Which garden tiles go with which garden?
Why not ditch the decking and glam up your garden this summer for a lot less than you think with outdoor tiles?
Not only do they look great in gardens of all shapes and sizes, but they are easy to fit, highly durable, won’t fade, extremely safe whatever the weather, and most importantly, require little in the way of maintenance – save for a good clean once a year with a jet wash.
But which style of patio tiles should you go with which garden? Do you opt for something classical that won’t date or go for something a little bit more contemporary and on trend?
Choices, choices, choices as they say. Thankfully you’ve come to the right place if you’re in search of some answers.
Keeping it contemporary
There was a time when decking was all the rage and most seating areas in garden came complete with decking of some sort.
And, while decking looks great when it’s first laid, it does require a fair degree of maintenance, and planks need replacing on a regular basis.
Outdoor tiles have made this a thing of the past and given homeowners a great looking, cost-effective alternative to decking. They aren’t porous, so cracking caused by frost isn’t an issue. Being non-porous also makes them easy to keep clean. They are resistant to scratching and fading in the sun, too. And they are extremely safe – thanks to the latest in anti-slip technology.
If it’s a contemporary vibe you are after then patio tiles in grey (ideally mid-tone) or limestone, ideally in a stone effect finish and match it with rounded, chunky garden furniture to add a different dimension to your garden while keeping those all-important clean lines.
Combine it with structured plants that won’t go grow out of control, a fire pit for when the nights get a bit colder, some good lighting and you really can’t go wrong.
A taste of the Med
Alternatively, why not recreate your very own slice of the Med in your home by creating your very own alfresco dining area within your garden.
However, instead of playing it safe and going neutral, why not switch things up and add a splash of colour with a quarry red tile. Not only they highly durable but they help to convey the warmth as well as the charm that we normally associate with the Med.
Combine them with some terracotta planters (or painted pottery) filled with basil, oregano or thyme. They really scream the Med, the smell wonderful and you can use them for cooking. The last thing you need for your dining space is some simple wooden furniture that will weather with age to help finish off your look. It also worth considering throwing some shade over your space. Maybe some climbers over a pergola to add the finishing touch.
Go for the classical cottage style garden
Classic gardens tend to lend themselves towards flagstone style slabs, but they can be quite difficult to keep clean and not always the safest under foot when wet. A porcelain stone effect tile would be the perfect (and safer) alternative. It also adds a nice twist. Low maintenance, they are stain and slip resistant so all you need to do is give them a quick clean in the spring for a fresh-looking patio all summer long. We’d recommend one in charcoal, grey or marble for a timeless look and feel.
The tiles can also be softened by introducing cottage style brightly coloured plants around the borders, lots of pots, oak or teak coloured garden furniture to contrast with the colour of the tiles and stick to neutral toned accessories such as cushions, throws etc. A bird bath wouldn’t go amiss as well. Keep it filled up for our feather friends, especially during the summer months. All that’s left to do then is light the BBQ and wait for everyone to turn up and the party to begin.
See it before you buy it with the Tile Visualiser
Whether you are thinking classical, contemporary or the Med, why not use our Tile Visualiser to see how our extensive range of outdoor tiles could look in your garden. The app is quick and easy to use and allows you to share you look with family and friends.