Best Alfresco Tile Looks for Patios and Outside Areas

From entertaining and relaxing to sunbathing, dining, barbecues and more, the exterior of your home can offer a world of options during the summer months. Creating an outside living area that reflects your home on the inside creates a consistent look you are sure to love and outdoor tiles create the perfect backdrop no matter what your design style. If you’re looking for a bit of inspiration on how to style your patio, terrace or veranda so that it provides not only a practical spot to hang out in the sunshine but a beautiful one as well, you’re in the right place!


Go for Contrast

If the flooring of your outside area is a darker colour like deep grey, black or darker brown, then consider contrasting the flooring with lighter materials in your furniture and accessories. Our Icon Grey Outdoor Slab Tiles will give you a similar look to the above (without the upkeep of wood!) and provides the perfect backdrop to light grey and taupe furniture and cosy fringed accessories, both of which are big trends for the season.

Pale and Interesting

Prefer for your outdoor area to remain light and bright? Consider tiles in a paler biscuit colour such as our Morvan Outdoor Slab Tiles for a rustic look that retains an airy aesthetic. Combine these with pale colours in your furniture – those which veer towards greige (a combination of grey and beige!) or taupe colours alongside natural wood and wicker for alfresco entertaining at its best.

Contemporary Darks

If you love the simplicity of contemporary design inside your home, then that look can easily be carried to your outdoors too. Choose black slate effect tiles like our Surface Outdoor Night Black porcelain slab tiles for a smooth uninterrupted finish and combine fence panels painted in black to provide a wonderful backdrop for planting and greenery. Choose furniture with a sharp lines and hard edges to contrast with any organic planting for a thoroughly modern look.

Shades of Grey

And finally, if you are looking for a fresh and modern look for your patio, consider combing our Surface Outdoor Mid Grey tiles with white rattan furniture and accessories as our featured blogger, Mrs Rackley has done. This crisp aesthetic creates a thoroughly modern entertainment area in combination with plush outdoor cushions and throws. To see more of this space, click here.

How will you be styling your entertainment areas this summer? Our Portico range of outdoor tiles will provide your perfect backdrop no matter what your style, so be sure to take advantage of our free cut tile sample service today!


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As a multi-award winning interior design content creator, Kimberly Duran is an Interior Design-obsessed American ex-pat, who chronicles her decorating journey and dispenses interior design advice in her personal blog, Swoon Worthy. When she’s not helplessly drooling over all the latest trends in design, she’s adding things to the imaginary ‘shopping basket’ in her head, she likes to get messy tackling DIY projects with her partner in crime, Wayne, stalking eBay for vintage bargains and filling her home with her favourite neutral – gold.