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7 Pool & Patio Ideas for a Backyard Oasis

Dreaming of the BBQs and pool parties that will fill the warm days ahead? We’ve put together our top big and small backyard ideas to inspire your next outdoor project, but before you start your reno, there are a few things you need to be mindful of when choosing tile.

Basically any tile will be appropriate for areas that don’t experience freeze/thaw, but for those of us in more northern climates, a non-porous tile is necessary to ensure your outdoor area stays looking its best through the seasons. Man-made porcelain tile is suitable for most outdoor applications and comes in a variety of patterns, colors and styles to create a beautiful outdoor space. Many porcelain tiles are suitable for pools, as is glass tile, though we wouldn’t recommended glass for patios. If you like the authentic look of stone, these materials will hold up to the elements, no matter the climate: earthy and textured slate tile, sparkling granite tile, and naturally rustic quartzite tile. Explore our full selection of outdoor tile and pool tile for the tile that fits your style.

If you’re looking for luxury backyard ideas or even if you want to build a backyard oasis on a budget, keep scrolling for our top pool and patio tile ideas that will have you catching rays for days!

1. Go Bold with Black & White

Wondering how to decorate your patio? While neutrals will blend in with the surroundings, why not consider a color palette that will stand out in a sea of green, brown and beige. A black-and-white tile patio creates a fanciful and dramatic setting for a casual conversation or outdoor drinks. This all-season porch, designed by R.C. Zieske Construction, sets the stage with a black-and-white checkerboard tile floor and is made complete with black and white furniture and bold red accents.

Four seasons porch with black-and-white checkerboard tile floor, black and white furniture and red rug.
Featuring: Encaustic White and Encaustic Black. Design by Laura Potter Designs. Build by R.C.Zieske Construction Inc. Photography by Amy Sundby Jeanchaiyaphum.

2. Create a Tranquil Aquatic Space

Looking for backyard oasis ideas that will work with your pool? A beautiful, aqua-blue tile like the Navarra Blue shown here will transform your pool into a peaceful and relaxing space for you to unwind at the end of the day. Search our wide selection of blue porcelain tiles to create your own stunning aquatic moment.

Patio with pool tiled in blue and beige tiles.
Featuring: Navarra Blue.
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3. Embrace the Weathered Look

For small patios, you want design ideas that make a big impact. A weathered cement-look tile like the Antique Grey tile shown here is a timeless trend that can add character to a small yard. This is a great tiny patio idea that will create a chic and charming space to relax outdoors.

Patio floor with grey cement-look tiles.
Featuring: Antique Grey

4. Create a Sleek Slate Patio

Beautifully textured and highly versatile, slate tile ranges in color from rustic reds and orange to blue and black to complement a variety of styles. We love the charming bohemian look of this deck designed by The Inside Story Design, but slate tile is also an excellent choice for a contemporary or farmhouse patio design.

Bohemian style deck with dark slate versailles style tile floor.
Featuring: Adoni Black Slate Large Versailles. Design by The Inside Story Design.

5. Extend Your Great Room Floor Outside

The beauty of porcelain tile is that it works both indoors and out. If you have a small backyard, this idea can help make your outdoor area feel bigger by creating cohesion between your family or dining room and the patio. Wood-look porcelain tile will give your space a cozy feel that’s easy to maintain but for a sleek, contemporary vibe, try a metal-look tile like the Ionic Steel shown here.

A great room that extends onto a porch with white and beige furniture and dark, steel-look tile floor.
Featuring: Ionic Steel.

6. Build a Bar That Blends In

Think beyond floors and walls. Use tile to create a stylish space for entertaining — just the thing to bring the party to your backyard. An outdoor bar that fits with your landscaping with stone architectural tile, like the Baoding Creme Random Rectified tile shown here, will make a chic and comfortable space.

Architectural tile outdoor bar area with bar stools.
Featuring: Baoding Creme Random Rectified Out Corner and Baoding Creme Random Rectified.

7. Go Dark For the Pool

Create a pool that looks cool and stays warm with a dark-colored pool tile. Black porcelain tile will conduct heat, perfect for pools in areas that don’t get as much sun during the day. The dark Aqua Nero tile in this pool makes for a sleek, contemporary outdoor space that’s great for swimming or lounging.

Pool tiled in black stone-look tiles.
Featuring: Aqua Nero

We hope this list has sparked some backyard oasis ideas for your next pool or patio project! Visit our Instagram and Customer Room Gallery to see our tile in action in real customer spaces. For even more inspiration and information, set up a free design consultation to get advice from our tile experts.

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