Come to the Dark Side: Dark Bottom Pools

Come to the Dark Side: Dark Bottom Pools

Nancy Mitchell
Jun 24, 2016
(Image credit: Marc Merckx)

Swimming pools, of course, are always lovely and inviting, but if you've ever seen a dark bottom pool you'll know that they have a little something extra, a deep and mysterious and enticing allure that other pools can't touch. Who could have known that the color of the bottom of a pool could matter so much? But it does — one of those little details that make such a big difference. A pool with a floor and sides in black or navy or what have you is warmed more easily by the sun, but also, paradoxically, seems cooler and deeper, and its surface reflects the surrounding landscape, for a mysterious and mirrorlike affect. Here are ten of our favorite examples.

(Image credit: Marc Merckx)

Above and up top: A gorgeous pool covered in large-format black tile, designed by Marc Merckx.

(Image credit: Matthew Murrey Design)

The dark surface of this pool almost becomes one with the surrounding hedge and trees, creating a dark, mysteriously enchanting outdoor room. Image from Matthew Murrey Design.

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An inviting dark-bottom pool spotted on Dustjacket Attic.

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A dark pool surrounded by lovely greenery, designed by Jessica Sandolo.

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The kids enjoy a dark-bottom pool at Patrick Dempsey's Malibu home, spotted on Architectural Digest.

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The deep dark pool of a modern home spotted on Lonny.

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This dark-bottom infinity edge pool almost seems to levitate above the surrounding landscape. Image from Houzz.

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A pool with a dark bottom, surrounded by a deck and lovely greeny, in a Tel Aviv home from Architonic.

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A small dark-bottom pool graces a backyard from House & Home.

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A dark-bottom pool is the perfect choice for this particularly jungley backyard from Front + Main.

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