Up the garden path - exterior tiles

Friday 29 May 2015, Written by Sarah Cole Tags: Path, Floor

Whilst we are passionate advocates of using tiles throughout the home, one area that is often overlooked is the exterior. Tiles aren’t always associated with gardens and pathways when they can actually make a huge difference to these spaces. Many styles of tile, particularly geometric Victorian floor tiles, have been used to decorate pathways for decades, but these aren’t the only ones that you can use outside of your home.

Victorian style ceramic floor tiles are the natural place to start and are mostly commonly seen in houses and gardens throughout the UK. Thanks to their heritage, and their rise in popularity during the late 1800s and early 1900s, these can be found gracing front gardens across the country. With many being restored, or reinstated where they were once removed, using Victorian style tiles outside your home can give it undeniable charm and a sense of grandeur. These styles are now appearing on terraces and in place of patios in back gardens. If you don't have a suitable exterior space for these tiles, they are also an excellent choice for conservatories (as shown top). Hardy (once sealed) and undeniably beautiful, they are a practical and appealing choice.

Other tiles that can be used outdoors are the decorative, ceramic Odyssey collection. Providing they are installed correctly (full details can be found within the Odyssey brochure) they are able to withstand the rigours of outdoor life. These tiles feature gorgeous patterns, many inspired by exotic locations and cultures, so can create a truly special environment, such as Romanesque (shown right).

For those who prefer a modern or minimalist look, many porcelain tiles can also be used externally. Take Pietra di Pirigani for instance - these smart limestone effect tiles offer an internal and external version. The external tiles have a noticeably textured (or 'structured') finish which provides greater slip resistance. This also guarantees seamless flow of your interior decoration to the outdoors. There are many porcelain tiles that realistically replicate the look of wood decking. These are extremely practical and can provide greater safety, with excellent slip resistant qualities. Not to mention the fact that the look great - it can often be hard to distinguish these tiles from the real thing!

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

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