TILES OF THE UNEXPECTED
Great ways to use patterned tiles outdoors
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.
MORE IS MORE
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.
LA DOLCE VITA
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.