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How will the mosaic tiles affect the colour of the pool water?

by Elena Abascal
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Casa Dos | True Ibiza. Foto: Montse Garriga y Beatriz Aparicio.

One of the most common doubts when designing a pool is to imagine the colour of the water after deciding on the pool tiling… Transparent, sky blue, green, turquoise? What colour of mosaic tiles should I choose to achieve each effect?

Water is a clear colourless liquid, but why is pool tiling usually blue? Does it depend solely on the pool tiling or should we consider other factors? Many people believe that the reflection of the sky has a direct relation but, in fact, the explanation is the “Rayleigh Scattering” effect. Have you heard of this effect? We’ll give you a simple explanation! Water more easily absorbs longer wavelengths (red, yellow and orange colours) than shorter wavelengths (blue tones). Therefore, the wavelengths that are not absorbed are reflected and are captured by our eyes. That’s why the water always appears blue.

Depth, light, environment

Dark pool
Proyecto: piscina privada Urban Chic. Málaga

This effect increases with the amount of water. The colour of deeper pools is a darker shade of blue. On the contrary, when the water is no deeper than 50 cm, the effect is diminished, and the water appears transparent.

In addition to the depth, the light and surroundings also directly affect the colour of the water. If the pool receives a lot of sunlight, the colour will be lighter, Pools in the shade will appear darker. Consider also the amount of light indoor and outdoor pools receive, and their surroundings as this will directly affect the colour of the water. For example, for pools surrounded by vegetation the water will take on a green tone.

Thus, the Rayleigh Scattering effect, depth, light and surroundings are the key factors determining the water colour but what about the tiling? The choice of colour of mosaic tiles is very important in order to alter the different shades of blue of the water, which can produce surprising effects: Ready to discover them?

EFFECTS OF MOSAIC TILES ON THE COLOUR OF THE POOL WATER

1.SKY BLUE water colour with WHITE MOSAIC TILE

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PAS | Artisan Stone

White mosaic tile in the pool gives a sensation of purity, relaxation and harmony. The perfect choice for pools looking for a relaxing effect with sky blue pool water. This is a very inviting colour and for this reason is one of the most commonly used colours in hotels and spas. The only problem? Maintenance. The pool must always be spotlessly clean!

What Hisbalit models can I use for this effect?

Other colours from our décor catalogue to achieve this effect:

Niebla: 367
Urban Chic: 504
718719 and 738.
Stone: 568
Doppel: 568
Textures: Ice, Star, Me and Sol

2.TURQUOISE WATER with BEIGE MOSAIC tiles

Turquoise water with beige mosaic tiles
MALLORCA | Casa Tuia

The secret to designing a pool as part of a tropical paradise? Choose beige mosaic tiling. This will give the water a turquoise colour. Inviting! For a darker shade of green choose sand or darker beige coloured tiles.

What Hisbalit models can I use for this effect?

Other colours from our décor catalogue to achieve this effect:

Unicolor: 173329330331332333336
Niebla: 173368370 and 372
Urban Chic: 512 and 702
Luxe: 513
Stone: 567 and 572
Terra: Caliza

3.RELAX! CARIBBEAN EFFECT with LIGHT BLUE MOSAIC TILE

RELAX! CARIBBEAN EFFECT with LIGHT BLUE MOSAIC TILE

CARIBBEAN EFFECT! If you’re look for the right surface to give you that dreamy Caribbean blue look to your pool, choose light blue mosaic tiles. Smooth, blurred or iridescent effects… You can choose different textures and finishes for strikingly unique results!

What Hisbalit models can I use for this effect?

Other colours from our décor catalogue to achieve this effect:

Unicolor: 311314315316 y 335
Niebla: 364 y 365
Luxe: 507

4.REFRESHING POOLS with DARK BLUE MOSAIC TILE

Blue mosaic tiles for refreshing pools
Hotel Riu Palace. Cabo Verde|  Ebro | Alejandro Sánchez

Blue is the most traditionally used mosaic tile for pools, giving the water a refreshing and inviting colour.

What Hisbalit models can I use for this effect?

Other colours from our décor catalogue to achieve this effect:

Unicolor: 240318319 y 320
Niebla: 140362 y 363
Urban Chic
505 y 714
Chroma: Azul
Doppel: 573

5.The sensation of a NATURAL POOL with LIGHT GREEN MOSAIC TILE

Natural pool sensation with green mosaic tiles
Apex Landscape | Mikonos | Australia

Using green tones in pool tiling give the incredible effect of a natural pool! A relaxing tone of blue water, which takes on more of a green colour if the pool is surrounded by vegetation.

What Hisbalit models can I use for this effect?

Other colours from our décor catalogue to achieve this effect:

Unicolor:115
Niebla: 118 and 369
Chroma: verde

6.EMERALD GREEN water with DARK GREEN MOSAIC TILE

Piscina del Hotel Pueblo Astur con mosaico Mármara | Niebla Piscinas
Hotel Pueblo Astur| Mármara | Niebla

If you’re looking for an emerald green colour to your pool water, we suggest you to use dark green mosaic tile. The results will surprise you!

What Hisbalit models can I use for this effect?

Other colours from our décor catalogue to achieve this effect:

Unicolor:127220,221, 222 and 313
Niebla: 130 and 360
Luxe: 527 and 528

7.FRESH WATER sensation with GREY MOSAIC TILE

Colour of the sea with grey mosaic tiles
 Jane& Font | Stone 570

An amazing effect! If you always thought that giving the look of fresh water to a pool is impossible, we have the solution! Choose grey mosaic tile. The combination of grey tiles and the water will give a balanced, fresh water blue effect, in perfect harmony with the surroundings! You’ll feel like you’re swimming in a natural lake!

What Hisbalit models can I use for this effect?

Other colours from our décor catalogue to achieve this effect:

Unicolor: 106108260305306317325 and 334
Niebla: 366
Urban Chic: 705, 706707,  717 and 720
Luxe: 503
Terra: Cuarzo
Stone: 560, 564 and 570
Doppel: 564, 570 and 569
Texturas: Suite, Neo, Love, You and Ambient

8.MIRROR EFFECT with BLACK MOSAIC TILES

Mirror effect with black mosaic tiles

If you are thinking about a unique and sophisticated pool design in an attractive setting, think about using black mosaic tiles. Give your pool a chic, modern appearance with a striking mirror effect on the water. Black mosaic tiles reflect the pool surroundings, giving a unique and dazzling appearance.

What Hisbalit models can I use for this effect?

Other colours from our décor catalogue to achieve this effect:

Unicolor: 101
Niebla: 101
Urban Chic: 720,722, 500 y 723
Texturas: Luna

9.WATER that GLOWS in the DARK with PHOTOLUMINESCENT MOSAIC TILES!

Thinking of designing a pool that changes colour at night? We propose using photoluminescent mosaic tiles such as references Draco and Aquarius from the Starwater Hisbalit collection! Subtle and harmonious combinations which change with the light, creating surprising colour effects. Two references that glow after sunset. The Draco tile glows with blue light and Aquarius glows with green light.

What Hisbalit models can I use for this effect?

Other colours from our décor catalogue to achieve this effect:

Starlight Mosaic : Starlight, Lyra, Pegaso, Cepeus, Orion, Cassiopea; Perseus, Hercules, Hydra, Tucana, Andromeda, Centauro and Auriga.

10.TRANSPARENT WATER with RED MOSAIC tiles

Transparent water with red mosaic tiles

Looking for clear transparent water in an exciting designer pool? Use red mosaic tiles! Hisbalit mosaic tile references Unicolor 172 and 176, Niebla 174, Chroma Rojo or Luxe 511 are the perfect options to make a striking impact are create a warm and inviting atmosphere.

Surprised by the effects of mosaic tiles? Remember that the appearance of the water will change depending on the weather conditions, the time of day, the amount of sunlight, the season of the year or the depth of the pool.

Want to know more about the possibilities of pool tiling? We invite you to check out the latest trends in our POOLS section and in this post!

Te sugerimos

3 comments

Ricardo Marques June 21, 2019 - 7:55 pm

Hello,

There is nowhere on your website an image of a pool lined with the Tirreno (Niebla) color mosaic.

Could you please send me an image of a pool lined with the Tirreno (Niebla) color, so I can make the best possible choice.

Thank you in advance.

Ricardo

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Elena Abascal June 24, 2019 - 9:26 am

Hi Ricardo!

Thank you for getting in touch with us.

We ‘ve sent you an email with images of a pool lined with the Tirreno (Niebla).

Best whises!

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Doreen Depasquale May 9, 2020 - 8:33 am

Hello, I am at a loss what mosaic tile to use. I am from Malta and the pool is in a very sunny part of the garden. It has a tanning ledge. Was thinking of Aral, Egeo or Caribe. I would like the colour to be as natural as possible. Was ruling out Pas because of the tanning ledge. Can you please show me some pools in thses colours. Thanks. Any suggestions are welcome. Thank you once again.

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