Swimming Pool Tile Ideas

Posted 01/10/2018 by Arizona Tile

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Aequa Cirrus R11 Anti-Slip Finish Porcelain Tile from Arizona Tile
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When designing or resurfacing your pool, there are so many tile options to choose from. Tiled swimming pools are one of the best ways to highlight a favorite tile—you love how it looks in your house, so why not bring it outdoors? Whether you love the look of glass mosaics, natural stone, patterned porcelain or other surfaces, you have plenty of options when it comes to finding the perfect pool tile for your taste and budget. 

Let’s take a look at some of the best—and most stylish—tiles to use in and around your swimming pool.

Dunes Glass Series Tile From Arizona Tile
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1. Glass Mosaics

Beachy, iridescent glass mosaics are a timeless choice for pool designs, due to their sun-reflecting shine and, typically, ocean-inspired coloring. Intricate and striking, glass tiles like Dunes work just as well for pool use as they do for kitchen backsplashes or showers. Plus, the natural water resistance of glass makes it a practical choice for outdoor applications. You can use these glass mosaics both at the waterline and fully submerged in your pool design.

If you’re aiming for a custom look, glass mosaics are a classic option for creating a customized tile design in your swimming pool. 

Reverie 1 Pool Waterline Porcelain Tile From Arizona Tile
Image: Reverie 1 Pool Waterline Porcelain Tile From Arizona Tile

2. Decorative Tile

Decorative porcelain pool tile is a popular choice, used to give your swimming pool design an intricate, patterned touch at the waterline. The Cementine Posa Series can add an antiqued aesthetic, while our Cementine Black & White is perfect for those who love a geometric, mid-century modern style. Our Chymia Series features black and white pattern mixes for a striking addition to the pool. Reverie is another porcelain tile that offers a range of 12 patterns along with four solid colors to create a coordinating pool waterline tile design. While each of these porcelain tiles can be used at the pool’s waterline, they are not intended for submerged installations. 

Perfect for kitchens, living spaces and pools alike, patterned porcelain tile has a versatile appeal and charming vintage touch that adds real character to your design.

Reside R11 Anti-Slip Finish Poolside Porcelain Tile from Arizona Tile
Image: Reside R11 Anti-Slip Finish Poolside Porcelain Tile from Arizona Tile

3. Stone-Look Pool Tile 

If you’re a fan of the natural stone look, there are plenty of stone-look porcelain tiles available that can be used around the pool. Porcelain tile that features R11 Anti-Slip Finish is an excellent choice for pool decking and surrounding areas that are prone to getting wet and slippery. R11 Finish gives the tiles an anti-slip texture without changing its original look, making your pool area safe, comfortable and stylish. Several of our stone- and wood-look porcelain tile series are available with this unique finish, including Anthology, Pietra Italia, Konkrete, More Wood, Unica, Reside, and Aequa


Islandia Glass Tile From Arizona Tile
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4. Subway Tile

Subway tile is popularly used throughout the home, especially in kitchen backsplash designs and bathroom applications. Islandia Glass, available in a range of coastal colors, makes an ideal tile choice for the pool. Whether you like the classic subway tile arrangement or something more unique like chevron, it’s a great way to transform your pool with a contemporary design. The glass Dunes series is also available in a 3”x12” size for that subway tile look. 

No matter how you choose to design or resurface your pool, each of these tile ideas is a practical and beautiful way to get the job done. From glass mosaics that can be submerged to decorative porcelain for the pool waterline and anti-slip tiles for the pool area, there are plenty of options for creating a tiled swimming pool that you’ll enjoy for years to come.

See what your dream pool could look like with the Just Imagine Visualizer from Arizona Tile.