Last Updated: August 10, 2021

# Pool Plaster Color (What's The Best Choice?)

Written By: Pool Care Guide

So, you want a pool. You've got a whole plan in mind to redo the backyard and finally put in your dream pool. Everything is set. You've thought of everything…or have you?

What color do you want your pool plaster to be?

You may be thinking that it doesn't matter or that you'll just go with the default. Unfortunately, it does matter, and there is no default. The color of your pool is about more than just painting a hole in the ground. If you want to plaster your pool, you need the color to reflect your vision - metaphorically and literally.

Let's start by taking a closer look at why color matters, then we'll dive into how to find your perfect color and even swim by some fun color options. If you're up to it, we can even head over to the hot tub and learn about some non-plaster options.

## Does The Plaster Color Matter?

The most obvious and important reason why plaster color matters are how it defines the pool area's appearance. Do you like it? Does it fit the look you envisioned for your pool?

Plaster colors - like wall color, bedding color, and kitchen counter color - should be taken into consideration when planning a pool. Do you want to swim in a marble-white pool that harshly reflects the sun, or do you want to swim in an oppressive obsidian pool that stays nice and warm?

Another key element to factor in when choosing a pool color is how you want the water to appear? Every plaster color will reflect different shades through the water and can significantly affect the water's outward appearance.

Greyer tones will produce more blue water, while yellower shades will make the water look more turquoise. Additionally, different colors of pool plaster show erosion differently. Lighter colors tend to show fading, stains, and scaling.

## How to Choose the Perfect Plaster Color

As with any design element, choosing a pool plaster color ultimately comes down to your preferences and budget. In the end, the choice is yours, but where do you start? How do you know if one color is better than another?

Let's take a look at what a difference color can make to your pool and some of the steps you should take to find your perfect shade.

### What Is the Overall Look?

You're already spending $35,000-$80,000 on a pool. Maybe you want to redo the garden and build a cabana to go with it. Obviously, you'll want to make sure the pool color matches the rest of the setup.

Imagine this: your garden is lush green with some flowers scattered throughout. There are stepping stones and a small wooden bench in the corner; all of this surrounds your new pool.

But, whoops! You decided that the pool should have a sand-colored plaster, and now your backyard looks like a swamp complete with brackish green water.

Or perhaps you're going for the chrome and wood BBQ and deck combo, but you chose black plaster, and now your backyard looks like a dystopian sci-fi novel.

These may seem like ridiculously overblown metaphors, but the truth is, if you don't take the rest of the yard into consideration when choosing a pool color, you may end up feeling this way.

Pools are enormous bodies of water that most often take up the majority of the yard. If the color isn't in keeping with the surrounding design, it will show.

### What Color Do You Want the Water to Be?

The first step in choosing a pool plaster color is to decide what color you want the water to appear. If you want a tropical feel, choose a color that will produce a more turquoise hue. If you water the water to be blue, look for less saturated, greyer tones.

Think of it like basic color theory. If you mix blue and yellow, you'll get green. Conversely, if you add too much grey, the blue will just turn grey.

You need to examine two aspects of color theory to determine what the water will look like: hue and value. Hue is the color itself. Do you want the water to be blue, turquoise, blue-green, or seafoam? Value refers to the color's darkness or lightness value. For example, you can have dark blue, medium blue, and light blue.

These two facets of color will help you determine what the water will look like and which colors you can choose from based on that.

### Plain or Aggregate

Most modern pool plasters have a concrete-like appearance. That is, they look mottled and often incorporate large particulates of different colors. These are called aggregates. They are a combination of a plaster base and small rocks, stones, or glass beads.

There are two variants of aggregates: polished and exposed. Exposed aggregates are rough to the touch like brick or stucco, while polished aggregates are smooth like granite and marble countertops.

Plain plaster is also an option. This type of pool finish tends to be duller as it is one solid color. Aggregates add depth to the pool, giving more dimension and changing the colors. Plain plaster, however, is not lustrous.

From a distance, both plain and aggregate plasters seem to be one solid color. Aggregates are the trendier pool finish and can help hide stains and scaling, but they tend to be more expensive.

### Price

The cheapest option for pool plaster is a simple, solid white. This type of plaster is the most basic, consisting only of cement and silica sand. It will last five to seven years before needing touch-ups or replacement.

## Final Thoughts

The color of plaster you choose will determine not only the look of the pool but also the color of the water. Plain plaster is a classic option, but there are also exposed and polished aggregates to select. Choose wisely and be sure to examine every possibility before diving in headfirst.