As orangery and garden room extensions have grown in popularity in recent years, driven in part by a desire to join our indoor and outdoor living spaces, so has the requirement to connect these areas using a combination of good design and complementary materials.
Blurring the boundaries between indoors and out, choosing the same flooring for both spaces will create a sleek, seamless connection between the two.
Whether it’s a kitchen extension leading on to a terrace, a large open-plan kitchen-living area with bi-fold doors opening on to a landscaped lawn or a bespoke orangery or garden room that naturally links the home and outside space together, it’s worth considering a material that is suitable for both. For the very latest advice, we asked our friends at Artisans of Devizes to share some of their expert stone flooring tips.
When selecting flooring for inside and out, natural tile and stone are a great option as they are available in a wonderful choice of classic and contemporary styles, colours, finishes, textures and formats.
Take an etched limestone for instance. With this type of finish, the stone can be used indoors and out with the benefit of being naturally hardwearing as well as offering rich hues of tone and character to enhance a classic interior.
Limestone is a popular choice in home projects, as it can be used to complement kitchens, garden rooms, orangeries, boot rooms and exterior terraces and patios. A seasoned finish on the other hand creates a time-worn look, perfect for period properties. If you want to mix it up a little, why not select a seasoned finish for the interior and a cobbled limestone in the same design for the outside space.
Additional popular options include distressed limestone with its distinctive markings, velvet for subtle texture, cobble tumbled and etched for a roughened effect as well as etched, honed and seasoned to suit every taste.
While limestone is a great option as it’s durable, hardwearing and comes in a wide choice of finishes and styles, another tile product that is often selected is porcelain. This material is low maintenance and frost-proof as well as being highly resistant to stains, scratches and moisture.
Go for a white, beige or grey stone-effect for a cool, contemporary feel. Or a parquet porcelain tile with the aged look of terracotta, perfect for a rustic vibe. For a uniform design throughout the home, check that the tile is suitable for indoor as well as outdoor use.
By taking some time to assess how a material, colour, finish and surface texture will appear in different lights at different times of the day, both inside and out, you will be sure to achieve the ultimate floorcovering, which is not only hardwearing and durable but will also enhance your garden room or orangery from every angle.
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