Pair indoor-outdoor tiles with bi-fold, French or sliding doors to blur the line between your internal and external living spaces.
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Image: Valverdi Shard indoor outdoor tiles
If there’s one trend we can be sure will never go out of style it is space. Whether that’s achieved through open plan living, minimalist design or physically extending your home, adding space is a positive change that we can all embrace.
One way to create that luxurious feeling of extra space is to connect indoor and outdoor living areas, making them feel like a single zone. The key to this is to create flow between the spaces by using continuous flooring materials and matching your interior and exterior design through colour or style.
Image: Valverdi Indoor-Out Burnham cement effect tiles
When it comes to choosing your flooring, material is an extremely important factor. Many materials like wood, stone or concrete will fade or change colour when used externally, meaning that you will eventually lose that matching indoor-outdoor look. Luckily there is a material that is unaffected by weather; porcelain goes through vitrification during the manufacturing process giving it an extremely low porosity rate, which makes it strong, frost proof, colourfast, fade proof and resistant to staining.
While all porcelain does possess these properties, there are certain features that are more suited to either outdoor or indoor use, but not both. Valverdi wanted to create flooring that would give the impression that it is matching, while still harnessing these key benefits. For example, their external tiles are 20mm thick, double the thickness of the internal variety, to cope with heavy garden furniture and changes in temperature.
The outdoor tiles are also finished with an R11-rated slip resistant surface, which would be considered too rough for indoor use, but is ideally suited to patios, terraces, pathways, steps and even swimming pool surrounds. Because porcelain is resistant to moss & mould growth, staining, scratching and fading, your outdoor space will look the same in ten or twenty years as it does when first installed.
Image: Valverdi Indoor-Out Chalet wood effect tiles
To create different designs, materials such as wood and slate are photographed then digitally printed on the surface of the tile using the latest inkjet technology to create an ultra-realistic finish. This means that our favourite flooring can easily be replicated using porcelain, with all of the benefits listed above.
Established in 2013, Valverdi Indoor-Out is now the top name in luxury indoor-outdoor porcelain, having supplied flooring for a number of projects including Kew Gardens and houses featured in Grand Designs magazine. Their current portfolio includes ranges inspired by natural materials like wood, slate and stone as well as more modern finishes such as cement and distressed-effect styles.
Create a seamless link between your indoor and outdoor spaces with Valverdi Indoor-Out co-ordinating porcelain tiles.