How to choose a pool colour?

by on January 10, 2013

With so many pool colours to choose from, selecting the perfect pool colour for your backyard can be a tricky process. Clients often begin by asking to see the most popular pool colours when visiting our swimming pool display centres.  Yet, like most trends, what is popular today may not be popular tomorrow.  For this reason we encourage our clients to consider a number of important factors when choosing a pool colour.

Look and Feel

Before you begin to think about pool colour, first consider the look and feel you would like to create in your backyard. Are you after a tropical oasis, a Tuscan haven, a natural lagoon, or a modern chic outdoor space?  Be sure to consider the style and exterior tones of your home.  The theme of your backyard will begin to guide you towards a colour palette to work from.

The Pool Colour

Depending on the size of your swimming pool, your backyard design may feature your swimming pool as the centerpiece in its design.  Like any centerpiece, it should compliment the desired look and feel whilst adding the ‘wow’ factor to the overall design.

Factors to be considered when choosing a pool colour include your backyard theme, pool surrounds, water reflection and water temperature, just to name a few.  To ensure the process of choosing a pool colour is as simple yet enjoyable as possible, I’d encourage you to use the table below as a reference point when selecting the right pool colour for your swimming pool.

Factor Light Pool Colours Dark Pool Colours
Pool Colours Pacific Light Blue Maldive Mosaic Reef Pebble Mediterranean Marble Antique Bahama
Caribbean Casablanca
Costa Rica Dark Blue 
Pool Surrounds The tone of your pool surrounds should be in contrast to your pool colour. If you choose a light pool colour, consider  darker pool surrounds including:

  • Dark Wooden Decking
  • Bluestone
  • Dark Granite
  • Sandstone with red, brown and orange earth tones
  • Travertine with chocolate and caramel tones
  • Dark Limestone
  • Dark Slate
  • Dark Bric
The tone of your pool surrounds should be in contrast to your pool colour. If you choose a dark pool colour, consider  lighter pool surrounds including:

  • Light Wooden Decking
  • Light Granite
  • Natural or Ivory Sandstone
  • Travertine with cream and beige tones
  • Light Limestone
  • Light Slate
  • Light Brick

Pool Reflection

A lighter pool colour will draw your eye to the bottom of the swimming pool and you may be more inclined to notice settled debris. A darker pool colour will reflect the pool surrounds and create a mirror-like effect. You will be less likely to notice any settle debris at the bottom of the swimming pool.
Pool Water Temperature A lighter pool colour will reflect the sunrays and cooler pool water may result.  There is also a high potential for glare. A darker pool colour will attract and absorb the sunrays. A darker pool colour may increase your pool water temperature by 2 to 3 degrees.

 

Safety

Don’t forget to consider how slippery your pool surrounds may become when wet. Perhaps consider a textured pool surround. And finally, we have found that dark pool surrounds can attract heat and retain heat in the surface, which may become uncomfortable to walk on during a hot summer’s day.

We find by keeping a few simple factors in mind when choosing your pool colour, you will be able to achieve the desired look and feel in your backyard in little to no time at all!  To see the pool colours available with Albatross Pools, simply visit one of our swimming pool display centres open seven days a week year round.