10 Spaces That Prove Tile Floors Belong Outside

The thought of a traditional backyard filled with grass certainly has its appeal, but there are a variety of other routes to take when planning a landscape overhaul. Two words: tiled floors. Sure, eliminating the need to upkeep grass is enough of a draw, but the added stylish elements of some quality tiles laid out is the real reason we’re swooning. Take a look for yourself.

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July 11, 2017

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Capture the essence of a Palm Springs-esque exterior right in your own backyard. By using tiles and gravel as the majority of the groundwork, this space ends up requiring essentially no maintenance. This neutral look can easily be brought to life with the addition of plants along the perimeters and in any additional empty spaces. If the climate allows for it, cacti will transform your home into the ultimate desert digs. Not in a location that’s great for these plants to thrive? Anything green will do. Step outside, enjoy the sunset and instantly be transported to the most relaxing destination.

Opt for Wood

Tiles don’t have to be ceramic or glossy in order for them to make a stylish statement. Make your guests do a doubletake when they see wood tiles laid out on your terrace or patio. These teak tiles are the perfect way to bring warmth to both traditional or modern outdoor spaces. Create instant depth by alternating the placement of the tiles so that a pattern is easily made with the different lines within each individual piece. Pair this flooring option with any type of furniture and decor and you’ll have yourself a space reminiscent of an upscale resort in no time.

Perfect for Entertaining

One of the biggest pros about using tiles is that you’ll be making an area of the backyard an ideal spot for all sorts of entertaining. Outdoor kitchen essentials get the support they need, while looking professional and ready to be used. Found the perfect table for your next dinner party? No need to worry about the table legs sinking into soggy grass. These oversized tiles become the perfect base for any size table for your guests to dine at. Sit comfortably, and stylishly, under the stars this season by creating the prime dining al fresco experience.

Statement Patterns

On the search for an opulent addition? Look no further than patterned tiles. From the smallest amount of courtyard square footage to a complete yard takeover, these tiles will make an undeniably chic statement. Choose any color combination that suits your style and get to designing. Lounge chairs, ottomans, dining tables and everything in between look perfect when set upon these high style floors. Grab some with a glossy finish to make the biggest impact in your outdoor space. With the reflection of the sunshine, bright blue skies, and surrounding greenery, any patio sporting these bold tiles will become a favorite.

Bring Inside Out

A fantastic approach to working with outdoor tiles is to essentially extend your living space by bringing your indoors right outside. The flow of the same, or similar, tiles from your kitchen or dining room leading to the yard will make the whole space feel larger and more open. You’ll still feel like you’re outside, thanks to the presence of grass, bricks or cement, but keeping the tile choice consist will make any backyard or patio feel fully integrated with the rest of your space. Yes, please.

Custom Stonework

The modern farmhouse style is still on the rise, and these stone tiles will help anybody nail the popular look. This traditional choice is understated, yet leaves endless opportunities to introduce of-the-moment elements that make the overall look seem modern. Swap in budget-friendly on-trend pieces, such as sheepskin rugs or overdyed textiles, to update your space based on your current decor obsessions. Top the whole look off with some fresh flowers and you’re good to go.

Rustic Charm

If you’re looking for a more rustic aesthetic, try using an unfinished tile to add loads of charm and personality to your backyard. Transform your yard into a dreamy European-inspired space that will make you feel like you’re summering in Tuscany, rather than sitting outside your own home. While these tiles will do wonders on their own, there are few extra touches that take the look to the next level: fruit trees, bushy shrubs and hanging flower baskets are sure to leave you with the outdoor space of your dreams.

Goodbye Grass

Had it with grass? Maybe it’s time to take the leap and cover it up. Lay large tiles right over any grassy area to create a dreamy seating area for evenings spent alfresco. With the help of some cushioned benches and throw pillows you’ll instantly have the perfect spot to unwind and enjoy some much needed relaxation. Keep these tiles as a permanent installation or simply put them out when you’re hosting guests and want to prevent an unwanted soggy mess.

Makeshift Path

Whether there’s a small patch of grass that you’ve been wanting to spruce up or you’re looking to create a path from one area of your backyard to another, these haphazardly placed tiles will do the trick. Keep these added tiles neatly aligned, or try using different shapes and sizes to create a playful look that will add personality to even the tiniest nooks in your yard. By allowing some grass to show between the tiles you’ll really highlight the fact that they’re serving as a backyard-friendly path for easy access.

Cement Upgrade

If you’re working with a small amount of outdoor space that doesn’t really allow for grass or planting, tiles are the perfect choice for you. While it may be standard to see cement or gravel in these small spaces, there’s no reason you shouldn’t give it a swoon-worthy upgrade. Stick to a neutral shade to make the area feel larger than it is and then furnish and decorate in any way that strikes your fancy. Bold pops of color, additional tilework on an outdoor kitchen island and rattan furniture all fit perfectly on this sensible flooring.

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