Modern Pool Waterline Tile Ideas for Your Backyard Oasis

Posted 04/30/2021 by Arizona Tile

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Backyard Oasis With Pool Waterline Tile
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Summer is magical with the warm sun brightening your backyard and mood, a tropical drink in hand, and a refreshing pool to cool off in. For the blissful summer of your dreams, it's time to start planning or renovating your pool design. To add personality, luxury, and even practicality to your backyard oasis, consider these swimming pool waterline tile ideas.

What Material is Best for the Pool Waterline?

For your outdoor space, especially your pool waterline, porcelain tiles are the best choice. Outdoor porcelain tiles are the ultimate low maintenance solution. They are easy to clean, incredibly durable, and won't fade in the sunlight. Unlike other materials, porcelain tiles stand up to harsh elements and water because they are non-porous. Smooth to the touch and beautiful to look at, porcelain tiles turn your swimming pool into your personal paradise. 

Swimming pool tile is more than just an aesthetic choice. Body oils, sunscreen, lotion, and pollen on the water's surface can leave behind a scummy line around your pool if not properly protected. A porcelain tile waterline is easy to clean, and elevates your entire outdoor design by adding personality and visual intrigue.

Concerto Cocoa Porcelain Tile from Arizona Tile
Image: Concerto Cocoa Porcelain Tile from Arizona Tile

4 Pool Waterline Tile Ideas

When you imagine throwing your next summertime pool party, picture how it could be even better with a new sparkling tile waterline. Here are a few tile ideas to elevate your pool to the next level:

Versatile Glazed Tile

 When you look at a pool, the waterline is probably the first thing you see. It should be eye-catching in a good way. For a pool perimeter that shimmers in the sunlight, a glossy glazed tile is a great option. Its gently textured, glossy surface looks even better when magnified by pool water. Our Concerto Tile Collection comes in different shapes and sizes, like slender rectangles or mosaic squares, which offer versatility and easy customization. These porcelain tiles are smooth to the touch yet still softly textured to add dimension and depth to your design. With elegant glazed tiles, your swimming pool will look like it's taken right out of a resort hotel. 

Gioia Turquoise Porcelain Tile From Arizona Tile
Image: Gioia Turquoise Porcelain Tile From Arizona Tile

Splash of Color

The pool water is not the only thing that can make a splash. You can brighten and elevate your whole backyard design with a bold tile color choice. With bright colors like lime, mango, and papaya, you can turn your swimming pool into a tropical oasis with tile colors as juicy and zesty as fresh fruit. Create the illusion of pool water as beautifully blue as the Caribbean Sea by using turquoise, aqua, navy, or azure waterline tiles. Colored tiles can be deep and luxurious, bright and eye-catching, or a combination of the two. The Gioia tile collection lets you show your personality and boost your swimming pool design with its pops of color on glossy porcelain tile.

Cementine Posa Porcelain Tile from Arizona Tile
Image: Cementine Posa Porcelain Tile from Arizona Tile

"Hand-Painted" Tile

Picture yourself strolling down a peaceful cobblestone street while vacationing in Europe, or relaxing in an outdoor spa with the ocean breeze in your hair. Believe it or not, a beautiful design feature like hand-painted mosaic tiles can capture that enchanting vacation experience without you having to leave the comfort of your home.

You can now have tiles that look like they were meticulously painted by hand but are actually smooth porcelain with a digitally printed design. Cementine Rectified Porcelain tilesadd vintage, exotic charm while still being modern and new. These lookalike hand-painted tiles have the unique ability to grab your attention, tell you an exciting story, and transform your pool into your dream vacation spot. These "hand-painted" tiles can be arranged into abstract patterns that turn your pool waterline into an original work of art. 

Glass Designs

Glass is another great choice for pool waterlines. Similar to porcelain, glass tiles are easy to clean, surprisingly durable, and beautiful to look at. They come in a wide variety of shapes and colors, allowing every design to be its own unique mosaic. With the Dunes collection's organic shapes, like leaves or waves, or more traditional geometric designs, like various sizes of rectangles and squares, glass tiles are a versatile solution for pool waterlines.

Just like the surface of pool water catching rays of sunlight, glass tiles shimmer and sparkle in the sun. Enhance your entire outdoor design with these smooth, tinted, and translucent tiles.

It's Time to Start Your Pool Design

Whether you are getting a pool installed or want to upgrade your current pool design, Arizona Tile is here to help. With a large collection of smooth tiles, you will be able to find the perfect color, material, finish, and pattern that fits your style. You can continue to explore pool waterline tile ideas with our design tools or contact us to get started with your swimming pool tile project today.