Great ways to use pat­terned tiles out­doors

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Tiles don’t have to be purely dec­o­ra­tive, they can be used to tell a story. Adding a very per­sonal touch to the en­trance to this Cape Town home is a blue and white tile mu­ral by Michael Chan­dler de­pict­ing the lives and his­tory of the own­ers. In­spired by the azulejo tiles of Por­tu­gal, it in­cludes their por­traits as well as lush trop­i­cal plants and flow­ers which rep­re­sent the wife’s KZN roots.


Built-in seat­ing in court­yards and pa­tios has al­ways been pop­u­lar thanks to its no-fuss, weath­er­proof qual­i­ties. Tak­ing this con­cept one step fur­ther, Kun­dra Bow­ley, owner of the Mo­roc­can Ware­house, ‘up­hol­stered’ the seat­ing in her court­yard with pat­terned tiles in blue, white and black. Adding com­fort are Boho-in­spired silk cush­ions in blues and teals, while a ke­lim rug adds to the fur­nished feel.


Out­door fix­tures like braais and bars can also ben­e­fit from the dec­o­ra­tive na­ture of tiles. Black and white tiles from Mo­roc­can Ware­house turned this built-in bar at House Re­gal in Bantry Bay into a stun­ning pool­side fea­ture. A plain greytiled f loor and an off-white counter en­sure that the tiles are the hero, es­pe­cially when com­ple­mented by stylish met­al­framed cane bar stools.


Don’t think you have to stick to one tile. You can cre­ate very in­ter­est­ing ef­fects with a mix of pat­terns – the se­cret is to limit the num­ber of colours. This sim­ple wall foun­tain was given the wow fac­tor with a back­drop of in­tri­cate tiles in blue and white bor­dered with an­other pat­tern. Dif­fer­ent blue and white tiles were used to line the pool and sur­round. The spout, wall rose and tiles are all from Mo­roc­can Ware­house.


Pat­terned f loor tiles rem­i­nis­cent of those in Mediter­ranean coun­tries are ideal for set­ting a hol­i­day mood all year round. When Rae­lene Levy, owner of film lo­ca­tion House Re­gal, ren­o­vated the prop­erty, she was in­spired by her love of all things Ital­ian and chose black and white tiles for the f loor of the wrap-around bal­cony. All it needed was a white bistro ta­ble and match­ing chairs and black planters filled with lush green­ery.

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