Connecting Interior Style and Exterior Style with Porcelain Tiles
With a plethora of bank holidays and the prospect of summer sun on the horizon, it is time to think about making the most of the great outdoors. There is nothing better than dining al fresco with friends or having a nice cool glass of something bubbly outside after a hard day’s graft.
But what about those home birds who like their creature comforts? Thanks to the “Inside Out Home” trend, complete with its own Channel 4 show highlighting how external areas can be transformed into extra “rooms”, there are plenty of solutions to bring you the best of both worlds. And Porcel-Thin, with its barrier-breaking porcelain tiles, is here to accommodate.
Think outside the box…
While attending this year’s Ideal Home Show, the Porcel-Thin team noted that a whole host of interior designers and landscape gardeners were drawing on this hot new home-meets-garden sensation. Seeing first-hand the impact a kitchen with a fully functional yet ultra-stylish outdoor room can have when linked by floor tiles on the same level divided only by a stylish sliding patio door, we got to thinking about the variety of uses an open-air living space can have. Our top three are seating, dining and play areas:
- Sitting pretty – Ponder having an extension to your lounge where you can entertain friends and spend quality time with your family during the warmer seasons. All you need is flooring that performs just as well outside as it does inside and looks wonderfully welcoming. Our Pattaya Wood Effect Tiles are ideal!
- Dining out – Whether it is burgers in buns in the sunshine or a meal for two by the moonlight, al fresco dining cannot be beaten. Dining outside should not be restricted to the summer months either; it presents the perfect opportunity for you to get your hygge on with a few blankets and scatter cushions. When you have a safe space tiled with antibacterial tiles where food can be prepared and eaten out of doors, you will wonder why you ever spent so much time stuck the kitchen!
- Play time – Imagine having the opportunity to keep a closer eye on the kids while they amuse themselves and get some fresh air. An external play room with non-slip flooring that is resistant to cracking and deforming, such as our Melbourne "Sands of Time" stone effect tiles, that runs from inside out and has no steps or obstacles to thwart toddlers could be the perfect solution.
Weather or not…
When a conservatory is not on the cards, there are other ways you can make your outdoor rooms fit for all weathers and seasons. For constant shelter – rain or shine – you could invest in an awning. You could also erect a semi-permanent gazebo (there are various sizes and types available on the market to suit any space or budget). For ad hoc protection, a patio umbrella will make sure you are covered.
Regardless of any “roof replacements” chosen, your outside flooring will need to be high-quality and high-performance. Unlike natural wood decking, that will need treating regularly to protect it from moisture and heat, or uneven natural stone paving, that presents issues such as slips and trips, porcelain tiles will carry through from your indoor space to your outdoor space smartly and safely, whatever the weather.
Not only do our ultra-thin porcelain tiles offer excellent water absorption (below 0.5% – smashing the industry standard) but independent tests confirm they are almost twice as strong as conventional, full thickness porcelain tiles with an outstanding resistant to water, frost, heat and fire. This means they will fare well during torrential downpours, white-outs, heatwaves and BBQ sessions. But whichever route you go down, remember your flooring must follow through for maximum style.
When considering the connection between your inside and outside space, there is an art to coordinating landscape design, planting choices and garden furniture with your interior style but when you nail it the effect is stunning.
Is your home décor romantic and traditional? Perhaps the answer is an outdoor space dominated by natural stone – such as our beautiful Book Match stone effect tiles – with the addition of roses, lavender or wild flowers to soften the overall look and entice visitors.
Is your interior design cool and contemporary? Perhaps a more formal, symmetrical outside space with flavours of urban chic – such as Cemento Structured Concrete Tiles for flooring and feature walls – would be right up your garden path.
Best of all, as Porcel-Thin’s large format porcelain tiles span 900x900mm, 1200x600mm or 1800x900mm, a quick and easy installation results in a coverage with fewer grout lines for the smoothest possible continuation of your interior style to the terrace or garden.
29th April 2017