Indoors to Outdoors and back – the most suited paving materials

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No longer an afterthought, our outdoors are now more than ever a planned, intentional continuum of our indoor spaces. Colours, textures and materials are playing the protagonist roles in ensuring that smooth transition and help provide style consistency across the board.

Focussing on paving materials, let’s take a look at what options are the most suited if you’re trying to bring your indoors out and vice versa.


Natural Stone

Natural stone pavers and tiles can be the perfect solution to link your living room to your outdoor entertainment area. Keeping in mind that different finishes and thicknesses may be required depending on the area in which the stone is installed, overall this material is a great, organic and versatile option.

For instance, honed natural stone floorings can be an elegant and safe solution for both indoors and outdoors.

Many colours and tones can be achieved using natural stone, from lighter creams and beiges to cool darker greys. Maintenance wise, speak with your installer to ensure your stone is installed and sealed as required by the area in which is laid.


Wood

Wooden flooring can be used across your home and outside, for instance on a deck or under a pergola. There are many types to choose from but bear in mind indoor flooring options, e.g. solid timber, laminate etc. are not suited for outdoor use.

To match your indoor flooring to your outdoors, best option would be to specifically source a type of hardwood that can be utilised for both indoor floorboards and decking. If you have already installed one or the other, no need to despair. Bring a selection of photos, taken with different lights, to your designer or supplier so that they can provide you with their best matching samples.

Another thing to consider is that, long term, your outdoor wooden surface, especially if not laid under cover, will most likely age differently from your indoor floor.


Porcelain

A great all-rounder, porcelain can be installed, either as a paver or a tile, across your home to guarantee that smooth transition between indoors and outdoors. Finishes are important here as for any other material previously mentioned, so keep in mind you’ll need to select a slip-resistant tile for your outdoors.

Porcelain is hardy, easy to maintain and available in a wide range of patterns and colours to choose from. They can also be used indoors to match pre-existing outdoors materials such as concrete, wood or natural stone.


We hope you enjoyed the read and feel free to get in touch if you have any questions or wish to discuss this topic further.