March 20, 2024

Floor tiles

Everything you need to know to choose the tiles for your swimming pool

Mediterranean, minimalist, classic or rustic style. The pool tile can set the aesthetics of your favourite space for this summer.

With the arrival of spring and the warm weather just around the corner, outdoor spaces and swimming pools are beginning to reclaim their prominence in our homes. It is time to get our ‘aquatic oasis’ ready and for this it is essential to make the right choice of tiles for the pool.

The choice of pool tile is one of the most important decisions when considering this installation. The versatility of the material and the visual continuity between areas are two premises to be taken into account. But before choosing the porcelain tile for our swimming pool, we must pay attention to a series of particularities. In the following post we will look in depth at the different aspects that make up a swimming pool in order to select the most suitable cladding.


XLIGHT Santorini Grey Nature pool tile by Porcelanosa.

Types of swimming pools

The first thing to know is the type of existing pools according to water filtration: overflow, infinity and skimmer. Different structures that adapt to the needs and preferences of users.

(1) Overflow pool made with Bali Ubud Matt ceramic tiles by L’Antic Colonial. (2) Infinity pool in the project Acantilado with Porcelanosa’s Bottega Topo porcelain tile. (3) Porcelanosa’s PAR-KER® Nobu Arce pool tile in the Skimer system.

Overflow system: This is perhaps the most popular option at present. In this case, the water ‘overflows’ around the perimeter of the pool and is collected in a channel along the edge of the pool.

Infinity system: Integration into the landscape is the main feature of infinity pools. This type of system produces an overflow effect, generally around the perimeter of the pool. It is also very hygienic as impurities are dragged into the channel with the flow of water. This maintains its quality, reducing the use of chemical products.

Skimmer system: This system places the water level about 20 centimetres below the edges of the pool. The water is introduced into the channelling system – located below the rim – for cleaning and disinfection. It is the most classic style and at the same time the one that best integrates the interior with the exterior.

Determining factors in swimming pool tiling

Before diving into the selection of tiles for swimming pools and pool surrounds, it is crucial to know all the options. Nowadays, there is a wide variety of colours, shapes and sizes to cover these facilities. From porcelain pool tile to vitreous mosaic, each material has its own technical characteristics and advantages. It is important to take the time to find out which one best suits your needs and tastes.

In this sense, Porcelanosa offers a wide range of integral solutions based on porcelain tiles for swimming pools and their surroundings. A durable, highly resistant, hygienic, ecological and multiformat material that also allows special pieces to be made to shape edges and edges.

These are the main advantages of installing tiles in the swimming pool:

Durability and water resistance: Its non-porosity and waterproof surface prevents water absorption, reducing the possibility of leaks. In addition, its design is made to withstand the conditions present in a swimming pool. These are the constant exposure to water, the chemical products used for its maintenance and temperature changes.

Aesthetics: Swimming pool tiles offer a wide range of options. An extensive spectrum that allows you to customise your design according to the tastes and preferences of the users.


Bottega Caliza swimming pool tile by Porcelanosa.

Endless options

The versatility that characterises ceramic and porcelain tiles makes these materials one of the main options when covering a swimming pool. A wide range of designs, formats and colours facilitates their inclusion in all kinds of projects. From modern and elegant, to the most traditional and rustic.

(1) Baltimore Beige swimming pool tile with Pool-deck system by Porcelanosa and Butech. (2) Swimming pool in the project Villa Etxezuri with Porcelanosa’s Harlem Acero porcelain tile.

Colours of modern swimming pools:

The most common shades are blues and greens. Colours that resemble water and create a feeling of freshness and tranquillity. There are also more neutral options, with pieces in beige, grey or nude, which create a more sophisticated and refined atmosphere. An original and elegant alternative is wood-effect ceramics. Series such as PAR-KER® by Porcelanosa take the appearance of oak, ash or walnut, to create more natural environments.


The versatility of ceramics makes it possible to create a wide variety of designs inspired by stone, cement, wood or terrazzo. On the other hand, there are other alternatives such as L’Antic Colonial’s mosaic collections, which are especially suitable for this type of installation.


Large tiles for swimming pools add extra beauty to the outdoor space. They create a sense of visual continuity on the floor that enhances the right choice of joint colour. Collections such as XLIGHT by Porcelanosa, combined with Epotech Aqua by Butech, are perfect for achieving this effect

(1) Swimming pool tile PAR-KER® Tanzania Almond with Pool-deck system by Porcelanosa and Butech. (2) Swimming pool in the project Vivienda 321 with Porcelanosa’s Harlem Acero porcelain tile.

Security and functionality:

It is essential to use pool tile models that have a non-slip finish, especially where water can accumulate, thus significantly reducing the risk of slips and falls. This will significantly reduce the risk of slips and falls. Swimming pool tiles can also serve a functional purpose by marking out specific areas of the pool. By marking the deepest areas or indicating the location of stairs, we will improve their organisation and provide a visual reference for swimmers.

Maintenance and care:

This material is very easy to maintain. Its smooth, non-porous surface prevents the accumulation of dirt and moisture, making it easy to clean the pool with specific products. In addition, large pool tiles and mosaics do not require painting or periodic sealing. This reduces long-term maintenance costs.inspiration_azulejos_piscinas-porcelanosa

Be inspired by the best swimming pool projects made with PORCELANOSA Grupo materials.

Swimming pool projects

Combination of tiles for modern swimming pools

One of the main issues to consider when designing a swimming pool is the aesthetic combination between the pool shell and the surrounding areas.

As we have already mentioned, porcelain stoneware is an ideal material for interior cladding. Its durability, resistance and versatility allow you to customise the design and incorporate different solutions that improve functionality and aesthetics. The access stairs, the walls that form different areas of the pool, islands, ramps or steps are elements that can be clad with this material.

On the other hand, the exterior and surroundings of the pool will give the space its definitive appearance. Therefore, we must analyse the different combination possibilities with regard to the cladding of the vessel.

(1) Stark Sand pool tile by Porcelanosa ( 2) Bali Canggu Matt pool tile by L’Antic Colonial ( 3) Dip Dark mosaic with Bali Ubud Matt and Bottega White pool tiles by L’Antic Colonial and Porcelanosa.

Use the same model for the interior, exterior and pool liner. This will provide complete visual continuity.

Combine a colourful mosaic for the inside of the pool with a more neutral porcelain model for the edges of the pool and the floor of the terrace. In this way we obtain an outdoor space with a lot of personality.

Cover the walls of the pool with a mosaic, the edges with another model and a third colour for the overall paving of the terrace.

More aspects to take into account

Ultimately, the choice of tiles for swimming pools is an important decision that should be made very carefully. Together with the overall design of the installation, it can determine the aesthetics and functionality of the outdoor space.

Therefore, in addition to strength, durability, style and safety, there are other factors to consider. For example, proper waterproofing of the pool is essential to avoid possible leaks and the deterioration of our pool. Products such as Sylastic Premium by Butech, combined with specific adhesives (Super-flex s2), will help us to get the most out of our aquatic oasis.

This set of priorities will help us to shape our pool, according to our tastes and needs. Infinite possibilities in terms of trends with a common denominator, to be a space in which to cool off and enjoy the good weather.

To find out about the best tile designs for swimming pools, visit your nearest Porcelanosa shop.

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