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How to Feature Exterior Wall Tiles in Your Outdoor Space

Posted by Daltile Team on Mar 22, 2017 10:30:00 AM

Exterior wall tileConsulate in Antique Premier Grey on wall and patio

Cutting-edge exterior wall tiles can be used on your porch or outdoor entertainment area to make a long-lasting impression on your guests. Since the sky really is the limit, there are no boundaries in terms of how high or big you can go in your backyard. You'll want to start by choosing moisture-resistant exterior wall tiles that are suitable for the outdoors. But beyond that, you can design your outdoor sanctuary to be an expression of your personality. Try to choose the colors and textures you love and want to share with your family and friends. Here are some more inspirational tips and ideas.

Coordinate with Your Interior Design

Think about the mood you're trying to create. For instance, do you want to extend your interior kitchen? If an exterior application is appropriate, try using the same tiles on the porch. Consider using Consulate in Quartzite Embassy Silver on your kitchen floor and then installing it on your porch to let friends enjoy it when they gather outside. Or combine it with a darker grout on an outside wall for an exciting minimalist backdrop for plants; if you use sconces, keep them neutral so they don't overpower the wall.

Mix Textures for Interest

It might seem counterintuitive to mix different textures with your exterior tile, but doing so creates interest. A good place to start is with the Ever line, which offers the look of limestone in porcelain tile. Try Rock Textured in 12 x 24 on the pool deck and Light Unpolished in 12 x 24 on an overlooking wall for a contemporary vibe.

For a more classic-looking pool that takes its cues from ancient spas, use glass, metal, and decorative accents from the Fashion Accents collection.

Finish the Look

When you choose the flooring for your outdoor space, make sure you complete the look with the right decorative elements. For instance, if you go Honed Durango 16 x 16 Travertine on the floor, then create contrast with black pool deck chairs. Continue this theme with a nearby wooden table that's surrounded by black chairs. Keep seating casual and comfy with brown rattan love seats that are topped with cream-colored cushions. Finally, seal the deal with a wall of stacked stone around the entire outdoor entertainment space—this wall could even start inside your home. For something entirely different, consider using the Glass Mosaics line as an accent. With colors ranging from Dark Honey to Crimson, you can add an artistic touch to your outdoor space.

Whether you opt for porcelain or glass tiles on your exterior wall, you'll be creating an outdoor oasis that will remain inviting for years to come. For more outdoor inspiration, head to your local Daltile showroom.

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