Garden tile ideas
Discover on-trend garden tile inspiration
Whether you want to create an eye-catching patio for your sun-drenched courtyard or a charmingly rustic BBQ area for friends and family to enjoy through the summer months, the right garden tiles will help to bring your vision to life.
From rustic stone effect tiles perfect for rural retreats to playful monochrome slabs suitable for a fun, contemporary modern home, there’s something for every kind of outdoor space at Tile Warehouse. You can even experiment with patterns and laying techniques such as the popular brick bond design for added interest. So make sure to read on for on-trend garden tile inspiration and feel inspired for your next project.
What makes a good outdoor tile?
Knowing what makes a good outdoor tile is the first step in creating a visually impressive and long-lasting patio. Always look for tiles that are suitable for outdoor use. These tiles will have a low water absorption which makes them able to stand even the harshest of weather conditions. Outdoor porcelain tiles are a great option because they’re non-porous, durable and fade resistant. They’re also baked in a kiln meaning they can brave the elements without cracking. When that first frost sets in, you’ll be able to admire your white, glistening garden without worrying about the condition of your tiles. Porcelain tiles are also easy to maintain.
When choosing your outdoor tiles, textured, matt tiles without a high-gloss surface are also a top choice. This is because they’re less likely to become slippery and hazardous when wet. Small details like this can make all the difference, so it’s good to be knowledgeable. And don’t forget, if you need any further advice about outdoor tiles just get in touch with our Customer Services team. We will be more than happy to help.
Popular garden tiles
The great thing about tiling is that when it comes to colours, patterns and designs, there’s no right or wrong answer. Just like indoors, outdoor tiles should reflect your personality and style while complementing the character of your property and the space you have to work with. A barn converted into a cosy home, for instance, might be best suited to quarry tiles or large format stone-effect tiles, whereas a modern property might look great with white porcelain tiles with a monochrome border but the choice is yours. It’s always a good idea to also think carefully about the rest of your garden and how your tiles can complement outdoor furniture, lawns, planted flowers, decking and other elements.
Patterned garden tiles
Why not give your garden a lift with beautifully patterned tiles? These can add interest to even the smallest of gardens and can create a visually interesting space for plant pots, sun loungers, swinging chairs and more. Patterned garden tiles can be in many different ways. For example, you might want to create a unique border around a simple tile design or you could use patterned tiles to create a fun and distinctive walkway, perfecting the entrance to your property.
Subtle garden tiles
If you want to create a striking tiled space outdoors but don’t want anything too busy or overwhelming, then you could keep things simple with white stone or quarry tiles. These offer a neutral base for colourful flowers or crisp green plants. You could also go for a darker shade such as light grey or granite for a chic, modern look. Marble effect tiles will also bring a subtle dash of glamour to your outdoor space as will ivory and beige tiles, so there are lots of different tile styles to consider.
Bright garden tiles
Gardens can look a little drab, particularly in the winter months when the skies are grey and many of your plants are waiting for the spring before bursting into life. The good news is you can add a touch of colour to your outside space with bright garden tiles. This doesn’t have to be anything extreme but opting for something like Quarry Red square tiles can add a rustic earthiness to your patio. You could also experiment with contrasting grouts that are suitable for outdoor use as this can really accentuate lines and create an additional element of interest for many years to come.
Stone-effect garden tiles
There’s something simple but satisfyingly beautiful about stone-effect garden tiles. Replicating the beauty of stone but with all the strength and durability of a material like porcelain, stone-effect tiles are a great alternative to more traditional patio tiles. Lower in price than real stone, these tiles tend to be neutral in colour and are highly versatile, making them suitable for most outside spaces in the UK.
Large format outdoor tiles
If you’ve a sizable area to cover, large format tiles are a great option as they get the job done quickly. Large tiles also require less grouting and have fewer gaps making them easy to keep clean. The larger dimensions of these tiles can also highlight the size of a gorgeously spacious patio or outside play area for the kids. Why not order a free sample and see for yourself how they could transform your garden?
Taking the indoors out
One of the trends of recent years has been to take the indoors out and a perfect tile to achieve this look is the Split Face tile. Made from natural stone, Split Face tiles will help to bring any wall space in your garden to life while providing a real talking point for family and friends when they come over for a BBQ. Highly textured, Split Face tiles will add a sense of calm and serenity to any outdoor space. Easy to fit, they must have a lip or ledge fixed to the top of the tile to ensure no water gets behind the tile. They also require back buttering during fitting and sealing at the point of installation.
Need more information?
If you have any questions regarding tiling in your garden, then feel free to contact our Customer Services team, they will be more than happy to offer their help & guidance.