The appearance of a pool depends on the color of the water.
Unfortunately, some pool owners end up disappointed with a pool that doesn’t look as turquoise, blue, or deep as intended.
You can control the color of the water in your pool by planning and making the right choices. The color of the finish, the shape and depth of the pool, and even the environment around it will affect the color of the water.
In this article, we’ll show you how to get the watercolor you want for your pool.
Decide On the Effect You Want
Do you imagine a deep, dark, reflective lake, or a light and sparkly turquoise lagoon? You’ll need to plan differently.
The impression of depth creates a reflection on the surface, which some people like. Others prefer the pool to look shallower and greener, with lots of sparkling light patterns. There is no right answer.
You can look at photos of other pools online to get an idea of the kind of watercolor you want in your pool.
Choose the Right Color
80% of the color of the water is determined by the color of the finish. Whether it is tile, plaster, or aggregate, the color of the bottom of the pool will create the color of the water.
There are typically 3 different looks that pool owners are going for.
This kind of color looks the “cleanest” to most people and can be dark or light depending on your preference. There are hundreds of shades of blue to choose from. An aggregate finish can provide an extra little bit of sparkle, as compared to plaster or tile.
A greener watercolor can create the impression of a tropical lagoon and can seem softer and more inviting than pure blue. Turquoise shades tend to be very light, and are a great choice for pools with a gradient from shallow to deep.
A dark finish gives the impression of depth, even in a shallow pool. It also increases the reflectivity of the surface.
Consider the Environment
Choosing the right color finish is 80% of getting the right watercolor – the rest comes down to the environment your pool is in.
How much sun does your pool get? Is it surrounded by trees, or relatively unsheltered? Is it shaded at some points in the day and sunny during others?
The more sun your pool gets, the lighter the watercolor will appear. If your pool will be in full direct sunlight nearly all the time, a light blue might seem almost white. The reverse is also true. If your pool is shaded or out of direct sunlight, the color might seem a little darker.
The surroundings also matter. Water will always reflect, even if those reflections aren’t clear. A pool surrounded by grass and vegetation will seem a little greener. A pool surrounded by white walls will seem a little lighter.
Contact The Swimming Pool Experts
For help getting the perfect watercolor, reach out to the experts on custom pools in PA, Scott Payne Custom Pools. We make swimming pool installation in Pennsylvania easy, so you can dive into your dream pool sooner.