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The most popular swimming pool trends of 2020

(5 min read) The summer of 2020 is in full swing and if you are a pool owner you are probably already on the lookout for the popular pool upgrades and renovation ideas. We are well aware that this year has proven to be really challenging for most of us on so many levels, but that is just one more reason to try to embellish it a bit and get the best out of it. So if you want to upgrade your life by upgrading your swimming pool, we won’t judge. This year we are allowed to cut ourselves some slack and be shallow if it makes us happy.

Stunning swimming pool mosaic art
Stunning swimming pool mosaic.

Gorgeous pool mosaic butterfly artwork.
Gorgeous Pool Mosaic Butterfly. Photo by BackSplashToGo.com.

I will start this list with my favorite trend and work my way down to my least favorite. All of these trends are very popular and gorgeous in their own ways, so rating them is a matter of personal preference more than anything else. Your pool, your rules and don’t forget to have fun once your upgrade is done! (it rhymes! omg, I’m a rapper now *insert Snoop Dog champagne-cheering gif here)

Beautiful floral pool mosaic art
Lovely floral swimming pool mosaic.

1. Pool mosaic art

The best upgrade you can add to your pool is definitely a hand-crafted mosaic finish. Nothing will increase the aesthetic value of your swimming pool quite like a fine mosaic artwork. Whether you opt to go for sea life or tribal-inspired design, or for something wild and cartoonish, your swimming pool will end up being one of a kind. Mosaic artwork never loses its charm or goes out of style, not to mention that it doesn’t require any special maintenance and its intricacy always sparks interest wherever it is featured. So, if you haven’t done that already, treat your pool with some gorgeous mosaic artwork this year!

Stunning modern pool mosaic artwork design.
Wonderful mosaic tiles. Graycliff Hotel pool, Bahamas.

Amazing floral pool mosaic artwork and design
Beautiful pool design work is done by Robert Vogland.

Ceramic mosaic artwork of water turtles for pools
Loggerhead turtle mosaic. Design by Ceramic Mosaic Art.

2. Smart lighting

Smart lighting is becoming more and more popular every year, but it has changed significantly since its first appearance a couple of years ago. Today you don’t have to settle on just one color for your pool area. The technology of lighting has evolved so much, that you can now opt for multicolor lights and you can even control their brightness. Wowing your guests has never been easier!

Beautiful swimming pool lighting.
Lovely green swimming pool lighting. Photo courtesy of Current Systems, Inc and Platinum Poolcare.

amazing colorful pool design
Colorful swimming pool lighting. Photo by Vishakha Bang.

3. Ledges and bars

Needless to say, now that we are leaving the C-monster behind us, we are all eager to get together with our families and friends. That is probably one of the main reasons why built-in ledges are a huge pool-trend this year. Your pools are no longer just for raft-floating and swimming, but for gatherings as well. Built-in seating areas can be customized to fit any pool, and you can even have barstools and benches incorporated into your swimming pool

Built in pool seats
Beautiful Built-in seats.

gorgeous swimming pool bar mosaic art
Swimming pool bar. Photo by Autumn Susan Trace.

4. Seamless pool edges

If you would like your pool to really blend with its surroundings, there is no better solution then the seamless pool edges. While the result is quite breathtaking, I really freak out every time I see this particular type of pool. I mean, if I wanted my pool to be that seamless, I’d go lake-camping or something like that. I like my swimming pool to look like one, thank you very much, but if you’re into seamless edges — go right ahead! I won’t judge. Not out loud anyway…

Seamless pool mosaic design
Seamless pool edges in the backyard. Photo courtesy of Paragon Pools.

seamless edges pool design
Seamless edges in the forest. Photo by fancy.com.

5. Dark pool hues

Dark swimming pool finishes seem to be all the rage this year. Mimicking the lagoon-type of setting is popular at the moment, so pools all over the world are being remodeled into irregular, rounded shapes with dark green, blue or black finishes. One of the advantages of this particular trend is that the dark tiles retain heat better, so you can save some cash on heating and be trendy with one move. However, 2020 has been gloomy enough already (the understatement of the new century), so I’m not really into this new trend. Forgive me if I want some orange, pink and turquoise in my swimming pool. I’ll pay for the heating, just keep it bright…

Dark pool tiles mosaic artwork
Dark pool tiles.

Round pool with dark mosaic tiles.
Round pool with darker tiles.

Follow our blog for more swimming pool redesign inspiration. Next week we will talk about the history of mosaic artwork in swimming pools and why this marvelous trend has prevailed for so long. We will also talk about some popular mosaic art designs in order to help you discover the perfect one for yourself.

Classic and beautiful pool mosaic art
Classic mosaic look. Photo by Photo via WestSideTile.com.

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60 Comments

  1. Tara Pittman
    June 25, 2020 at 1:03 pm — Reply

    Those pools are so cool looking. I would love to see these in person.

  2. Talya
    June 25, 2020 at 2:58 pm — Reply

    Oh wow the mosaic art ideas are gorgeous. My dad has a small pool over at his house so will have to suggest this to him.

  3. Claire
    June 25, 2020 at 3:06 pm — Reply

    Some amazing swimming pools here. It must be amazing going into these every day 🙂

  4. Joline
    June 25, 2020 at 3:06 pm — Reply

    Stunning pools! Makes me wish we can go on vacation soon. Love the violin design.

  5. Amber Myers
    June 25, 2020 at 4:08 pm — Reply

    Gorgeous! I’d love a pool like these, but alas, I am poor and can probably never afford one.

  6. Elizabeth O
    June 25, 2020 at 6:09 pm — Reply

    Those are very 1920s old world yet stylish pool designs. I like the collection you shared.

  7. Kristyn
    June 25, 2020 at 6:37 pm — Reply

    These are works of art! How intricately designed!

  8. Juju Holden
    June 25, 2020 at 8:00 pm — Reply

    These are so cool! The turtles are gorgeous and the violin?! So smart.

  9. Stephanie
    June 25, 2020 at 8:06 pm — Reply

    Oh wow, these pools are absolutely gorgeous! I love the look of the mosaics in the bottom of the pool. The big green pool is my favorite.

  10. Kristyn
    June 25, 2020 at 8:26 pm — Reply

    And I absolutely love the guitar-shaped pool too! So unique!

  11. Heather
    June 25, 2020 at 9:43 pm — Reply

    These pools are amazing! I can’t wait until we have our own home and we can get creative like this.

  12. Marg
    June 25, 2020 at 11:46 pm — Reply

    Holy cow, those pool mosaics are incredible. I’m starting to fall in love with mosaics more and more after seeing all of the amazing designs on your website. I’m blown away at what can be created with mosaics.

  13. Marie Phillips
    June 26, 2020 at 1:28 am — Reply

    Wow, every one was better than the last. I loved the idea of the seamless pools.

  14. Jay Aguirre
    June 26, 2020 at 3:19 am — Reply

    I would love to have a swimming pool that looks like this, or any swimming pool really. It’d make such a great addition.

  15. Rose Ann
    June 26, 2020 at 5:32 am — Reply

    These pool designs are so gorgeous! I love the two with the built in seats. That’s a great idea!

  16. Natalia
    June 26, 2020 at 5:50 am — Reply

    These swimming pools look gorgeous! I’d love to have one in my garden! 🙂

  17. Joyce
    June 26, 2020 at 7:41 am — Reply

    I love the ones with restaurants haha I can easily go in and order my food while enjoying the pool. Love that!

  18. Monidipa
    June 26, 2020 at 8:59 am — Reply

    Wow, I love swimming pools. I love these designs, I wish I could get one.

  19. Rosey
    June 26, 2020 at 10:46 am — Reply

    We used to have a pool. It was a lot of work and I thought I would never want one again, but I actually miss it. 🙂

  20. Melanie
    June 26, 2020 at 11:12 am — Reply

    Oh my goodness those pools are amazing!!!

  21. WIE
    June 26, 2020 at 1:29 pm — Reply

    omg just loved these all ideas…especially loved that Lovely floral swimming pool mosaic designs..that really looks so stunning and very mesmerizing…Loved these…Thanks for sharing these designs….🙂🤩

  22. CEL
    June 26, 2020 at 4:35 pm — Reply

    Loggerhead turtle mosaic is my favorite. But I do like the florals, too.
    The classic look would be of no less value also.
    So many possibilities, with all the beautiful looks available for our pools.

  23. Krysten Quiles
    June 26, 2020 at 6:27 pm — Reply

    So fun! I just booked a trip to Mexico for December so I am ALL about pools right now!

  24. Sue-Tanya Mchorgh
    June 26, 2020 at 9:32 pm — Reply

    The pool with the butterfly and the one that looks like the guitar is probably one of my faves.

  25. Lisa
    June 26, 2020 at 10:16 pm — Reply

    I love all of these! I want to swim in a pool so badly right now. I never thought about the mosaic in a pool, but what a great idea to switch things up.

  26. Stacey Peters
    June 26, 2020 at 10:51 pm — Reply

    Those are some absolutely beautiful pool designs. When I grow up, I hope to have one of those seamless pools in my backyard. But that green with lighting around what looks like an island is what I’d get if I married the Rock.

    • June 29, 2020 at 9:46 am — Reply

      lmao!!! Well, you know how to get that Island lol…

  27. Paris Chanel
    June 27, 2020 at 2:41 am — Reply

    That guitar one is my favorite! It has me wanting to put an image at the bottom of my pool.

  28. Kate
    June 27, 2020 at 3:09 am — Reply

    Wow, these are all beautiful – I love the butterfly one… I just wish we had the weather for an outdoor pool!

  29. Laura Summers
    June 27, 2020 at 6:12 am — Reply

    I have serious pool envy, I wish we had space for a pool in our garden. Absolutely love the mosaics and if we had a pool it would most definitely be on my wishlist.

  30. Sel
    June 27, 2020 at 6:12 am — Reply

    These swimming pools look absolutely magnificent! I really miss swimming, I hope we could go to one of these pools soon!

  31. Pati Robins
    June 27, 2020 at 6:57 am — Reply

    i so dream that one day i have a pool – these are stunning

  32. Sol
    June 27, 2020 at 9:01 am — Reply

    Gosh, these pools are so inviting! For someone who’s been home quarantined for more than a quarter now, I wouldn’t hesitate to immediately take a dip! 😊

  33. Elle
    June 27, 2020 at 9:05 am — Reply

    I live the artistic look of the pools. The nature and art combination is a nice compliment to each other.

  34. Aisa Sami
    June 27, 2020 at 9:15 am — Reply

    Maaan, that butterfly in the pool is the most beautiful mural I have ever seen! I would love to see that in a pool here in Japan!

  35. Sophia John
    June 27, 2020 at 9:31 am — Reply

    Loved Seamless edges in the forest.

  36. Razena
    June 27, 2020 at 10:11 am — Reply

    Our swimming pool is in dire need of a complete reno and these are some great ideas. My favorites are the tile mosaics and the seamless pool edges.

  37. catherine santiago jose
    June 27, 2020 at 10:54 am — Reply

    Oh I love these pool designs, they are so beautiful most especially the guitar one. Amazing!

  38. WW
    June 27, 2020 at 11:06 am — Reply

    Wow these pool ideas looks so beautiful and amazing…especially loved that idea of Lovely floral swimming pool mosaic…Thanks for sharing…

  39. Marysa
    June 27, 2020 at 11:56 am — Reply

    These pools are all so unique and beautiful! I would love to have a pool with such an amazing design.

  40. Neely Moldovan
    June 27, 2020 at 3:15 pm — Reply

    OH my gosh. How amazing would it be to have a pool like this? They are stunning!

  41. Angela Campos
    June 27, 2020 at 6:12 pm — Reply

    These pools are all so gorgeous! I just love the beautiful tile on all of them. I can’t decide which one is my favorite!!

  42. Renata
    June 27, 2020 at 6:35 pm — Reply

    Those pool mosaics are really very pretty – especially the butterfly 🙂

  43. Catherine
    June 27, 2020 at 7:25 pm — Reply

    Oh my goodness how stunning! Mosaic tile work in pools are so majestic…it’s like going on vacation everytime you go out to the backyard!

  44. Jasmine Martin
    June 27, 2020 at 8:38 pm — Reply

    Mosaic art and lights in the swimming pool are absolutely gorgeous! I love whenever I see a swimming pool with lights the best.

  45. katherine Bartlett
    June 27, 2020 at 10:04 pm — Reply

    What gorgeous pools! We don’t have a lot of pools around here since we live in the mountains

  46. CEL
    June 27, 2020 at 10:11 pm — Reply

    Butterflies and florals are my favorites. But I’d go with a turtle theme for my pool.

  47. Nart
    June 28, 2020 at 3:10 am — Reply

    These pools are stunning! I wish I could afford them!!

  48. MYU
    June 28, 2020 at 6:52 am — Reply

    These swimming pool mosaic are amazing.the guitar swimming pool design is to die for.

  49. Kez
    June 28, 2020 at 8:00 am — Reply

    I love the violin one! It is now my life’s aim to swim in a violin. Thanks for that :oP

  50. W. E.
    June 28, 2020 at 1:10 pm — Reply

    Oh wow loved these ideas so much…they looks so stunning and mesmerizing especially of that guitar type..that is really amazing..Thanks for sharing these ideas…

  51. Peachy
    June 28, 2020 at 4:50 pm — Reply

    The mosaic art made the pool more alive and more beautiful! I hope every pool I see has this.

  52. Olufunke Kolapo
    June 28, 2020 at 4:51 pm — Reply

    Oh my! These are beyong beautiful and inviting. The pictures are so wow!
    I can’t swim but I feel like diving in.

  53. Jackline A
    June 28, 2020 at 8:30 pm — Reply

    Beautiful swimming pools. The designs are beautiful.

  54. Michelle
    June 28, 2020 at 9:36 pm — Reply

    I love these swimming pool design ideas.

  55. Amanda
    June 29, 2020 at 1:14 am — Reply

    I love the butterfly! This post is making me wish I had a pool 🙂

  56. Alpa
    June 29, 2020 at 11:12 pm — Reply

    Love the swimming pool pics, they are so beautiful.

  57. Sachin Yadav
    June 30, 2020 at 4:30 am — Reply

    These are very beautiful swimming pool designs. I wish I could had one in my home too!

  58. reece
    June 30, 2020 at 11:24 am — Reply

    these swimming pool designs look great i need to get a pool asap

  59. Patrice
    July 1, 2020 at 12:56 am — Reply

    Those are some gorgeous pools. The violin pool and green pool are particularly fun!

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