Swimming Pool Tile Ideas
Most of the Hilfiger’s new Miami home is, in the words of Dee Hilfiger to Architectural Digest, “shagadelic.” If it wasn’t groovy, bright, and contemporary, it didn’t make the cut. However, their waterfront swimming pool is a different story. Barring the Keith Haring sculpture, it’s pretty neutral and elegant—a perfect backdrop for special design details.
If you saw this as the perfect private getaway and wanted to cut and paste it into your backyard, you weren’t alone. The Miami property was featured in the September 2014 issue of Architectural Digest and has gained plenty of attention online.
Maybe you aren’t quite as shagadelic as Dee or Tommy, but you can achieve this same look for your pool, and at a fraction of the cost. Here are some ideas from Daltile for your re-creation.
The Pool Deck
The Hilfiger’s pool deck is a creamy travertine in large format square tiles. They appear to be cross-cut and of a honed finish. You can replicate this look with Daltile’s Travertine Collection. These are natural stone and require proper sealing in order to maintain their look. Travertine naturally has pits, seams, and veins that can be filled and may need to be refilled periodically.
Photo features honed tile from the Travertine Collection. From left to right: Baja Cream, Durango, and Mediterranean Ivory all rated for outdoor usage only when the area is covered. All are available in a 16 x 16 size. Mediterranean Ivory is available in 18 x 18 and 24 x 24. Special sizes are available for Baja Cream and Durango through a Daltile Architectural Representative.
If travertine is a bit out of your price range or you want to go with something more durable, try one of these porcelain or ceramic tiles. They are tougher than travertine but look almost identical. The only thing missing is the natural pitting.
Photo features from left to right Cortona™ in White Flora, a porcelain tile rated for pool decking only in non-polished finishes. It is available in 13 x 13 or 20 x 20. Continental Slate™ in Persian Gold is also rated for pool decking only in non-polished finishes. It is available in 18 x 18. Ayers Rock™ in Solar Summit is rated for pool decking application and is available in 13 x 13 or 20 x 20.
The Pool and Tub Liner
The 1 x 1 mosaic that makes up the pool liner ties the neutral hues of the travertine to the blues and greens of the pool water and the ocean. The warm colors make the water inviting and stand out even under several feet of water. You can get this look with ceramic or porcelain mosaic. Here are a few pool tile ideas from the collections at Daltile.
Photo features from left to right Uptown Glass™ in Exotic Ivory. It is only recommended for underwater pool linings. Coastal Keystones in Coconut Beach Blend is rated only for pool linings and not decking. Keystones™ in Khaki is rated for all exterior use including pool decking and lining. ClearFace mount film is recommended for submerged applications.
Whether you decide to find a Warhol or Haring knockoff or select your own favorite sculpture, no Hilfiger pool would be finished without the proper décor. With the pool’s neutral color scheme, you can pretty much decorate with any colors, textures, or shapes you want. Get ready to sit back and enjoy your new Miami style paradise.