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Outdoor Tile: Our Favorite Projects Bringing Tile Outside

By Ted Ryan

Outdoor Tile: Our Favorite Projects Bringing Tile Outside

Great design doesn’t stop at the back door. Fireclay’s handmade tile loves outdoor living spaces too!

Because of its durability and resistance to water and weather (our ceramic tile has a breaking strength of 393 lbs and our brick has nearly twice that), tile is a great choice for turning your outdoor areas into sanctuaries of style, but be sure to speak with one of our Design Consultants about your specific usage!

From pools to patios to backyard BBQs, we’re taking a tour through our 6 favorite outdoor installations below.

Pool Tile

From sparkling glass to tropical tile, waterline installation, or full coverage, bring the vacation vibes to your backyard when you design your pool project with Fireclay. A tiled pool is both timeless and enduring.

“Slippery when wet” is a fear of the past when you pick a glaze with slip resistance to decorate your pool deck.

From intricate mosaic tile and custom depth markers, tile lets you put your personality into every detail of your pool.

Handmade Orange Pool Tiles

Tile Shown: 4x4 in Koi // Design: Handsome Salt // Image: Jenny Siegwart


Handsome Salt’s Sara Simon
knows a thing or two about putting personality into a project. Inspired by Moroccan riads, this narrow backyard pool pops with orange Tile contrasting the turquoise water.

Building Exterior Tile

Creating an inviting first impression is easy when you clad your building in exterior tile. Equal parts dramatic and durable, our Glazed Thin Bricks are a good choice to create a striking facade.

Warby Parker Storefront

Tile Shown: 2x8 in Huckleberry, Crater Lake and Lake Tahoe // Design + Photo via: Warby Parker

Warby Parker Columbia Maryland Storefront

Tile Shown: 2x8 in Huckleberry, Crater Lake, Lake Tahoe, and Navy Blue // Design + Photo via: Warby Parker

When Warby Parker built out their brick and mortar stores, they turned to Fireclay to stop foot traffic in its tracks. The eyewear retailer chose a variety of blue tiles to celebrate their brand and compose a storefront that can shine for years to come.

Outdoor Floor Tile

An outdoor patio is a perfect way to expand the livable space of your home and enjoy more time outside. Unlike many natural stone tiles, our ceramic patio tile is resistant to frost and fading during the months you may not be using it.

Even better, a ceramic patio floor gives you endless options for creativity, with over 100 colors and dozens of shapes, sizes, and trim options to choose from.

Desert House Non-Slip Outdoor Patio Tiles

Tile Shown: 4x8 in City Lights and Taxi // Design + Image: Claire Thomas

Take this dreamy desert terrace installation, tiled in bold checkerboard non-slip earth tones that extend up the built-in backrests to perfectly capture the bohemian vibes of this desert getaway.

Fountain Tile

A calming water feature is a perfect way to turn your patio from blah to spa. Whether it’s a small patio pool filled with curious koi or a fountain flowing with aquatic ambiance, tile is a great way to make sure the focal point of your property gets the attention it deserves.

Handmade Blue Fountain Tile

Tile Shown: Chaine Homme in Adriatic Sea + 2x4 Tile in Azul // Design: Wes Architecture // Image: Sen Creative

Turquoise Adriatic Blue tile frames this fountain with a waterfall effect that plunges into a basin of 2x4 Tile in Azul, stealing the show at this well-appointed patio.

BBQ Tile

A well-thought-out tile backsplash isn’t just for the indoor kitchen. When your home cooking calls for fire, beautify your BBQ with handmade tile. As our name suggests, Fireclay Tile is right at home in the heat, and our tile options are a functional way to refine your backyard grilling setup.

Glazed Brick Outdoor BBQ Backsplash Tile

Brick Shown: Brick in Bitterroot // Design: Best Practice Architecture // Image: Ed Sozinho

Outdoor BBQ with handmade Black Brick

Brick Shown: Brick in Bitterroot // Design: Best Practice Architecture // Image: Ed Sozinho

This custom hardscape with a jet black Brick backsplash puts most patios to shame, offering a feast for the eyes while you grill up the goods for your guests.

Outdoor Stair Tile

Step up your design game with an outdoor staircase featuring handmade tile. These transition spaces of outdoor areas are prime targets to show off your design style and delight your guests. Tile is excellent for these high-traffic areas, with artistic elements packed into sustainable building materials that stand strong against weather and wear.

Joshua Tree House Handpainted Stair Risers

Tile Shown: 6x6 Avila in Neutral Motif and 6x6 Vigo in Cool Motif // Design + Image: Sara Combs + Rich Combs

These hand-painted stair risers at Tucson’s Posada Inn turn an ordinary cement staircase into an Instagram-worthy locale and give guests even more design details to adore during their stay.

Design Your Own Outside Space

When the weather’s nice, there’s no better place to spend time than the great outdoors. When you’re feeling al fresco, there’s no reason the design that defines your home shouldn’t extend to the areas outside. Caring for outdoor tile is easy and will let you spend more time enjoying your tile installation than tending to it.

Tile is the perfect material for sustainably designing an outside space that will retain its look and luster for decades to come. Want to see more inspiring exterior tile installations? Check out our Gallery to see the myriad ways tile can transform the outside of your home or commercial project.

Ready to get started? Order Samples or request complimentary design assistance from one of our friendly Tile Experts and never miss another moment in the sun.

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