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Expert Advice for Choosing a Liner Pattern

Expert Advice for Choosing a Liner Pattern

After somewhere around 20 years (but who’s counting) in the liner industry I’ve helped many homeowners with choosing their liner pattern. Installing a new pool or updating your existing pool is one of the most exciting times for any family. However, choosing the perfect pattern can be a difficult decision. The pattern you choose can change the whole complexion of the backyard. This article is designed to give you a few tips and some advice based on what I’ve learned. 

Pattern DiagramStart with the Floor

To begin with, it is important to choose a floor pattern that you truly love. The floor pattern is what you’re going to see the most. The tile border pattern is not as important because it’s usually only noticeable when you are next to the pool. So, it’s mostly important for coordinating your pool with your deck. Tara also offers you the option of removing the tile if you want or even replacing the tile on the pattern with another from our collection. So, focus your decision more on the bottom portion of your pattern choice and less on the border.

What's Your Style

The next big aspect of your decision is the color. The color sets the tone for the backyard. It can be safe and conservative or unique and spectacular. I’m going to go into depth on this characteristic because it is so important for your long-term satisfaction. 

Safe & Classsic

TaraFinal 20 1The safest and most popular color for liners is blue. A deep blue water color is what people associate most with swimming pools. It is a attractive and durable. The patterns that fall into this category are, Ocean Wave, Nassau, Destin, Malibu and Hampton. The blue base film that the pattern is printed on ages well. It doesn’t show the wear and tear that are inevitable over time. These pattern hide imperfections and dirt too. They may be conservative but they are like a pair of blue jeans that you can wear every day. They always looks good. If a customer who is having trouble deciding on a pattern asks for our opinion we suggest they choose one of these. They are almost certain to be satisfied. If there is a concern homeowners have with dark color liners it’s that they can’t see the bottom. If that’s something you worry about, fear not, we have many more colors to choose from. 

Casual & Comfortable

09 27 Pool Picture Shoot 0672 3 4 tonemapped0Light blue patterns are also very popular. They a great alternative if you want something cool and refreshing rather than striking intensity of the deep blue patterns.Our patterns that fall into this bright and glistening category are Cape Cod, Key West, Glacier Bay, Kingston, Dolphin Island, Cheyenne, Naples and Baton Rouge. There is a lot of variety in the patterns in this category because the floor is much more visible. Whether you prefer the look of aggregate, pebble, mosaic tile or granite finishes, there are plenty of options for you to choose. These patterns also hold up well over time. The light colors on light base film means they don’t have heavy ink coverage, which means less fading. Perhaps you’d like your pool to really stand out, well that’s our next category.

Bold & Brilliant

2016 MonacoFor a liner that is truly eye-catching the brilliant colors and vibrant accents of this category are for you. These patterns take full advantage of the range of colors offered by modern printing technology and truly take your breath away. Tara’s Monterey Bay, Monaco, St. Lucia, St. Johns Bay and Emerald Bay are the most unique and distinctive patterns in our collection. The beautiful blue water pattern shared by  Monterey Bay, Monaco and St. Lucia has been one of our best sellers for nearly 10 years.


St. John’s Bay and Emerald Bay are recent additions that are quickly attracting attention because of the original designs.Both of these patterns are designed without a border. Liners without tile borders are becoming increasingly popular. These two patterns were designed with that in mind. Any of the patterns in our collection can be ordered without a tile border, though.  

 Natural & Refreshing

SandyBay 3Although our last category of patterns have a tan base, they don’t make a brown pool. Water reflects blue light so it appears blue. The more water there is the more blue it appears. Our two tan patterns Cascade Creek and Sandy Bay create a pool that looks like the Caribbean rather than a creek. We get more complements about these patterns than any others. If you have a stone deck around your pool, these two patterns are a perfect match. 

Narrowing the Search

Hopefully now, you’ve focused your selection on one of these categories, so your choices within that spectrum are more manageable. You can compare your choice of deck material or finish to the swatches in our sample pack or brochure to find a tile pattern that matches. Then your left with the one that suits you best.

Important Features

IMG 2596The pattern style and color are the most obvious considerations when you begin your search. But, there are other aspects that are equally important. The lifespan and durability of the liner are important and should factor into your decision. That’s why Tara only offers patterns that are produced here in America. You don’t have to worry about the quality of the vinyl because the American virgin vinyl that we use is made from only the finest raw ingredients. Patterns manufactured overseas use filler ingredients that can lead to premature wrinkling, fading and weathering. We stand behind our patterns with the strongest warranty in the industry. You can pick any pattern you like and know that it will give you the maximum performance. If you want to find out more about maximizing the lifespan of your liner check out our care and maintenance tips.

The Question of Thickness

One last choice our customers struggle with is the thickness of the liner. This isn’t a problem with Tara Liners, though. We have been fabricating liners for over 30 years and we have found that the perfect thickness for a pool liner is 20 mil. It is the best thickness for fit, flexibility and strength. The only time a thicker liner may be necessary is if the floor of the pool is very rough. We recommend that you choose that pattern you love and know that, regardless of thickness, it will last you 8 - 10 years. It’s better to choose a pattern that will reward you each time you look at it rather than a pattern you don’t care for, that was offered in a thicker vinyl. 

If your still having trouble deciding I think this quote from an old liner installer may help. He said, “by the time a homeowner replaces their liner they are so tired of the old one, any pattern looks great”. I believe in the truth of that statement. I hope this article has helped make your choice a little easier. If you have any questions you can email me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Mike Sigler
Vice President of Operations


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