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Create an Earthy Outdoor Sanctuary

Posted by Laila Conlon on 25 Aug, 2014
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oregon-2_pe_peThe heady days of summer provide us with an opportunity to spend more time outside the home to unwind from the fast pace of modern living.

Turn your outdoor sanctuary into an attractive spot where you can entertain and celebrate with friends and family in pure alfresco bliss.

Whether you are after an ample space to entertain or planning a secluded spot for quiet reflection and alone-time, attractive flooring and cladding can help you convert the area into an extension of the home.

Tiles or cladding are the ideal material to create a leisure spot that is practical, beautiful and welcoming.  The most suitable tiles to use outdoors are natural, terracotta and porcelain tiles, but not polished porcelain tiles if the area is going to become wet.

Natural stone is quarried from the ground and cut into pieces to form natural stone tiles. They include sandstone, slate, granite, marble and travertine, all of which are perfect to transform an outdoor area. “The look is organic elegance, with the added benefits of excellent durability and little maintenance being required,” says Kate van Niekerk, marketing manager for Tile Africa.

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Slate is an extremely versatile and beautiful natural material, with variable layers of colour and texture. It is a wonderful flooring option as it is porous and absorbs water, making it less slippery. With striking variations of colour and pattern, slate tiles will transform a plain floor or wall into a design statement.

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Sandstone tiles give a natural matt-finish to floors. Offering varying shades of vanilla, ivory and warm honey, sandstone adds a natural and calming feeling to any outside entertainment area.

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However sandstone cladding creates eye-catching textured walls, which would be perfect for any feature wall, indoors or out.

There are several advantages to using natural tiles outside the home. They are hard and durable and can withstand harsh weather conditions. Slate and sandstone tiles will last a lifetime and with good care they will provide you with a unique floor and wall area, thanks to the distinctive character of each tile. Another benefit is that natural stone is classic and won’t date.

It is essential to note that natural stone tiles need to be cleaned and sealed after installation, due to the messy installation process which often involves cement which ends up covering the tiles or cladding, says Brendon Volker of Natural Stone Worx.

Article courtesy of Home Dzine

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