Choosing the right flooring is essential when renovating your home, and it’s just as important when designing an outdoor space.
One of the simplest types of flooring you can use for your indoor-outdoor garden room is stone tiles. They look beautiful and luxurious yet classic – and they come in great sizes. That said, if you’re after a more unique look, the Terrazzo tiles might be more up your alley.
As with any other design choice, it is essential to consider both the style, the sustainability and durability of the product and whether it is practical for you.
Here are a few tips to think about:
- If you are looking for a more casual space, choose “loose” materials; use materials like gravel, loose rock and shell to create a more informal look in your garden. Another bonus is that you do not need to be a master craftsman to make them look good! But do note that as these materials are loose, they can move slightly under heavy wind or a lot of people walking over them, so good, regular maintenance is required.
- If you are looking for a more formal-looking space, I would recommend you choose hard materials. The hard materials, such as tile, brick, concrete, lumber tends to create a more ‘high-end’ look. Tiles and timber can also withstand a lot of traffic. Really all you need to do is make sure they are cleaned regularly. Easy, peasy.
- Choose the right visual aesthetic. A unique floor look is sure to be noticed by your guests, but make sure it leaves a good impression. Aim to use tiles that match the rest of the style in your home, including softer interior elements such as curtains and pillows. Consider the material and finishes of your home, and from the natural environment in your surroundings.
- Impact of the environment: When you are using flooring, also consider the origin of the materials used, and see if they come from sustainable sources and are permeable.
- Find what’s right for your budget. All I will say here is to think of your renovation as a long term investment. Everyone’s budget is different, but remember that you get what you pay for – and choosing for a cheaper option now might end up costing you more at the end, when the tiles don’t last for as long as you had planned.
Types of materials for outdoor gardens
- Stone: It provides an earthly and elemental feel. Choosing the right shape and colour of your stones to complement the garden space can go a long way to elevate the look.
- Brick: This material creates a classic and ‘homey’ feel. This might be a good option for garden paths and barbeque areas. You can also combine the use of bricks along with stones and other decorative materials for a more bohemian vibe.
- Tiles: There are endless options here. Through the years I’ve used a wide range of styles; from modern and minimal to Mediterranean.
In summary, there are so many ways you can improve your outdoor areas, and the flooring is very important. Whether you are looking to make the floor a key design feature or simply installing a floor for convenience – I wish you the best of luck in your renovations. Feel free to share any images with me, I love to see what you guys come up with!