Outdoor projects can be fun and fulfilling, especially when they make our homes look spectacular. It’s hard to resist the allure of a well-designed and decorated patio or pool area, and a big part of that allure is the outdoor tile you use.
The right outdoor tile can provide a certain elegance and sophistication to a space. If you’re going for rustic and natural, it can provide that look, too. Or if you want something modern and chic, you can find the right outdoor tile for that aesthetic.
Here are 4 things you should think about when you are selecting the proper outdoor tile for your next project.
Creating a Natural Look
If you want a more earthy, natural look, then natural materials are the way to go.
You can choose between limestone, slate, quartzite, or other similar materials to create a functional, yet outdoorsy look and feel. This goes great for an outdoor seating area, a patio, or a garden area. Quartzite in particular goes very well with other natural elements, such as boulders, rock patches, and waterfalls.
Getting the Look of Hardwood
Even tile-lovers love a hardwood floor, but putting a hardwood floor outside is impractical and expensive due to the rigorous upkeep it requires.
Fortunately, you can get the hardwood look with porcelain tile that is designed to replicate the hardwood aesthetic. Wood-look tile is charming, attractive, and timeless like hardwood but is durable like porcelain and requires far less maintenance for outdoor projects.
How Tile Color Affects Your Area’s Look
Did you know that you can impact how an area looks by something as simple as the color of your tile?
For example, light-colored tile is great for lighting up a dark area. Dark-colored tile does a good job of darkening a well-lit area. This provides ideal contrast and creates a more interesting look. Light-colored tile in a well-lit area, by comparison, can wash out an area, while dark-colored tile in a shaded area can be difficult to see.
Flipping it around can liven up a space.
Some Tile Types May Need Sealant
When selecting outdoor tile for your next project, keep in mind that certain types of tile will need sealant. Due to the materials and production process, ceramic and porcelain tiles do not require a sealer and require limited maintenance. If you get a natural stone tile, you’ll probably have to seal it so it doesn’t suffer damage from moisture.
Outdoor tile can add a tremendous amount of charm and elegance to any outdoor space. Consider these 4 things when choosing so you can make the best choice.
The Robert F. Henry Tile Company has been supplying homeowners and contractors with stylish, functional tile since 1933. Visit one of our showrooms to find the perfect tile for your project.