Whatever your design inspiration, the choice of pool tiles, pavers and features can make all the difference to the look and use of a swimming pool, as explained by Amber’s resident Pool Tile Specialist, Kate Lane.
“The home swimming pool is usually the focal point of a backyard, so it’s important to choose a pool design that not only suits the needs of your family but also matches the decor and personality of the rest of your home,” says Kate.
“From the myriad of designs on the market today, the four most commonly used styles – Resort, Mediterranean, Contemporary and Natural – certainly have merit and should be considered by home renovators.”
“Resort styled pools are those we associate with sipping pina coladas while lounging on deck chairs. The basic design is usually expansive and makes full use the space around a pool,” says Kate.
“Mosaic tiles are best used within a resort styled pool, and can easily add a touch of class that is often missed in pools with fibreglass or pebble bases.
“Other ways to achieve the resort look include the use of large format tiles to create a sensation of space or a pool design with straight edges. Furthermore, adding a water feature, waterfall or even using retaining walls to heighten any vegetation that surrounds the pool can also help to create a ‘tropical feel’ while avoiding messy design flaws.”
Kate recommends Amber Tiles’ Resort collection of mosaic tiles. Using mosaic tiles in conjunction with a French Pattern Limestone Replica, is a simple yet classic way to achieve a resort styled pool area with minimal stress. For a more daring approach, consider Amber Tiles’ pre-faced, natural stone Deco Block series as a feature wall with slate tiles for the surrounds in a similar colour.
“Mediterranean inspired pools create a sense of familiarity utilising inviting spaces and warm colours,” says Kate. “The design often incorporates an illusion of pristine warm waters nestled along the southern coast of Italy or Spain. It is also popular with tiered environments which include overlooking balconies, multiple pool levels or tiered surrounds.
“To achieve this look, select a tile for the interior of the pool which will lighten the colour of the water. Light blues work best, but the surrounding tiles are also important. Warm browns and rich ambers accentuate the colour inside the pool while creating a colour-palette link to its southern European origins. Natural stone is perfect for this and its textured surface is excellent for a non-slip environment.”
Kate suggests Amber’s exclusive Riverstone concrete pavers that have a lightly textured feel, but retain the aesthetic qualities of natural granite. Another great option is Amber’s Travertine collection with a matt finish.
“With neutral tones, glass and straight lines taking precedence, contemporary pool designs are aesthetically minimal,” says Kate. “Contemporary pools are often compact and utilise the entire pool area with little vegetation and little or no ‘lounging’ space. Water features also often make an appearance in these designs.
“Large format tiles are the go, with mosaics also featuring heavily. Dark coloured tiles are most suited to this style and often match other aspects of contemporary living spaces. With minimal furnishings and surrounding adornments, a contemporary design is also most suitable for smaller indoor pools. Feature walls and water features are introduced to create a personalised aspect on an otherwise clean slate.”
Kate’s preference for a contemporary pool area is Amber’s midnight Granite tiles coupled with a Deco Block feature wall of the same colour. Another suitable option is Amber’s concrete pavers which feature a wide colour palette and allow for a brighter and clearer atmosphere.
“A naturally inspired pool is probably the most common design, but the hardest to get right,” says Kate. “A natural pool shares its space with vegetation and family entertainment areas. This might even include incorporating existing trees and shrubs into the shape of the pool.
“Mosaics are excellent for such free flowing designs. The pool exterior often features pavers to create a non-linear appearance, while a raised tile bull-nose separates and distinguishes the pool from the surrounds.
“Feature and retainer walls are also common and typically incorporate ‘broken’ or chaotic designs to create a more natural element. Natural stone is also a favourite of this design particularly in rustic browns, sun-bleached ochres and sunset orange.”
Kate suggests Amber’s St Tropez with its worn cobblestone look for a great addition to a natural pool environment. Travertine and Percozi are also high on Kate’s list for a fantastic, natural look.
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