Become a TFP Supporter Pool Math Forum Rules Pool School
Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast
Results 1 to 20 of 24

Thread: Midnight blue, dark blue, light blue and every blue in between?

  1. Back To Top    #1

    Join Date
    Jan 2015
    Location
    FL
    Posts
    13

    Midnight blue, dark blue, light blue and every blue in between?

    We are remodeling our pool and installing a pebble finish, we will need too choose a color in the next 2 days. Our PB uses stone scapes and we have been leaning towards Midnight Blue. We look at pools over and over and always seem to come back to this same color. But, we are concerned it may be too dark - our pool only gets sun from about 10am to 3pm other than that it is in the shade and we have a screen - none of the pictures online have a screens over the pools. We have tried to find a pool in the area that we can visit in person but have not been able to.

    What we are looking for is a deep rich blue, and we plan to add dark and light blue glass beads to any finish we go with. What we don't want: any green or teal int he water, light blues, Bahama looking water blues, strong blues that are electric and look fake as a result i.e. a bottle of Windex or Dawn. We would like the blue to be deep in color but don't want the pool to be so dark that it looks dim, dimness is our biggest concern with this color.


    Midnight blue pool -



    Midnight blue pebble Dry -


    Midnight blue pebble wet with glass beads-


    Our options are
    1. Go ahead with the Midnight Blue and err on the side that we may end up with a darker pool than we wanted
    2. Err on the side of tropics blue and that we may end up with a pool that is lighter than we wanted - the tropics pebbles seems very grey and the water can look quite light in some pictures. As you can see in the pictures below the 2nd example is much lighter than the first, and would be lighter than we wanted

    Tropics pool 1 -



    Tropics pool 2 -


    Tropics blue pebble dry -


    Tropics blue pebble wet -



    3. Or go ahead with the Midnight blue but modify the pebble colors in the finish. We are thinking that if we go with this option we could replace 50% or the black with grey plus add the blue glass to the midnight blue and that may help ensure we don't end up with a dim look. The major disadvantage with this being that we have no ability to preview the color at all

    We also liked the Stonescapes Exotic Series Bimini and thought that may look good, but after scouring the web I can find no examples where anyone has ever put this in their pool.


    Bimini -


    Advice from anyone with experience with any of these colors, choosing custom colors or the over all color choosing process would be much appreciated.

  2. Back To Top    #2
    Patrick_B's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2011
    Location
    Midland TX
    Posts
    15,001

    Re: Midnight blue, dark blue, light blue and every blue in between?

    We customized our finish color. We feared the fake blue. Go with a lighter one and you'll be surprised how deep those blues can be. Since you are adding darker beads, I think this would really work well for you. For me, I don't like the darker ones at low light or angles as they look black, or so dark the blue doesnt show up. Greys give vivid blue hues as well.

    Water depth and surroundings play a major role. Deeper=Darker so keep that in mind. Good luck!
    TFP Moderator
    Essential Links:
    ABC's Of Pool Chemistry, Test Kits, SLAM Your Pool
    28K Gal IG FreeForm, CLI Quartz, Pentair 36"SF & VS Pump, Dolphin M5, Rheem

  3. Back To Top    #3

    Join Date
    Oct 2014
    Location
    Rockwall, TX
    Posts
    29

    Re: Midnight blue, dark blue, light blue and every blue in between?

    We are in the same boat as you. Our pool has not be plastered yet, but decided on going with the Tropics Blue Mini pebble. We like the color in pics when tropics blue is at its darkest...but don't like it at its lightest. We like midnight blue, however...when we see pics at its darkest...it is too dark for us.

    Everything you read says that "it depends."

    We are making our decision based on the following (right or wrong.) Our neighbor immediately next door has the Pebbletec Midnight Blue and it is too dark for us. From everything I have looked at and read... Stonescape's Midnight blue is lighter than Pebbletec's Midnight Blue. But my neighbor and I also conclude that his pool color more closely represents the darker side of midnight blue. So we conclude that our pool will show the darkest of either the Tropics Blue or Midnight Blue (based on identical surroundings, orientation, sunlight, etc.) So... we opted for the Tropics Blue and are going to hold on for the ride hoping it looks more closely to the darker Tropics Blue pictures.
    Rockwall, Texas 38 x 22 Freeform Gunite heated pool and spa, 30,240 gallon, SWG, cartridge, Jandy Watercolors, Stonescapes mini pebble, 4 ton grotto, flagstone coping, outdoor kitchen

  4. Back To Top    #4
    JayBauman's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2014
    Location
    Katy, TX
    Posts
    617

    Re: Midnight blue, dark blue, light blue and every blue in between?

    I have Wet Edge "Midnight Ocean", which the analog to your "Midnight Blue" above. It's not green, under any circumstances...and it's definitely not dim. It's a bit darker than most pools, but it serves to make ours look a little deeper than it really is. When the sun is shining outside, it sparkles light crazy.

    But please keep in mind that there are 3 primary things that affect your water color.
    1. Chemical Balance. You don't want metals or organics making your pool turn red or green.
    2. Plaster/Pebble color.
    3. Color of surrounding structures, landscapes, decking, etc. Don't underestimate how much the colors surrounding your pool will influence the water color. This is the part that you can't look at on web sites; you need to look at in-person.

    Go for your first choice. You'll be happy with it.
    23' x 37' IG 18.5k gallon SWG w/ raised spa, Build Thread -->Here
    Wet Edge® Pearl Matrix®, Hayward® SwimClear™ 525 ft², Hayward® Goldline Controls® PS-8
    4x Hayward® TriStar™ pumps, Paramount PCC2000® ICS, TF-100 w/Speedstir

  5. Back To Top    #5
    justinfrancisjudd's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2014
    Location
    Temecula, Ca
    Posts
    135

    Re: Midnight blue, dark blue, light blue and every blue in between?

    My neighbor has the stonescapes midnight blue and it is no where near as dark as your pictures at the start, it is a darker lagoon look then that deep blue color in the pictures. Just my observation of that color and it looks good but not like those pictures do

    There is a customer color in between the two that looks nice too. Blue sea? I believe, check it out its between a midnight and tahoe blue color, Custom blend they do
    2015 Build, Stonescapes Mini Pebble-Blue Sea, 46.5'x23', 9' deep, Paramount IFCS on steps and shelfs, 8' spa with spillover, Quartzite Flagstone Coping and Patio, 3" Suctions and Returns, 1 skimmer, 6 Jandy LED Watercolor lights, Baja Shelf w/ diving rock, 2x 2HP Jandy VS E-Pump, Jandy LXI 400K BTU Heater Cupro/Nickel exchanger, Cartridge Filter, Grotto/Waterfall/ Slide, Jandy SWG, I-aqualink 2.0

  6. Back To Top    #6

    Join Date
    Sep 2014
    Location
    North DFW
    Posts
    161

    Re: Midnight blue, dark blue, light blue and every blue in between?

    Our PB had a Midnight Blue plaster color as well. We picked it and absolutely love it. As Jay said above, it has zero green. It does look dark when its cloudy, but is incredible when its bright and sunny!
    39' x 18' IG 3.5X4.5X9 34k gallon w/ raised spa, 3 stone scupers
    Jandy 60 SqFt DE, Jandy PDA PS6, Jandy JXi400 heater, Jandy 2.0 EPump w/SVRS
    A&A Manufacturing ICS w/G4 venturi heads
    2 incandescent lights in pool, 1 in spa.

  7. Back To Top    #7
    justinfrancisjudd's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2014
    Location
    Temecula, Ca
    Posts
    135

    Re: Midnight blue, dark blue, light blue and every blue in between?

    It has more blue glass etc in it like you mentioned in modifying the standard swatchq
    2015 Build, Stonescapes Mini Pebble-Blue Sea, 46.5'x23', 9' deep, Paramount IFCS on steps and shelfs, 8' spa with spillover, Quartzite Flagstone Coping and Patio, 3" Suctions and Returns, 1 skimmer, 6 Jandy LED Watercolor lights, Baja Shelf w/ diving rock, 2x 2HP Jandy VS E-Pump, Jandy LXI 400K BTU Heater Cupro/Nickel exchanger, Cartridge Filter, Grotto/Waterfall/ Slide, Jandy SWG, I-aqualink 2.0

  8. Back To Top    #8

    Join Date
    Jan 2015
    Location
    FL
    Posts
    13

    Re: Midnight blue, dark blue, light blue and every blue in between?

    Quote Originally Posted by justinfrancisjudd View Post
    My neighbor has the stonescapes midnight blue and it is no where near as dark as your pictures at the start, it is a darker lagoon look then that deep blue color in the pictures. Just my observation of that color and it looks good but not like those pictures do

    There is a customer color in between the two that looks nice too. Blue sea? I believe, check it out its between a midnight and tahoe blue color, Custom blend they do
    I am confused by your statement, you said that your neighbors pool is lighter than the picture I have at the top and not as deep blue? So the colors is lighter and less blue?, How does it also look like darker lagoon? - I am not exactly sure what you mean by darker lagoon - is there another way you can describe the color? Thanks for any clarification.

  9. Back To Top    #9
    Patrick_B's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2011
    Location
    Midland TX
    Posts
    15,001

    Re: Midnight blue, dark blue, light blue and every blue in between?

    Quote Originally Posted by maleora View Post
    I am confused by your statement, you said that your neighbors pool is lighter than the picture I have at the top and not as deep blue? So the colors is lighter and less blue?, How does it also look like darker lagoon? - I am not exactly sure what you mean by darker lagoon - is there another way you can describe the color? Thanks for any clarification.
    Somewhat open to conjecture, but Lagoon colors are typically quite dark, leaning to Black-Ish colors.

    The difference in people saying "I know someone with X color, and I know it's lighter than that" is what I was talking about.

    Surroundings play a huge role in water color perception and outcome.
    TFP Moderator
    Essential Links:
    ABC's Of Pool Chemistry, Test Kits, SLAM Your Pool
    28K Gal IG FreeForm, CLI Quartz, Pentair 36"SF & VS Pump, Dolphin M5, Rheem

  10. Back To Top    #10


    TFP Guide

    bmoreswim's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2012
    Location
    Central MD
    Posts
    3,282

    Re: Midnight blue, dark blue, light blue and every blue in between?

    A few thoughts...

    When you look into your pool, do you see the sky reflected in most of it or is more of it something in the background like a house or landscaping. The latter will darken up any color selection versus a pool in a wide open setting like the "Tropics Pool 2" pic. Also being in a screen house will darken it up. The screen effect should be easy to quantify by looking at your decking under the screen house and outside of it.

    Also, do you want the color to be your favorite between 10 and 3 or in the shady times. The difference is night and day.

    Decide whether too dark or too light is a dealbreaker for you and err on the other side.
    18'x38' Rectangle (3'-8 1/2' deep w/ diving board) - 27K gal. w/ gray plaster
    Hayward equipment (cartridge filter, 2-speed pump, SWCG, automation) View Our Build
    Coverstar automatic pool cover | StoneMakers concrete retaining wall and decking
    Spring 2013 Build | Dolphin Active 20 robot cleaner | Support TFP!

  11. Back To Top    #11

    Join Date
    Jul 2013
    Location
    Amelia Island, FL
    Posts
    7

    Re: Midnight blue, dark blue, light blue and every blue in between?


    Our pool is Stonescapes Midnight Blue and looks darker in this photo than it really is. We are very happy with the color.

    8' x 34' Lap Pool, 3.5' to 5.5' deep, 10,000 gallons
    Pentair Intelliflo 3050 VS Pump, Pentair Intellichlor IC-40, 150sf Clean & Clear Cartridge Filter
    IG Shotcrete, Sunstone "Midnight Blue" pebble aggregate finish
    2 white lights 300 watt
    5 Solar pool panels (4'x10')
    12" x 12" "Noce" Travertine pavers

  12. Back To Top    #12

    Join Date
    Jan 2015
    Location
    Austin, TX
    Posts
    1,095

    Re: Midnight blue, dark blue, light blue and every blue in between?

    Quote Originally Posted by Rusty77 View Post



    Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
    That dog is a big boy. Do you have to fill the pool after he gets in?
    Pool is done! Only took 17 months! - Natural shape in-ground pool: 37x23, 505sq ft, 96ft perimeter, 7ft deep end, 18,950 gallons, tanning ledge, blue surf pebble sheen/luminous blue blend, Belgard coping, 910 sqft paver deck/walkways, retaining walls out the yinyang. Jandy SWG, 2 LED Color lights, VS 2HP Pump, 460sqft cartridge filter, PDA RS P8 controller. My build

  13. Back To Top    #13

    Join Date
    Jul 2013
    Location
    Amelia Island, FL
    Posts
    7

    Re: Midnight blue, dark blue, light blue and every blue in between?

    Our dog Beau doesn't really like to swim in the pool but loves to hang out on the pool deck.
    8' x 34' Lap Pool, 3.5' to 5.5' deep, 10,000 gallons
    Pentair Intelliflo 3050 VS Pump, Pentair Intellichlor IC-40, 150sf Clean & Clear Cartridge Filter
    IG Shotcrete, Sunstone "Midnight Blue" pebble aggregate finish
    2 white lights 300 watt
    5 Solar pool panels (4'x10')
    12" x 12" "Noce" Travertine pavers

  14. Back To Top    #14
    justinfrancisjudd's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2014
    Location
    Temecula, Ca
    Posts
    135

    Re: Midnight blue, dark blue, light blue and every blue in between?

    Quote Originally Posted by maleora View Post
    I am confused by your statement, you said that your neighbors pool is lighter than the picture I have at the top and not as deep blue? So the colors is lighter and less blue?, How does it also look like darker lagoon? - I am not exactly sure what you mean by darker lagoon - is there another way you can describe the color? Thanks for any clarification.
    Ill get you a picture of it tomorrow when I'm home from work, sorry for the confusion, Patrick kind of has it right, the color is not the same as the picture you posted, by lagoonish I meant more of a darker water without the deep colors and clarity the picture you have shows, some of that may be their water maintenance also
    2015 Build, Stonescapes Mini Pebble-Blue Sea, 46.5'x23', 9' deep, Paramount IFCS on steps and shelfs, 8' spa with spillover, Quartzite Flagstone Coping and Patio, 3" Suctions and Returns, 1 skimmer, 6 Jandy LED Watercolor lights, Baja Shelf w/ diving rock, 2x 2HP Jandy VS E-Pump, Jandy LXI 400K BTU Heater Cupro/Nickel exchanger, Cartridge Filter, Grotto/Waterfall/ Slide, Jandy SWG, I-aqualink 2.0

  15. Back To Top    #15

    Re: Midnight blue, dark blue, light blue and every blue in between?

    Trouble Free Pool - Do you have that picture of the pool color like you were going to post per your last reply? Thanks.

  16. Back To Top    #16

    In the Industry

    bdavis466's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2014
    Location
    Riverside, CA
    Posts
    3,279

    Re: Midnight blue, dark blue, light blue and every blue in between?

    Midnight Blue...

    IMG_20150531_161317_208.jpg
    -Brian-
    33K Pool/Spa, Pentair Equipment
    POOL BUILD
    Davis Custom Construction - Home Page

  17. Back To Top    #17
    PoolESQ's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2007
    Location
    Albuquerque, NM
    Posts
    191

    Re: Midnight blue, dark blue, light blue and every blue in between?

    Here's mine in midnight blue. It's a quartz plaster by the same company that makes the Stonescapes mini pebble. Just including it here to give you some idea of the color in various lights. I personally like the color, but I like many other colors, too. I think I'd have been just as happy with the pool a shade or two lighter or darker. It's really difficult to tell just how amazing the water looks over pictures.

    FullSizeRender.jpg
    Replastered 2015: Sunstone Quartz Midnight Blue 16x32 rectangular gunite with in-pool spa....18,000 gallons. Autopilot Total Control System with SWG and acid pump. Pentair Clean & Clear 420. Auto cover. TF-100.

  18. Back To Top    #18

    Join Date
    Jul 2014
    Location
    New England - MA
    Posts
    310

    Re: Midnight blue, dark blue, light blue and every blue in between?

    Seems like we're all searching for that perfect blue. Our PB installs WetEdge, for us it's between the more expensive Prism Matrix Deep Blue Sea or the Satin Matrix Midnight Sea. Here's a pic of the 2 side by side. The more reflective one with the glass beads is the Prism Matrix. Leaning towards that one...


    2015 Pool Build --> HERE IG 19'x47' w/ 7'x7' in pool spa; 3'6"-8' deep.
    Pentair 520 Filter, IntelliFlow VS XF Pump, IntelliChlor IC60 SWG, IntelliBrite/GloBrite LEDs, IntelliTouch w/Screenlogic2. 400K BTU heater. A&A G4V in-floor cleaning system. WetEdge Prism Matrix Pebble finish. TechoBloc Pavers and Coping.
    Test kits - Taylor K-2006 FAS/DPD, K-1766 Salt, SpeedStir

  19. Back To Top    #19
    amandahein3's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2015
    Location
    rowlett, tx
    Posts
    853

    Re: Midnight blue, dark blue, light blue and every blue in between?

    That Prism matrix is so pretty but way out of our budget.
    Free form pool 90'3" prim, 14180 gallons. TF100 Kit In pool table with travertine top, 3sheer descents, Depth 3.5-5-4, Jandy 2HP pump, Inline Chlorinator, Wetedge Satin Matrix Antigua.

  20. Back To Top    #20

    Join Date
    Jun 2014
    Location
    Pearland/Freeport, TX
    Posts
    118

    Re: Midnight blue, dark blue, light blue and every blue in between?

    We are going with WetEdge Satin Matrix Midnight Sea for our pool build. We like the darker tones and the pool will be wide open to the coastal sun. Now if only the weather would clear up down here in Texas! And still waiting for permits from the City of Freeport...
    1st Pool Build - Freeport, TX 15'x35' rectangular gunite pool 3.5'-5'-4', WetEdge Prism Matrix "Deep Sea Blue", cement cantilever coping, 560sf concrete deck w/Tweed Gray Sundek, Jandy VS-2hp pump, Jandy 460 cartridge filter, Rainbow Chlorinator, Polaris 9350 robotic cleaner.

Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •