draw your eye to the bottom of the swimming pool and you may be more inclined to notice settled debris.A darker pool colour will reflect the pool surrounds and create a mirror-like effect. You will be less likely to notice any settle debris at the bottom of the swimming pool.
    Pool Water TemperatureA lighter pool colour will reflect the sunrays and cooler pool water may result.  There is also a high potential for glare.A darker pool colour will attract and absorb the sunrays. A darker pool colour may increase your pool water temperature by 2 to 3 degrees.

    Impact of Water & Natural Light

    When people renovate or build, it is common to collect samples (bench top, splash back tile, paint swatch, cabinetry colour, etc) to see if the combination works well and creates the desired look and feel. In the case of a pool and it's surrounds, it is important to consider the impact of water and natural light (bright Summer's day vs. dull Winter's day) - samples can take on a completely different look and feel.

    Antique Pool Colour
    Antique in an Albatross Display Pool with a Pool Water Feature

    Helpful Pool Design Tip

    Take your favourite pool coping tile sample to your pool builder's display centre and place it alongside a pool with your chosen pool colour featured. This is the best way to get a feel for how your dream pool space will look!

    Pool Colour Samples taken inside under artificial light
    Pool Colour Samples in an Albatross Display Pool (water movement and natural light)


    Don’t forget to consider how slippery your pool surrounds may become when wet. Perhaps consider a textured pool surround. And finally, we have found that dark pool surrounds can attract heat and retain heat in the surface, which may become uncomfortable to walk on during a hot summer’s day.

    We find by keeping a few simple factors in mind when choosing your pool colour, you will be able to achieve the desired look and feel in your backyard in little to no time at all! Your pool builder might help you to make the right decision. To see the pool colours available with Albatross Pools, simply visit one of our swimming pool display centres open seven days a week year round.


    Water Wise Country Pools

    At Albatross Pools, we understand that water conservation and environmental efficiency are always two of your top priorities - even if you're in the process of picking out and installing that swimming pool you always hoped that you'd have. If you live in a regional area of Victoria, the chances are high that you're relying on a combination of solar power and rainwater tanks for all of your utility needs. While this is a great way to become as self-sufficient as possible, it also means that you naturally have to be more cautious regarding how, where and why you're using these resources in your home - particularly when it comes to a swimming pool.

    Hidden Valley Swimming Pool
    Hidden Valley Swimming Pool

    The Benefits of Water Wise Pools

    In addition to general water conservation practices, water wise pools also come with a wide range of different benefits designed for environmentally conscious individuals in mind. They are all fully compliant with current water restrictions in and around the Sydney area, for example. They also use equipment designed to give you complete control over how much water is being used, how it's being used and where it's actually coming from in the first place.

    A number of different pool covers are also available, like the ABGAL solar pool cover, which is designed to reduce water elimination and can help decrease the total amount of water that your pool is consuming by as much as 99.84%. Not only do you get to enjoy the benefits of a swimming pool to cool off on those warm summer days, but you also don't have to worry about being wasteful. At the same time, the use of this type of equipment and these environmentally conscious actions usually also allow you to claim various rebates as part of programs like the Victorian Government's Living Victoria Water Rebate Program.

    Various pool pumps like the AstralPool eVo Pump are available to help increase the efficiency of your water wise pool. The eVo pump in particular operates at a variable speed, allowing you to have complete control over the volume and frequency at which water is being drawn into the pool at any given time. You don't have to worry about drawing too much water into the pool and thus being wasteful, as the pump itself will handle everything for you. In regional areas, pool owners are more sensitive to pool sanitisation; therefore, we offer our Ionic fresh water system. Unlike saltwater systems, the Ionic fresh water can be backwashed on to your land (check with local council regulations first!) and is therefore more efficient and water-conscious.

    Albatross Pools Has The Solution

    If you're looking for a way to have that swimming pool that you've always dreamed of but still want to remain environmentally responsible and water conscious at the same time, let Albatross Pools help you accomplish all of these goals and more. Our state-of-the-art award-winning pool display centres will not only provide you with the inspiration you need to take your preferences and turn them into a reality, but can also be a great way to see how certain water wise country pools will look and feel before you decide on any one particular model. At Albatross Pools, our trained and passionate staff members can't wait to get started working with you to help make the right selection, help guide you through the installation process and more.


    Modern Swimming Pool Landscaping Designs And Ideas

    As a homeowner, there are few better ways to both increase your enjoyment of your property and its value in one fell swoop than with the careful addition of the right type of pool. An Albatross Swimming Pool not only gives you a great way to cool off on those warm summer days, but it can also allow you to significantly increase the asking price of your home should you ever decide to sell. If you're someone who takes the landscaping of your home very seriously, you'll definitely want to pay close attention to the style of pool that you choose.

    Blackburn South Small Pool
    Blackburn South Small Pool

    The right sleek, modern design for a pool won't detract from your existing landscaping design in any way - it can actually compliment that design and make the whole thing work together as one cohesive whole.

    Experimenting with the Shape

    One of the most important things to consider when installing a pool has to do with how that pool fits in with the existing aesthetic of your property. If you choose a pool that is far too large, for example, you could end up with an eyesore that detracts from the experience that your existing landscaping design was supposed to create. The space that you're working with should always be the number one consideration when choosing a particular model.

    This is a large part of the reason why people have had success in the last few years experimenting with the shape of modern pools. If your yard isn't large enough for a traditional round or rectangular pool, try one that is more "L" shaped. Not only will it give you a more unique and modern feel, but it can also be a better way to make use of the space that you have available to you. One of the major benefits to an albatross Pool is the flexibility of design. Our pools are pre-fabricated to fit your desired shape and installed with the minimum of fuss.

    Increase the Functionality

    Many people are having success taking their swimming pool design and combining it with the properties of some of the other elements of their yard. If you don't have enough room for both a swimming pool and a lounging area, why not incorporate shallow bench areas that not only offer safe wading zones, but also areas to relax on those balmy summer days.

    At Albatross Pools, we specialize in providing you with the knowledge and tools that you'll need to add the swimming pool of your dreams to your home as efficiently as possible. Why not visits one of our Award Winning pool display centres, allowing you to experience completed modern designed pools. Our Albatross Pools staff members are more than willing to help you make the right decision so that you can pick the right modern pool immediately. Our staff keeps up to date with modern pool landscaping trends and are more than happy to discuss your ideas.


    Warrnambool Leisurefest

    Come down and see the Albatross Pools for the Warrnambool Leisurefest. The 2015 Warrnambool Leisurefest will be held this Friday 18th, Saturday 19th and Sunday 20th September at the Warrnambool Racecourse.

    The Warrnambool Leisurefest is a combination of 5 shows in one! Home Expo lifestyle, food & wine, garden & outdoor adventures, camping & caravans and 4WD, cars & motorcycles.

    If you are thinking of investing in a pool or spa, this is the perfect opportunity to come down and speak to our specialists Regional Sales Consultant, Rene Kink, former AFL football superstar presenting along with Justin Otterbach the Construction Manager.

    The Albatross team will be there to answer all your questions and showcase photographs of all our recent projects including our recently awarded SPASA 2015 awarded projects. (Best Residential Vinyl-Lined In-Ground Pool – Gold Award Winner 2015 & Best Residential Vinyl-Lined Lap Pool – Highly Commended Award Winner 2015)

    On display will have a miniature version of our pool system construction, a plus a raft of information including pool interior colour samples. We will also have running our DVD of our work on Channel 10’s The Home Team project.

    We can’t wait to meet you at Warrnambool Leisurefest. Come down to discuss your next project with Albatross Pools. If you’d like to speak to any of our sales team before then, feel free to contact us or come visit one of our Award Winning display centres.


    Health Benefits Of Plunge Pools

    For many, a pool is a great way to accomplish a few different things in one fell swoop. If you're looking for a way to cool down and unwind after a hard day at work or school, a swimming pool from Albatross Pools will most certainly allow you to do exactly that. The right type of pool can also not only tie your landscaping design together in a meaningful way but can also increase your property values at the same time. However, did you know that certain pools also have a number of important health benefits that can't be ignored? It's true - a plunge pool brings with it a number of positive attributes that can actually make you a healthier person along with a happier one.

    What is a Plunge Pool?

    In case you're unfamiliar with the concept, a plunge pool is not unlike a regular swimming pool, except that it is filled with completely cold water. Though this may seem like a new idea to you, the concept has actually been around for centuries. Plunge pools have been used in Chinese medicine for a huge part of recorded history and were actually popular in Ancient Rome, as well.

    The Health Benefits of Plunge Pools

    Because the plunge pool is normally kept at around 10-12 degrees, the health benefits that it brings with it are not only numerous but also immediate. From the moment that you get into such cold water, the nerves around your muscles begin to relax and actually start to numb. At the same time, the cold water stimulates your body in a way that releases hormones and endorphins with many healing properties. Both of these qualities can not only help relieve pain in joints that you may have been feeling, but can also help reduce stress on muscles all over your body as well.

    There have also been a number of studies conducted over the years that show plunge pools have benefits in other areas of your health, as well. Because the cold water is stimulating many different nerves in your system, plunge pools are actually a great way to stabilize your blood pressure without using conventional medicine. Because of the way that plunge pools increase your body's levels of white blood cells, it can also be helpful to your body in fighting off disease.

    If you've made the decision to purchase a plunge pool or any type of swimming pool to call your own, please feel free to call Albatross Pools today. Not only will we help make sure that you get the unit that is right for you, but we'll also help you install it to make sure that you don't have any issues to worry about. You can also check out our innovative Award Winning pool display centres to help get a better idea of how certain pools look, what features they bring to the table, how they fit in with your personality and more.

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