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Case study: A seamless flow with stone tiles for inside and outside

limestone tiles for inside and outside

At a time when our homes and gardens have become more important than ever, making the most of all available indoor AND outdoor space has become a priority for many homeowners.

The clients featured in this project have done just that, using stone tiles for inside and outside, creating a seamless link between their family kitchen space and garden.

Keen to find a warm, consistent stone tile which could withstand high foot traffic in a busy kitchen (as well as the changing elements of the British weather), they chose to go for our Bourton buff limestone tiles.

This beautiful natural stone features shells and fossil content throughout to ensure each tile has its own unique characteristics. Its slightly aged edges and pitted surface also give it a subtly rustic feel which allows it to be used in both modern and traditional settings.

chambery beige limestone tiles


stone tiles for inside and outside

Two impressive sets of bi-folding doors stretch across the back of our clients’ house, allowing the whole of the indoor area to be linked to the garden but also for huge amounts of light to flood in.

We can just imagine how the space could be used on a warm summer’s day, perhaps with a barbecue in the garden and friends and family socialising both inside and outside. However, even when the British weather prevents those doors from being opened, just to see the limestone flooring material continue outside helps to make the inside space feel more vast.

The use of the same stone tiles for inside and outside has been a popular trend for some years now and we don’t see this changing any time soon. The optical illusion this creates lets the outside space to become a genuine extension of the home – especially with some furniture and coordinating decorative items in the garden space which create the feel of another room outside.

Many of our natural stone products are suitable for inside and outside, allowing the continuous look to be created in many different tones and finishes. To see more of these click here.

zellige tile splashback

To give their new kitchen a pop of subtle colour alongside their cornflower blue cabinetry, these homeowners also chose our Mint Green Zellige tiles for a splashback behind their hob. The charm of these handmade tiles is all in the finish – no two tiles are the same, with tonal variation between each piece and small surface undulations that catch the light.

The wide range of vibrant shades and muted tones available in Zellige tiles mean they are highly versatile in both residential and commercial settings. Along with the most common uses in bathrooms and kitchens, Zellige tiles have been used to clad bars, kitchen islands, sinks, vanity units, tables, swimming pools and much more.

You can see more of our Zellige tile range here including some beautifully vibrant tones alongside metallics and more muted neutrals. To find out more about how these handmade tiles are created take a look at our Zellige tile blog. 

Get in touch to discuss your project and find out more about range of stone and Zellige tiles


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Natural Stone Consulting are specialist suppliers of natural stone floors, wall tiles and paving. Working with factory partners in countries around the world, we have created one of the largest selections of modern, aged and antiqued flagstone floors at our showroom in Newbury, Berkshire.