We’re almost at our favourite season of summer, and now is a great time to start thinking about any renovations you might want to carry out before it gets hot outside! While many people opt for wooden decks, natural stone and tile is a great option for creating a cool-to-the-touch outdoor tile experience that’s strong, durable and highlights native beauty.
Creating outdoor flow
Open plan indoor living has found its way into the Australian backyard. With backyard space getting smaller as we urbanise, having separate zones for outdoor dining, garden and pool can feel claustrophobic. Designers are now creating functional and visual connections to link the spaces. A beautiful way to do this is through complementing outdoor tile, stone, landscaped greenery and even hardwood flooring or wood-look tiles for better durability. Tiles that can help you achieve a timeless outdoor living space include travertine tiles and limestone pavers or luxurious marble look porcelain tiles such as our Calacutta Prague.
Designing pool envy
Pool design is currently going through a renaissance, as pool owners and hopefuls rethink the long-term design. In early 2017, we saw designers opting for a more refined, simple style over flashy glass windows and swim-up bars. Pool owners are now looking for sustainable styles that are contemporary and withstand cult trends, and even offer sound resale value. When it comes to tiling your pool, trends can go from one extreme to another. Designers are either choosing dark, mosaic tiles or going completely light, with brushed limestone pavers. With a white tiled pool, you allow the natural watercolour to pop, whereas a black pool can offer an air of elegance and act as a reflector. If you’re looking for the backyard with nuances, this could be a great point of difference.
There are a few colour trends that will see us out until the end of 2018. People are keen to create a good getaway without needing to leave their home – call it our wanderlust culture. The essence of a getaway look is relaxed but full of unexpected fun, with neutral browns and vibrant accent colour of blue and pink. This can be achieved with wood-look tiles (neutral brown) and our classic mosaic tiles in an assortment of colours.
Minimalism and modernity aren’t going anywhere either. Summer tile trends for outdoor entertaining areas tend to timeless with classics such as cool limestone tiles or travertine pavers, which offers a French holiday appeal and when accompanied with porcelain tiles, creates a variety of textures and complexity. Ceramic and porcelain options are a tough and hardy solution to deal with the Australian summer sun as well as the wear and tear of the family in full summer party mode!
The expert team at Stone & Tile Studio are ready to help you outdoor living aspirations become reality just in time for summer. Why not take the opportunity to drop into our Stafford showroom today to check out our range and see how we can help you get summer ready!