Tile & Stone: Subtle touches to your pool oasis

With so many features and outdoor options these days, people aren’t just settling for boring pool areas anymore. Today’s outdoor areas are truly becoming living spaces with small touches to make them both beautiful and eye catching. Creative and subtle uses of tile and stone can make any pool area a stunning oasis to retreat to.

We all know that pools and the area outside of them are made from a variety of tile and stones depending on which you choose. There are many sizes, colors, textures, types, and materials natural stone can be made from but there are some things you need to keep in mind.

The first and foremost is your budget. Your budget can tell you the kind of tiles you can get for your pool because the more intricate the design, the more expensive the tiles are. Setting a budget can also help you purchase something that is within your allocated amount.

The next big factor in choosing stone or tile for your pool is whatever the choice, a good tip for outdoor areas is to choose one that is slip resistant (especially if used in pools and walkways). This may seem like a pretty obvious one but it’s something to keep in mind. A pool deck material that is frequently considered is flagstone, a common term for any type of flat slab of natural paving. This type of stone is ideal for around a pool because it has a non-slip surface, resists moisture and heat, and can withstand constant use.

Choosing something that is durable and fits in with your design aesthetic is also important. A popular stone tile for outdoor use is tumbled Travertine tiles, as they are easy to maintain, have a very elegant appearance, do not get “hot” to bare feet, add real value to your home, easy to install, and are excellent in the Bermuda elements. Pool builders, especially, have come to depend on this material’s porous nature and tendency to remain cool to the touch.

Many pool designers also prefer Limestone (something we are not strangers too here in Bermuda) and not only construct decks using this material, but also prefer to use its good looks for pool coping.

Commonly, floor tiles are blue or white, which reflects light, and make it more attractive. Blue and white are good for deeper water because it can distort the colors of the tiles. Avoid using dark colors for the base of the pool for it will be less evident as to the depth of the pool. You can try using contrasting bands of colors for an attractive touch. You can also try using bright colors and creative patterns to add splash and life in the pool.

We’ve all seen natural stone and tile as a great flooring and pool option however these days tiles can do a whole lot more. With many shapes, sizes, colors and textures you’ve got limitless choices when it comes to creating the pool of your dreams and an outdoor Shangri-La.

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