We live in a world saturated in color – from the clothes we wear to the walls of the homes we live in – we are able to express our personalities and enrich our lives with the colors around us. Why then, would you settle for a plain white plaster pool? There are even many places you can add a touch of color to your pool outside of the pool itself. Decking, tiles, coping, and even your equipment and fittings all can benefit from the thoughtful application of color.
Plaster Pool Finishes
The interior of the pool is one of the most visible components of it, and it makes sense that the color of the interior would make a big difference in the overall impression of the pool. Plaster, which is a mixture of cement and powdered quartz or marble, is a common pool interior that readily lends itself to coloring. Pool plaster is most commonly available in various shades of white, grey, and blue as these colors often provide the best overall effect.
One of the most important considerations when it comes to pool plaster color is the effect it has on the water of the pool. White plaster is traditionally used in part because it gives that classic clean pool look to a body of water. The white also allows colored led lights to really shine, as it will reflect them better than darker colors. Light blue and green plaster will give the water a warmer more aqua tint – think of a Caribbean beach. Grey, particularly the lighter shades, can give a pool a calmer, more natural look when you want the water to blend in with surrounding plants and natural decking materials. Most plaster pools are white, due largely to the cost of coloring a plaster finish. The cost difference between a colored plaster pool and an aggregate is minimal, and these pebble or bead coatings last longer and are less susceptible to staining and cracks.
Pebble and Bead Finishes
PebbleTec, PebbleSheen, PebbleFina, PebbleBrilliance, and BeadCrete are examples of aggregate finishes. These pool interiors consist of concrete with additives and small stones or beads and they are by far the most popular pool finish today. They combine the natural rock look of stream beds or ocean pools with a smooth comfortable non slip finish. Best of all – they come in a wide range of colors! This not only ensures you can get the exact look you want in the finish, but also influences the color of the water as with plaster. There are also multiple “tiers” of pebble finish, including more refined textured finishes (PebbleSheen), smooth finishes that last longer than plaster (PebbleFina), and brilliant but smooth glass bead finishes such as PebbleCrete and PebbleBrilliance. Each of these finishes offers a range of colors to make sure your pool fits you perfectly and looks great in it’s surroundings.
The material of a pool finish is likely to stain or show a color variation at the waterline. To protect the pool and prevent this staining most pools have a line of tile along the waterline – which is another chance to add some color! The texture and material of your tile will make a big difference in the overall look as well. Brightly colored small glass tiles at the waterline will lend a very different ambiance to your pool than the traditional smooth blue ceramic tiles for example. The waterline tile should also work nicely with the coping of the pool to create a smooth division between pool and decking and yet tie them together.
Coping is a fancy word for the part of the deck that meets the edge of the pool. Coping usually has a bit of an overhang of the edge of the pool and can be made of concrete, tile, brick, or natural stone. The coping does not have to be the same material or color as the deck – you can use a contrasting color or texture to make the pool stand out, but use complementary colors tend to blend the pool into the decking creating a more natural look. The color and style of the pool interior and waterline tile often contrast a bit with the deck, and the coping offers a chance to blend them or create a clean clear divide.
Decking is the area around the pool, often comprised of bricks, concrete, paving stones, or even wood. Most concrete decks have aggregates, special finishes, or cooling acrylic coatings applied to them. This helps prevent slips and hot surfaces, and gives some visual texture and distinction to them. The decking of the pool is a great opportunity to add color to your pool, and can be one of the most striking visual components of your pools overall look.
Equipment and Fittings
Even your pool equipment and fittings offer an opportunity to design a pool that matches your style perfectly! Many fittings and components come in multiple colors so that they can match the surface of your pool or deck. There are not as many options in equipment and fitting color choice as there is with the pool interior or decking, but little touches like the color of your returns can really make a difference.
Color choices are only a small part of the design process – come stop by our showroom or give us a call and our expert custom pool and spa designers can discuss the design process further.