Design ideas for outdoor spaces

Wednesday 15 April 2020, Written by Laura Tompkins Tags: garden, outdoor, path

Any sized garden is a blessing, and, an area of your very own to turn into a sanctuary. With the sun shining over the last few weeks, many of us have been thinking about transforming our outdoor spaces and we have plenty of design ideas to get you started.

Small spaces

You might think having a small garden limits your design options, but there are many clever ways you can add practicality and style. Starting with tiles, opting for a patterned floor tile is a brilliant way to add interest and detail, using a repeating pattern is also great for adding the illusion of more space:

These patterned floor tiles pair perfectly with green foliage, try adding potted plants and adorning the surrounding walls with some greenery to cocoon the space, adding a touch of grandeur. This look works in small gardens as well as in courtyards, just add a table and chairs for the perfect reading nook or alfresco dining.

Recent years have seen the trend of opening up indoor living spaces into the outdoors, often with bi-folding doors that allow for a continuous transition. Tiles are a great way to create this seamless look, they make an area feel bigger than it is and there are plenty of styles to choose from. Pictured below is Kaamos, suitable for both indoor and outdoor use, choose from three colour options all perfect for creating a contemporary look.



For something with a little more detail, take a look at our Odyssey Grande collection. These patterned floor tiles are perfect for adding interest as well as creating a smooth transition from inside to out, pictured right is Saltram.

Perfect patios

You might not be looking to tile your entire outdoor space, which is why creating a patio or decking area often a popular choice. It means you have somewhere to set up tables and chairs, sun-loungers and even barbeques but also means you can still have a grass area. While decking is often a common choice, wood effect tiles are actually perfect for creating this style too. Our Lignum tiles come in an anti-slip option and are ideal for outdoor use, here’s five more reasons to love wood effect floor tiles:

  1. Moisture resistant – Spills just wipe off
  2. Wear resistant – No hardwood is this hard
  3. Fire Proof – Wood-effect tiles will not burn or release any toxic fumes
  4. No sealants, varnishes or oils required
  5. No on-going maintenance – no stripping, sanding or re-sealing

Front gardens

Why not make an entrance with impact by using Victorian floor tiles? They are perfect for small porches, pathways and also under verandas. Choose from a variety of patterns and colourways - for a full guide on Victorian Floor tiles click here.

However you choose to transform your outside space, opting for tiles is a brilliant way to add style as well as practicality.

 

For more ideas, head over to our Inspiration pages or browse more images on Pinterest.

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