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Outdoor living: three inspiring tiling ideas

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Outdoor living: three inspiring tiling ideas

With longer, warmer days ahead, our thoughts turn to spending more time in our gardens. We believe tiling shouldn't be confined to just indoor areas such as the kitchen or bathroom, but can and should be extended to outdoor areas too. Whether that is a space to prepare food and drink to enjoy with friends and family, a restful retreat to take a soak under the stars, or simply an extension of your living and dining area, there are endless possibilities to incorporate tiles into the design of your exterior spaces. Our wall and floor tiles not only look beautiful but also offer many practical benefits that make them perfect for adding colour and texture both inside and outside. Keep reading to discover three inspiring ways to use our tiles outdoors to make the most of warmer days to come...

Alfresco entertaining

We are always thinking of ways to tile creatively and one such example is this bespoke tabletop we created for leading interior designer, Emma Sims Hilditch. Our Ana tile, which was designed in collaboration with the team at Sims Hilditch, was a perfect choice for her charming loggia nestled in the Wiltshire countryside. As these tiles would be used outside, we chose Thyme, a soft green shade that blends beautifully with the natural surroundings. This has been combined with Ana Plain tiles to create an eye-catching chequerboard effect. Another bespoke space we designed to enjoy a spot of alfresco dining is this matching coffee table and kitchen unit. Tiled in Raasay, a rich jade layered with a turquoise undertones, this is one of seven shades from our new Isles collection. The colours reflect the rich and varied tones seen in nature and fits beautifully with its surroundings, whilst being easy to wipe down after mealtimes.

An outdoor sanctuary

There are few greater joys than bathing under a sky of stars on a balmy summer’s evening. Providing the perfect opportunity to re-connect with nature, an outdoor bathroom offers a calm and restful retreat to escape to. Our new Isles collection was inspired by the majestic landscape of the Scottish Hebrides, so they work beautifully when used in an outdoor setting, reflecting the same rich and varied tones found in nature. For the shower pictured here, we chose Skye; an uplifting green that blends harmoniously against a backdrop of trees. For the bath, we opted for Islay, a moodier blue with lighter blue undertones reminiscent of a star-speckled night sky.

Extending the indoors outdoors

An outdoor area or garden should be viewed as an extension of the home, and a simple way to create cohesion between the interior and exterior spaces is through using the same flooring. Our collection of porcelain floor tiles is a perfect choice; hardwearing and durable but without compromising on beauty they create flow and visual continuity. Due to their frost-proof and anti-slip properties, you can run these floor tiles both inside and outside the home, from the sitting room out through French doors to a patio or terrace or swimming pool surround. This has the added benefit of creating the illusion of more space, making the indoors and outdoors feel part of the same room with no interrupted lines. These low maintenance tiles are also easy to look after, and won’t fade, scratch or chip off as with real stone counterparts.

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We hope this article has provided lots of inspiration on how to use our wall and floor tiles in your outdoor spaces, but if you're uncertain about where to start, our design team is on hand to help. Simply get in touch.


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