The InStyle Ceramics Guide to Choosing Outdoor Tiles in Perth
When selecting the tiles for your outdoor area, it is important to consider not only the aesthetics you’re after, but also practicality, and the demands of being exposed to the elements. This will ensure that the chosen outdoor tiles not only do the job, but do the job well, standing the test of time.
Stocking premium tiles that are perfect for the outdoors, here are the criteria that InStyle Ceramics’ outdoor tiling options meet.
Ultimately you want your outdoor floor and wall tiles to be able to withstand the elements: sun, rain, wind and hail. While ceramic tiles are generally too soft for outdoor use, porcelain tiles have a sturdiness that makes them the ideal and versatile outdoor tile.
Not just something to consider for tiling surrounding a pool, all outdoor tiles require a low water absorption rate. This will ensure they are stain and crack resistant, even in wet weather.
The last thing you want is for your outdoor tiled area to become highly slippery when wet. Prevent this from happening by opting for unglazed and rough tiles with a slip-resistant rating stated as ‘P3’ or higher; while these are not 100% slip-resistant, their low-slip surface will significantly reduce the risk of slips and falls in wet conditions.
Outdoor tiles – unglazed tiles in particular – require a layer of quality finishing sealant to ensure they won’t stain. Due to being inherently stain-proof and highly durable against the elements, ceramic tiles make the ideal stain-free choice for outdoor areas.
Due to their low porosity, porcelain tiles are the ultimate outdoor tiling choice for the Australian climate, simultaneously providing an elegant look AND high durability. Choose porcelain and you’ll be preventing the build-up of, and potential staining from algae, lichen, moss and rot on your outdoor tiles.
Choose tiles that compliment Australia’s coastal areas such as styles made to look like limestone, sandstone, or granite, because of their attractive rugged look. Or tiles to compliment Australia’s outback, such as ones made to look like terracotta, arkose, or iron-ore due to their rich, warm and luxurious orange, red and brown hues they offer.
This is often overlooked for an outdoor area, but it shouldn’t be! Just like the colour scheme of a home’s interior can make or break the space, so can the colour scheme of your outdoor tiling project.
To give life to and open up the outdoor space, InStyle Ceramics recommend using lighter tile shades in darker or shaded outdoor areas, such as covered patios. Darker tile shades should be utilised in outdoor areas that get more light, such as a garden bed or pool area.
Choosing Wall Tiles in Perth
When it comes to tiles for a feature wall, opt for colours that complement the plants, pools, pergolas and other outdoor features. Coastal or earthy tones will only enhance the outdoor space, adding to the ambience and helping to establish a consistent colour scheme.
Choosing Floor Tiles in Perth
The aim is to continue the theme of the interior of your home to the outside; you don’t want the outdoor space to look out of place. An effective and simple way to do this is to have the same or similar porcelain floor tiles that run from the inside to continue into the outdoor space for an extension of your home’s interior – whether that’s simple and clean or more intricate. This also creates the illusion of extra space.
Your Tile Boutique for Outdoor Tiles in Perth
If you are still unsure about the perfect tiling option and style for your home’s outdoor space, contact InStyle Ceramics today, or introduce yourself at our Perth Showroom. Our tiling experts can educate you, assist you in your choice and help you create a quote within your budget.
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How to Care for Your Ceramic Tiles
One of the main reasons people invest in tiles? They are highly durable. But like all flooring options, tiles are exposed to foot traffic and often paw traffic, not to mention spills, splashes and accidents – so they need to be properly cared for. Don’t let this put you off – it doesn’t take much for the tiles in your living space to stay in tip-top condition.
Sweep & Vacuum Once a Week
And you’ll be removing any tile-scratching and dulling sand and dirt that has accumulated.
This should also be done once a week with a rag mop, which unlike a sponge mop, won’t release dirty water into the grout. Mild detergent mixed with hot water is all you need for your cleaning solution. Cleaning a large space? Make sure to empty the bucket and replace the solution halfway through cleaning – so that you don’t leave more dirt on the grouting than there was in the first place.
Don’t Forget to Clean the Tile Grout
We recommend using a grout cleaner or mild bleach solution, applied with a soft toothbrush…nothing fancy needed. Unlike steel wool, a soft toothbrush provides a gentle scrubbing tool that won’t scratch the tiles.
Seal the Tile Grout Regularly
Applying a silicone-based grout sealer every 12 months can help to ensure that the grout resists future stains and dirt – which means less cleaning in the long run, and floors that won’t ever look dingy.
Address Stains Straight Away
We’re all guilty of saying “I’ll clean that in a bit”, or ‘cleaning’ a spill with just a dry or dampened paper towel. Whether it’s red wine, coffee, or last night’s dinner, leaving spills on the tiles can stain the grouting – so make sure to get the grout cleaner or mild bleach solution out the second there’s an accident, and not just one from a pet.
Steer Clear of Harsh Cleaning Products
Don’t make the mistake of adding an acidic product like lemon juice or vinegar to hot water for a homemade floor cleaning ‘solution’. A cleaning product without a neutral pH can cause damage to the tiles, gradually staining them or causing their colour to fade over time.
Invest in Floor Protectors
Floor protector mats or pads, and caps on the legs of the furniture can prevent further stress and scratches on your beautiful tiles.
Our Trade Centre for Tiling in Perth
Looking for some guidance? Head to our Trade Centre for tiling in Perth, where we will walk you through how to look after your floor tiling with care, making sure you return home with a suitable cleaning solution and grout sealer. Because at the end of the day, taking care of quality tiles the right way will ensure that they endure time, no matter how many times you spill on them!
6 Tiled Feature Wall Ideas
A tiled feature wall immediately adds a sense of depth to a room, opening up a living space while also creating an eye-catching focal point.
It also serves the purpose of distracting the eye from imperfections in the room, and to establish the theme of a living space.
Another pro of tiled featured walls? They’re much easier to clean, and are far more durable than other feature wall materials.
If you know you want to go with tiles for your feature wall, but can’t decide on a theme, here are the ones we recommend.
A feature wall made of timber tiles or metal-lookalike tiles in earthy colours is a modern way to generate the country-feel of a warm and cosy home. Rectangular tiles, arranged and laid in a pattern that mimics exposed brick, or concrete-look and metal-look rustic tiles are ideal for instantly creating the in-vogue, edgy industrial-chic look – one that’s increasingly popular and which is suitable for residential and commercial properties.
Together many tessellated smaller tiles work as a timeless and elegant mosaic feature, subtly adding texture and character to the feature wall, all while making the room feel more inviting. Mosaic tiles in feature walls work well in bathrooms, to bring vibrancy to a kitchen, or to bring some style outside near the pool area.
Intricate architecture is what the Moroccans are famous for, with the distinctive design of their printed tiles providing functionality and beauty. Who needs to buy a piece of art when you can create a captivating one on your feature wall with Moroccan tiles?
In colour combinations like royal blue and white, or terracotta and grey, Moroccan tiling adds an exotic African, Middle Eastern or Mediterranean feel to a space, perhaps one that’s inspired from your travels or dream-destinations. By limiting the tiling to the feature wall of a bathroom, lounge room, kitchen, or outdoor area, you’ll be also be ensuring that the space won’t look ‘too busy’ or headache-inducing.
A splash of colour adds contrast, and in turn warmth and character to a mostly neutral living space, yet without being overpowering. A one or two-toned block of colour also provides the perfect canvas for placing a bedhead or mantelpiece up against, or for hanging a wall mirror – tricking the eye into thinking the room is larger than it really is.
Where to From Here?
A feature wall is designed to make a bold statement, so you want to make sure the one you have in mind works with the rest of the room’s running theme. This is something we can help you with – whether you’re after a feature wall for one room, or several rooms in your home or commercial property.
Head to our boutique Perth showroom for some inspiration and a chat with us on how to get started, or contact us today. From styling and curation to being laid down, at InStyle Ceramics, we know how to bring you a tile feature wall that will transform your space.