For decades, kidney-shaped pools have maintained their popularity. Though they aren’t quite as prominent as they were in the 50s, they’re still far from unheard of. They came about in the 40s, when personal swimming pools were first gaining popularity. And we think there are some pretty good reasons that these uniquely shaped pools will never become passe’. Let’s check out a few.
If part of your reason for having a pool installed relates to the added visual effect, then a kidney-shaped pool is a no-brainer. Instead of rectangular and symmetrical, the softer shape mirrors nature, making its appearance less distinct from natural bodies of water, such as ponds and lakes. With a slight bend and rounded corners, this shape holds much aesthetic appeal. And about that bend — it offers the perfect space for an added landscaping feature such as a favorite tropical-looking plant or fire pit.
Of course, there are other non-rectangular pool shapes possible, but the kidney-shaped pool has some unique benefits, compared to more sprawling naturalistic designs. Lagoon-style pools tend to take up more space and limit placement; by contrast, the simple curve of a kidney-shaped pool allows it to easily accommodate the corner of your home or deck. If space is an issue for you in your yard, then a kidney-shaped pool may be for you!
Since the kidney-shaped design really came of age during the 1950s, the shape still evokes memories of that era for many. During that era, having your own swimming pool was certainly an unusual luxury, rather than a mainstream expectation. Since the kidney shape is less common than it was back then, it still offers a sense of high-end appeal. At the same time, its lines mesh perfectly with modern landscaping design and clearly coordinate with the resurgence in Mid-Century Modern architectural features.
Have you ever been in a rectangular pool and had a hard time figuring out where the “deep end” began? That’s never an issue in a kidney pool, where the bend provides an obvious division. Since the bend is subtle, though, it doesn’t inhibit lap swimming or other such activities. And that indentation can offer the ideal space for seating, a ladder, or an in-ground spa. Whatever element you add to that space will easily become the visual focal point of your pool area, and it will be easily accessible from any part of your pool.
Like anything else, a kidney-shaped pool has its downsides. The biggest one we can think of is the fact that they can make finding the right pool cover difficult. (You can still find them, but you have to look a little harder.) In our opinion, though, the many pros easily outweigh that single con.
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