By Lindsay Cohn

Published on July 28, 2017

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Photography by JESSIE WEBSTER

While there are plenty of ways to infuse style and personality into your outdoor space—from lush greenery to woven accents—one of our favorites is the patterned tile.

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. 

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Photography by TESSA NEUSTADT VIA DESIGNLOVEFEST

Desert Chic

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. 

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Photography by GAELLE LE BOULICAUT VIA DOMINO

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. 

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Photography by GAELLE LE BOULICAUT

Cool Courtyard

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. 

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Photography by HAYMES

Stark Contrast

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

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Photography by PAUL COSTELLO VIA DOMINO

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.

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Photography by BRITTANY AMBRIDGE VIA DOMINO

Moroccan Magic

Hotel Nord-Pinus Tanger exudes relaxed refinement, and the inner courtyard is certainly no exception. The Moroccan tile radiates exotic allure, while the bold red chairs spice things up.

The result is an eclectic escape in the center of a bustling city.

 
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Photography by BRITTANY AMBRIDGE VIA DOMINO

Southwestern   

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!)

See more stylish outdoor spaces:

18 Style-Focused Ways To Decorate Your Patio for Summer
Mindy Kaling’s Los Angeles Backyard Is Literally Perfect
How To Style Your Outdoor Dining Area