Are Black Pool Tiles a Good Idea? Compare the Pros & Cons

22nd Nov 2023

Are Black Pool Tiles a Good Idea? Compare the Pros & Cons

Black is a popular colour for pool tiles as it creates a sleek and modern look, but are they actually a good idea? Here at Tile Space, we can help you decide if black swimming pool tiles are the right choice by breaking down the pros and cons, answering your questions and inspiring you with black pool tile ideas.


Is a black pool a good idea?

Black tiles are a great way to add a modern and sophisticated look to your pool. They can be used in a variety of ways and are incredibly reflective when wet, making them an excellent choice for creating the illusion of more space.

Resort storm black tile

Blend Delhi Hotmelt Tile

Black Matt Mosaic Tile

Storm BlackBlend Delhi HotmeltBlack Matt Mosaic


What is the best colour of tiles for a swimming pool?

There is no superior colour choice when it comes to tiling your pool. Light-coloured tiles are incredibly reflective, which helps make your pool look bigger. Darker colours give an extraordinary dramatic mirror effect. So, ultimately, it just depends on the overall look and feel you are trying to create. 

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Why would you want a black tile bottom swimming pool?

A black bottom pool is great for creating an interesting visual effect by making the centre of the pool a focal point. The reflective surface creates an eye-catching effect that can take the look of your pool up a notch. It is a great way to add depth and contrast.

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- Sleek and modern look

- Reflective when wet, making the pool area look larger

- Draws attention to the centre of the pool, creating a focal point

- Reflective mirror quality

- Dark tiles are more difficult to keep clean and may require more frequent maintenance.

- Black tiles can absorb more heat, potentially making the water too warm for comfortable swimming.

- Dark tiles are more prone to fading and discolouration over time.

- Black tile pool floors can create an optical illusion of the pool being deeper than it actually is.


Do black pools get hot?

On average, black tiles pools are 5-10 degrees warmer than light-coloured pools. This is because darker pigments retain more heat causing the pool to warm quicker and stay warmer for longer. However, the concern about black pools getting too hot in the New Zealand climate is not too great.

However, if you decide to use black tiles around your pool, be aware they could get too hot to walk on. If you use them, you’ll need to ensure you have a lot of shade over them to prevent them from being too hot.


Are black pool tiles durable?

Yes, they are durable and are designed to withstand pool conditions. As with any tile, they are susceptible to fading and discolouration over time. For the best longevity, use porcelain or glass tiles and utilise a high-quality grout sealant to protect it from deterioration caused by UV rays, water and chemicals.


How do you clean black pool tiles?

While requiring frequent maintenance, cleaning black pool tiles is easy with the right products. You should first clean your tiles with mild detergent and water. For more stubborn stains, use a specific tile and grout cleaner to remove dirt and grime from the surface of your tiles and grout.


What is the best tile to put around a pool? 

Porcelain tile is ideal for pool areas due to its durability and slip resistance. Our range of porcelain pavers and tiles is perfect for creating a modern, uniform look in any pool. They come in various shapes and sizes to suit your individual needs. 


What is the trend for pool tiles? 

Mosaic tiles are the current trend for pool tiles, adding a bold and stylish statement to your pool surround. Black mosaics are a great way to add modern style to the area, while white mosaics create a classic look. Alternatively, try a combination of black and white mosaics for an eye-catching design.


How to style black pool tiles: 4 stunning black pool ideas 

Black pool tiles are incredibly versatile and can be used in a variety of ways to create a standout look. You can use them to highlight features such as steps, or you can choose to tile the entire bottom and sides of your pool for a more dramatic effect. 


Modern Black Tiled Pool

Contrasting black pool tiles with light grey stone-look tiles creates a bold, modern style. 

This Midnight Gloss tile from Cotto is a traditional square mosaic tile with a gloss finish. Its classic styling and glossy look make it the perfect modern tile choice. 


Electric Black Pool Tile Look

Opt for a glass mosaic that will catch the light and create a subtle glisten to give your pool an electric look. 

The blend of liquorice and charcoal tones in the Blend Delhi Hotmelt tile from Bisazza gives this dark tile pool an ethereal feel while adding to its mysterious appeal. 

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Black Pool Tiles With Industrial Edginess

Black tiles and concrete-look tiling create an industrial yet sophisticated edge to any pool space. 

The elegant Magma Rock Nera Grip 14.5 is a fantastic example. It's a stone-look small decorative tile inspired by natural lava in an outdoor grip finish. 


The Resort Look With Black Pool Tiles

Create your private oasis with black tiles contrasted against a classic concrete stone look tile. You can easily soften any harsh look by incorporating greenery and plants. 

The reflective nature of the Blend Delhi Hotmelt tile gives this pool an inviting feel whilst blending into the subtle nature of its surroundings. 

At Tile Space, we are proud to offer you the largest range of quality black pool tiles in New Zealand! 

Our expert team is here to help you find the perfect products for your project and ensure that you are making an informed decision about which tile colour is right for your pool. 

So get in touch with us today, and let’s start creating something beautiful! 



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