Patios are so popular in the UK because they’re easy to maintain, don’t require the care that grass does and will also stand the test of time. You can do much with a patio, including using it for dining, enjoying working outside or just socialising in the garden.
But let’s face it; the average patio can be boring. Grey paving stones might be cost-effective, but they don’t exactly ignite the imagination, do they?
Luckily, there are plenty of alternatives to traditional patios, including using tiles to make yours stand out.
In this post, we’ll reveal some fantastic ideas for your patio.
Tiles can be sophisticated, minimalistic or quirky, depending on your goal. Here are some fantastic ideas for quirky tiles that never fail to make an impression and add an Avant Garde element to your outdoor space.
Chessboard tiles are a great choice if you want to add an artistic feature to your patio. You could use black and white porcelain tiles for the checkers, creating a more traditional look, or opt for bolder colours that contrast with the background.
There are plenty of large chess pieces too, which turn a standard patio into a fun-filled game.
Geometric tiles are perfect if you’re looking to create an impactful pattern on your patio, and they come in all shapes and sizes. You can find triangular shapes, circles and squares, and zig-zag patterns that add dimension to the design.
You could create a modern theme using white or grey geometric tiles, which come alive with vibrant foliage and plants. Or, use bright colours for a more daring look that stands out against the greens of nature.
Animal Print Tiles
If you want something unique, why not go for animal print tiles? They’re not for the faint of heart but boast an eye-catching style that’s sure to make your patio stand out – whether you opt for bold leopard prints or subtle zebra patterns.
Remember that these tiles will always become a focal point, so you might want to think before turning the patio into a tribute to classic prints.
Modern tiles can create various styles, from minimalistic to classic and even a bold and beautiful finish. You can do so much with these tiles, so don’t be afraid to experiment.
However, modern designs also need to streamline with the rest of the outdoor space because they’re all about creating a common theme that doesn’t clash with other elements.
Tiles In Neutral Tones
Neutral tones are timeless and create a peaceful atmosphere perfect for relaxing with friends. To create an eclectic style, the tiles can be the same colour or all different shades of brown, grey and white.
The great thing about neutral tones is that they’ll look beautiful in any season, so you won’t need to change them up depending on the time of year.
Slate & Mosaic Combo
Slate and mosaic tiles are an excellent combination for any patio because the slate will provide a strong base with added character. The mosaic pieces can create designs that add an extra touch of style – from geometric shapes to swirls and abstract patterns.
These designs also work well around a centrepiece, such as a BBQ or a firepit, providing an eye-catching frame.
Metallic tiles will make your patio look like it’s from the future and come in various styles. There are so many shades to choose from, including silver, gold and bronze, and you can mix them up for an exciting design.
Just be sure to balance the metallic tones and other elements on the patio – such as plants and furniture – so that they complement each other instead of clashing.
Remember that traditional designs still have their place and look fabulous in rustic and country-style gardens. Here are some fantastic tile options if you prefer to keep your present in the past.
Natural stone will add a timeless look to any patio and comes in different shapes and sizes. You can find bolder tones for an impactful design or choose light colours for a subtle style. There’s much to love about natural stone, but people are often put off because it’s challenging to work with.
However, natural stone lasts for so long, so it’s worth considering investing in tiling courses to learn to work with different tiles.
Terrazzo tiles have added texture for a unique finish and are perfect for creating patterns on the floor – from herringbone designs to chevron styles that make curves around the patio area.
Also, terrazzo tiles come in all colours, so you can find something that goes with your garden’s overall theme.
Traditional Mosaic Tiles
For a classic look, mosaic tiles are a must. These come in all sorts of shapes and sizes, so you’ll be able to create an interesting design that brings the patio together with nature – not to mention they’re also straightforward to clean.
When you know how to work with mosaic tiles, you can make the most of their intricacy and create something unique to your outdoor space.
Just remember to choose complementary colours, such as blues and greens, that blend well with the rest of your garden. However, if you want to go all out and create something unique that catches the eye, bold colours with vibrant designs will work well.
Plenty of fantastic tile ideas will bring life to your patio area, adding colours and patterns that make it a unique outdoor space. With so many options available – from animal prints to geometric designs – there’s something for everyone.
So why not get creative and find one that works best for you? If you’d like to develop your skills, we offer in-house tiling courses designed to ensure you qualify as a tiler in a few days, rather than spending ages online taking a course or giving up your job to study full-time.
Feel free to contact us and learn more.