Find the RIGHT Pool Plaster Finish for Your Property

You’ve probably made a hundred decisions already when it comes to your property’s swimming pool. The pool finish however, is probably one of the most important choices you will make. Not only for the aesthetics, but also the pool will need to meet safety regulations specific to your area and stand up to a harsh underwater environment. There are so many influences on water color that we can only give you an idea or “in most cases” type of an answer to the water color you will get from a pool finish.

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Consider Hues

If water color is most important to you just figuring out what hue you do want will help narrow down the choices. Most pool finishes fall under only a few hue categories. Within the categories the hues will range from light to dark.


Aqua Green


Black Bottoms

Consider Color at a Distance vs Close-up

You will need to determine what is most important to you — the water color at a distance or the pool finish close-up. For instance some of the most beautiful water colors use grey pigment to color the cement. Even though the water color is a stunning blue from a distance some people don’t like the grey finish of the steps and shallow end standing at the side of the pool.

Consider the Pool Setting

Do you want the pool to pop or blend into the scenery? If you want your guests to comment on the vibrant pool color then choose a color that will pop and stand out from the surroundings of the pool. If the look you want to achieve will have your guests commenting on the whole property then choose a pool finish color that will blend with your hardscape and landscape.


The most common variables are size, depth, the pool’s surroundings, sunlight, pool water chemistry and any preconceived ideas.

Size and Depth

The deeper the pool the more refraction and the richer and darker the water color. You can see this phenomenon as you look out into the ocean. The shallow water is light and almost clear, but off in the distance the water will appear to be much darker.

Surrounding Materials

The hardscape and the foliage around a pool will affect the water color. Red and gold toned hardscape materials near the pool, as well as a large amount of green shrubbery, trees and lawns can change a normally blue hue to more of an aquamarine.


Full sun on the pool refracts more light and shows off the pool water color. Cloudy days, early mornings and evenings or times when the pool is shaded by trees or structures the pool water will appear more clear.

Water Chemistry

Water balance could distort the typical hue of a pool finish and some pools on well water with a high metal content will cast a green hue. If your pool water suddenly turns a different hue you may want to check your pool water and see if it is in balance.

Preconceived Ideas

After carefully considering the above variables, take a good look at your hardscape material colors and ask what role they could play in determining the pool’s water color.