What is A Freeform Swimming Pool?

11/24/2020
by Blue Water Pool Mosaics

As 2020 comes to an end, there’s no better time to start planning ahead for summer 2021. Whether you have an old pool or are looking to invest in a pool for the very first time, exploring all options is essential. Taking your time to make the right choice will keep you and your whole family happy for years to come. Over the last several years, customers around the world have been investing in non-traditional pool shapes. These are referred to as freeform pools. Let’s take a dip into this concept before you take the pool-buying plunge.

What Are Freeform Pools?

If you’ve started the process of buying a pool, you’ve likely seen a wide variety of different pools. While buyers have traditionally been interested in standard shapes like rectangle, square, and kidney-shaped pools, non-traditional shapes are coming into popularity. Freeform pools are designed to provide personalized solutions for homeowners who want to maximize their usable space. The reality is that not everyone has the acreage available to install larger pools. Freeform pools provide flexibility in a variety of ways.

Freeform Pools Provide Endless Options

Before we go any further, take a look at your backyard. Then close your eyes and imagine the possibilities. When it comes to freeform pool designs, the design choices that owners have are limitless. Since these pools don’t have to adhere to traditional design elements, freeform pools are more likely to blend into the rest of your backyard. This is because the design can include a variety of edges, curves, and lines to personalize your space. Many freeform pools are designed to blend into the other elements of your backyard. Picture a beautifully landscaped yard with a connected pool or a grotto with a waterfall. There’s no wrong answer to how you design the space as long as you’re happy and within budget. Don’t rush the design process--explore all the possibilities.

Your Home and Pool Need to Mesh

As you’re beginning the planning process for your home, it’s important to consider how your home looks. A backyard swimming pool is an extension of your home. It’s essential that the two parts go hand in hand. If you intend to install your pool close to your home, meshing the style of your windows, corners, and roof should play a part in your pool design. If your home is more rectangular, pair it with a rectangular pool. If your home is curvier, explore a freeform design that suits your wants. Finding the balance between functional and fashionable is incredibly important--especially given how much of an investment your pool area will be for years to become.

Don’t Forget About the Bells and Whistles

While your pool project starts with a pool, it doesn’t need to be the only thing you add. Think about the rest of your backyard property as well. If your family likes to entertain, look at ways to diversify your future get-togethers. Maybe a poolside bar will fit your aesthetic - somewhere that your family and guests can take a break from playing in the pool on a warm summer day. It could even be a nice place to enjoy a cooler evening. No matter what type of pool and pool area enhancements you choose to install, they should create a little piece of paradise that’s enjoyable all year round. Maybe even a poolside heater to enjoy nights relaxing beside the pool and savor the spoils of your beautiful investment!

Even Freeform Pools Need Good Lighting

As you begin adding additional features to your new pool area, adding an effective lighting strategy will make your pool accessible at any time, day or night. Lighting can be injected into your pool area as in-pool lighting or exterior lighting. Interior pool lighting has changed immensely through the development of LED lights. This new type of light can be programmed to display a variety of colors to suit the situation. Additionally, poolside lighting can provide several options that meet your swimming and recreational needs. A poolside bar area is great to enjoy during the day but once the sun goes down, those moments of joy can be quickly extinguished if it's too dark.

Don’t Forget the Pool Mosaics!

With the larger details handled, it’s important to take a closer look at what's inside your pool. The tiles that line your pool walls and floor are an important part of creating a solid aesthetic. At Blue Water Pool Mosaics, we stock a variety of tiles in a variety of patterns and materials. Whether you’re interested in solids, stripes, or themed image designs, we’ve got you covered. If you want to experiment with different materials, our team can assist you in creating a custom mosaic that includes glass, ceramic, and stone tiles. After all, the freeform pool in your yard should represent you and your family inside and out. Don’t stop until it’s perfect.

Blue Water Pool Mosaics: From Freeform Pools to Beyond

Now that you’ve learned a bit more about what makes freeform pools different, it’s time to start planning your new pool. The process of designing and installing a pool goes beyond the structure itself. At Blue Water Pool Mosaics, our team is composed of experts who understand all the details that go into selecting internal features like floor tiles, liners, interior pool lights, and - of course - pool mosaics. No matter what materials you select, your new mosaic pattern will arrive ready to install. When you’re ready to plan the freeform pool of your dreams, contact us right away.

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Four Hot Pool Mosaic Designs For A Cool Summer 2021

11/09/2020
by Blue Water Pool Mosaics



As 2020 comes to a close, it’s time to look forward to life in 2021. Planning for next summer’s pool season is already in high gear for many pool owners. The fun thing about making updates is that every year will have new trends for which features and design elements will be most popular. Here are four of the hottest custom pool upgrades we predict you’ll want to consider installing before Summer 2021. You will also see how Blue Water Pool Mosaics can assist you with both new installations and upgrades.

Custom Pool Upgrades for 2021: Updated Tiles

Before we look at some more intensive upgrades to your pool and backyard area, let’s talk about the pool itself. Whether you are installing a new pool or simply upgrading parts of your existing pool area, the tiles inside your pool can be a thing of beauty...if they're done right. As you begin looking at new tile designs, let your spirit go wild. Consider a wide variety of materials and aesthetics. Don’t be afraid to experiment to your heart’s content - solid colors, stripes, themed images. Create a unique tile mosaic design that suits your interests. Doing so can really turn your pool into a conversation piece as much as a place to cool off all summer long.


When it comes to using tile designs, it comes down to your personal tastes. Imagine designing a mosaic design that presents new and intriguing designs. Many pool owners are even motivated to create designs with a variety of materials--including glow-in-the-dark tiles.

Custom Pool Upgrades for 2021: LED Lighting

Another type of update to consider for your pool next year is better lighting. Take a look at your pool for a moment. Think about how your pool area looks on the darkest night. If it’s too dark, it’s a great idea to look at installing a new lighting design. LED (or light emitting diode) lighting can be installed along the inner wall of your pool. Adding a custom lighting plan inside your pool can make a night swim incredibly beautiful, safe, and easy to accomplish. When you install new or replace existing lighting, it’s an easy way to make dramatic adjustments to how you and your guests view your backyard paradise.


While you’re installing interior lighting, it’s a great time to consider the pathway you use to get from the house to the pool and vice-versa. Adding LED lighting to your sidewalk can elevate the continued beauty of your pool area--especially if you want to use your pool as a getaway from day-to-day life. Lighting provides an excellent way to modernize your entire backyard--particularly when it comes to improving safety and navigation. Keeping your family and guests safe when swimming at night adds peace of mind.

Custom Pool Upgrades for 2021: Lazy Rivers and Rain Descents

Two additional kinds of pool additions or upgrades that you might consider adding will bring your pool to another level. Lazy rivers can add a whole new degree of relaxation--one that combines water and relaxation. If you have a pool that feels boring, redesigning the space to incorporate a floating area can attract new visitors. Imagine closing your eyes and being able to just relax, allowing the current of your pool to help you drift off into a blissful place.


Rainfall descents are another type of pool area upgrade that goes beyond a normal type of change. Rainfall descents provide an opportunity to connect the inside of your home to the outside pool area. This kind of water feature can be used to separate two sections of your property. Whether you decide to install one to divide the pool from the outdoor bar or a patio area that connects to the pool area, it provides an opportunity for artistic flair to reveal more about your design aesthetic.

Custom Pool Upgrades for 2021: Polymer Walls

Polymer wall surfaces are another hot trend that’s moving pool owners into 2021. These acrylic panels provide multiple purposes: separating sections of your pool and adding depth to the entire area. Customers are investing in polymer walls because they are durable, waterproof, easy to clean, and provide an excellent aesthetic. Imagine looking from your poolside bar and seeing a pool that looks even deeper--it can be an optical illusion that becomes a conversation piece for family and friends alike. These walls have also begun to be added inside homes as well.

Blue Water Pool Mosaics: Keeping Your Pool Hot For 2021

Since 1981, Blue Water Pool Mosaics has been providing unique pool designs and redesigns. As a locally- and family-owned business, we’ve always prided ourselves on being able to help our neighbors. When you work with us, our first objective is to help you design the perfect slice of paradise in your backyard. It’s your pool and you deserve to enjoy it--no matter how long it’s been in your yard. Our team will help to guide you from developing an idea through the delivery process. When you design a custom mosaic, it even arrives at your home ready to install. Don’t move into 2021 with an outdated pool. You are not alone--we’re ready to help. Contact Blue Water Pool Mosaics to learn more today!



Four Cool Trends in Custom Pool Mosaics For 2020

10/23/2020
by Blue Water Pool Mosaics

As summer 2020 turns to fall, the swimming pool season is coming to an end. For homeowners, it’s as good a time as any to look at ways to improve an existing pool area. If you’ve been looking for ways to update your backyard paradise, now is the time. Given how challenging this year has been, it might not seem like a great time to make design changes. The good thing about making changes now is that custom pool mosaics and other cosmetic updates can increase property values in the future. Here are four cool trends you should consider as you redesign parts of your pool.

Custom Pool Mosaics Trend #1: Adding New Mosaic Tile Art

One of the best and easiest ways to improve the look of your pool in the off-season is to add a hand-crafted custom pool mosaic. A pool mosaic can change the entire look of your pool. Adding or updating your tile design can freshen up your piece of paradise in ways you never imagined. When it comes to designing a custom pool mosaic, the sky's the limit. Whether your aesthetic involves solid colors, sea life, or something completely different, it’s all up to you.


Additionally, there’s a wide variety of materials that can be used in designing your mosaic. Glass, ceramic, stone, or glass--the possibilities are endless! You can even mix and match colors, textures, and everything in between. Don’t be afraid to play with patterns before you commit. Also, don’t hesitate to ask the professionals at Blue Water Pool Mosaics for design assistance.

Custom Pool Mosaics Trend #2: Interior/Exterior Pool Lighting

Another way to improve the overall quality and experience in your pool during the fall and winter months is lighting. During the last few years, think about how much time you spent swimming at night. Was the existing lighting plan in and around your pool a reason to avoid it at night? Don’t let darkness deter your family and friends from enjoying swimming at night. Installing new lighting inside your pool can be easily done. Through advanced technologies, LED lighting can be added at or below the water line. A variety of colors can be added to suit your aesthetic.


Additionally, redesigning your lighting pathway from the house to your pool can add safety and comfort for all pool users. Track lighting can be installed that utilizes solar polar to charge the lights throughout the day. Your imagination is the limit when it comes to creating an engaging pool area. Don’t be afraid to experiment with different color patterns when it comes to lighting. Sometimes adding LED lighting can provide rotating lighting that can automatically shift or be adjusted to account for times of the year. Lighting is a great way to embrace the holiday season.

Custom Pool Mosaics Trend #3: New Poolside Seating

A third way to improve your pool area this fall comes down to the space that surrounds your pool. Now that you’ve looked at updating your mosaic tile and lighting designs, it’s time to consider the overall seating design in your backyard. While the weather has turned cooler, it’s a great opportunity to think about what can be done to enhance your entertaining area. If your backyard lacks enough seating, consider adding a variety of chairs, benches, and tables. Give your family and friends choices in how they can help you enjoy your little piece of paradise. Providing a variety of options can open up the possibilities when hosting a variety of parties and get-togethers. Imagine how enjoyable your backyard space can be at any time of the year when you have a variety of seating choices at your disposal at all times.

Custom Pool Mosaics Trend #4: Pool Ledges and Bars

A fourth way to improve the useability and style of your pool may initially seem a bit extreme to your price range and interests. Depending on the type of entertaining that you do, installing decorative ledges and in-pool bars might be the way to go. While pools will always be great places to swim and float on warm summer days, sometimes adult guests need a little more excitement.


Installing an on-pool seating area that allows guests to enjoy a bar area can add a touch of class to your pool. Newer designs even include installing permanent bar stools and benches to the existing floor of your pool. Can you imagine a better way to enjoy an adults-only pool party after the coronavirus has passed us by? Summer 2021 and beyond are going to be incredible times to get together and enjoy your revamped pool.

Blue Water Pool Mosaics: Locally-Owned and Operated Since 1981

For almost 40 years, Blue Water Pool Mosaics has been helping our neighbors to design and improve their pools through custom pool mosaics and other features. We continue to offer pre-made and completely customized design solutions to suit every aesthetic, budget, and scenario. When you design with Blue Water Pool Mosaics, our team is with you from the design to the delivery process. The best part about our mosaics? They arrive completely assembled and ready to install. When you’re ready to make some changes to increase your pool’s cool factor, look no further. Contact us today!

4 Ways to Make Your Pool Usable at Night

10/09/2020
by Blue Water Pool Mosaics

Do you want to be able to use your pool at night? Read on for some ideas from Blue Water Pool Mosaics.

Pool Mosaics Night Swimming Tip #1: Good Lighting

If you are thinking of starting to use your pool at night, a good first step is to consider your outdoor lighting design. There are choices that can be made for both in-pool and poolside lighting. In some cases, you might have already installed in-pool lighting when the pool was installed or during a renovation project. If not, consider how installing LED lighting can really improve your overall nighttime swimming experience. LED lighting often comes in a variety of color patterns that can alternate throughout your evening swim.


Similarly, poolside lighting provides a wide variety of options to meet both the practical and the aesthetic needs of your backyard. Take a closer look at your pool area and figure out what lighting design you might need. Think about all the steps that you and guests will take as you travel from the house to the pool and vice versa. Track lighting along a pathway and other poolside lighting choices might make the area more attractive and safer to use in the evening hours.


Regardless of which lighting changes you make, consider how lovely a custom pool mosaic design will look under the moonlight. At Blue Water Pool Mosaics, our designers can help you craft the perfect design that will look engaging under daylight or evening lights. We provide options in a variety of different patterns and formulations to suit your design needs and tastes.

Pool Mosaics Night Swimming Tip #2: A Well-Designed Pool Area

As you consider your options, consider how the poolside area really looks. While you want to create a pool area that is inviting for guests and family members to use, too much clutter can be especially dangerous after dark. Think about ways to keep pathways between the house to the pool clear of obstructions. Imagine a table with an umbrella and a few chairs in one corner of your pool area - out of the way but not inaccessible. It could be a relaxing place to admire your pool or have an evening glass of wine.


Another aspect to consider is the landscaping. Think about the overall design of your pool space and your privacy. Drawing attention to your well-lit pool at night could invite unwanted pool crashers. Adding a privacy fence can help, but it might leave your pool area looking too sparse. Think about adding trees, shrubs, and stone pathways to enhance the area. Using other elements to draw attention to your pool can make you and your guests more likely to swim at any time of day or night.

Pool Mosaics Night Swimming Tip #3: Adding A Pool Heater

If you’ve been primarily using your pool on warm summer days, a heater might not have crossed your mind. On those days, the water is warm enough thanks to the sun. However, if you are thinking about starting to swim in the evenings, investing in a pool heater might be a good idea. While many pool owners worry that the heating costs will be out of control, there are actually many affordable pool heaters on the market.


In addition, many pool owners enjoy the warming benefits at a cheaper price by installing gas or propane heaters. The installation process is very affordable and the upkeep is fairly easy. If you are environmentally conscious, solar heaters and other energy-efficient options are available. Do your research and determine which type of heater will be the best for your situation.

Pool Mosaics Night Swimming Tip #4: Exercising

If your daily routine doesn’t involve much physical activity or if you’re just looking for a little variety, consider using your pool for exercise in the evenings. Whether you choose to swim laps or practice water aerobics, exercising in a pool has been shown to relieve stress and pain in joints and muscles. There’s no right or wrong way to use your pool for exercise, especially if it makes you feel better.


When you’re considering how to use your pool for exercise, it’s important to think about the entire atmosphere of your pool, including the color scheme, the shape, and the design of the tiles. These things might seem silly on the surface, but having a stimulating area to swim in can really keep you working out when you’re tired.

Blue Water Pool Mosaics: Up For the Challenge

Now that you’ve seen some of the ways to improve your pool for night activities, it’s time to consider how to make those changes. Another way of improving your pool involves installing custom pool mosaics. The team at Blue Water Pool Mosaics has been assisting customers with the design process since 1981. We can provide pre-made mosaics or work with you to create a custom mosaic design. It’s all about your wants and your budget. When you’re ready to improve your pool for night swimming, contact us right away.


Using Mosaics to Enhance Your Outdoor Space for Entertaining

09/30/2020
by Blue Water Pool Mosaics

While most of the content on our site is dedicated to pool designs, it’s tough to ignore the other parts of your home that could use a little extra refreshing. Whether it’s the kitchen or the bathroom, mosaics can help transform how you and your guests look at your home. In today’s blog, we’ll be focusing on how you can use mosaics to enhance your outdoor entertaining spaces this summer.

What Are Mosaics?

To put it simply, a mosaic is a picture or design that is made by arranging smaller pieces of colorful hard materials into a design. The most common materials used for mosaic designs are glass, tile, and stone. While many customers will want to use tiles to produce images that look like the sun, turtles, or seascapes, there’s no rule saying you can’t just create a colorful mural. With mosaic tiles, you are in charge of the design--explore your interests and find ways to make the process fun. Why wait? Let’s jump right in!

What Kinds of Mosaics Will Fit My Yard?

This question is open-ended because it’s up to your imagination. When you walk outside and look at your backyard, think about what you see and what you don’t see. While your pool is likely the centerpiece of your backyard, it doesn’t have to be the only appealing sight back there. Here are some potential enhancements that you can undertake using mosaic materials. You’ll find some ways to turn your yard into a slice of summer paradise.

Spiral-Patterned Mosaics

One popular style of mosaic pattern involves spirals. These patterns are often designed with a mixture of small stones, pebbles, and different tiles. Designers will often start with mortar or another firmer material for affixing the colorful materials. These designs can encourage a sense of energy and balance. Imagine using a spiral design on stepping stones that lead from your home to the pool. What a beautiful way to guide your visitors around your rejuvenated space!

Three-Dimensional Stone Patios

Another shaped addition to your property can be a stone patio mosaic. In many of these designs, you’ll see some impressive details--including marble tiles. These are often hand-cut, but they can also have machine-cut sections of the design. The overall design can include a pattern of alternating stones. One of the great things about using mosaics is that the colors look different under different lighting courses. Imagine how this pathway will look first thing in the morning or under track lighting at night. It should definitely impress your guests!

Mosaic Rugs

Sometimes the best way to spruce up your outdoor surfaces is to make them look like the inside of your home. This type of design is called a mosaic rug. It uses a variety of floral, geometric, or classical techniques to present an elevated, welcoming gateway into your home. These patterns are often applied to porch areas, but many homeowners also use them to set off their grilling and outdoor dining spaces. If you’re looking for a unique decorative change, look no further. Any upgrades that you make to your outdoor spaces will add value to your home.

Backyard Flooring Redesigns

As with mosaic rugs, backyard flooring with interesting designs provides something special. Adding a mandala, animals, or landscape design can help your backyard pool, bar, or grilling area to stand out from your neighbors. Before you decide on a design, take a look at what you can find online and in showrooms. You never know where you might find yourself inspired to go!

Consider Mixing Solids, Patterns, and Florals!

No matter what project you decide to undertake, there’s no wrong way to assemble your design. It should be a clear reflection of you, your home, and things that suit your personality. One way that a lot of homeowners change things up in their designs involves mixing different colors and formulations in the same design. When you’re working on the design itself, don’t be afraid to try features out. If you’re working with a mosaic designer, they can provide helpful suggestions for making interesting patterns that will suit your desires. Don’t be afraid to experiment with anything that looks interesting. Solids, patterns, florals - if you can dream it, you can design it.

Nautical Mosaics

Nautical designs have a rich connection to world history. Many elements that we now associate with ocean life come from Greek mythology. Nautical themes also pull heavily from other styles--Spanish, Italian, and Latin for example. Crafting a personalized nautical design for your backyard can complement an existing nautical design in your pool tiles. On the other hand, balancing a tamer pool design with a bold nautical-styled flooring or bar area can really set both areas apart. If you haven’t figured it out just yet, that’s okay. Professional help is only a call away!

Blue Water Pool Mosaics

Now that you’ve learned a bit more about the wonderful things that you can do with mosaic tiles, it’s your turn to update your outdoor spaces. Whether you elect to design something calming or something bolder, you’re the boss and you make the final decision. If you aren’t sure just yet, take your time. Don’t worry, you aren’t alone. The team at Blue Water Pool Mosaics has been helping our neighbors design custom solutions since 1981. Let us help you. One excellent benefit of designing with us? Your entire mosaic design arrives at your home ready to install. For now, focus on gathering your ideas and get designing. Don’t delay--an updated entertaining space awaits! Contact us today!

5 Things to Know When Getting a Pool Installed

09/25/2020
by Blue Water Pool Mosaics


Adding a pool to your backyard can be an amazing decision for your home and family. Before you start the process, it’s important to make sure that you’ve considered a wide range of things. In today’s blog post, we’ll look at the top five things that you need to know before having a pool installed. We'll also help you understand how Blue Water Pool Mosaics can assist you in having a beautiful pool to enjoy for years to come.

Before we get too deep into the top five things, let’s start at the beginning: there are right and wrong ways to go about the pool purchase and installation process. There are a lot of choices in pool installers and features. The goal of this guide today is to present you with some talking points that you can discuss with your family. Making the decisions together will make the experience that much easier.

Blue Water Pool Mosaics Five Things #1: Be Sure Everyone Wants a Pool

First, it’s important to be confident that everyone in the house understands what will be involved and that they actually want to have a pool installed. While you have likely already discussed your plans with other members of the family, really sit down and understand what lays ahead in such a massive project. Pools aren’t cheap or easy to install, even if you are hiring a contractor to do all the heavy work. Understand that the next few months may be particularly challenging or messy. If everyone is still on board and looking forward to a beautiful backyard pool, move forward. If not, take some time to figure out concerns. If you need some assistance, don’t hesitate to ask for informational packets or links from your contractor. Sometimes having visual aids is easier than trying to talk it through alone.

Blue Water Pool Mosaics Five Things #2: Know What’s Important in Your Pool

The second thing to consider before having a pool installed is what’s important in a pool. Much like deciding to have one installed, understanding what each member of your household wants in a pool is essential to a flawless process. To put it simply: you have a lot of choices to make when it comes to pool design. Make sure that you are all on the same page when it comes to key features. These might include the overall aesthetic of the pool, the overall size, and the level of maintenance required for a few. It’s a great idea to do a significant amount of pre-emptive research about what you really want in your pool. Take some time to work on some of these aspects as a group. Figure out what features really matter and which would be great if they work with your budget. Don’t be afraid to ask your potential contractors for detailed estimates and their recommendations.

Blue Water Pool Mosaics Five Things #3: What Makes a Good Contractor and Construction Plan?

Third, it’s important that your family has a good understanding of what a contractor can and cannot do when installing your pool. Only a portion of these things are impacted by the final price. If you want to save the most money, you are less likely to have a great experience. You will have to sacrifice a lot of the priority items you listed in the previous section, or you might not have a great experience with the contractor you hire. Not all contractors are created equal. While this is not always the case, getting the best price can sometimes leave you with a subpar product that will cost more to fix.


As you begin to meet with contractors, it’s important to understand a bit about their background and experience. Completing some preliminary research about their prior work can be helpful in narrowing down which companies you want to move forward with. When you consult websites like Yelp, Angie’s List, and other services, you’ll quickly learn more about the age of the company and how they handle their tasks. When you have a consultation, ask any questions you need to feel more comfortable and make an informed choice.

Blue Water Pool Mosaics Five Things #4: Know Your Budget

Fourth, as you move through the pool installation process, be sure that you understand exactly how much money you will have to spend. Whenever possible, it’s advisable to know precisely the kind of equity or cash on hand you’ll be able to secure before getting too deep into the process. The sad reality is that securing loans or second mortgages to finance the pool of your dreams is tougher than ever. Take some time to get your priorities in order to verify that you are ready to commit to the expenses related to pool installation and maintenance.

Blue Water Pool Mosaics Five Things #5: Know Your Materials

The fifth and final thing to consider as you begin the pool installation process involves the materials being used to do the work. By this point, hopefully you’ve figured out that there are a lot of components that go into the design and building processes of a custom pool. While many companies will only sell and install one type of swimming pool, there are many different options that must be considered before signing on the dotted line. Whether you elect to install a concrete, vinyl, or fiberglass pool will depend on the unique features of your land and the price point; understanding the complex aspects of them can really guide you in the process.

Blue Water Pool Mosaics: Custom Pool Mosaics to Finish

Once the basics of your pool have been established, it’s a great idea to start thinking about the interior of your pool. One excellent way to embrace your new addition is to create a custom pool mosaic that arrives ready to install in your completed pool. At Blue Water Pool Mosaics, we have been assisting customers in the design process since 1981. We offer pre-made and completely customized designs depending on your wants or needs. When you’re ready to truly finish your pool, look no further. Contact us today!


Pool Mosaics To Transform Your Pool Into The Hangout Spot This Summer

08/27/2020
by Blue Water Pool Mosaics

By this point in the summer, swimming pools have usually seen a lot of action. If you’ve been swimming in a boring pool, it might be time to kick up the visual aesthetics of your pool. If you’re in the process of installing your first pool, it’s a great idea to go into the planning stages with an idea of how you want the end product to look. Here are a few ways to improve the “cool” factor of your pool by installing custom pool mosaics.

Mosaics Can Make a Huge Difference

Custom pool mosaics are an easy way to personalize the look of any pool. They can transform a blank pool into a fun destination to be enjoyed for years to come. Backyard pools can add value to your property while serving as a centerpiece for fun and relaxation. When you install an intriguing mosaic that mixes colors, shapes, and textures, you’re creating a memorable space for all of your family and friends. It’s important to be happy with the end product because it’s your custom pool experience.

Custom Means Custom

The thing to consider when making changes to your pool is that you are in control. While you can take a look at your neighbors’ pools to your heart’s content, the buck ultimately stops with you and your family. When it comes to custom pool mosaics, the sky’s the limit. Whether you prefer colorful patterns, shaped designs, or something in between, get creative. If you’re working with a custom designer, they can guide you to find the most aesthetically pleasing plan to suit your pool and your budget. Consider choosing a variety of sizes and colors of tile to create the perfect pool mosaic design. Here are some different types of mosaic designs that you might want to consider for your hangout.

Consider Reef-Based Mosaics

In the world of custom pool mosaics, reef mosaics refer to the many elements of life in and around the ocean. Close your eyes and imagine your ultimate beachfront paradise. What kinds of features do you see? Seashells, seahorses, sharks, dolphins, waves, coral reefs. The list goes on, but reef-based mosaics remain a popular way to bring paradise to your home swimming pool. Selecting the right design elements can transform your pool into something “extra” and add value to your home.

Think About Mural Mosaics and Color Schemes

Mural mosaics are another popular option, but they are more flexible than reef mosaics. If nautical life isn’t your family’s aesthetic, a mural might be more your speed. Your imagination is the only limit to the final design. When it comes to designing a custom mosaic of any kind, the color scheme has a significant impact on the elements you choose. Consider the location of your pool. Think about how each color you select will look different at different times of the day or how your design might look under moonlight or pool lights. Don’t be afraid to ask our mosaic design experts for their suggestions. Don’t commit until you’re sure that it’s the best choice to fit your vision.

Designs That Look Cool at Night

During the muggiest parts of the summer, it can be too hot to stay in the pool all day - so what about nighttime designs? One of the latest innovations in custom pool mosaic designs has been glow-in-the-dark tiles. These glass mosaic tiles are becoming more popular because they glow brightly under the moonlight. The cool thing about glow in the dark tiles is that they do something completely different during the day: they sparkle and reflect the crystal-clear water in your pool. Dazzle your guests with an awesome nighttime pool party that they’ll remember for years to come.

Custom Materials Matter

Another design element to consider relates to the specific materials that will be used to construct your custom pool mosaic. In terms of materials and availability, there’s never been a better time to reimagine the look of your pool. The materials that the Blue Water Pool Mosaics team uses to create your design are top-of-the-line. We stock tiles in a variety of forms: ceramic, glass, porcelain, and stone, just to name a few. And remember, different materials will appear differently in a variety of conditions.

Use Extra Elements to Complete Your Perfect Hangout

While the main focus of this article has been on designing a custom pool mosaic, it’s important to think about the big picture. If you’re redesigning your pool to be more attractive, don’t forget about the rest of your backyard paradise. Think about how your family and guests will get to the pool. Consider adding outdoor lighting along the grass or sidewalk that leads to the pool. You might also think about adding landscaping items like palm trees, tiki torches, or a gazebo. What about during swimming breaks? Is it time to add or renovate your deck? Imagine how relaxing it would be to look out on your beautifully redesigned piece of paradise from above. We suggest that you really look for ways to turn your backyard pool area into a retreat from the world.

Blue Water Pool Mosaics: Your Custom Pool Mosaics Dream Team

Now that you’ve seen some examples of what goes into selecting a custom design, trust your project to our team. Blue Water Pool Mosaics has been a family-owned and operated company since 1981. We provide the widest selection of tiles in a variety of styles to suit your unique taste. When you contact our team, one of our designers will work closely to create the mosaic of your dreams. The best part? All mosaics arrive fully assembled and ready for easy installation. Don’t let another summer go by with a bleak-looking pool - contact us today to learn more!

How To Create Ideas for Custom Pool Mosaics

07/26/2020
by Blue Water Pool Mosaics

When you close your eyes, it might be easy to imagine a little piece of paradise - a cool place to spend the hottest parts of the summer. It might not seem possible, but your backyard can be the escape that you’ve always dreamed of! If you’ve never thought about installing a custom pool mosaic design, now’s your chance to transform your new or existing pool area. The process itself can be a fun way to see what fits your needs, wants, and budget. The tricky part of visualizing is often the actual design process. Finding the perfect design for the inside of your pool should be a fun process. In today’s blog, we’ll look at a few things to consider when designing custom pool mosaics.

Custom Pool Mosaics Should Suit Your Taste

When it comes to designing your perfect pool mosaic design, it’s important to consider what you like. Whether you’re interested in solid colors, vibrant patterns, or different shapes, the choices are endless. The most important thing to remember when designing your pool mosaic is that it’s all about what you want. Consult with a designer if you have questions, but it’s your change to design your dream pool. Don’t be afraid to consider a variety of styles, sizes, and colors when creating your design. It’s your one-of-a-kind custom experience.

Consider Using Interesting Colors in Your Custom Pool Mosaics

Once you’ve considered the basic elements of your design, it’s time to think about the color scheme you’d like to use. As with the other decisions we’ll discuss today, your taste matters. If you prefer vivid colors, use them. Using a variety of colors and shapes can present a beautiful design inside your pool. Many customers like mural designs because it’s easy to create a vibrant scene. Consider how your pool will look during different times of day or night. Some pool tiles are designed to glow in the dark.

Custom Mosaics Can Include Mixed Materials

As you begin to assemble your design, you will probably find something interesting: there are a lot of choices in tiles. This can be a challenge as you’ll have to make some difficult decisions but the end result will be worth it. Currently, mosaic pool tiles are available in a wide variety of fabrications. Whether you like stone, glass, ceramic, or porcelain tiles, you’ll find something that interests you. As your design takes shape, don’t be afraid to mix different tiles to create different looks within your tiles. If you’re working with a design team, don’t hesitate to ask for sample tiles that you can take home and test out throughout the process.

Ask the Family to Help Design Your Mosaics

Designing custom pool mosaics goes beyond colors, shapes, and patterns. It should include the whole family. When you closed your eyes earlier, you probably imagined how your family would be enjoying your new pool. Think about the types of designs that your family members like. Kids, in particular, enjoy themes like fish, cartoon characters, and vivid colors while they swim. Don’t try to design your custom tiles all alone--make it a fun activity for the whole family. Making your pool an enjoyable space for everyone, young and old, can truly make family time an amazing adventure with every swim.

Custom Pool Mosaics Mean Custom Details

As your design begins to take shape, it’s important to look at the little details that are sometimes overlooked. Installing a custom wall or floor mosaic is just the beginning. Consider how adding other details, like decorative steps, borders, and unique lighting designs, can really increase the overall appeal of your pool. When you’re undertaking a visual redesign, finding other details to update can upgrade the entire aesthetic of the pool area.

Don’t Forget to Consider Your Budget

While we’ve been focusing on design factors, it’s also important to remember that cost is another key factor. Before you sign a contract with a mosaic provider, get a full understanding of what will be involved in the process. Beware of companies that won’t provide a detailed quote of the entire process. When you work with Blue Water Pool Mosaics, we provide free mock-ups and design assistance from beginning to end. An added bonus: all designs that come from our team arrive at your home completely assembled and ready to install!

What If We’re Just Looking to Update Our Mosaic?

There’s a chance that you have an existing pool that needs an update. When you closed your eyes and imagined the perfect design, you probably ignored any dated features like cracked tiles, peeling liners, or loose steps. These are features that can be updated, replaced, or otherwise improved upon during the pool mosaic installation process. As you undertake the redesign process, you will have a lot of opportunities to make your pool more than a pool. It can truly become the centerpiece of your backyard. If you’ve dreamed of entertaining family and friends in your own little piece of paradise, this is your chance. Turn your backyard into an oasis - an escape from the day-to-day world. The sky's the limit!

Ready to Design Your Custom Pool Mosaics? Contact Blue Water Pool Mosaics

Now that you’ve taken a closer look at some of the decisions that go into designing custom pool mosaics, it’s time to contact the experts. The professionals at Blue Water Pool Mosaics have been helping customers improve their pools since 1981. As a family-owned and operated company, we understand how important the personal touch can be. When you’re ready to get designing and start enjoying your pool again, make us your first choice. Contact our design team today!

Pool Mosaics That Will Turn Your Pool into the Hangout Spot This Summer

07/24/2020
by Blue Water Pool Mosaics


By this point in the summer, swimming pools have usually seen a lot of action. If you’ve been swimming in a boring pool, it might be time to kick up your pool's visual aesthetics. If you’re in the process of installing your first pool, it’s a great idea to go into the planning stages with an idea of how you want the end product to look. In today’s blog, we’ll take a look at some ways to improve the coolness factor of your pool through the installation of custom pool mosaics.

Mosaics Can Make a Huge Difference

Custom pool mosaics are an easy way to personalize the look of any pool. They can transform a blank pool into a fun destination to be enjoyed for years to come. Backyard pools can add value to your property while serving as a centerpiece for fun and relaxation. When you install an intriguing mosaic that mixes colors, shapes, and textures, you’re creating a memorable space for your family and friends to enjoy. It’s important to be happy with the end product because it’s your custom pool experience.

Custom Means Custom

The thing to consider when making changes to your pool is that you are in control. While you can take a look at your neighbors' pools to your heart’s content, the buck ultimately stops with you and your family. When it comes to custom pool mosaics, the sky is the limit. Whether you prefer colorful patterns, shaped designs, or something in between, get creative. If you’re working with a custom designer, they can guide you to the most aesthetically pleasing plan to suit your pool and your budget. Consider choosing a variety of sizes and colors of tile to create the perfect pool mosaic design. In the next few sections, we’ll take a look at some different types of mosaic designs that you might want to consider for your hangout.

Consider Reef-Based Mosaics

In the world of custom pool mosaics, reef mosaics refer to the many elements of life in and around the ocean. Close your eyes and imagine your ultimate beachfront paradise. What kinds of features do you see? Seashells, seahorses, sharks, dolphins, waves, coral reefs. The list goes on, but reef-based mosaics remain a popular way to bring paradise to your home swimming pool. Selecting the right design elements can transform your pool into something extra and can add value to your home.

Think About Mural Mosaics and Color Schemes

Similarly, mural mosaics are a popular option, but they are more flexible than reef mosaics. If nautical life isn’t your family’s aesthetic, a mural might be more your speed. Your imagination is the only limit for the final design. When it comes to designing a custom mosaic of any kind, the color scheme has a significant impact on the elements you choose. Consider the location of your pool. Think about how each color you select will look different at different times of the day, or how your design might look under moonlight or pool lights. Don’t be afraid to ask our mosaic design experts for their suggestions. Don’t commit until you’re sure that it’s the best choice to fit your vision.

Designs That Look Cool at Night

During the muggiest parts of the summer, it can be too hot to stay in the pool all day - so what about nighttime designs? One of the latest innovations in custom pool mosaic designs has been glow-in-the-dark tiles. These glass mosaic tiles are becoming more popular because they glow brightly under the moonlight. The cool thing about glow-in-the-dark tiles is that they do something completely different during the day: they sparkle and reflect the crystal-clear water in your pool. Dazzle your guests with the coolest nighttime pool party that they’ll remember for years to come.

Custom Materials Matter

Another design element to consider relates to the specific materials that will be used to construct your custom pool mosaic. There’s never been a better time to reimagine the look of your pool. The Blue Water Pool Mosaics team uses top of the line materials to create your design. We stock tiles in a variety of forms: ceramic, glass, porcelain, and stone, just to name a few. As we discussed above, different materials will have a variety of looks under different conditions.

Use Extra Elements to Complete Your Perfect Hangout

While the main focus of this article has been on designing a custom pool mosaic, it’s important to think about the big picture. If you’re redesigning your pool to be more attractive, don’t forget about the rest of your backyard paradise. Think about how your family and guests will get to the pool. Consider adding outdoor lighting along the grass or sidewalk that leads to the pool. Also, consider adding landscaping items like palm trees, tiki torches, or a gazebo. What about during swimming breaks? Is it time to add or renovate your deck? Imagine how relaxing it would be to look out on your beautifully redesigned piece of paradise from above. We suggest that you really look for ways to turn your backyard pool area into a retreat from the world.

Blue Water Pool Mosaics: Your Custom Pool Mosaics Dream Team

Now that you’ve seen some examples of what goes into selecting a custom design, trust your project to our team. Blue Water Pool Mosaics has been a family-owned and operated company since 1981. We provide the widest selection of tiles in a variety of styles to suit your unique taste. When you contact our team, one of our designers will work with you to create the mosaic of your dreams. The best part? All mosaics arrive fully assembled and ready for easy installation. Don’t let another summer go by with a bleak-looking pool - contact us today to learn more!




5 Ways to Involve Your Child in Taking Care of the Pool

07/21/2020
by Blue Water Pool Mosaics

Having a pool is so much fun, but it is also a lot of work. Pools require a lot of maintenance. Involving your children in the process of maintaining the pool is a great thing to add to their chore list. It will teach them responsibility and how to have a strong work ethic.

If you are just getting a new pool put in, consider adding mosaic tiles to the bottom. These tiles are beautiful and will make your pool truly unique. Make it a family affair by letting your kids help pick the mosaic tiles. It is important to note that swimming pool mosaics look their best and last longer if the pool they are in is properly maintained. Luckily, there are a lot of ways for your kids to get involved in the pool cleaning process.


Involve Them in Cleaning


Pools need a lot of cleaning! Without a consistent cleaning routine, pools get filled with dirt, leaves, debris, and start to grow algae. A dirty pool means no swimming! There are lots of ways your kids can help out with pool cleaning.


One of the most important tasks is checking chemical levels in the pool. This should be done once a week. Using a test kit, pool owners should frequently check the PH, alkalinity, and sanitizer levels to make sure everything is in balance. Tell your kids to think of this as a science experiment. Teach them how to collect the sample of pool water and then help them decide what to add if any of the levels are off.


Skimming is a task that needs to be done daily. Through the use of a net attached to a large pole, pool owners remove debris from the surface of the pool so that it does not sink to the bottom. This is a great daily chore for a child to take on.


Another area that frequently needs cleaning is the walls and ladders. Without consistent cleaning, algae can start to grow in these areas. To prevent this, brush these areas twice a week. This is a pool chore that kids can easily help with.


Explain to your children that unless the pool is clean, it cannot be used. Your kids will be so saddened by the thought of not being able to swim in the pool that they will be more than happy to help out with pool chores.


Picking Up Toys

Another great way kids can help out around the pool is by picking up their pool toys. At the end of every swim, tell your kids that all the toys need to come out of the pool and be put away. At the end of every day, have your kids go around and pick up any toys that are left on the deck or in the yard. Have a spot where all of these toys are kept. Whether it’s a shed or a box, this will help your kids keep their toys organized.


Cleaning & Organizing the Pool Deck/Surrounding Area

Another great way for kids to help out with the family pool is to keep the pool deck clean and organized. Here are some perfect chores for kids to do to keep the area surrounding the pool clean and organized:

· Sweeping the pool deck

· Raking leaves in the grass

· Water nearby flowers and plants

· Picking up toys in the yard

· Helping plant flowers

· Keeping pool furniture wiped down and clean


Part of having a pool is making sure the area around it is clean and attractive. The tasks listed above are fantastic ways for your kid to help out on the pool deck and in the surrounding yard.


Washing Swimwear and Towels

Another big responsibility to teach your child is having them help with pool-related laundry. After a day spent in the pool, teach them how to wash the towels and bathing suits. Show them how to load up the washer with the towels, add laundry detergent, and start the cycle. Then, show them how to transfer the towels to the dryer. You can even let them help with folding the towels and putting them away. Most swimsuits have to be hand-washed, which is another good chore for kids. Show them how to hand wash their swimsuits in the sink and hang them up to dry.


Chore Chart & Rewards

Keeping kids involved with the maintenance aspect of the pool is an ideal way to teach them responsibility and how to keep something they care about looking nice and working well. To keep your kids organized, create a chore chart so they know exactly which pool chores they are supposed to do and when they are supposed to do them.


In addition, create a reward system to encourage them to participate. This could be anything from extra pool time to going out for ice cream. Let your child pick their own reward (within reason!), as this will keep them more motivated to do their pool chores.


Taking care of a pool is a huge responsibility. Swimming pool mosaics, tiles, water chemicals, ladders, and walls are just a few of the things that need to be consistently maintained to make sure your pool is a healthy, clean place to swim. Involving kids in pool-related chores is a good way to teach them a strong work ethic. They can help in the cleaning process of the actual pool and with keeping the surrounding area clean and organized. They can also be responsible for picking up their toys and helping out with post-swimming laundry. For more information about pool mosaics, pool maintenance, and involving your kids in the entire process, contact Blue Water Pool Mosaics today.

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