From the Floor Up

Stone Flooring for Seamless Inside-Outside Transitions

Posted by Daltile Team on May 30, 2017 11:34:43 AM

Travertine indoors and outdoorsTravertine in Noce on the floor with travertine in Durango on the island and backsplash, The New American Home

Stone flooring is the perfect material for giving your living areas a spalike feel, and for bridging your indoor spaces and the great outdoors. Using the same flooring for your patio as your living room or kitchen creates fluidity and claims a piece of the outdoors as your own, which truly allows you to have your own outdoor living space.

Stone flooring is a great choice because it feels luxurious—thanks to its beautiful finishes and color varieties—but it is also extremely practical. Stone is long-lasting and low-maintenance, and isn't a material you'll have to upgrade anytime soon. When designing your seamless inside-outside transition, consider the following three tips.

Choose Patterns That Move

While there are many different types of stone flooring options to choose from, picking the right pattern is one of the most important considerations. Think of Van Gogh's Starry Night painting—pattern and texture have a way of drawing your eye forward and eliminating elements of separation. For instance, consider going with a chevron pattern that points the eye outside, or a pattern that involves multiple tiles that are different sizes. Limestone not only lends a sense of authenticity and rustic acuity to outdoor spaces (because it's a natural stone), but it's offered in various colors as well, making it an easy choice for matching both indoor and outdoor decor.

Play with Natural

Another way to link your inside and outside spaces is to embrace nature's resistance to perfection. For example, forgo perfectly square tiles for natural-looking shapes. The Slate line offers a bold color palette with choices ranging from deep charcoal hues to rich, rust-colored pieces. It's also water- and stain-resistant, which makes it a popular stone flooring choice for both indoor and outdoor use. And don't overlook custom details because decorative tiles can further personalize your space, taking it from ordinary to original.

Deck Out Your Patio

Consider using travertine stone flooring in your indoor living space and then out to your patio. This look will give your outdoor space a sophisticated finish that requires minimal maintenance.  When you apply the tile to your outside patio, in addition to your inside spaces, the transformation can help the outdoor space become another room in your home.

When you're ready to integrate your outdoor patio with your indoor rooms, consider these tips and ideas. This addition will help to expand the living space that your home offers. When you're ready for further inspiration, head to your nearest Daltile showroom or slab yard to check out your options.

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