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Why mosaic tiles are the best solution for your pool

(4 min read) Ahhh it’s finally Summer! Yay!… That was me passively-aggressively pretending I’m glad I’m enjoying the 100 degrees Fahrenheit weather. I’m not really pro-air conditioning, and neither is my sinuses, so the only solution for when the hell on earth starts is, of course — a pool.

Mosaic art at its most realistic. Mosaic by Pool Zoom.

Whether you are considering making one or renovating your dingy old and switching it up, this is the article for you. We will discuss why mosaic tiles are THE BEST for your swimming pool both practically and in appearance.

Pool mosaic designs and pool tiles
Simple, yet effective mosaic design.

Beautiful roman Pool tiles
Beautiful Roman Key pool mosaic design.

Price vs durability

Tiling your pool may look pricey at the moment, but once done, it will easily bring you a couple of decades of perfect bliss, simply because tiles are much more durable than any other commonly used pool surface. Even if you drop a piano in your pool and a tile or two get chipped, they will be easy to repair or replace. Why would you drop a piano in your pool? Well, how do I know? Party however you want to party. I won’t be the one judging. If pushing a piano into your pool tickles your fancy then go for it. I’m just trying to help you with the mosaic tile advice. Now stop asking stupid questions and let’s move on…

Gorgeous pool mosaic tiles
Wavy and vivid mosaic tiles and designs.

Say “plaster*… now say “no”

No, seriously, say “plaster”… Sounds cheap, right? But not good kind of cheap. The worst thing is, it’s not cheap at all! Sure you may go for it, but it will cost so much more once it grows filth-looking green and brown algae and once it starts crumbling over time. See, plaster is porous and prone to staining of all kinds. You don’t want your pool to look like a pizza capriccioso, right? Well, you’re in luck, because algae won’t grow on tiles, mosaic tiles are incredibly tough and resistant, and tiles don’t retain stains. So, once you’ve tiled your pool, you can order the said pizza and snack on the poolside knowing you’ve made the right choice. You’re welcome.

Beautiful pool mosaic tiles
Detailed and colorful.

Aggregate is a lie

So hear me out on this one… Aggregate consists of all kinds of bits and pieces of glass, stone, crystal, and ceramic in A PLASTER matrix. What’s with the deceit aggregate, huh? How dare you?! See aggregate is basically like a puke of some high-quality stuff mixed in PLASTER. Yes, the same porous, stains, algae-welcoming plaster. Sure, it’s a bit more resilient and has a slightly better look than plaster because it’s not just an ordinary type of … puke. However, comparing aggregate to tiles is like comparing Jamie Lynn to Britney Spears. There’s no comparison possible. Tiles are “It’s Britney bi*ch.”

Mosaic tiles and pool mosaic designs
When it comes to pool decoration, mermaids are the way to go.

Pool mosaic tiles
Customized with lovely mosaic details. Mosaic by AquaBlu Mosaics.

Sooooo, ceramic, glass, or stone?

Well, I suppose that this part is the trickiest. The choice will ultimately depend on the vibe you are trying to go for. (Yes, I said “vibe”, I’m a millennial, please don’t shoot me.) Stone tiles are terrific if you want to give your pool a classical Mediterranean feel, while glass tiles are great if you have some extra cash and want to give your pool that fairy-like iridescent vibe. However, nothing fits every requirement quite like ceramic. Ceramic mosaic tiles are affordable, incredibly versatile, so basically if you can imagine it, there is a ceramic tile that will help make it. Ceramic tiles are perfect for full customization and unique design ideas. You can’t go wrong with ceramic.

Mosaic tiles and pool mosaic artwork
Mediterranean vibe.

Stunning pool mosaic tiles and mosaic artworks
Glass mosaic tiles

Glass mosaic tiles and mosaic artwork for pools
Gorgeous Glass Mosaic tiles.

OMG, so many designs…

Yep, deciding on the mosaic art design will require some lengthy brainstorming sessions. You can always go for some blues and greens and throw a turtle or two in there. I mean make a mosaic turtle, so it looks as if it’s swimming in your pool, not kill a turtle by throwing it into a pool in the middle of construction That’s not even funny. You are starting to worry me… You can also go for an abstract mosaic art involving some vivid colors, so your pool looks like an acid trip, no wait. I meant to say a fever dream Yeah. That would be a great feature if you intend to throw some parties once this whole pandemic thing ends. Some of my favorite designs are unusual ones that look kind of misplaced. There’s just something so charming about red roses on the bottom of a pool, or maybe birds in mid-flight. Quirky, but charming.

Pool mosaic artwork
“Throw in a mosaic turtle, or two…”

Pool Mosaic tiles and Mosaic artwork.
Gorgeous and intricate.

So there you go. I hope I’ve answered some of your questions. Maybe I’ve even earned an invitation to your next pool party. Pretty please? I’ll come topless and bring pizza capricciosa, deal?




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M. Belosh

M. Belosh

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  1. Rosey
    July 1, 2021 at 8:30 pm

    Those dolphins do look so realistic. I miss having a pool but I don’t miss the constant maintenance.

  2. Arti
    July 1, 2021 at 10:18 pm

    Great post. I don’t have a pool yet. I am keeping my fingers crossed to have a house with a pool in the future. By the way very beautiful design suggestions.

  3. Heather
    July 1, 2021 at 10:28 pm

    If we have a pool in our next home, we will absolutely get a mosaic done. I think they look amazing.

  4. Kayla DiMaggio
    July 2, 2021 at 9:57 am

    I love this! These mosaic tiles make these pools absolutely stunning!

  5. Krysten Quiles
    July 2, 2021 at 10:09 am

    The pool I have now doesn’t have tile, it’s a plastic kind of thing. But I would much prefer a mosaic, they can really turn a pool into a piece of art.

  6. Aisha
    July 2, 2021 at 11:53 am

    Mosaics seem to be more durable and last longer than plaster and other materials. Also, it is way beautiful judging by these photos!

  7. Catherine
    July 2, 2021 at 12:09 pm

    I think the mosaics are gorgeous in pools under the glistening water. Gorgeous designs here!

  8. Berlin Domingo
    July 2, 2021 at 1:01 pm

    The first time i saw mosaic tiles, i instantly fell for them. They exudes sexiness and tradition at the same time.

  9. Melanie
    July 2, 2021 at 4:57 pm

    These are so cool!!! I wish we had a pool like this!

  10. Kimberly Storms
    July 3, 2021 at 12:52 am

    Oh for the love of art in all our special places and for sure a pool is a special place. If one is going to put in a pool, making sure a company can handle this tile work is a must!

  11. Lyosha Varezhkina
    July 3, 2021 at 5:11 am

    beautiful ideas! I definitely wish I had a pool for it

  12. aisa sami
    July 3, 2021 at 8:37 am

    These mosaic pieces bring a sense of calming and comfort to anyone who views them or in their presence. I wish I could have some mosaic pieces in my place to help soothe me.

  13. Wren LaPorte
    July 3, 2021 at 9:13 am

    These look so amazing. Something to think about when I do an inground pool.

    July 3, 2021 at 9:16 am

    I love that there are so many different options for swimming pools. Some of the designs can look so pretty.

  15. Melanie Varey
    July 3, 2021 at 9:21 am

    Some of those pool mosaic patterns are just stunning! Amazing colours and designs. Wow!

  16. Rhian Westbury
    July 3, 2021 at 11:03 am

    Whenever I’ve been away mosaic tiles is generally what the swimming pools there have had. Swimming pools aren’t common in the UK but if I had one I’d go for mosaic too x

  17. Paula Richie
    July 3, 2021 at 1:45 pm

    Oh my gosh! Every one of those pools are stunning. The glass, stone, crystal, and ceramic combination is awesome.

  18. Catherine
    July 3, 2021 at 2:51 pm

    Some of these pools are just works of art! How impressive…I couldn’t imagine having such a gorgeous pool…it looks like a dream!

  19. Anzie
    July 3, 2021 at 9:04 pm

    How beautiful! Loved the designs especially the mermaid and turtle ones❤️ I wish I had a stunning pool in my backyard!

  20. Alita Pacio
    July 3, 2021 at 9:25 pm

    mosaic art designs are amazing. SO many beautiful choices and it really makes it hard to choose the best.

  21. Lavanda Michelle
    July 3, 2021 at 11:13 pm

    This is such a nice idea. I love Mosaic, I will keep this in mind, once we move.

  22. Sarah Stockley
    July 5, 2021 at 3:18 am

    I love how the mosaic tiles look in the pool, they show up so well under the clear water. They look so effective.

  23. Rive
    July 5, 2021 at 4:35 am

    Mosaic tiles work so well for the pool. So aesthetically pleasing and colourful too!

  24. Jupiter Hadley
    July 5, 2021 at 6:43 am

    I really love the look of mosaic tiles for pools. When my grandmother had a pool, she had plastic lining that looked like mosaics, but needed to be replaced every other year due to wear and tear – seems like mosaics would have been more permanent!

  25. Elle Cole
    July 5, 2021 at 7:23 am

    The mosaic tiles add a unique elegance to the pool. It makes it look more intentional and expensive.

  26. Ivan M. Jose
    July 5, 2021 at 10:15 am

    The designs of those swimming pools are absolutely stunning. I’d like to have that in my home if I could afford it.

  27. Joline
    July 5, 2021 at 11:39 am

    Lemme tell you, if we had the space and the budget for a pool, we’ll be all over mosaic tiles! They’re gorgeous.

  28. Neely Moldovan
    July 5, 2021 at 2:11 pm

    I love mosaic tiles on pools. SO gorgeous to look at and looks beautiful with the water.

  29. Marjie Mare
    July 5, 2021 at 10:10 pm

    The mosaic is definitely making all these pools shine. I am dreaming to have one of them one day.

  30. P.B.
    July 6, 2021 at 3:35 am

    You never fail with your posts! The tiles in the swimming pool look fantastic! talk about a great way to add character and set a tone in your outdoor area! Thanks for complementing your info with such beautiful pictures. It is always a joy to read your blog.

  31. Kate
    July 6, 2021 at 4:13 am

    All these pool mosaics look amazing… so much nicer than plastic lining! If I lived somewhere warmer, I’d love an outdoor pool!

  32. Stephanie
    July 6, 2021 at 7:45 am

    I don’t have a pool right now, but I love the look of mosaics in it whenever we do get a pool. My in-laws have a mosaic wall along one side of their pool that reflects the light and makes it seem to dance on the water.

    July 6, 2021 at 8:39 am

    I do love the look of tiles in a pool. It’s so much nicer than the plain ones that you see.

  34. Wren
    July 6, 2021 at 8:55 am

    Such beautiful artwork for a pool. Something I would love to have in an inground pool when I finally have one done!

  35. Melanie williams
    July 6, 2021 at 9:06 am

    Mosiac tiles are so lovely when done right. I think that they can look really nice in a swimming pool for sure x

  36. Ivan M. Jose
    July 6, 2021 at 10:28 am

    My favorite is definitely the Mediterranean-style pool and the detailed and colorful swimming pool. It’s nice to have those in one’s home.

  37. Rach
    July 6, 2021 at 10:53 am

    Mosaic tiles are definitely amazing to use and beautiful as well. Imagine all the wonderful designs you could come up with it.

  38. Lyanna Soria
    July 6, 2021 at 10:58 am

    All of those designs are looking absolutely beautiful and you could make so many designs with those tiles which is great.

  39. Rea
    July 6, 2021 at 1:59 pm

    I have been to some stunning pools and the most attractive ones are those with mosaic designs. Some lovely designs here, especially the Roman Key Pool

  40. Lyosha
    July 6, 2021 at 2:39 pm

    great post, great tips. I really wish I had a pool!

  41. Jenjen Balatico
    July 7, 2021 at 3:20 am

    If I were to create and build my own swimming pool I will also pick mosaic tiles

  42. Kim C
    July 7, 2021 at 8:14 am

    Wow! I really love this kind of tiles. This makes me so amazed!

  43. Garf
    July 7, 2021 at 9:13 am

    Those dolphins look realistic. The tiles have beautiful designs.

  44. Melissa Cushing
    July 8, 2021 at 12:30 pm

    If I ever get an indoor pool… I would for sure use mosaics as those pools are masterpieces! Gorgeous and appreciate your sharing 😉

  45. Tammie Houston
    September 14, 2021 at 8:39 am

    I really loved the look of tiled pools and how they make it look much classier than it really is. I’m planning on getting our pool remodeled so that it fits the more Mediterranean vibe that our house has and I love that you included Mediterranean designs in your article. It’s good to hear that tiles are durable and easily replaceable if they are ever broken. That low cost in maintaining it will be really beneficial in the long run.