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Design Trends: 7 Outdoor Patio Tile Design Ideas You'll Love

By Susanne Redfield |

contemporary modern outdoor dining area ith hexagon floor tile and stone wall accent

Image: Apartment Therapy

April 22 is Earth Day and it is just right around the corner!  Celebrated everywhere, Earth Day is the largest civic event in the world with over a billion people participating! It's a good time to think about broadening support of environmental programs, rekindling public commitment and building community support around all things Green.  At Fireclay Tile, we are committed to a healthy sustainable environment on a daily basis. We incorporate as much recycled material as possible into our products while improving quality and durability at the same time. Even though for us, everyday is Earth Day, April 22 is a great time to celebrate progress, reflect, and ask,"What more can I do?"

In celebration of Earth Day we've put together our favorite outdoor tile patios and living designs ideas, and how you can recreate them with Fireclay.

1.) Modern Black and White

The vertical, subway style tiled bench below adds an exciting architectural element to what could be a small drab patio and doubles as a modern planter. Choosing black and white outdoor tile keeps it modern while taking a backseat to the verdant green colors of the plantings.

vertical white and black outdoor subway tile bench

Image: Bungalow 5

2. ) Vertical Color

A feature wall created from various green and turquoise outdoor patio tiles supplies a cool colorful look all year round. Mixing up the sizes creates texture, at the same time the organized vertical stripes generate a pleasing, cohesive, composition.

vertical green outdoor accent wall tile design ideas

Image: The Design Files

fireclay tile jade, sea glass, tidewater, turquoise

Tile colors shown: Jade, Sea Glass, Tidewater, Turquoise

3.) Patio Floor Pattern

Drought tolerant trees, sculptural succulents and amazing handpainted ceramic tile prove that going green can be both appealing and polished.

handpainted ceramic outdoor floor tile

Image: C-Home

To get a similar graphic look shop our Contemporary Collection for patterns with a lot to say.

palmera neutral motif, fireclay tile handpainted tile collection

Tile Shown: Palmera Neutral Motif

4.) Colorful Outdoor Shower

Water conservation in California is all about doing more with less. The shower below is an ideal example of the practice, more color, less plants to water. Our famous Fireclay Boneyard in San Jose is a treasure trove of delightful bits and pieces, ideal for fabricating fun, colorful, artistic statements.

colorful patch pattern outdoor shower tile

Image: Sunset

5.) Ocean-Inspired Fountain

A pop of saturated blue 3 x 6 tile in the garden below keeps the outdoor patio space cool and tropical in an otherwise green field. Recycling a bit of water through a tiled fountain creates the illusion of abundance and pleasant meditative quality of water to the backyard space.

blue ocean inspired 3x6 garden tile

Image: Seasonal Wisdom

For a similar look, choose our vibrant blue Glass hue, Blue Bonnet in the gloss finish for a classic, watery feel.

blue bonnet glass tile, fireclay tile

Glass color shown: Blue Bonnet

6.) Classic Pavers

Installing Paseo style pavers is a classic outdoor patio tile design and the best part?  They minimize the need for watering. A beautiful retaining wall helps keep moisture where you want it while providing a canvas for a vibrant tile mosaic.

paseo style pavers, outdoor home garden

Image: Mosaic Wonderland

7.) Herringbone Floors

A classic herringbone floor isn't only for inside your home.   Bring the look outdoors to a patio dining area.  Choose a material such as brick that will stand up to the wear and tear of the outdoors.

herringbone outdoor pattern floor tile design inspiration

Image: NY Times

Get this look with our glazed thin Brick on our soft gray hue, Cotton, arranged in a herringbone pattern.

glazed thin brick tile in cotton, fireclay tile

Brick color shown: Cotton

Love these outdoor living design ideas?  Order free 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.