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A Look At The World’s Most Extraordinary Swimming Pools 31st October 2016


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With news this week that an artist painted a giant mural of musical legend David Bowie on the bottom of a swimming pool, we thought it was an excellent opportunity to delve into some of the most daring and eye-catching pool designs around the world. If you’ve got ambitions of creating your own unique swimming pool, take a look for some inspiration.


David Bowie in a pool

We had to start with the masterpiece that is David Bowie on the bottom of a pool on Vashon Island just outside Seattle. Local artist Ten Hundred spent hours painstakingly painting the pop legend as Major Tom, with a bit of Ziggy Stardust flair on his face. There’s even a timelapse video of the whole process.

The end effect is stunning, with Bowie framed by an abstract space background. The artist used stencils to draw up the outline, before hand painting the finished picture, which looks slightly other-worldly once it’s submerged underwater.


Bloody Mary pool

This isn’t quite what it sounds – you won’t be swimming in a pool filled with vodka and tomato juice – but the iconic cocktail lent some inspiration to the red-hot swimming pool at the Art Hotel Pyrgos in Santorini.

The Daily Mail highlighted its stunning design earlier this year and we have to agree it’s incredibly striking. As its name suggests, the Art Hotel is all about art and it’s put the red swimming pool at the centre of the complex.

Red ceramic tiles glisten in the light, and the water has a very alluring quality thanks to the dark colour of the tiles. With the surrounding walls in a plain white, the pool really is able to take centre stage. Of course, you can do more than just swim here – the poolside bar offers a range of signature cocktails.


Stairway to Heaven pool

The pool at boutique hotel Villa Honegg has been causing something of a stir online lately, after a Brazilian tourist posted a short video of it on social media. What begins as a stairway into any normal pool quickly becomes a lot more special when she turns to take viewers outside to a breathtaking view of the Alps from a serene infinity pool.

Wrapping around the corner of the building, the design of the pool itself is simple and classy, letting those incredible views of the mountains and the lake below do all the talking. And with the pool heated to 34 degrees C, it’s a treat to visit at any time of the year.


Marble paradise pool

The indoor swimming pool in the spa at London’s Corinthia hotel was noted as a hidden gem by Stylist Magazine and we have to admit it looks pretty special. The pool looks incredibly sleek with its black tiles and ceiling that reflects the pattern of the rippling water – perfect for relaxation.

Other touches such as marble heated loungers and poolside private sleep pods make this a truly dreamy place to escape to. If you’re thinking of creating your own indoor pool, this is a fantastic example of how to make it a luxurious and beautiful place to swim.

Posted: October 31st, 2016 Category: News Comments: (0)

Can You Fit A Swimming Pool In Your Home? 28th October 2016




Relaxation Area with swimming pool, artificial waterfalls and wooden chairs


Swimming pools are a wonderful addition to any property, but they do take up a fair amount of space and working out whether you’ve got room in your current property can be a challenge.


The first thing you need to decide is whether you want to have an indoor or an outdoor pool, and then think about where you will locate either option. If you have enough room in your garden for an additional building, this will allow you to have an indoor pool without any disruption to your home while you build it.


Outdoor pools are a popular option, but in the UK you need to consider how often you’ll be able to use it given our changeable weather.


Kate Moss has recently had planning permission granted to convert two outbuildings on her property, according to the Daily Mail, and these will become an entertainment area for guests complete with a swimming pool.


This is another option open to you should you have outbuildings on your property.


When you’re thinking about the space you need for a pool, remember to account for the area surrounding it where you can lounge and relax when you’re not having a dip. This is particularly important for indoor pools, as it will affect the size of the building or room where you’re planning to put the pool.


Once you’ve established that you have the space to add a luxury swimming pool to your property, you’ll need to think about the decor and design. Here at CBD Direct we have extensive experience in producing ceramics for swimming pools, so contact us to find out how we can elevate your pool to a work of art.

Posted: October 28th, 2016 Category: News Comments: (0)

Artistic Properties Highlighted 28th October 2016

interior design home with indoor pool luxury country house

There are many examples of art within architecture, and now the Telegraph has highlighted some of the most striking high-end developments where artistic flair has been considered in equal measure with functionality.


And some of these exceptional properties also feature swimming pools, offering excellent examples of luxury pool design.


One of the properties featured is Ashberg House in London’s Chelsea, which includes a 12.5 m swimming pool among its array of facilities. The pool itself is designed to imitate sculptor Richard Wilson’s 20:50, a permanent installation at the Saatchi Gallery.


The original piece of art is an oil-filled room, with a shiny glass floor that resembles a pool of water. In Ashberg House, the pool is finished with immaculate black tiles, while a polished black plaster ceiling above the pool reflects the water.


Floating limestone steps that disappear into the pool’s depths, and a Brazilian black slate wall finish the look, all designed to perfection by Morpheus London.


Speaking to the newspaper, the firm’s head of design Alex Isaac explained more about the aesthetic they were creating: “We sought to recreate the holographic nature of Wilson’s installation and the endless configurations of mirroring that can be seen in the walls, ceilings and surface of the floor.”


This is a particularly striking example, but there is much you can do by using the right tiles in your pool. We recently highlighted top trends for ceramic tiles, which included a move towards clean lines and the use of bold colours to accentuate light backgrounds or aspects of a pool room.

Posted: October 28th, 2016 Category: News Comments: (0)

Pool Inspiration: Milan 26th October 2016


MILAN ITALY - AUGUST 29 2015: Luxury Store in Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II shopping mall in Milan with shoppers and tourists strolling around. Prada is an Italian luxury fashion house founded in 1913


When it comes to a sleek, chic aesthetic in your interior or luxury swimming pool design, looking to the Italian for inspiration is a must. Of course, there’s no standard one look when it comes to Italian design or ceramics for that reason, but there are design tropes which you may see time and time again flipping through the pages of Elle Décor Italia which can help you to create a truly stunning Milan-inspired look, whatever country your pool is grounded in.


Of course, high-end Italian homes tend to use marble unsparingly – it’s a locally-sourced product, with marble formations spread throughout the land, and Italian marble really is considered one of the best.


While pure marble may give an incredible luxury finish, another great Italian export which is enjoying an interiors renaissance is terrazzo-style flooring. Originally invented by Venetian construction workers as a budget alternative, terrazzo sees scrap chips of marble and other stones cast in concrete.


And talking of renaissance, of course, Italy is perhaps most celebrated for its Italian Renaissance paintings and artists – a style which is still adopted in modern homes today. Italian homes are houses of contrast – super sleek modern interior pieces sit alongside Renaissance-inspired art cast in ornate baroque frames among traditional, highly patterned marble.


It’s a style that crosses minimalism and maximalism in a way that defies explaining, but can be seen time and time again in Italian culture. Compare it to Italian fashion, with design houses such as Versace who create cutting edge design with boldly ornate designs, which can be seen to be drawn from historic interior references such as the ones that make up Donatella’s own home.

Posted: October 26th, 2016 Category: News Comments: (0)

10 Swimwear Trends for 2017 24th October 2016

Full length shot of a fit young woman in swimwear standing by a swimming pool. Attractive female model standing on the edge of the pool with her hand on hip and looking away.

Although summer 2016 may feel like a distant memory, fashion is already casting a glance towards 2017. If you’re jetting off to sunnier shores or simply staying at home and lounging in your luxury swimming pool, it’s the perfect time to contemplate how to look your best.

Over the past few months, designers have been showcasing their wares with an eye to influencing next year’s beach and poolside styles. Miami Swim Week, held in July 2016, showcased the looks that will be hot next summer.

According to, what they refer to as a ‘frong’ was a frequent flyer throughout the shows – in other words, swimsuits with high-cut legs to the extreme, a look that has been seen on many a celebrity in recent months.

One-piece bathing suits remain timeless classics, with a variety of styles gracing the catwalk. As noted by, sheer cut-outs are a common theme, along with slashed or lace-up sides. Asymmetric designs are also prevalent, with one-shoulder straps making a comeback.

Another hot trend is the halter neck, either as a suit or in bikini form. The Fashion Spot spotted that these feature heavily in the 2017 collections, as do tassels, a trend Cosmopolitan picked up on too.

Men are not excluded from the fashion forecast either. At the South Beach Men’s Show, also held in July, noted styles included closer-fitting, thigh-length board shorts, as well as geometric patterns and vivid colour blocking.

Wherever you intend to relax, you are sure to find a style that suits.

Posted: October 24th, 2016 Category: News Comments: (0)

Top Trends For Ceramic Tiles 17th October 2016





There are a lot of decisions you’ll have to make when contemplating your luxury swimming pool designs, but one of the most important is what kind of ceramic tiles to go for. Why is this an important factor? Because the style and design of these will seriously affect the overall impact of your pool.

It makes sense to see what’s trending in the interior design world when considering what style of tile to go for. At the moment, interior trends are pointing towards modern, clean lines, with light backgrounds that are accentuated by bright and bold colours, so consider bringing these ideas in when buying your swimming pool tiles.

The 1970s have been huge news for interiors over the last few months and this certainly doesn’t look as if it’ll be going out of style any time soon, so why not see if you can bring in a few concepts from this particular decade? Oranges and teals are big news right now, but you could go down the earthier route and have your pool tiles done in muted shades like browns and deep reds. Don’t be deterred by the idea of red tiles for your pool – this has been done before and it really does look amazing.

As for patterns, look to rain drops, hexagons, herringbone and baroque designs for a bit of inspiration. Hand-painted shapes like those you might see in Spain or other Mediterranean countries are popular right now and would look lovely in your pool. If you’d like further advice on what tiles to go for, call us at CBD Pools today.

Posted: October 17th, 2016 Category: News Comments: (0)

Top Exercises To Do This Autumn 6th October 2016

Running man in forest woods training and exercising for trail run marathon endurance race. Fitness healthy lifestyle concept with male athlete trail runner.

Running man in forest woods training and exercising for trail run marathon endurance race. Fitness healthy lifestyle concept with male athlete trail runner.

As the temperature drops, many people may feel inclined to stay indoors and hang up their running shoes for another season as they put their fitness regime on the backburner. However, no-one should be put off by cold weather, and even when winter sets in, there are still plenty of exercises you can do to stay fit and healthy.

Here are just a few:

– Swimming

Avoid the chilly winds and harsh rain altogether by making the most of your luxury swimming pool and swim several laps a day. As well as being convenient and comfortable for those who have their own pool, swimming is a fantastic form of exercise.

Not only does it use lots of muscles in your body for a total workout, it is a great calorie burner too. For instance, 30 minutes of front crawl can burn 404 calories, which is more than running for the same amount of time, and almost double the amount used when cycling.

– Running

If you love feeling the fresh air on your face and being outdoors when running, then you don’t have to give it up just because it’s colder. Simply invest in good sports gear to help you stay warm, ensure you have a good grip on the road, and keep dry in wet conditions. You should also have jackets and leggings with reflective panels so drivers, cyclists and pedestrians can see you in the dark.

– Team sport

This could be the perfect opportunity to learn a new skill and get involved in a team activity. Exercising doesn’t just have to mean hitting the gym, running solo or doing a DVD at home; you can have fun dancing, playing football, having a squash game with your friend, or learning how to box – and these days, you can do them all within the comfort of a well-heated sports hall!

Posted: October 6th, 2016 Category: Advice Comments: (0)

Vacuum Cleaner Millionaire In Hot Water Over Swimming Pool 4th October 2016

Modern House In Minimalist Style.
A luxury swimming pool is a staple in every millionaire’s home, but it is essential to get the correct planning permission if you are intending to get one built into your mansion. This is the mistake vacuum cleaner entrepreneur Sir James Dyson made, who has got himself into a spot of bother over fitting a beautiful pool in his impressive Dodington Estate home in Gloucestershire, the Daily Mail reported.

Despite the pool being completed four years ago, planning inspectors from South Gloucestershire Council have only recently been made aware of the £1 million addition to the Grade-I listed 18th Century house.

Sir James, 69, who is famous for inventing and launching the Dyson range of vacuum cleaners, bought the home together with his wife Deidre in 2003.

They decided an eight-foot wide pool would complete the grand, historic feel of the 600-acre estate, so set about constructing one. They had it fitted with Tuscan marble and uplights were set into the limestone floor for an atmospheric look.

The millionaire now faces a possible fine if the local authority does not grant permission for the pool, despite it having been in the building for the last five years. In this case, the basement, where the pool is situated, will have to be returned to how it looked originally.

In the worse case scenario, Sir James may be sent to prison for two years for breaching regulations when it comes to carrying out work on listed buildings.

If you have already received consent to build a swimming pool in your home, make sure you consider the look of the pool carefully. Craig Brady Design offers a wide choice when it comes to ceramics, so you can have the pool of your dreams in your luxury abode.

Posted: October 4th, 2016 Category: News Comments: (0)