Whether you already have a pool or are considering installing one, the choice of tiles can be one of the most enjoyable items to add to your gardens or indoor space’s overall design and pool aesthetic. From stainless steel to natural stone or porcelain tiles, there is a wide range of internal pool lining options available on the market which can be used on their own or in combinations, to meet any requirements. Every natural swimming pool needs a finish and there are a wide variety of choices when it comes to giving a swimming pool its internal appearance.

As the trend for lining a pool now moves away from small mosaics and towards larger format porcelain tiles, a question we often ask is how to create a particular pool water colour through internal pool lining tiles. We use natural stone tiles which offer a mottled gradient of attractive colours across the pool base.

Although setting, lighting and weather play a vital part in how your natural swimming pool water looks, the finish will profoundly influence the perception of a pool. In our experience, natural colours ensure the pool’s appearance is in keeping with its environment and the ethos of our system. Grey, green and black liners work well for natural swimming pools as they offer rich water tones that complement both natural stone and surrounding greenery. Below are examples of a few of our projects and how we suggest achieving each colour.

For a bright blue or turquoise Mediterranean colour, CWR prefer using a white, cream or beige coloured tile.

– Photography by Gareth Iwan Jones (www.garethiwanjones.com)

To achieve a mid-blue colour for your natural swimming pool, CWR would recommend a light grey / pale blue coloured tile.

Photography by Gareth Iwan Jones www.garethiwanjones.com

For a dark blue colour, CWR prefer a dark blue, dark green or black coloured tile. In cooler climates, black is an aesthetic and ecological choice as it provides passive solar heating of the water through the process of solar gain.

– Villa Epicurea, Portugal

As a result, the look and feel of your pool should represent your vision of tranquillity to create a particular look or aesthetic. Therefore, it is crucial to select pool tiles that best enhance the desired aesthetic of your garden or indoor space. However, the water’s colour is not going to be determined solely by the colour of pool tiling or mosaic alone; there are other factors that have an influence. The more volume of water there is or the more substantial the water’s depth, the bluer the swimming pool will tend to look. Sunlight is also a crucial factor as the more light there is, the brighter the water will look. Moreover, even the surroundings, type of lighting used and whether it is an indoor pool or an outdoor pool can impact the colour of the swimming pool.

It can be a hard decision to make given so many choices of natural tiles and mosaics, although at Clear Water Revival, we will design any project with your vision in mind. If you are interested in learning more about our design process or just have a few questions, get in touch by calling us on 01179232588 or emailing us at info@clear-water-revival.com.

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