How tiles can revamp that outdoor space

With the warmer months upon us, so is the season for BBQ’s, sipping G&T’s on the patio, and relaxation by the pool. You might be ready to enjoy the longer daylight hours with family and friends but is your backyard?

Through winter we can neglect our outdoor areas but now is the time to focus on turning that outdoor space into a magazine-worthy retreat.

Outdoor patio

Gone are the days of the boring outdoor patio. Tiles are a great way to easily refresh that space, it instantly adds impact and is easy to maintain. They are also extremely hardwearing, durable enough to withstand the elements of nature as well as high traffic entertaining areas. 

Dakota Tiles

Dakota Tiles

Outdoor walls

The addition of walls or half walls can help define outdoor areas and spaces giving a more private and intimate feel. You can go for a more natural look with a brick-look tile or something more eye catching like a colourful mosaic or patterned tile.

Dakota Tiles

Dakota Tiles

Around the pool or spa area

There are many tile options for your wet area but ensure you always go for a slip-resistance tile to prevent any accidents. Natural stone look tiles are perfect for a luxurious resort look and contrast nicely with a bold mosaic internal pool tile.

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Outdoor shower

If you’re lucky enough to have a decadent outdoor shower in your backyard, this is the perfect opportunity for you to add a hint of colour, texture and pattern to turn an ordinary outdoor shower into a relaxing oasis exuding luxury.

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Photo credit: Pinterest

Walkway or thoroughfare

Come this way! Tiles are an easy way to add impact and style to a drab walkway or thoroughfare to guide guests along the path. You can do this in a uniform fashion or go for something more interesting using tiles and plants – the perfect mix between form and function.

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Photo credit: Pinterest

Outdoor kitchen and bar

Outdoor kitchens and bars are becoming more and more popular creating the ultimate entertaining area. Whether it’s a splashback, countertop, or the front of the bar you can easily create a style statement with a bold colour or interesting patterned tile.

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Photo credit: Pinterest

The best part about tiles are the countless colours, designs and patterns you can choose from – instantly adding your own personality. By revamping that outdoors space, not only will it help you enjoy your home more but it will also add value to your property.

Need some help or inspiration to refresh your outdoor space? Bring in your plans and chat with our tile consultants, and they will help you find the perfect tile for your project.

STAFF PICKS: Spring

The blossoms have burst on to the scene, and just like that the winter slump is forgotten and vibrancy returns to our veins. Spring is our most favourite season at Dakota Tiles. The promise of those summery days, longer sunlit evenings, and those bright hues mixed with lush greens line pavements and gardens everywhere. The interior inspiration is endless! For Spring 2017 we're loving the symmetry of blooms, the natural tones, and the varied textures. Keeping this in mind, our pick to bring the outdoors in this spring is patterned tiles. 

Below are 2 styles that incorporate floral patterns and look equally beautiful on floors or feature walls. We've included one monochrome look for those loving the season but not wanting to commit to colour. Both are available from us now. 
What inspires you at spring time? Bring your favourite colours and ideas in and we will help you create the look. 

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STYLE TILE: Patterned Floor Tiles

Ever thought of making your floor the attention getter? An alternative to a feature tile on a splash back or single wall, the feature floor tile is a winning choice.  

Mike Greer Show Home. Tiles: Dakota Tiles

Mike Greer Show Home. Tiles: Dakota Tiles

If you are brave enough, a detailed patterned tile can look like a piece of art blanketing your floor. It also gives you the launching pad to dress your room from the ground up. Colour matching furniture, window dressings, and accessories to compliment your tile choice. It becomes the hero instead of the accompaniment. Wow factor doesn’t quite cut it in describing the finished product. It really can be quite spectacular when done well.  

 

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Photo: Designsponge.com

A patterned floor tile doesn't need to be colourful and bright. It could be a plain finish laid in an interesting pattern like a herringbone or basket weave. Or maybe monochrome is more your style; keeping the colour relatively neutral, but the eye drawn to the intricate pattern. 

 

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Dakota TIles

But how to pull it off? Our 2 top tips when choosing a patterned floor tile are; 

Don’t go overboard. Let the floor do the talking and make sure the complimenting tiles aren’t trying to steal the limelight too.Keep the wall tiles simple and large scale, then go all out with a patterned floor tile. 

Size matters. If you’re limited for space, go with a larger pattern. This will give the illusion that there’s more space than there actually is. Or create a focal point with a small, central detail and work your way out to the corners of the room. 

 

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Dakota Tiles

Not quite sure how to get the look? Bring in your plans or photos and we go help you choose a design that works.

TILE TIPS: What to choose when aiming for resale

With the growing landscape of amenities and retail options in North Canterbury, we think it’s the place to be, and we’re not the only ones. New subdivisions and developments are bringing loads of opportunities for spec builds, and renovations are as popular as ever.

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Photo credit: Pinterest

We’ve all heard the line ‘kitchens and bathrooms sell the house,’ and these are the areas where tiles can really make or break a space. So what to do when deciding on installations with buyers in mind? Will the ‘generic’ buyer-tile cut it these days, or does investing in some wow factor pay off? 

Heres our tips for getting the most from your do up…

 

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Who it’s for… 

Think about who would likely buy your home. Is it a high end property? Spend the money on marble look or engineered hardwood flooring as your market will appreciate it. Consider large format too. This trend out of Europe is big in high end homes currently. 

Building or renovating a family home? Your clients will be looking for durability and low maintenance. Consider a stone look tile that will hide daily dirt from little feet and is easy to clean. Parents will appreciate that!  

 

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Dip your toes..

Wow factor isn’t restricted to just tiles. Sometimes a traditional tile will team perfectly with bold paint colours and accessories. This makes it easy for potential buyers to see ways to add their own style later, but still gives you the chance to reflect your personality. 

 

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Creativity isn’t just about the tile type…

Instead of using a creative tile, why not get creative with tile arrangements? You can’t go wrong with the classic simplicity of subway tiles, but you’ll get a lot more ‘oh wows!’ from spaces where they are arranged alternatively to the normal brick lay. Right now there’s a lot of herringbone or vertical patterns appearing, which are effective and modern feeling.

 

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Think about your space…

Restoring a villa? Keep the look in line with traditional villa styles. Classic penny rounds might be for you, but try an alternative colour. A modern twist on a classic shape means it’s far less likely to date. Don’t be scared to use ‘modern’ shapes too though! The popular hexagon tile has it’s roots firmly in vintage origins where it was seen in small scale mosaics on villa floors, so it’s right at home in some villa‘do ups’. Use creative license and go bigger if the space calls for it.

 

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Photo credit: Pinterest

Karen Dugdale from the Property Brokers Real Estate team in Rangiora says local trends are pretty mixed with how bathrooms and kitchens are currently presented. Market feedback suggests an intricate mosaic or pattern is best in a smaller space like a splash back or feature wall. Karen suggests sticking to the larger, simple designs for floors and walls to create the illusion of space and add clean lines. Her North Canterbury clients tend to look for that style. “It’s good to be brave and bold with tile choices, but when you’re looking for resale value I recommend sticking to the tried and true. It’s far easier to try and appeal to the masses than the one offs who would be on your exact style page.” 

 

If you’re wanting to see what most people are going for, come and talk to us. We can point out the most popular styles and have a sound understanding of those styles that have been and gone, and those that just stick around. Bring your plans or photos and we can give you our top picks.


OUR PEOPLE: Waimak Tiling Ltd

We are pretty darn lucky to be surrounded by building industry leaders in North Canterbury, many of whom we deal with on a daily basis. We thought it was about time to put the spotlight on those local suppliers creating some decor and installation magic.

We're kicking off with a Q & A session with Jess and Lance McEwan at Waimak Tiling Ltd. Waimak Tiling are one of our top installers. They're reliable and organised, with a high standard of finishing every time. 

How long have you been tiling?
Lance has 15 Years under his belt, and within the Waimak Tiling team there's over 40 years of combined experience!

Have you always been in North Canterbury?
We are born and bred North Canterbrians!

Where are you based?
We live and run Waimak Tiling in Rangiora, North Canterbury.

What's your favourite tile look currently? We're loving any of the distressed or vintage looking patterned tiles.

What is a top trend you're seeing in North Canterbury Homes? There's a huge amount of installs happening with large module tiles, i.e. 900mm long tiles. This is a trend coming out of Europe and we've noticed it's starting to take off here. 

What is your biggest tile don't? Dont tile naked (kidding! But don't). Our best advice is probably not to DIY. We've never seen it end well and we usually get called to pick up the pieces (literally). 

What's your biggest piece of advice to anyone needing tiles? Dont be scared! There are so many beautiful tiles out there now - get creative!

Get in touch with Jess and Lance on their Facebook page:  https://www.facebook.com/northcanterburytiler001/
or contact us for details. 

STYLE TILE: Wood Look Tiles

The days of expensive floorboard installations or hours of sanding back your original floors are over! Wood look tiles are the best way to achieve the warmth and texture of wooden floors but with a more scratch resistant and easy clean surface. Not to mention the cost effectiveness. Wins all round! 

https://www.dakotatiles.co.nz/wood-look/

https://www.dakotatiles.co.nz/wood-look/

 

Things to remember with wood look tiles...

Wood look tiles will have a pattern repeat. Your tiler will rotate the tiles and mix them up to create enough variation for a natural look. If you're laying them yourself, remember to keep it very random so no one can see an obvious repeat. Come in and see us and we'll walk you through it. 

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https://www.dakotatiles.co.nz/wood-look/

 

Shorter planks are great for herringbone and geometric patterns. The longer, wider tile planks will give you the traditional wooden floorboard look. Wider options are also slightly easier to clean with less joins. But the finer planks can create some design magic. You're really unlimited with what you can achieve. 

 

https://www.dakotatiles.co.nz/wood-look/

https://www.dakotatiles.co.nz/wood-look/

Grout colour should be a shade darker than the tones in the tile. This will create a shadow like border to give the true wooden floor board elusion. 

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https://www.dakotatiles.co.nz/wood-look/

 

The colour options are vast, from warm and rich traditional looking boards to light and bright natural woods. Technology has come a long way in a short time to bring really genuine looking finishes. Come and see us to discuss the best colour options for your space. 

 

STYLE TILE: The Hexagon

The current tile heavy weight; the hexagon. Our website hits and client requests indicate that this style is still a clear favourite, and we don’t see it changing anytime soon. 

The hexagon is on trend now, but it’s no fad. This mathematical design dates back to early ancient history. Typically used these days in bathrooms and as kitchen splash backs, they are also effective as flooring and feature walls. You can choose modern, urban designs in plain greys, detailed patterns, and iridescent tones, or traditional whites and blacks for a sophisticated finish. The styles, sizes, and materials are almost endless. The boundaries with the hexagon are being pushed too, by mixing them with another tile shape or wood look flooring to indicate a space division. Colour mixes and random tile selections are also a top of the design list. 

Here’s some of our favourite hexagon tile examples…

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Visit us at 22a Albert Street Rangiora to see our hexagon tile range. 

HOW TO: Choose Grout

You need tiles. You’ll spend many hours toing and froing between tile choices; sizes, colours, textures. But not a second thought is given to grout choices, and more often than not is usually a rush decision during installation. 

This can be a massive oversight. Grout creates a frame for your design, and can completely change the overall look achieved, whether drawing your eye to the larger pattern, or leaving the individual tile to be the attention getter. 

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WHICH TYPE? 

Grout type is as important as colour. Where are the tiles going? Somewhere they are exposed to stains and moisture? Cement-based grout is the most common option, but won’t help in areas with high traffic or moisture and stains. 
Epoxy grouts are more expensive but far more durable and resistant to stains, marks from harsh cleaners, and water damage. Come and see us to talk about the best options for your space. 


WHAT ABOUT COLOUR?

What look do you want to achieve? If the tile itself is your priority, then go for a lighter grout. Try matching one to the colour of the tile. If the overall pattern is more the focus of your finished look, go for a contrast grout – Think about the space it will be in.  

Looking for a safe option? Go neutral. Light greys and beiges will keep everything rather, well, neutral. Plus light greys, tans and browns will be far easier to keep clean. But don’t let that put you off being adventurous! 


Come and see us for a selection of grout options. It doesn’t have to be daunting, and you don’t have to wait until it’s installed to realise it’s not what you were wanting. We can show you examples and give you an idea of the finished product before it’s been installed.


Staff Picks - Winter

Tiles are traditionally seen as a clean and fresh surface, so during these winter months it can be hard to use them to add warmth to a space. The addition of texture and rich, warm tones like brick and wood will definitely help achieve some cosiness in your space.  

Here's our staff picks for the colder months. 

WOOD LOOK

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Image: newzealanddesignblog.com

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Image: glitterinc.com


METALLICS

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Image: kada.com.au

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Image: novate.ru


BRICK LOOK

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Image: digs digs.com

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Image: reddeer.co.uk

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Image: pinterest.com


Subway Tile Patterns

The stylish and always relevant 'bread and butter' choice of the tile world. The subway is having it's day in the sun, but you can be confident it's simplicity and clean lines can carry you through the years. We're big fans! 
If you are looking at a simple subway look, remember you can change things up with a unique pattern lay. It's a great way to add your personality to a traditionally straight forward design. 
Here's just a few ideas (of many):

 

STACK BOND

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Image via DCruz Interiors

VERTICAL STACK BOND

VERTICAL OFFSET BOND

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OFFSET

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HERRINGBONE

CROSSHATCH

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You can browse our subway tile range here to find the perfect tile for your next project.

Staff Picks - Spring

Lush new greens dotted with bright tones are filling the landscape. It's spring!

We're inspired by the promise of warmer North Canterbury days and of course, longer sunshine hours. The chance to dust of the BBQ and dabble in some pre summer entertaining, all while dodging a few showers and potential pre vege garden planting frosts. It's a beautiful season for the new and fresh, so we want to share our favourite trending Spring inspired tile looks with you. 

PATTERNED

TERRACOTTA

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Image via Homestyle

Image via Homestyle

SOFT TONES

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Image via Winston Design

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Image via Doherty Design