With a pandemic summer in 2020, pools and pool parties were close to unuseful. However, everyone loves the pleasure of dipping into a cool blue pool under the scorching sun. On top of that, pools are visually pleasing and bring value to a property. 

Choosing how to decorate and design your pool is a thrilling adventure and can test your creative skills. Should you go with a fun kidney-shaped pool or a modern linear design? The possibilities are limitless. Not only are there many options for the shape of the pool but the flooring as well. 

Keep reading to see new, classic, and bold pool designs.

1. Intricate Mosaic

Mosaics are interesting, beautiful, and immediately capture your attention. They can be in the shape of monograms, animals, or simply display an abstract pattern. Typically, glass mosaic tiles are used for beautiful reflection from the sun and a smooth feeling on the feet. 

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Hand Painted Mosaic_Image Credit-Sergio Furnari

2. Earthy Stone

If you’re someone who likes to keep it natural, stone for your pool is the perfect touch. However, due to their vulnerability to damage, they aren’t the most reliable source. Natural stone tiles can help achieve a specific aesthetic. 

Options like limestone, sandstone, quartzite, and marble can liven up a backyard and bring character to the look and feel of your pool design. 

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Natural Stone Pool_Image courtesy of Piscine Verbano

3. Glossy Glass

Glass tile, while the most expensive, is the best choice for swimming pool floors. Not only is it stylish and smooth, but it’s also heat- and UV-resistant. There is truly an endless variety of colors, shapes, and patterns. 

Furthermore, it can be cut and molded to fit multiple pool designs, ranging from rectangular to curved pools. 

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4. Simple Solids

While uncommon, a simple solid color at the bottom of your pool can be adventurous, mysterious, and a nice accent to your pool project. More commonly, blue tile can always be found at the bottom of a pool, but other projects have taken on more bold colors that liven the swimming experience and show off your pool design skills.  

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5. Waterline Trims

The “border” has always been a canvas waiting for the touch of a creative. In pools, it’s no different. Most common in concrete pools, waterline trim patterns relieve the plainness of the concrete and add a little touch to the overall look. They can be simple or dynamic, depending on the goal of the aesthetic. This can be the perfect finish for your pool design. 

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6. Mediterranian Porcelain

One of the bolder pool design ideas lies in Mediterranian porcelain. Decorative, eye-catching, and graceful, the collection of these tiles can be a luxurious touch for your pool’s finish. Porcelain tile is durable against nature and comes in a variety of colors and designs. 

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7. Bold Patterns

A lot of modern design relies on an accent rug, chair, or table. Modern pool designs can also rely on a bold touch to the blue haze of the pool. Usually, in the form of mosaics, bold patterns can elevate the swimming experience and make your pool one of a kind. 

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8. True Classics

Everyone knows what to think of when it comes to classic design patterns. When designing your pool, those classic designs, like a checkerboard, shouldn’t be counted out. They can bring a nostalgic vibe while also being contemporary and sleek.

From black and white checkers to herringbone, these designs can give the classic look, touch, and feel. 

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9. Natural Inspiration

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It is only natural, no pun intended, to want your outdoor pool to take inspiration from its surroundings. Sea animals, plants, and even water itself are just some sources of inspiration that you can look towards when thinking of how to design the floor of your pool. 

Looking towards nature and mirroring it through tile and stone is an interesting pool design choice for a relaxing experience.  

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Waterflow Tile Pattern_Artaic_s Naturally Refined Mosaic Collection

10. Splashes of Light

This option is on the more unorthodox side but it’s a neat surprise. Lights at the floor of your pool can, quite literally, light up your nighttime experience. Glass tiles with correct lighting placement can create an ethereal glow and provide an interesting aesthetic. 

Glow-in-the-dark tiles are also an option for a unique flooring design.

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11. Blue Hues

The color blue is the go-to color for pools. Not only is the water dyed blue for an ultimate effect, but the tile flooring is also different hues of blue. From dark blue mosaic tiles to larger tiles that take on lighter shades, the possibilities for blue flooring are endless. 

While it’s a simple pool design possibility, it’s classic and timeless. 

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12. Clean and Subtle

Maybe bold or classic designs aren’t your taste and you prefer something less adventurous. Subtle pool designs can still show patterns without being visually overwhelming. 

Depending on the goal aesthetic, different tile or stone placements can elusively decorate the pool.

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13. Mystical Mandalas

Similar to the Mediterranean style, mandalas are expressive and eye-catching. They are colorful, fun, and stand out. Typically in the form of a central mosaic, mandala tiles can be the main act or an interesting accent around the edge of the pool. 

Without a doubt, using mandalas in your pool design is unique and joyful. 

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14. Art Deco

The Art Deco style holds a lot of character, color, and detail. Usually, in the form of individual ceramic tiles, they can add a pop of personality and brighten up the space of your pool. 

This is an ultimate form of pool design that is impressive and stylish. 

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15. Modular Geometry

Geometrical patterns are modern, classy, and convey order with fashion. Having a geometrical pattern on the floor of your pool can be advantageous for your linear pool or add contrast to rounding curves. 

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16. Reliable Plaster

Plaster pool flooring is one of the oldest choices for pools and a consistent favorite. The floor is usually done in white, giving the pool a smooth and uniform look that works with nighttime lights. 

Choosing plaster flooring is a traditional pool design but sometimes, sticking to basics can prove to be advantageous and beautiful. 

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Plaster Pool at Night_Photo Courtesy of Krisco Aquatech Pools

17. Popular Vinyl

Choosing vinyl flooring for your pool can be low maintenance and a quality choice. It’s affordable and faster to install. A vinyl sheet can be laid over the pool’s surface and comes in many designs or colors. 

Typically, the most popular design is a light blue liner with subtle patterns.

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18. Aggregated Pebble

Another old and popular choice for pool flooring is aggregate. By mixing plaster with stone, glass, or crystals, you can create aggregate flooring in different designs and colors. 

Depending on the desired taste, the aggregate can achieve multiple aesthetics. 

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19. Creative Concrete

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Concrete is a classic favorite for buildings, infrastructure, and pools. Concrete on the floor of your pool will not only look amazing but it’ll also last a long time. Concrete pool design allows for multiple customization options, from shape and size to flooring. 

Although they might prove to be more work, the variety of choices for producing your dream pool will make up for it. 

20. Glazed Ceramics

Like most tile flooring options, ceramics come in multiple colors and designs. They can be the perfect touch for a splash of color and lighten up a backyard’s mood. Choosing to glaze ceramic tile adds an extra waterproof layer and creates a uniform look throughout your pool. 

Pool design with ceramics is extremely popular and leaves a smooth touch and feel for the bottom of your pool. 

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21. Shimmering Quartz

Quartz tile is made up of crushed quartz, white cement, and pigment. Using quartz for your pool finish gives it a luxurious look. During the day or at night, the quartz crystals shimmer and reflect light.

Your choice of a blue or teal pigment depends on whether you’re aiming for a lighter or deeper-looking hue for your pool design.

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22. Seamless Gunite

You might be wondering what gunite flooring is like. Essentially, gunite is the same as concrete except that it is applied in layers with a specialized spray gun. This means that gunite flooring is seamless and extra-durable. 

Adding tile accents to a gunite finish can add more style and taste for a classier pool design.

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23. Bead Accents

Accenting the floor of your pool with beads can be a small design choice that creates a big impact. Taking a more toned-down approach, bead accents can dress up a concrete or plaster pool with an interesting trim or cover the entirety of the floor. 

Small pebbles and beads are used and offer various color and style options.

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24. Smooth Paint

Paint for your flooring pattern relies on a specific epoxy paint and results in a smooth coating with a plethora of color options. However, paint can prove to have a short life expectancy and will need to be repainted about every year. 

Depending on your climate patterns and pool maintenance practices, choosing paint can either be too much to handle or the perfect fit. While pool design creativity with paint is never-ending, it all depends on your commitment. 

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25. Fiberglass Finish

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Made from tiny glass fibers woven with polyester resin, fiberglass is a strong material that is low maintenance and has quick installation. Fiberglass is also algae resistant due to its smooth, non-porous surface and can create a healthier swimming experience. 

Although fiberglass pools have fewer options for size and shape, these premade pools come in many colors and you can also customize by adding steps, tanning ledges, or water features.

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References

  • https://askthepoolguy.com/9-popular-pool-surfaces-for-gunite-concrete-fiberglass-vinyl-swimming-pools/
  • https://willshapools.com/pool-finish-comparison-guide/
  • https://www.swimmingpool.com/build-a-pool/pool-types/inground-pools/gunite/
  • https://www.tilesplusmore.com/pool-tile-ideas-and-designs/
  • https://artaic.com/top-pool-design-tips-add-impact-glass-tile-mosaics/
  • https://www.bluehavenokc.com/blog/m.blog/53/your-guide-to-pool-flooring
  • https://www.architecturaldigest.com/story/swimming-pool-tile-designs
  • https://www.riverpoolsandspas.com/blog/pool-tile-options
  • https://nextluxury.com/home-design/best-home-swimming-pool-tile-ideas/
  • https://www.swimmingpool.com/build-a-pool/pool-types/inground-pools/concrete-vinyl-fiberglass/
Author

Shatha Abushaikha is an environmental design student in Houston, TX with a passion for writing and research. Aside from being captured by architecture and its endless possibilities, she also enjoys watching anime and painting. Shatha hopes to spread inspiration and believes that people are what drive design.

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