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Suggestions on How to Select Colors for a Swimming Pool

In Ask the Pool Experts by Platinum Pools

When a homeowner decides to add a swimming pool, an important step is selecting colors that will go with their style and surrounding.  We all know that water is transparent and selecting a color for the pool plaster may give a more dramatic look. Your pool plaster is not the only part of a swimming pool that will that has many different color options to choose from.

There are multiple parts of your pool that have many different color options to choose from, including tile, decking, coping, and plaster.  It is not always easy to choose the best pool color. You also need to consider when selecting colors for your swimming pool is that what is trendy today, may be out of style tomorrow.

Selecting Colors and Matching it to a Swimming Pool

Swimming Pool Colors

It is essential to do a bit of research on colors.  There are three types of tints:

  • Primary Colors – Red, yellow, and blue
  • Secondary Colors – green, orange and purple
  • Tertiary Colors – yellow-orange, red-purple, blue-purple, blue-green and yellow-green

When it comes to combining colors, you may want to ask for color combinations or palettes.  Color palettes provide a combination of colors that can create a mood and give a more cohesion look to any room.  In the case of selecting the colors for a swimming pool, the client must look for:

Main Color – the foundation of a color scheme

Accent Color – it helps balance the foundation color creating visual interest to the backyard

Before deciding on a few colors for your swimming pool, look at the surroundings.  The shades may take a different effect, such as:

  • Shadows from building and trees
  • Sky color at any given time
  • The depth of the swimming pool
  • The color of the house

Look around!  What colors predominate in a backyard?  A homeowner must observe the landscape, the color and architectural design of the house, and the color of the fence.

Popular Swimming Pool Plaster Colors

Blue – For most people, a blue swimming pool represents clean, fresh water from a stream, causing a relaxing effect.  By using pebble or mosaic tiles, there are different hues of blue available.

White – many select this color for maintaining water temperature.  White pool finishes highlight the floor of the pool, and it helps to bring out decorative elements that are in the oasis.

Gray – when combining white and black, it can provide many shades of gray.  What makes gray interesting is that it makes the water in your pool look like seawater.  Gray also helps to increase the water temperature compared to white and blue finishes.

Black – if a homeowner wants the water temperature higher all year round, then black is the most suitable color.  Due to dark colors absorbing more heat from the sun, black pool finishes helps to save energy when it comes to heating your pool.  

How to Select the Combination of Colors for a Swimming Pool

The right pool contractor always has a showroom with photos of projects and the materials available to convert your backyard into the perfect staycation.  Keep in mind that:

  • The main color is the foundation of the palette; in most cases, the material used for a pool decking will be by the home or on the pool’s inlay.  
  • The accent color is the accessories like tiles, coping, or even the decorated tiles on a raised wall.

We recommend that you have a designer that can help a client to walk through the process of selecting the colors for the pool. 

How to Combine the Colors of a Swimming Pool

The main color of the whole backyard is what is dominant with the home.  The architectural design of a home also influences the decision of color selecting.  The accent colors are those such as coping, tiles, and plaster.

For example, in one of our projects, the client wanted a geometric swimming pool that combined with the home.  Since the house is white, the homeowner decided to use colorful tiles as a finish.

Not only does the pool look fantastic, but it also gives a touch of elegance to the backyard.  While white is the dominant color, the blue tile acts as an accent color to provide an overall friendly contrast.

In most cases, the color of a pool’s plaster can be the main color as well.   In choosing pebble, tile, quartz, or polished finishes, it has a different degree of texture on each one.  Also, different shades of color will depend on the size and shape of the material.

And there you have it!    Our website and our pages on Instagram, Pinterest, and Houzz profiles provide ideas on selecting the right colors for a backyard oasis. Call us at 281.870.1600 for more information or get a free quoteOur staff is ready to make your backyard dreams come true.