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Design Trends: 6 Creative Ways to Add Tile to Your Outdoor Fireplace and Kitchen

By Susanne Redfield |

cotton white brick tile outdoor fireplace

Image: Better Homes and Gardens; Brick color shown: Cotton

Spring is here and before too long we are going to be outdoors enjoying balmy, light evenings with friends and family. A great way to extend summer nights and get the most out of our yards is to spend some time around a crackling fire or cooking dinners in an outdoor kitchen.  Ceramic tile has always been a go-to for the outdoor fireplace surround or patio kitchen.  Immune to the elements, tile is virtually as indestructible as it is gorgeous. Textured, handmade tile brings color, pattern, and a warm glowing focal point to your space, creating an exterior oasis where everyone wants to be.  With summer in mind, we've put together some of our favorite outdoor tile fireplace looks and how to recreate them with our tile.

1.) Go Green

The vibrant emerald green tile backsplash below echos the verdant colors of summer outdoors, for a similar look, try our Ogee Drop in Venetian Green installed in a straight set pattern.

vibrant green ogee drop tile, outdoor bbq area

Image: Houzz

venetian green ogee drop fireclay tile

Tile shown: fireclay tile ogee drop in venetian Green

Or, for a contemporary take on a classic Moroccan design consider Paseo.  This patterned tile is defined by a curvaceous lantern-inspired silhouette.

fireclay tile venetian green in paseo shape variation

Tile shown: Paseo in Venetian Green

2.) Mediterranean Style

Whether it's the simple addition of an outdoor fireplace or a major kitchen and dining area statement, enjoying summer outdoors is a major trend.  This al fresco kitchen is a resourceful way to add more space to a home without major structural renovations. The focal point blue ceramic tile backsplash adds sophistication to the rough stone, adding a little Greek Isle ambience to this welcoming space.

outdoor blue ceramic backsplash tile and stone design

Image: Homedit

To recreate this look, try any of the patterns from our Mediterranean Handpained Collection.  We especially love our Liva C pattern in the Cool Motif.

liva c pattern in cool motif, fireclay tile mediterranean handpainted collection

Mediterranean Handpainted pattern shown: Liva C in the Cool Motif

3.) Less is More

Keeping it simple can be equally as impactful. No need to go wild when it comes to your outdoor fireplace, one or two rows of well placed tile creates a quiet yet impressive finishing touch in the patio below.

classic spanish outdoor fireplace with cuerda seca tile accents

Image: Midwest Living

4.) Playful Patchwork

Not much room for a perennial flower garden? These bright, colorful, patchwork-style tiles keep this backyard in full bloom all year long.

outdoor bbq prep table in patchwork handpainted tile

Image: Wave Avenue

5.) Vibrant Pattern

From a simple backyard fire pit to an elegant outdoor living room, the fireplace is the transforming focal point that converts your outside space in to a true extension of your home. Below, the exterior architectural elements are clad in a smaller decorative print design contributing to the bright summer-like feel of the space.

bright summer blue elegant outdoor living room and fireplace

Image: Le Mosaiste

Get this look with our Mediterranean Handpainted pattern, Zuma in the Warm Motif.

zuma in warm motif, fireclay tile handpainted mediterranean pattern

Mediterranean Handpainted pattern shown: Zuma in the Warm Motif

6.) A Splash of Turquoise

A saturated pop of turquoise tile is great way to add color to your outdoor space that lasts all year long.

beautiful turquoise tile mediterranean courtyard

Image: Houzz

Our Hawaiian Blue ceramic tile with its tropical crackle surface and wide range of variation can add just the right sparkle and lively texture.

hawaiian blue ceramic tile variation image

Tile color shown: Hawaiian Blue

Love this look?  Order free Tile samples now.  Need some help?  Simply call, chat, or fill out our Design Assistance Form and one of our talented Design Consultants will get back to you shortly.