Balcony design has always held a special place in our hearts – the huge potential of a small space to act as a welcome respite in all homes. With the right kind of balcony tiles and flooring, even a modest balcony can transform into a spot of solitude, a flourishing garden or an entertainment zone. Tiles have a decisive role to play in determining the functionality as well as aesthetics of the space. Here’s how you can select the best types of tiles for your home.
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#1: Artificial Turf for a Garden Effect
Artificial turf/grass is basically laying down a cosmetic layer of grass on your balcony floor. It is easy to maintain unlike real grass turfs and also not very expensive. So you can have your green acres and keep them too! Besides, this type of flooring is very easy to change from time to time.
#2: Moroccan Tiles for Sheer Vibrance
Did you think that Moroccan tiles can only be used in kitchens? Think again. These tiles with their delicate patterns and vibrant colours can turn your balcony flooring into a work of art.
#3: Wooden Texture for Subtle Style
Wooden textured balcony tiles provide a neutral backdrop for furniture and other embellishments. Also, if its a large balcony where kids might play, wooden tiles offer baby-proofing as well.
#4: Soft Wood Tiles for Neutral Backdrop
These tiles are larger versions of textured tiles and smooth to touch. If you plan to use bright coloured furnishings in your balcony, soft wood tiles are an excellent option.
#5: Wenge Panelling for Vintage Elegance
This shade of dark wood is called wenge and it instantly takes us back to the Victorian times. The log cabin style panelling gives a very vintage vibe to a balcony.
#6: Pinewood Deck for Outdoor Parties
Pinewood is a type of softwood flooring that is exceedingly durable if maintained well. Its best feature is its aesthetic value, making it perfect for open air party decks like this one.
#7: Mosaic Tiles for Vivid Patterns
Mosaic floors used to be fairly common in India before different kinds of porcelain and vitrified tiles stormed the market. Mosaic tiles are a budget-friendly option. But the best part about using mosaic is the choice of numerous patterns and playful colours that can brighten up your balcony.
#8: Etched Tiles for Subtle Class
Etched tiles are basically regular ceramic tiles engraved or etched with laser. They have a raised surface and are often used in wet areas like bathrooms. These tiles provide a textured flooring option that also helps ensure that people don’t slip and fall in case the balcony is wet. It might be necessary in homes where there are elderly family members.
#9: Hand-painted Tiles for Rustic Beauty
Hand-painted tiles are a work of art by themselves. They lend a rustic charm to balconies but must be maintained carefully. For example, these dot and dash geometric patterned tiles definitely have us swooning!
#10: Landscaping with Pebbles & Wooden Flooring for a Zen Space
Landscaping in balconies is a fad that is catching up. Dry landscaping with stones and pebbles is a Japanese concept; it is popularly referred to as the zen garden. This type of landscaping takes up some parts of the flooring in the balcony. Wooden flooring compliments zen gardens for a perfect balance of energy.
#11: Indian Tiles for Ethnic Patterns
Ethnic Indian patterns cast in ceramic tiles make a great pick for balconies. Earthy colours are best suited for this type of balcony tiles. A mix of dark and light shades can be used to give the balcony floor a textured finish.
#12: Mangalore Tiles for a Touch of Tradition
The deep red Mangalore tiles made of a special clay are scented with history and cultural references. Apart from being eco-friendly and sustainable, these tiles offer a generous dose of aesthetic nostalgia.
#13: Decorative Ceramic Tiles for Effortless Style
Shaded tiles are composed of darker and lighter gradients of the same colour. They could be made of ceramic, granite or clay. So instead of being a homogeneous shade, the balcony floor has a smattering of two different shades.
#14: Regular Ceramic Tiles for a Casual Vibe
Simple and unpretentious, the regular ceramic tiles that we use in our homes can be both budget-friendly and easy to maintain. You can do up the balcony with plants and props.
If you found this piece interesting, also read Seating for all Types of Balconies.
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