16 Jan 2020

Beyond the blue

Cameron Fraser, Director of Ceramique Internationale, discusses how tile innovations are allowing home renovators to look beyond plain blue tiles for residential pool projects.

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When it comes to residential pool projects, homeowners are looking to create something more personal than the universal designs typically seen in commercial swimming pool spaces. As a result, they no longer want plain blue mosaics, but instead, request bespoke designs that express their individual tastes through contemporary colours and textures.

Within the pool itself, the use of glass mosaics in varying hues of cobalt and turquoise combined with iridescent finishes are a popular choice for giving the pool added lustre. For the pool surround, it is important to incorporate anti-slip protection and, thanks to new innovations in technology, there is now a much wider selection of stunning porcelain tiles with high anti-slip ratings available, replicating a range of natural stone, limestone and even wood, allowing domestic pools to achieve the same safety standards as spas and leisure centres but with a bit more style. The new anti-slip technology also allows for easy cleaning of the tiles – two opposing features until now.

Manufacturers are also producing porcelain stoneware containing antibacterial properties that eradicate bacterial strains to allow for a healthier pool environment.

Many customers are looking to incorporate the same colours and effects across a variety of finishes – including anti-slip, polished and natural – as well as on additional features such as mosaics, skirting and pool surround tiles, which puts the producers of homogeneous porcelain in the driving seat.

Despite consumers wanting to put a personal stamp on their pool, the ‘spa effect’ is still incredibly popular, so the tones of black, grey, beige and warm white remain best sellers. With spas in mind, it is also worth remembering that modern porcelain tiles are perfectly suitable for steam rooms and saunas for those who wish to expand the pool area into a home spa with matching tiles.

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