Outdoor flooring favourites to upgrade your garden space
While the weather lately probably hasn’t inspired you to spend a lot of time outdoors, as summer approaches you’re going to want to think about making the most of your outdoor space in preparation for barbecues in the sun or balmy evenings in the garden. If you’re looking to upgrade your patio or yard for the summer season, there’s no time like the present to start thinking about a new outdoor flooring setup.
Shop outdoor flooring options at Corcoran’s today and make sure your outdoor space is summer-ready in plenty of time for warmer weather and longer days. And read on for some of our favourite outdoor flooring ideas to transform your patio or yard in style.
Popular outdoor flooring types
When it comes to creating your dream outdoor setup, there are a number of options for high-quality, long-lasting flooring that can withstand the elements and look great for years to come. A few favourites include porcelain tile, stone pavers or tiles, wood panelling, and artificial grass.
Porcelain and ceramic tiles are a fantastically durable and stylish option for outdoor flooring. Whether emulating the look of wood or stone or standing out with a patterned or solid motif, porcelain tiles are hard-wearing, cost-effective, and easy to maintain, making them a standout pick for patio flooring, driveways, and more.
Porcelain tiles can mimic the look of natural materials to great effect, but if you prefer the real deal, you may opt for stone or wood pavers or panels, with materials such as granite or traditional hardwoods. While these options may be more expensive and, in the case of wood, require extra treatment to withstand outdoor use, their good looks are sure to be a hit in your outdoor area.
If you have a balcony, terrace, or other outdoor area that could use a bit of extra green appeal, why not consider artificial grass? Soft and realistic, you can let this easy-to-install, simple-to-maintain material stand alone, or pair it with harder flooring for the perfect blend of sturdy surfaces and natural style.
Styling your outdoor space
The way you choose to set up your outdoor flooring and overall outside area depends on how you intend to use it. If you’re mainly looking for a space where kids can run and play, then a grass-focused setup will be ideal.
On the other hand, if you have a lot of furniture and equipment to arrange, from patio tables to barbecue grills, you’ll want some hard surfaces to keep them sturdy and level. The amount of space you have to work with is a factor as well — in a large garden, breaking it up into zones the way you would an open-plan interior floor plan, can make each section of your yard inviting and accessible. Rather than a single flooring type for your driveway, patio, etc. choose a different style for each and create a visually appealing space in which each area is cosy and welcoming. On the other hand, in a smaller garden you can maximise space with a single, versatile choice.
And what about your overall outdoor flooring style? One of our favourite trends over the last few years has been to integrate your indoor and outdoor spaces. While outdoor flooring isn’t always suitable for indoor use, or vice versa, due to different requirements in terms of durability and installation, there are options that can be used in both situations as well as options with matching indoor and outdoor variations.
For a bold take on indoor/outdoor flooring that doesn’t rely on creating a perfect match, try choosing tiles in the same colour but different materials or texture. Similarly, if you prefer the look of wood planks, you will probably need to use different types or treatments of wood for outdoors than inside, but pick planks and grains that run in the same direction so that your eye will follow naturally from inside to out.
You can also utilise accessories to coordinate your indoor and outdoor spaces. Rugs that are suitable for use outside can enhance your outdoor flooring to match interior floors, or you can simply utilise an outdoor area rug to add a cosy element to a porch or patio.
Outdoor flooring to suit every space is available now at Corcoran’s
Whether you’re enhancing your garden with artificial grass, giving your patio a chic and contemporary look with ceramic tiles, or imbuing your yard with rustic charm thanks to a granite finish, we have outdoor flooring that’s perfect for your home.
Call in to our Killarney store bathroom, tile, and stove centre or visit our BTS Centre Facebook page to get inspired! You can also send us a message or give us a call on 064 669 1112 to arrange a free flooring consultation and find the best outdoor flooring to upgrade your space for summer.