How to transform your home with an indoor-outdoor living area
Create a sensational indoor-outdoor living area with Valverdi’s porcelain tiles
It’s the dream for many homeowners – a living space that spans both indoors and outdoors. Whether it’s a kitchen/diner that can spill out into the garden, or a reception room that can merge with a patio, it’s a way of really opening up your home and injecting a fresh sense of space.
Light, sunshine, fresh air – these become part of your everyday life all year round, while your merged living area also becomes the perfect spot for hosting, allowing your guests to be inside and outside at the same time. But such a transformation doesn’t have to be a huge and Herculean task – you can do it simply and stylishly by using co-ordinating indoor and outdoor tiles.
By using indoor-outdoor floor tiles, you create the perfect link between the exterior and interior of your house.
While you can use different looks of tiles, that creates a more jarring border. Matching the style means that when you throw open the bi-fold or sliding doors, the indoor and outdoor blend perfectly and your eyes are drawn on a journey, creating the desired effect.
Certain tiles just aren’t made for the vagaries of the Great British weather. Happily, porcelain tiles are an ideal solution for this look as they work both under foot and under the sky. Porcelain is a popular choice of tile material in the interior of many homes, but the vitrification process they undertake during manufacture also makes them perfect for outside.
It renders them hard-wearing, stain resistant and frost proof – they punch above their weight on terraces and even as surrounds for swimming pools. You might expect your inner tiles to stay gleaming and your outer tiles to be tarnished, but porcelain bucks that trend as it’s also resistant to scratches, mould and moss.
There’s a hidden difference too. Outdoor tiles need to function differently to indoor tiles as well. So while they’re similar in appearance, Valverdi’s porcelain tiles for the exterior have a higher slip resistance than those used inside, which are smoother and thinner.
Available from The London Tile Co. in a versatile range of designs and finishes, classic, contemporary and cutting edge, co-ordinating tiles will work with whatever design you have in mind. They blur boundaries, improve the flow of your home and are the ideal way to get a sense of increased space when you can’t extend.