15 Patio Tile Ideas for an Instant Outdoor Upgrade

lightly colored patio

The Layered House/ Jess Isaac

A tiled patio is the perfect canvas for a range of decor, seating, fire pits, and more, and will hold up overtime. While a basic concrete patio will work fine, there are plenty of ways to show off your style, complement your home's architecture, and refurbish a dated yard with stone pavers, porcelain tile, brick, wood tile, and more.

Looking for some tiled patio inspiration? We've rounded up 15 designer-approved patio tile ideas that utilize a variety of materials and aesthetics.

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    Use Large-Format Tile

    light tiled patio

    Urbanology Designs/Norman Young Photography

    This cozy outdoor living space from Urbanology Designs features large-format tile, a warm wooden overhang, and neutral furnishings. all great choices no matter your budget.

    James Stanley, principal and founder of JamesStanleyNY, believes that tiling your patio can be a fantastic way to add both form and function.

    "Not only can you get a really great creative look and feel with tiling, but with the right material choices, you can get a very durable patio as well," he says.

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    Get Playful

    stone patio and wood deck

    Manscapers / Dane Tashima

    One of the first things to consider when tiling is what the substructure is, which is important for weight, stability, and functionality, but then it's time to get playful. The type and look of patio tile runs the gamut, Stanley says, "from gorgeous marble looks to more traditional stone to wood with a herringbone pattern to modern and steel-like."

    This backyard from New York landscaping design company, Manscapers, utilizes both a stone patio and a wood deck to provide a calming outdoor space ideal for entertaining and relaxing.

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    Mix Materials

    darkly tiled front patio

    Urbanology Designs/ Josiah Campbell

    This Texas home from Urbanology Designs mixes classic limestone and painted brick on the front patio for a contrasting design. While the furnishings are minimal, the juxtaposing materials bring it all together.

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    Go Maintenance-Free

    lightly colored patio

    The Layered House/ Jess Isaac

    Natural stone comes with some upkeep, so instead, designer Aimee Longo of The Layered House encourages her clients to go for porcelain when it came to their patio update.

    "They wanted something a little more cost-effective and without the worry of staining," she says. "We opted for a porcelain tile that is reminiscent of limestone which is durable, doesn’t stain, and without the yearly resealing upkeep and price tag."

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    Look at Performance and Value

    porcelain patio

    John Keeble / Getty Images

    Stanley is also a big fan of porcelain pavers because they are lightweight, long-lasting, and look great. Furthermore, they are also scratch- and stain-resistant and are more budget-friendly than natural stone, yet a bit pricier than ceramic tile.

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    Go for Contrast

    neutral concrete patio

    Mary Patton Design/ Molly Culver Photography

    Stone pavers and white painted brick make designer Mary Patton's Houston yard look effortless. She then added a pop of color with outdoor folding chairs, a blue fixture, and plants.

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    Tile the BBQ

    tiled bbq

    HouseMill Design 

    "Tiles are a fantastic way to add both durability and beauty to any patio," says designer Lauren Ramirez of HouseMill Design. "Try using large, neutral-colored tiles with a matte finish for a modern look. If you're looking for a more rustic feel, consider using tiles with a natural stone texture and warm, earthy colors. For a bold statement, try mixing and matching colorful tiles in different patterns and sizes. And, don't forget about decorative tiles with intricate designs or geometric patterns for a unique touch that will make your patio stand out."

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  • 08 of 15

    Add Some Charm

    grey tiled patio

    Kate Marker Interiors/ Stoffer Photography

    Chicago-based designer Kate Marker of Kate Marker Interiors added a modern, charming aesthetic to this gray brick patio with a patterned side table and white outdoor sofa.

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    Go Large-Scale

    Grey tiled patio

    Arbor and Co.

    Large-format gray tile shows up in Arbor & Co.'s Pacific Northwest project. Laid-back furniture, hanging lights, and circular rattan pieces create a casual outdoor entertaining space.

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    Refresh With Natural Materials

    bbq tiled patio with chairs

    Brophy Interiors

    This Newport Beach home from designer Laura Brophy of Brophy Interiors epitomizes Southern California living with a multifunctional outdoor grill, seating, and stone patio tile. Plus, there's even an indoor/outdoor yoga studio.

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    Incorporate Greenery

    tiled patio with trellis

    Calimia Home

    This simple neutral tiled patio is the way to go if you want something classic. This yard from Calimia Home is infused with greenery and a pergola.

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    Try Out Wood

    wood tiled deck

     Jacek Kadaj / Getty Images

    Wood or composite planks are a great choice for any outdoor space, including your patio. Typically crafted from weather-resistant cedar or redwood, it's an easy tile that doesn't require the need for a structure below. Feeling handy? Try DIYing the patio tile yourself.

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    Brick By Brick

    brick patio

    L Alfonse / Getty Images

    Cost-effective, long-lasting, and versatile, you can't go wrong with a classic red brick tile patio. This one also happens to be filled with colorful florals, greenery, and a wooden pergola.

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    Don't Forget to Have Fun

    rainbow paved patio

    Amelda Wilde/Cricket Saleh

    Australian designer Amelda Wilde went for it with a rainbow limestone laid in an unusual pattern that took two weeks to complete. A green dining table and chairs from Hay and green overhang finish the look.

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    Upgrade With Paint

    DIY painted concrete patio

    A Beautiful Mess

    This concrete patio got a graphic update with black and white paint. Instead of laying a rug, the homeowner went the DIY route and created "tiles" in a triangle pattern.