For years, swimming pool owners filled their backyard paradise with the bright blue waters of the Caribbean. The brighter the better! And while the tropical feel still dominates the industry, some consumers have turned to other pool vibes—earthy greens to mimic hidden forest pools or crystal clear expanses that glimmer as refreshing as a pure stream burbling from the side of a mountain.
All this artistry is possible thanks to decorative pool finishes. The unsung hero of swimming pool design, pool finish—composed of plaster, pebbles, quartz, or glass beads--lays the foundation for water color from sparkling translucent shades of aqua to deeper, woodland hues.
Other factors also influence the color of your pool’s water. A pool’s water will look different in full sun than it does under cloud cover or in early morning or late afternoon hours. If you have tall trees shading your pool, the water color will appear darker. Surrounding buildings can also cast this effect. A pool’s shallow end will also appear lighter than its deeper water.
To achieve blue water, select a pool finish with white, blue, or gray pigment. For green water, choose a darker pool finish with green, tan, brown, or black pigment. Choose your finish and water color to complement your pool’s atmosphere:
The NPT Pool Finish Collection offers a wide array of colors and textures from rustic pebble, to silky smooth quartz, or even striking glass beads. Here are some of our most popular options:
Capture the sparkle and brilliance of the world’s finest gems in a stunning, durable interior swimming pool finish. JewelScapes® combines the beauty of smooth, colorful glass beads with the highest quality pigments and aggregates for a finish that’s beyond compare. Click here for color selections.
This stunningly smooth mix of marble and glass aggregates is polished using diamond abrasives. Mirrored highlights that sparkle in the sun make PolishedScapes® as pleasing to the eye as it is to the touch. Click here for color selections.
Give your pool or spa the natural beauty of a pebble-bottomed stream with a StoneScapes® pool finish. An inviting selection of colors and textures allow pool owners to express their unique style. StoneScapes® combines artistry with durability and comfort to create the perfect finish for any pool or spa. Click here for color selections.
A premium blend of crushed quartz, white cement and mineral-based pigments, QuartzScapes® merges beauty and strength for a stunning pool finish. Natural quartz is one of the world’s strongest minerals and NPT’s QuartzScapes® interior swimming pool finishes create reliable beauty that will last. Click here for color selections.
These high-performance blend pool finishes are created with ColorScapes® ceramic-coated quartz crystals (similar to mini quartz tiles) for uniform color and a better pool finish that is easy to install and looks great every time. Click here for color selections.
Tried and true, plaster has proven an attractive pool finish for years. Reflect the colors of nature in your pool or spa with PlasterScapes® tinted pool plaster. Achieve beautiful, consistent, lasting colors with high quality pigments for a unique, enduring finish. Click here for color selections.
Not sure what finish is right for you? Here are a few questions to get you on the road to designing your dream pool:
|Quartz||Glimmers in the Sun|
|Glass||Smooth, sparkly surface|
To better appreciate the unique beauty that differentiates these finishes and how each of these finishes reflects the conditions of your climate, ask your local pool builder to show examples of some recent work in your area. View NPT’s online catalog of finishes or visit your closest NPT showroom to view and touch samples of all finishes.