4 Ideas for Choosing Art for Outdoors
Summer is at its finest when the shady patio beckons, the pool looks heavenly and dinner is served right off the grill. Both the artists and the tiles of Natalie Blake Studios love being outside, and with outdoor living on the mind lately, we'll take this chance to talk about choosing tile wall art for outdoors.
Handmade tile is a great choice for outdoor decorative art. Inspired by colors and designs from the surroundings, tile art has an earthy quality that fits naturally outside. When choosing art for the outdoors, think about location, durability, installation, and most of all, color. To help get the creative juices flowing, here’s our guide to using tile outside and some ideas for outdoor ceramic wall art.
Where to Put Ceramic Art Outside
Ceramic art can liven up a pool area, accent an outdoor kitchen or add color to a stone wall — a beautiful way to bring art to an outside space. These discs and butterfly shaped tiles would be stunning ceramic art for an outdoor fireplace or alcove, and a tile art mural could define an outdoor shower space. The options are limitless.
Ceramic tile, including wall art tile like ours, is very durable and will stand up to rain, sun and cold weather once it is sealed. Whether grouted directly on a wall, or hung with our outdoor cement board backing system, our ceramic tile is created to adorn any surface in any weather condition.
Installing Outdoor Tile
Wall art tiles can be grouted in for a complete seal or they can be wall-mounted much like wall plaque. Once you've chosen where to place tiles, you can determine which method of installation is right for the space. Typically, we recommend using the grout method for high traffic areas where people could bump the tiles. Our patent-pending outdoor backer system is for places farther away from reach. We have some special tips for installing outdoor tile with grout, especially for tiles with undulating shapes like ours. Our installation methods have been field tested!
12" tiles depicting an abstracted mural of Mount Mauna Kea on the Big Island of Hawaii are grouted onto our cement backer-board backing system and anchored to a curved lava rock garden wall.
Outdoor art can bring the color palette of the house into the outdoor living space, or can draw inspiration from the natural landscape around it. A few tiles of complementary colors can break up a large, one-colored wall. Or they can really make a statement, as do the vibrant colors and shapes of this large tile mural installed at a college.
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