Balcony tiles—what you need to know

Alissa Ugolini—homify UK Alissa Ugolini—homify UK
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Balcony tiles: a good looking alternative to other flooring options for your balcony or, indeed, any area of your home. Why do it; I hear you ask? Well, firstly, tiles are inexpensive and easy to lay your self (for those of us looking for a little DIY project at the weekend), very good thermal conductors -meaning they stay warm on a summer evening- and also are very aesthetically appealing. Now your saying 'it can't all be good news surely; what's the down side', well the down side is, pretty much, the other side of the good; they can often break and are susceptible to weather damage, it's expensive to hire someone to lay them, if you don't have the time, and they are cold to walk on at most times of the year -they still look good though, that part doesn't change.

Let's have a look at some stunner from across the continent, to give you some idea of what you can achieve… .

Robust balcony tiles

 Terrace by Apersonal
Apersonal

De Madrid al cielo

Apersonal

These tiles are made to endure slightly more rugged weather. The winter will not be to harsh to this type tile because it's made of a more industrious and tougher type of clay than many. If you live in an area with unpredictable weather (western counties, the north and Scotland) tiles like these would be a wise choice.

Mediterranean balcony

 Terrace by Au dehors Studio. Architettura del Paesaggio
Au dehors Studio. Architettura del Paesaggio

Dettagli di una casa di campagna

Au dehors Studio. Architettura del Paesaggio

Let's face it, we often are unable to use out balconies for most of the year, or simply don't want to -due to poor weather! However, when we do use them, they should be so fun that it makes up for the rest of the year! If this is the case, why not try theming your balcony? A Med theme is always a great place to start and the tiles are easy to acquire. 

Balcony lighting

Southbank, London:  Terrace by Urban Roof Gardens
Urban Roof Gardens

Southbank, London

Urban Roof Gardens

If you love to use your balcony at night, you could base your choice of tile around how it would look under the artificial light surrounding. Dark tiles will soften the (sometimes harsh) light of LEDs and create an amenable ambiance

Balcony drainage

 Terrace by Apersonal
Apersonal

Espacio para sentir

Apersonal

If your attempting a DIY balcony tiling project your self, don't forget about drainage! Make sure you plan well in advance and can guarantee that the tiles will allow water to run off easily. Un-drained areas can take on water over a longer period and also the oily substances can stain the surface of some tiles; so be careful.  

Decorative balcony tiling

If you're looking for an all out stunner, you should maybe get a little more creative and go for a more decorative option. The tiles in this design break up what could be monotonous otherwise and they look great for it!

Want some more balcony inspiration? Have a look at some more balcony flooring or some balcony furniture ideas

Whitton Drive:  Terrace house by GK Architects Ltd

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