Swimming Pool Paint Colors

Whether your swimming pool is brand-new or needs a facelift, the paint color you choose can make all the difference. Lighter colors show dirt more easily and therefore may need more frequent cleaning. Darker colors can add a touch of drama to what is already considered a glamorous asset. You can always choose a shade of trusty blue, but absolutes such as black and white can alter the experience both for swimmers and poolside observers.

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  • Blue is among the most popular swimming pool paint colors in part because it is a color associated with water, according to Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania Department of Instructional Technology's website. Certainly, a blue surface will make the pool water appear to be blue, an effect that is heightened on days when the sky is clear. As to psychology, according to the above website blue "represents peace, tranquility, calm." Whether you want to induce calm in children who may be nervous of water or you crave a relaxing environment when you do your daily laps, blue can be a good choice. Shades of blue may include turquoise, aqua, powder blue and pale blue.


  • Among the more dramatic hues, black swimming pool paint is a standout. As black can prove frightening to youngsters, it may not be the best choice for a pool children will use often. However, if your goal is to stage glamorous parties and events around your pool, black is a clever idea. Black connotes "sophistication" and "elegance," according to the Bloomsburg University website. You may decide to use metallic or colorful tile around the pool to set off the black surface. You may even want to create dramatic lighting to enhance the effect of your color choice. In any case, if you plan to use a black pool for nighttime entertaining, quality lighting is especially important for safety purposes.


  • Like black, white is an absolute, but many pool paint colors are actually off-white with yellow or brown undertones. According to marketing agency Precision Intermedia, white connotes "purity" and "cleanliness," so it may prove reassuring to pool users on a psychological level. Try setting off your white pool surface with natural poolside tiling in beige or brown. Use bright flowers in the landscaping around the pool area for a dash of color. Or plan a pool-and-patio scheme that consists entirely of shades of white, such as cream, bone or bisque for a sense of unity. The obvious downside to a white pool surface is that it may require more frequent cleaning than other color choices.


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