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Contemporary mosaic art: Turning your ordinary swimming pool into a gorgeous piece of art

(4 min read) I was wondering how to do this intro and convince all of you who have simple plaster or aggregate finish pools that the mosaic is the way to go when it comes to pool-shell coverage. On the other hand, do I really need to convince you that chocolate chip cookies are better than the empty, dry ones? 

Swimming Pool Contemporary Mosaic Artwork
Swimming pool mosaic by Sicis
Versace logo made into swimming pool mosaic artwork
The beautiful Versace logo crafted into a swimming pool mosaic art
Mosaic turtles adorning a gorgeous indoor swimming pool
Mosaic turtles adorning a gorgeous indoor swimming pool

First of all, it could be important to note that the history of both mosaics and man-made swimming pools goes back some 4,000 years or more. Just that data should be enough for you to put two and two together, and by “two and two”, I mean mosaics and swimming pools. However, first pools weren’t exactly treated as swimming pools, but bathing pools as well. Romans were the first to separate swimming pools from bathing ones. Why? Because they were progressive and innovative, of course. On the same note, do you know what else they did? They started covering pools with mosaics. Why? Because they were awesome, of course. There is nothing better you can do for your swimming pool then cover it with high-quality mosaic tiles.

Just like the tiles in your kitchen and bathroom, swimming pool mosaic tiles are available in virtually any range of styles, types, and shapes. In this post, we will chat about the three major types of swimming pool tiles, their benefits, and main features. 

Luxurious Swimming Pool Mosaic Artwork
Luxurious swimming pool mosaic by Sicis
Gorgeous Pool Mosaic Design
Gorgeous pool mosaic design
Stunning Swimming Pool Mosaic Artwork
Stunning swimming pool mosaic artwork

One of the most commonly used types of swimming pool tiles are the porcelain tiles. Porcelain tiles are very easy to install and maintain. Mosaic swimming pool floors and sides made of porcelain are soft to the touch and they require just a basic cleaning to retain their original vibrant look. Porcelain tiles are often hand-painted, featuring exciting designs and textures. Textured versions of these tiles are particularly interesting, as they can look almost magical with the surrounding landscape. Aside from these, there are also textured-glazed porcelain tiles that will give your swimming pool a dose of excitement and a daring vibe.

Porcelain Tiles Mosaic Swimming Pool
Porcelain tiles mosaic swimming pool
Porcelain Swimming Pool Steps Mosaic Art
Porcelain swimming pool steps

In the past couple of years, there has been a noticeable growth in the popularity of glass tile swimming pools. This option is by far the most expensive one, due to the fact that these tiles are made of recycled glass materials. These gorgeous tiles are the most durable of all the pool tiles, and they do miracles for accentuating the transparent nature of water. They come in small mosaic-tile formats, and unlike most other tiles these have the advantage to fully cover curved surfaces. There is a wide variety of glass tiles to choose from so you can go for different qualities, which can come in handy if you are on a budget. You can also choose from a variety of colors, as well as the tiles with an iridescent coating that will shimmer as the light changes and as the water flows over the surface.

Glass Tile Mosaic Design
Glass tile mosaic design
Glass Tile Swimming Pool Mosaic Art
Glass tile swimming pool mosaic
Glass Tile Swimming Pool Mosaic Artwork
Glass tile swimming pool

Some might argue that this last (and most important) category isn’t a separate category at all, but I beg to differ. See, both porcelain and glass tiles are two major categories, that are significant for different reasons, and they both may or may not be used to built mosaic designs. On the same note, mosaics tiles per se can be drafted as a completely separate category. They are a combination of different designs, colors, and sizes. If you opt to have a specific image or pattern made to embellish your pool, you should drain your pool at least every two years, in order to thoroughly clean your mosaic. Over the course of two years a considerable amount of algae, mold, and chemical-residue can be built up and visually suffocate your precious mosaic, so a good cleaning will renew it. 

Swimming Pools Mosaic Design And Art
Gorgeous swimming pool contemporary mosaic art
Arabesque Swimming Pool Mosaic Artwork by Westside Tile
Arabesque swimming pool mosaic artwork by Westside Tile
Contemporary Swimming pool Mosaic Artwork by Mosaics Lab
Swimming pool mosaic artwork by Mosaics Lab
Custom-made Swimming pool Mosaic Design by Mosaics Lab
Custom-made swimming pool mosaic design by Mosaics Lab

So, I tried to yammer as little as possible, and let the pictures speak for themselves. If after all of that watery beauty up there you still want to plaster your pool and turn it into a one-dimensional swimming whole, then maybe you don’t deserve a chocolate chip cookie at all. 

Stunning Pool Mosaic Artwork
Stunning pool mosaic artwork
Pool Mosaic Design
Pool mosaic design by Sicis
Glass Mosaic Artwork
Glass mosaic artwork done right
Roman Inspired Pool Mosaic Artwork
Roman inspired pool mosaic artwork
Gorgeous Flower Mosaic Artwork And Design
Gorgeous flower mosaic artwork

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95 Comments

  1. Angela
    May 15, 2019 at 10:28 am

    Those mosaics are fabulous. They really make the pool look special.

  2. Czjai Reyes-Ocampo
    May 15, 2019 at 11:15 am

    The lotus flowers are my favorite among these designs. They give your pool a very relaxing vibe. 🙂

  3. Sara Green
    May 15, 2019 at 12:09 pm

    I love mosaic tiling in pools. I’m not sure if I prefer glass or porcelain, but I do enjoy the Roman inspired artwork, the most.

  4. Corinne
    May 15, 2019 at 1:34 pm

    Oh wow, those mosaics are absolutely stunning! They are so so beautiful! they would change the look of a swimming pool for sure!

  5. Amber Myers
    May 15, 2019 at 1:59 pm

    How pretty! I need to show my parents. They have a pool. I so wish we did.

  6. Natalie
    May 15, 2019 at 2:09 pm

    These are so cool, I don’t think I’ve come across anything similar before. Our pool has a very simple lining, these are definitely an upgrade!

  7. Cristina Petrini
    May 15, 2019 at 2:22 pm

    Swimming pools with mosaic designs have always been my favorite, more mystical and elegant. The history of Villa Versace is historic!

  8. vicky hallnewman
    May 15, 2019 at 4:17 pm

    These mosaic tiles are absolutely stunning in the swimming pools. I wish my garden was big enough for a pool and I would have mosaic tiles in there for decoration.

  9. Myles Nystrom
    May 15, 2019 at 8:02 pm

    Love the concept! And it looks fantastic. If I ever get an in ground pool I’ll seriously consider doing this!

  10. Theresa
    May 15, 2019 at 9:45 pm

    These pools are beautiful and inspiring! I hope to decorate my pool like that one day too!

  11. Jessa B
    May 15, 2019 at 10:23 pm

    these mosaic pools are terrific! I would love to have one done in my dream house one day!

  12. Cindy Ingalls
    May 15, 2019 at 11:09 pm

    Wow, some of these pools are truly impressive and some a little over the top. Regardless, it’s a great way to turn your pool into a piece of art.

  13. Sam
    May 16, 2019 at 12:33 am

    If I had a pool, I’d like to add a mosaic. If I had the budget, I’d go for the glass tile. It’s so beautiful!

  14. Bindu Thomas
    May 16, 2019 at 6:18 am

    Mosaic is a favorite with me. I loved the turtle and the butterfly one best. So colorful and stunning.

  15. Sarah Meh
    May 16, 2019 at 6:26 am

    I love these swimming pools. These are stunning and I want to dive into it 🙂 Mosaic tiles are amazing.

  16. kumamonjeng
    May 16, 2019 at 6:37 am

    Wow, I didn’t know swimming pool too can be decorated with beautiful mosaics. Really looking classy and next time I visit a pool, I shall pay more attention.

  17. Hannah Marie
    May 16, 2019 at 6:42 am

    I am so mesmerized with all designs. This is next level pool game. That Versace is my favorite.

  18. Sharon Rolland
    May 16, 2019 at 7:48 am

    Oh wow, I love that kind of art. It is so beautiful. Awesome pictures.

  19. Gervin Khan
    May 16, 2019 at 9:08 am

    I can’t take off my eyes on those mosaic designs and they are all beautiful and elegant.

  20. Kalyan Panja
    May 16, 2019 at 10:30 am

    Wish I had a swimming pool and could pick one of these cool art works. Fabulous.

  21. Tina
    May 16, 2019 at 10:53 am

    I had no idea mosaic art was so beautiful! The design with the turtles is probably my favourite, it looks like they are floating, it’s so cool!

  22. Catherine Santiago Jose
    May 16, 2019 at 11:25 am

    Everything are so amazing and I can really say that these mosaic artworks will definitely add more beauty in every designs.

  23. Joanna
    May 16, 2019 at 11:30 am

    Oh wow, some of these swimming pools are so gorgeous! I like how you can create a stunning design inside a pool just by using mosaic. The way the water and the light highlight it is so beautiful.

  24. Becca Wilson
    May 16, 2019 at 11:50 am

    All of these are so beautiful! I would love to be able to have something like this at my home.

  25. Monidipa Dutta
    May 16, 2019 at 12:03 pm

    These mosaics look superb. I wish I could get it done at my place.

  26. Alvern
    May 16, 2019 at 1:30 pm

    Simply stunning is all I can say. I am wondering if I had a pool which one I would choose but it is so difficult to decide.

  27. Tara Pittman
    May 16, 2019 at 1:45 pm

    The one with the turtle in the pool is my favorite. I love the way mosaic looks in pools.

  28. The Virginia Nymph
    May 16, 2019 at 2:13 pm

    I’ve never seen such stunning tile art in my life. These are absolutely gorgeous!

  29. Natalia
    May 16, 2019 at 2:29 pm

    I didn’t know that swimming pools can be a piece of art! I’d love to have one at home for sure! 🙂

  30. Krysten Quiles
    May 16, 2019 at 3:21 pm

    Okay these are LOVELY. I have a pool but it’s old and came with the house. I never thought about turning it into art.

  31. Yeah Lifestyle
    May 16, 2019 at 3:53 pm

    I always find mosaics in swimming pools so stunning and beautiful. If I had a swimming pool, I would make sure to have mosaic art!

  32. Bree
    May 16, 2019 at 4:29 pm

    If I had a pool I would love it to have a gorgeous design like one of these! These are beautiful!

  33. Sarah Bailey
    May 16, 2019 at 5:15 pm

    These are some absolutely stunning looking pools. I love the idea of using tiles to make them your own and what you designed could be anything.

  34. Cindy Gordon
    May 16, 2019 at 5:35 pm

    Oh my goodness, those pieces were mind blowing! What a beautiful work of art!

  35. Beeb Ashcroft
    May 16, 2019 at 5:35 pm

    I have always wanted a pool or something that looked like this. What a piece to show off!

  36. Diana Dominguez
    May 16, 2019 at 7:25 pm

    Definitely some amazing looking pools. I really wish I had one right about now. Thanks for sharing!

  37. Catherine
    May 16, 2019 at 9:03 pm

    You never really see mosaics any more but I love that you have found these modern pieces. So beautiful! Thanks for sharing.

  38. Anagha
    May 16, 2019 at 10:26 pm

    OMG! Seriously, so much of creativity flowing up here. I would love to watch these places in real .

  39. Rhonda Albom
    May 16, 2019 at 10:32 pm

    I am convinced! Every one of these pools is stunning. They look so elegant and expensive with the mosaic.

  40. Amanda
    May 16, 2019 at 11:09 pm

    So pretty! One day I”ll have a mosaic pool… 😉

  41. GiGi
    May 17, 2019 at 12:14 am

    HOLY CRAP! I want one of these in my pool!!!

  42. Lisa
    May 17, 2019 at 6:04 am

    Okay, reading this has given me some serious pool envy!! I can only wish of doing this to my own pool one day…

  43. Italian
    May 17, 2019 at 6:22 am

    It is true Mosaic arts in a pool make it from ordinary to extraordinary. It is great to know those amazing pools.

  44. Jenny MacKenzke
    May 17, 2019 at 7:12 am

    Holy cow are these pools gorgeous! I am mesmerized by the process and designs! Stunning

  45. Stephanie Parrell
    May 17, 2019 at 10:02 am

    I am a sucker for mosaics. It is really a lost art but what a difference it makes to the look of things. It is particularly lovely in a pool. Magical!

  46. Crystal carder
    May 17, 2019 at 11:19 am

    I could only imagine having a swimming pool with these beautiful art works. These all look absolutely stunning!

  47. Nina Cochingco
    May 17, 2019 at 12:28 pm

    Mosaic arts are so stunning, I didn’t know that they can also be used for pools.. 😅I’m so ashamed.. Hahaha. 😄🤣

  48. Sue-Tanya Mchorgh
    May 17, 2019 at 12:48 pm

    Oh my goodness oh, these pools are gorgeous. Look at all those details! I can’t seem to pick which one is my favorite. I love all of them especially the one with the swirls.

  49. Owen G
    May 17, 2019 at 2:05 pm

    Such a nice design of mosaic arts on tiles. I would really love it if I had those turtles in my pool.. 😂

  50. Razena
    May 17, 2019 at 3:26 pm

    Our swimming pool is a wreck since we started having a drought in my province a few years ago and needs a resurface. I was thinking we should demo it and plant a garden instead but these pools are making me think again. I have never seen such amazing mosaic designs.

    • May 18, 2019 at 7:57 am

      yeah adding a mosaic to the pool makes the entire difference in terms of look and feel. But if you’re having a drought maybe it does make sense to have a garden instead.

  51. Amy Smith
    May 17, 2019 at 4:11 pm

    Wow. Those are beautiful. The turtle one is my favorite!

  52. Lydia Smith
    May 17, 2019 at 5:59 pm

    All the mosaic design are beautiful and unique. Am in love with all the design, they are all my favourite.

  53. Alexandra Cook
    May 17, 2019 at 7:37 pm

    Wow that is some really incredible work! I would love to have that done to my pool!

  54. Nina Cochingco
    May 17, 2019 at 7:44 pm

    I like the red flowers design and the butterfly, they really look so great. Mosaic arts is so stunning.. 😍🦋

  55. Alexandra Cook
    May 17, 2019 at 7:46 pm

    This is absolutely gorgeous. It makes me wish I had a pool just for this!

  56. Stefani Tolson
    May 17, 2019 at 8:13 pm

    These are so neat! I really like the sunflower pool. If I was to ever have a pool designed in my backyard I would want something cool on the bottom.

  57. jill Nunn
    May 17, 2019 at 8:39 pm

    These pools are amazing! They sure put ours to shame…maybe I need to talk the hubby into a makeover!

  58. Alexa Pilo
    May 17, 2019 at 9:26 pm

    I love all designs! They are an excellent idea to give an artistic touch to one of the most relaxing areas of the house.

  59. stacey
    May 17, 2019 at 10:47 pm

    I love the idea of mosaics in a pool. Because you can really personalize even a small pool into your own creation.

  60. Claudia
    May 17, 2019 at 10:51 pm

    So many beautiful artwork in this pools. Very artistic and creative work.

  61. Kim Seghers
    May 17, 2019 at 11:34 pm

    That’s some incredibly talented artist that do those mosaics. Honestly I loved all the pools and the mosaic work!

  62. The Frugal Samurai
    May 17, 2019 at 11:46 pm

    That is friggin awesome… looks incredible and man, makes me very jelly of these pool owners! Party at their place surely!

  63. Stephanie
    May 17, 2019 at 11:59 pm

    I don’t have a swimming pool but if I did I would totally put in a mosaic design. I think they’re just absolutely gorgeous and add so much to the aesthetics of a pool.

  64. Kathy Kenny Ngo
    May 18, 2019 at 12:02 am

    Looking at the different mosaics, you’ve convinced me. I would choose something fun though. I don’t think I can swim in a pool with a menacing looking statue head on it haha.

    • May 18, 2019 at 7:55 am

      That’s funny but it makes sense lol…

  65. Alexandra
    May 18, 2019 at 12:27 am

    Incredible pieces of art! Dreaming about a pool just like those!

  66. Kisha Stewart-Harris
    May 18, 2019 at 12:54 am

    The contemporary mosaic art pool design is probably my favorite, although most of them were just so stunning that it was hard to choose. I wonder if you can actually see the designs while your swimming, or if most of them are only visible that way when looking from outside of the water? Either way, they are just gorgeous.

    • May 18, 2019 at 7:54 am

      You can actually see the designs while swimming and it is just beautiful. I don’t know how to explain it but the whole experience is different and amazing.

  67. Urvi
    May 18, 2019 at 2:40 am

    Wow this mosaic looks incredible. I truly agree this mosaic gives an art look to swimming pool.

  68. Nati
    May 18, 2019 at 4:45 am

    So many unbelievable swimming pools! Mosaic is definitely an art!

  69. Sophia
    May 18, 2019 at 8:01 am

    I have never seen anything like this but it is incredible. I love this kind of art.

  70. Kaycee Enerva
    May 18, 2019 at 8:22 am

    Those swimming pool artwork looks like a dream!

  71. Linda Voltaire
    May 18, 2019 at 9:03 am

    Wow, I am convinced! Makes the pools into an art object! Love the glass tiles – of course they are more expensive… haha! The first blue patterns are magic. Great photos and inspiration

  72. Konstantina
    May 18, 2019 at 9:57 am

    Omg I would be more than happy to have something similar in my house too but most likely I won’t. Great inspiration tho, these designs are awesome.

  73. Lori Bosworth
    May 18, 2019 at 10:43 am

    Wow, all of those swimming pools are stunning! I would love to have a pool with Mosaic art!

  74. Sarah
    May 18, 2019 at 10:49 am

    These Mosaic pools are gorgeous! I would love to do this to my pool!

  75. Madhurima Maiti
    May 18, 2019 at 11:25 am

    Omg! These mosaic ideas looks awesome. They can make any ordinary pool look artsy! I loved the turtle mosaic. I think I should recommend this contemporary mosaic art to all my loved ones who own swimming pools. Thanks.

  76. Nayna Kanabar
    May 18, 2019 at 1:27 pm

    The mosaic design styles are spectacular and look so amazing. They add a very stylish touch to the pools.

  77. Lissette
    May 18, 2019 at 2:44 pm

    There is a lot of gorgeous mosaics there! The contemporary pool is amazing! Such amazing artistry.

  78. Melissa
    May 18, 2019 at 3:06 pm

    Wow, this is absolutely gorgeous!!! So much hard work put into these!!

  79. Jeannette
    May 18, 2019 at 5:03 pm

    These are amazing. Are they a new trend or is this something that has been a thing? I love the character it gives the pools. My favorite is the Gorgeous flower mosaic artwork

  80. Dana Brillante-Peller
    May 18, 2019 at 5:14 pm

    I love the idea of having a mosaic in the pool. Very clever!

  81. Jackline A
    May 18, 2019 at 7:03 pm

    These mosaic artwork is gorgeous. So many talented artists.

  82. Danielle
    May 18, 2019 at 7:19 pm

    All of these swimming pools are so gorgeous and the tile work is absolutely amazing!

  83. Tushar
    May 18, 2019 at 7:24 pm

    Such great mosaic swimming pool designs. They look amazing!

  84. Jennifer Tanney
    May 18, 2019 at 9:05 pm

    When I buy a house a pool is definitely something I want. It would be incredible to include one of these mosaics in my pool. I love the turtles.

  85. Chris T.
    May 19, 2019 at 4:05 am

    Wow, I never knew mosaic could this be so beautiful for pool tiles. Contemporary designs looks best.

  86. Melissa Corsari
    May 19, 2019 at 8:07 am

    these mosaics look incredible. This is 100% art and I love that the theme is nature.

  87. David Elliott
    May 19, 2019 at 10:30 am

    That would be so amazing. It reminds me of Roman art to put this at the bottom of a pool. It would be so awesome.

  88. Jasmine Hewitt
    May 19, 2019 at 10:19 pm

    i love the look of mosaics in pools! i want one in my bathroom sine i dont have a pool

  89. Sundeep
    May 20, 2019 at 2:01 am

    All the mosaic art are amazing I really love the butterfly one.

  90. Eloise
    May 21, 2019 at 4:18 pm

    I would love to have a pool with a beautiful mosaic art piece for decor, the turtles are amazing!

  91. emma iannarilli
    May 21, 2019 at 5:33 pm

    Oh my goodness, these pools are truly incredible. I would love a pool, I’d settle for a paddling pool at the moment though.

  92. Enriqueta E Lemoine
    May 21, 2019 at 6:58 pm

    When think that you already saw everything, then you come and leave me in awe! This is astonishing! Awesome! Unbelievable!