Glass Tile Swimming Pool Designs

Glass tile adds immense beauty and allure to swimming pools, and when installed properly, most types of glass tile represent the most durable of all swimming pool and spa surfaces. Glass tiles come in a wide variety of shapes, colors, and finishes, and can be used to accent any style of pool, be it traditional, modern, or natural. Take a look at the countless ways glass tile finishes can be used in pool and spa designs.

 

 

Glass Tile Pool Applications

 

Pool with Glass Tile Waterline

 

Waterline

 

Glass is traditionally used as an accent tile at the swimming pool’s waterline because of the way it captures the light from the sun and mirrors the movement of the water.

 

Photo courtesy of Blue Haven Pools & Spas, San Diego, CA


 

Glass Tile on Pool Steps

Pool Steps and Edges

For a simple design glass tiles can be added along the outer edge of pool steps for a stunning accent.
This can also help swimmers safely distinguish each step as they enter the pool.

 

Photo courtesy of Alka Pool Construction Ltd., Burnaby, BC, Canada


 

Raised Spa with Glass Tile Wall

Raised Spas

 

By adorning the outer walls and coping in glass tile, a raised spa becomes a dazzling showpiece.
Shades of aqua, jade, and blue glass tiles give this raised spa a gem-like luster.

 

Photo courtesy of Cipriano Custom Swimming Pools & Landscaping, Mahwah, NJ; Photography by Ed Pirone

 

Water Walls

 

Glass Tile Accent on Water Wall

 

Photo courtesy of Alka Pool Construction Ltd., Burnaby, BC, Canada

Spa with Glass Tile Water Feature

Glass tiles are one of the most popular types of accent tiles used for water features and water walls because of their glittering effect.

As water cascades from the wall, each glass tile sparkles in the sunlight, creating a shimmering backdrop.

 Photo courtesy of Liquid Design, LLC, Cherry Hill, NJ

Pool Interior

 

Infinity Pool with Glass Tile Interior

Finishing a swimming pool’s interior with glass tiles creates a mesmerizing effect, as the tiles reflect light and make the water come alive.

 

Photo courtesy of Alka Pool Construction Ltd., Burnaby, BC, Canada

 

Pool with Glass Tile Interior

Iridescent glass tiles are often used to accent vanishing edges on infinity pools or perimeter overflows: As the water flows over the pool’s edge, the glass tiles sparkle in the sunlight, highlighting the pool’s dramatic feature.
Photo courtesy of David Tisherman’s Visuals, Inc., Manhattan Beach, CA


Glass Tile Colors & Patterns for Pools

 

Glass Tile Mosaic 

Various decorative patterns and mosaics can be formed on the pool’s floor and walls using glass tiles, from whimsical murals of sea creatures to colorful sunbursts in yellow and orange glass to more sophisticated patterns like this pool’s dark blue Grecian key.

 

Blue Glass Tile in Grecian Key Pattne

Photo courtesy of Cipriano Custom Swimming Pools & Landscaping, Mahwah, NJ; Photography by Ed Pirone

 

Glass Tile Mosaic

Glass tiles can also be arranged in random and geometric patterns for a unique, custom design. Here, blue and white glass tiles were applied along the pool’s border in a wave design and up the walls of the raised spa in a gradient pattern.

 

 

Photo courtesy of Alka Pool Construction Ltd., Burnaby, BC, Canada

 


Multi-colored Glass Tiles

 

By using multiple colors, glass tiles can generate uniform colors or be mixed to create subtle hues that cannot be achieved any other way.

Spa with Multi-colored Glass Tile

See more pools and spas by Elite Concepts, Inc., Dallas, TX >>

 

 

Multi-colored Glass Tiles on Spa Wall

When viewed closely, the color of each glass tile on the spa’s wall is apparent, but when glazed over in water and seen from a short distance, the different colors visually blend together, mimicking the natural hues and texture of the rock waterfall in the background.

 

Photo courtesy of Blue Haven Pools & Spas, San Diego, CA

 


Light-Colored Glass Tiles

 

The use of lighting and colors in glass tiles can dramatically alter the look of a swimming pool. Light-colored tiles have a brightening effect, making the water look crystal clear.

Pool with Light-Colored Tile

Photo courtesy of Essig Pools, Inc., North Miami, FL

 

Below: Notice how the pool’s light-colored glass tiles interact with the water and sunlight, producing a glittery accent along the surface of the pool.

 

Pool with Light Glass Tile Surface

 

 

Photo courtesy of Liquid Design, LLC, Cherry Hill, NJ

Dark-Colored Glass Tiles

Dark glass tiles darken the appearance of water, making it appear as though the pool or spa is a sheet of glass.

 

 

Pool and Spa with Dark Tile

Photo courtesy of Baker Pools, Jenks, OK; member of Aquatech

Spa with Blue Glass Tile

See more pools and spas by Red Rock Pools & Spas, Gilbert, AZ >>
Photo courtesy of Red Rock Pools & Spas, Gilbert, AZ; Photography by Rick Chafey
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