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The Homeowner’s Guide to Exterior Design

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Making the most of your outdoor spaces

Summer is here, and outdoor spaces are on our minds! The warmer weather means that your home’s exterior will be getting more use than ever. Whether you're hosting a pool party, backyard barbecue or a summer wine night, your outdoor spaces are arguably the most important part of your home for the next three months.

Make your outdoor spaces functional, stylish and ready to enjoy this summer (and all year long) with Tiles Direct’s homeowner’s guide to exterior design trends.

Bringing The Inside Out

Design continuity goes way beyond just interior design. Outdoor spaces should be treated as an extension of your home, following the same design style that your interiors receive. Having a consistent flooring option is key to keeping a uniform aesthetic, and thanks to the latest manufacturing innovations finding a tile option that is suitable for both indoor and outdoor applications is easier than ever. The StoneOne Collection from Marca Corona and the Re_Micron Collection from Imola Ceramica are just two options that can help you seamlessly transition from indoor spaces to outside patios.

Weatherproof Wood Looks

Wood decks and porches have been a staple of outdoor spaces for as long as we can remember – but let’s be honest, they’re not the easiest to maintain. The latest digital printing technology has made wood-look porcelain tile more realistic than ever, but with no sanding or staining required. The Wood Talk collection from Ergon is available in 36” long planks to mimic the shape of real wood, while the Charleston collection from American Florim features a weathered finish to recreate rustic looks on decks, patios, walls and beyond. 

A Poolside Paradise

Pools are the perfect place to add a pop of color. Stunning glass mosaics reflect light to make pools and spas seem larger while glistening in the sun. It’s also hygienic, easy to clean and durable. TilesDirect.net carries several breath-taking glass tile options including collections from Daltileand Aquabella Tile that are available in a variety of colors to meet your design preference.

Outdoor Showers

Outdoor showers aren’t just for sand and salt. These convenient one-stop cleanup spots are perfect for cooling off on a hot day, rinsing off post-gardening dirt, cleaning off muddy paws or simply adding a special touch to an every day routine. Make your outdoor shower spa-like with pebble flooring and cast-iron shelves that add some serenity to the space. 

The Real Barkeeper’s Friend

Exterior bars and kitchens are a staple for outdoor entertaining, and they can also be the focal point of your exterior designs. Decorative surfaces such as cement-look porcelain and stacked stones are perfect for building easy to clean spaces with a decorative touch. They’re also fireproof which is key to keeping yourself, your guests and your property safe from any accidents.

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