As we get into the height of BBQ season, summer patio design is at the forefront of everyone’s mind. In my experience, people either put significant effort into their outdoor entertaining area design or very little at all. Sure, there are less elements to really make big changes to compared to interior design, but there are plenty of unique ways to make the outdoors stand out. Flooring, to me, is so overlooked in terms of outdoor design. A simple change to flooring outside can make a huge difference in the overall look. It’s an element you can really play up and I love to.
Here are a few example of my favorite flooring ideas for summer.
1. Mosaic: from Homepolish
I recently spent some time touring Europe with Porcelanosa. I was so inspired by the beautiful mosaics and stone work, I’ve definitely fallen back in love with mosaic. It has such a strong and elegant impact. Even in small or simple outdoor spaces, this look adds a hint of luxury nothing else can. It gives an outdoor space a more complete, home-like feel that usually you only get with interior decor. It’s not just for traditional styles either. I think mosaic is stunning in a super clean, modern design or contrasted with contemporary furniture.
2. Concrete rustic “planks”: from Silver Creek Stoneworks
How beautiful does this dark rustic wood look? The best part? It’s not even wood, it’s concrete! No maintenance and much longer lasting. I even this the overall look is even more interesting than wood planks. These are a focal point all on their own and don’t need much accessorizing and landscaping to make a outdoor space look incredible. This idea is great for space that needs to remain simple yet it’s still a really overall polishing touch.
3. LED Deck Lighting: from Home Edit
Something that I’ve always found difficult to tackle is outdoor lighting. Outlets and achieving even lighting, especially across an entertaining space, is both impossible and essential, it seams. I love this idea of concealing LED tea lights in the actual wood planks or stone of the patio deck. This gives such a luxurious look while also giving a practical solution to an endless problem. During the day, these lights aren’t in the way and at night they complete the whole look.
4. Stained Concrete: example from Home Izy
This is the simplest option with the most potential I see underused so often. Stained concrete can give so many different results to match plenty of styles. It’s really clean and modern looking but also works underneath traditional cast iron patio furniture. Overall, it looks polished and put together – something hard to achieve with outdoor design. In terms of cost and effort, it’s the most minimal. For complicated or large spaced where tile or stone are a nightmare to work with, stained concrete is my go-to option.
5. Red Brick: from Southern Living
I will always love a classic red brick. I think it’s so much more versatile that most designers (and definitely clients) think. I love it done with a traditional design but also never mind seeing it under some super chic modern furniture for a brilliant contrast. Outdoors, it’s durable and low maintenance. Wear and tear adds perfectly to it’s character. Most importantly, it’s unique and is a statement that speaks for itself in any design.
I hope you were able to find some inspiration in some of my favorite outdoor flooring ideas. There’s nothing better during this time of year that a really unique and inviting outdoor space to wow clients and even your own guest with. Thanks for reading, as always!