Swimming pools are a great way to relax and stay cool in the summer, and whether you’re working on an indoor or outdoor pool, the tiling medium is bound to come up eventually. There are many options to choose from when lining your pool, from vinyl to acrylic to tiling– why not get creative with mosaic pool tiles?
Mosaic tiles are small, colored tiles that artists have used for centuries to cover their floors and walls in color. Since early Mesopotamia, mosaic tiles have appeared worldwide in various shapes, sizes, colors, and materials and were often used to decorate buildings and pools too. Public baths in Rome used mosaic tiles, and we still see them today in bathrooms, kitchens, and public spaces as art pieces.
Shopping for New Kitchen Tiles but Lacking Inspiration? Click to Learn More!
Benefits of Mosaic Tiles
The reason mosaic tiles are so popular is that they’re easy to produce and come in a variety of colors. These tiny pieces of shell, ceramic, or glass can be dyed in many ways and made into various shapes. Mosaic tiles last a long time (we can still see ancient Roman, Greek, and African mosaics today), are easy to repair, and catch the light in a way that gives them a luminous effect.
In pools, mosaic tiles are resistant to weathering and water damage, especially from chemicals like chlorine. A mosaic pool will look as vibrant 20 years after installation as it had on the day they were first installed. Plus, they’re easy to clean, too!
Learn About Our Natural Stone Tile Selections
Mosaic Pool Tiles – Choosing Your Tiles
When you choose your pool tiles, there are two things you’ll need to consider:
Tile material plays the biggest role in your mosaic’s longevity. For pools, porcelain or ceramic tiles work best since they are water-resistant, smooth, and can handle a variety of chemicals. Ceramic and porcelain tiles are also made to illuminate spaces and resist fading, so they last much longer than other tiles.
The color of your pool is more of an aesthetic choice than a practical one, but installation costs may vary depending on your design or color choices. Typically, most people choose shades of blue for their pools because the color is so often associated with water and has a relatively calming effect. Neutral colors like black, white, and grey are also popular.
If you really want to show off your artistic side, you can meet with your installation team and tile supplier for design ideas!