Jacinda’s Texas Oasis: The Pool

Jacinda's Backyard OasisFriends keep asking if our big backyard project is finished. The truth is that we haven’t broken ground. Rules and regulations, permits and approvals, HOA and inspections have left me with the exact same backyard (and cats, ha) with which I started. After the plans were rejected for including a fire pit under an outdoor structure, yes when I think about it that does seem slightly unsafe, we switched back to a fireplace and are now waiting for final approval.

In the meantime, I get to go snooping in people’s backyards!! We are off to look at pool colors and tile options. Yes, I am one of those people who also goes to open houses for fun. In preparation, I have been “clipping” photos of pools that I like. What I have realized is that while I thought I wanted a sophisticated dark blue pool, I keep marking light, inviting aquas as my favorites.

Since I’ve been caught off guard by this change of heart, I’m curious what you think, oh fine people of good taste.

Do you favor dark blue for a backyard oasis, inspired by the deep Atlantic ocean, childhood lake memories, and Ralph Lauren ads?

Jacinda's backyard oasis

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Or is a darker pool more appealing with a hint of turquoise?…

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Or are you Team Caribbean, pulling from the seas of the tropics, jewel tones, and the happy bright pools of our childhood?

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Or how about a pool reminiscent of spa water (I have no idea what that even means) inspired by sea glass, and  wading in the island sea?

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Or perhaps water a bit closer to nature, whether darker…

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Or lighter…

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What do you think? What water floats your boat?

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One thing to think about is that the darker colors will draw heat and since you live in Texas, I think it would be wise to go with a lighter color.


Thanks Carrie! Good advice. This wasn’t a problem last year but you never know when we will get 80 100+ days in a row. Uugh


D1 and E2 all the way ! The lighter tones are very inviting ….but it you want and ultra modern look the darker tones would be the way to go-Not much help am I?!


I love the darker more modern looking ones with some vintage/rustic elements to tone it down. But I agree on the water temp concept. Not exactly refreshing to step into a hot pool!

Nancy Saccoccio

Do you think the canopy type shade provider in B1 will be an option for sun protection and keeping the water cooler?


I am drawn more to the bright aqua for a few reasons. My first reason would be if I had younger children, I’d want the lighter color for safety and being able to easily look into the pool. I realize you would have children’s safety in mind with a pool, but kids have the knack for doing what they aren’t supposed to and if one was missing/hiding etc. I’d want to be able to easily see the bottom and the darker color just looks like it would make that harder to do.

Another is that the darker just seems depressing to me.


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