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13 fantastic flooring ideas for a stylish garden or patio

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Marylebone Courtyard Modern garden by Fenton Roberts Garden Design Modern
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A gorgeous garden will always have striking focal points—and none make as big an impression as a perfect patio! But what flooring should you choose for it? The options seem to be endless, but we've narrowed the list of potentials down to our top 13 today, in a bid to get you to make an informed decision! Ask any landscape architect and they'll tell you that getting the right mix of stability, practicality and aesthetics cans be tricky, but we don't think you'll have any problems, if you plump for one of the following fantastic options.

1. Decking.

An absolute classic, patio decking never fails to look great and neat and is easy to maintain as well, if you have a pressure washer to hand!

2. Wooden floorboards.

If you're not quite sold on decking, how about some natural wooden floorboards? A great way to link interior and exterior spaces, they are more than hardy enough, with some protective treatment!

3. Pebbles.

here's a fun idea! How about playing on the natural aspect of your garden and laying a pebble patio area? Simple and cost-effective, we think they look beautiful too.

4. Crazy paving.

Crazy paving is making something of a comeback at the moment and what a great thing that is! Easy to lay and a chance for you to get creative, crazy paving creates such a unique focal point in a garden!

5. White shingle.

Pebbles are lovely, but for a more zen approach to stone patios, how about white shingle? It'll make your garden look larger as well, so that's a double-win!

6. Grass and slabs.

Why chose between a garden path or a lawn, when you can integrate the two? A really fun way to add some practical but organic flooring to your outdoor space, we think this is a really arty design!

7. Dual-colour slabs.

If you know that you want stone slabs as your patio base but you can't decide on a single colour, how about mixing a couple together? This checkerboard design looks so quirky and interesting!

8. Rustic stone.

Rear garden patio with climbers Rustic style garden by Barnes Walker Ltd Rustic
Barnes Walker Ltd

Rear garden patio with climbers

Barnes Walker Ltd

In a traditional garden, you really can't go wrong with some rustic stone slabs as your patio base. So your chairs and table will struggle to be perfectly level… that's a small price to pay for such a heritage look!

9. Shingle and slabs.

Loose shingle and edge-perfect paving slabs are a match made in heaven as you get the benefit of easy to walk on surfaces as well as some natural texture. The contrast is just so lovely.

10. Polished concrete.

For the ultimate in easy to maintain patio flooring, polished concrete is a real winner! Contemporary, almost industrial and such a fantastic neutral to decorate, concrete flooring is superb, especially for outdoor spaces.

11. Terracotta tiles.

if you'd love your garden to tap into a more Mediterranean aesthetic, you can't afford to miss out on terracotta floor tiles. beautiful, warm and so ruggedly natural, they add something really special to patios.

12. Pebble mosaics.

So fun! Just look at what an eye-catching and stylish installation this pebble mosaic is! We bet it feels wonderful underfoot and must have been so therapeutic to lay as well. Perfect for garden seating areas.

13. Smooth ceramic tiles.

Moroccan style garden Mediterranean style garden by Gullaksen Architects Mediterranean
Gullaksen Architects

Moroccan style garden

Gullaksen Architects

Finally, we had to show you how lovely super smooth ceramic floor tiles can look outside! Ideal for more contemporary and sociable gardens, we think this is a future-proof look!

For more patio ideas, take a look at this Ideabook: 12 budget ways to pimp your patio.

Which of these options could be perfect for your garden?
Whitton Drive by GK Architects Ltd Modern

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