10 Reasons to Use Outdoor Tile to Create a Backyard Oasis May 26, 2021 Right now, it’s all about the outdoors, and across the country, backyards are becoming personal outdoor getaways. With newly planted gardens, pools and places to entertain, outdoor living spaces are one of the biggest trends in home design. Creating the perfect outdoor oasis starts at the ground level. The surface you use on the floor will have a great impact on your outdoor experience. Notably, interest in outdoor tile has increased significantly during the pandemic as it became a must-have feature for many patios and decks. As we have watched this design trend take hold, we’ve noticed some key reasons people are using Emser Tile for their backyard projects. Here are the top 10 benefits of using outdoor tile. 1. Add Style! Outdoor tile can give your backyard an instant boost with patterns, texture and color. Turn your standard backyard project into something unique and interesting with tile. In this bold arrangement of black and white tile, a modernist look offsets the chic furnishings. For an even bigger impact, the two-tone tile extends up from the floor onto the walls. Because Emser outdoor tile is UV-resistant, your style will look great in the sun or shade, without the color fading. Shop this look: Emser Outdoor Wall 2. Complement Water Features, Pools or Hot Tubs Outdoor tile is perfect to put next to a backyard pool or water feature. Its durable finish and classic look offset your design. You can use outdoor tile on a pool deck, along the waterline, inside the pool, next to a hot tub, or inside a spa. Choose non-slip tile near water features, and always consult a professional installer for proper usage outdoors. Shop this look: Emser Pool & Spa 3. Reduce Your Home Maintenance Chores Choosing low-maintenance materials will help you spend more time enjoying your outdoor space and less time doing chores. For example, you may need to pressure-wash wooden decks or replace rotting boards. You will need to mow backyard lawns or weed gravel patios. By contrast, outdoor tile is a durable surface that is long-lasting and requires little maintenance. As a bonus, outdoor tile can also help you keep your home clean because you could track in less dirt from outside. Shop this look: Emser Outdoor Floor 4. Add a Modern Flair Outdoor tile can help you create a modern or contemporary backyard design and refresh an outdated or drab space. Herringbone patterns are especially popular right now, creating a chic and refined look that sets the stage for your outdoor oasis. Look for ways that tile can contrast with other surfaces such as walls, furniture or fencing to transform an ordinary patio into an oasis you’ll enjoy for years. Shop this look: Emser Outdoor Floor 5. Show Off Your Personality It’s a missed opportunity to leave your outdoor flooring as an afterthought. Flooring can have such a big impact on the feel of a space, and it can help you create your personal outdoor style. The variety of tile designs and installations gives you plenty of choices, and professional installers can help you develop creative tile ideas, including mosaics, grout coloring or turf accents. Shop this look: Emser Outdoor Floor 6. Create an Outdoor Dining Terrace Outdoor floor tile can set the stage for al fresco dining. Wood look tile is one of the hottest trends, giving you the appearance of finished hardwood without the risks of weather damage. In this dining terrace, wood look tile by the grill is paired with glazed porcelain for the dining area, adding durability throughout the space while also creating a striking contrast. Shop this look: Emser Wood Look 7. Play With Color, Pattern and Texture Make an instant statement by combining tile designs together. In this image, we see how different shapes, colors, and textures can create an elegant look. This arrangement includes an edging of light-colored tile surrounding the walkways and paired with small square tile along the waterline and a border of pebbles next to the pool. Patterned floor tile can also help you add color and pattern to your flooring. Create an all-over look or selectively arrange patterned tile to create conversation areas, focal points or faux rugs. Shop this look: Emser Pool & Spa 8. Create Eye-catching Stairs and Entryways If your outdoor oasis is on a steep slope or has stairs between multiple levels, tile can make your steps more interesting. Match your stairs to the rest of your patio design, or embellish your entryway by adding accent tile on the vertical portion of the staircase. Not only does outdoor tile give you durability and a clean finish, but the design options can help you integrate all surfaces. In this photo, there is visual harmony between the stairs, floors, walls, columns and fireplace. Shop this look: Emser Outdoor Floor 9. Add Interest to an Outdoor Fireplace When you’re entertaining, the fireplace may be one of the most important aspects of your backyard oasis, and tiling the surfaces can help you transform your fireplace into a showstopper. Use durable, heat-proof tile for areas close to the fire. Extend tilework to nearby areas including fireplace surrounds, walls, fireplace mantles or around your fire pit. Shop this look: Emser Ledgers 10. Create Flow Between Indoor and Outdoor Living Spaces Outdoor living spaces can be an extension of your home. Because you can use floor tile indoors and outdoors, it can help you bridge the two environments. Whether you have a transitional alcove or you want to open up your patio doors to make it feel like one giant space, floor tile can help you improve the natural flow between indoor and outdoor environments. Shop this look: Emser Outdoor Floor Want more inspiration? Check out the full catalog of Emser Tile outdoor tile.