Swimming Pool Ceramics: Spas and Fountains by Craig Bragdy Design

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The designers say it best: “Fountains give life to gardens and urban spaces…” And they’re right, as you can see by these examples brought to brilliant life by Wales firm Craig Bragdy Design. Water features of various kinds, be they cascades or “waterwalls,” are refreshing focal points that can add color, reflect sunlight, or hide a less-than-desirable view outside the garden. Long semi-circular “channels” can serve as gathering places in a hotel or commercial building lobby, with mosaic designs that complement the building’s décor. In several of these instances, the “channel” differentiates areas of a lobby or foyer from one another: inside the circle, a spot for dining or beverages, and outside it, shops or other business concerns. When you need a divider, few things are more elegant than a body of water!

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A spa, on the other hand, can feel like a mere add-on to a lap pool — unless it has the charm of some of these examples. Take a look at spa steps that are literally color-infused staircases into tiny pools with “shells” on the bottom. You can have spas with flowered “floors,” swirled pastel paisley-influenced borders, or stylized flowers all around the bench seating spots. Colors? The sky — or maybe we should say the visible spectrum! — is the limit: blues might be expected in a spa, but pale pinks, lavenders, and even reds and oranges also look fabulous. How about an asymmetrical spa with a “sunburst” at its heart — or a “garden” of crystals at its core? Colorful, lively, or serene, it’s up to you: let these designs give you inspiration for your own special water “spot.”

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Written by Janet Butler

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Janet W. Butler is a freelance writer, editor, and editorial consultant by day and a “small soprano” by night. An RWA Golden Heart Winner, she is the author of the inspirational romance From the Ashes (“the best little book no one’s ever heard of”), published by SANDS Publishing in 2001; and a romantic suspense, Voice of Innocence, from Desert Breeze Publishing. She is a Chicago native transplanted to northeast Indiana, where she lives with her husband, daughter, and Cassandra “Trouble” Butler, S.R.C. (Spoiled Rotten Cat).

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