ISSUE 41  |  West Coast Cool

The New Outdoor Rug: Perfect Patterns for Tile Patios

October 14, 2015 9:00 AM

BY Michelle Slatalla

Borrowed from Moorish influences, patios with patterned tile are everywhere these days. Call it the new outdoor rug.

As effective as a rug when it comes to transforming outdoor space into an instant room, tile is also impervious to weather. We’re jumping on the trend:


Above: Photograph by Cory Walter courtesy of Commune.

In Los Angeles, custom concrete tiles manufactured in Mexico flow indoors and out, from kitchen to courtyard, at Commune Design co-founder Ramin Shamshiri’s home. For more of the project, see Steal This Look: An Exotic Tiled Kitchen on Remodelista.

tiled-courtyard-marrakesh-by-design-gardenistaAbove: The inspiration: Morocco. Photography courtesy of Maryam Montague and Artisan Books.

In Marrakesh, a courtyard takes center stage in a home, author Maryam Montague learned after moving sight unseen to Morocco with her family. See more at Required Reading: Marrakesh by Design.


Above: LA-based garden designer Judy Kameon updated a 1930s California courtyard with concrete tile. See more in 10 Garden Ideas to Steal from California.


Above: Interior designer Alexandra Angle combined a Southern California palette with Scandinavian accents at a home in LA’s Los Feliz neighborhood. For more of this project, see Designer Visit: Alexandra Angle in Los Angeles on Remodelista.




Above: Ann Sacks Tile & Stone sells Popham Design’s Paccha line of cement encaustic tiles. For more information, see Windows, Floors & Walls: Ann Sacks Paccha Tiles on Remodelista.

Do want to play with pattern? See more of our favorite tiles: