Once reserved exclusively for the kitchen and bathroom, tile is now trending well outside of these rooms—and interior walls. It doesn’t matter whether you’re working with a grassless backyard, or just want to revamp your patio: The right flooring can take your exterior to the next level.
Take a peek at these Pinterest-worthy tiled spaces, and prepare to get floored.
To create this peaceful patio for Bri Emery (creative director and founder of the blog designlovefest), designer Sarah Sherman Samuel concentrated on shades of grey and white—including this eye-catching, triangular tile.
A splash of soft pink, cacti, and rattan accents lend a light, airy feel to the space, and nod to the solitude of the home’s desert locale.
Deep Blue Dream
This Grecian-inspired terrace looks like it just jumped off the pages of a Santorini travel brochure. A quick glance at it makes clear how the diamond tile—in its spectrum of blue hues—is the star of this serenity-evoking sanctuary.
The design inspiration behind Emily Henderson’s patio makeover? In her words, “English Grandma meets California mom.”
She invested in gorgeous Granada Tile Company Burgos cement tile, and then added more affordable Target furnishings and lush greenery.
This tile is perfect for the design rule breaker. Eschew tradition with an unexpected color palette—crisp white tile with striking cobalt accents beautifully contrasts the black matte wall in this apartment patio.
Faux Painted Tile
While not technically tile, the black and white painted floors in Miles Redd’s West Village patio offer the same striking effect, sans the commitment and price tag.
It’s an affordable alternative to traditional tile.
The result is an eclectic escape in the center of a bustling city.
Want to add interest to a dated back porch? Take a cue from Jenny Komenda, interior designer and founder of the blog Little Green Notebook.
She recently revamped her Phoenix residence by giving the drab concrete floors a facelift with a painted tumbling block pattern. (Yet another awesome tile alternative!)