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Outdoor Tiles: How to Use Glass Tile

If you're revamping your exterior living space, or if your existing layout needs an extra special touch, glass outdoor tiles can be a great addition to your design. Glass tile comes in many shades, so it can be used to add a pop of color or to simply highlight certain aspects of your decor. When the sun reflects off the glass, its shimmer will give your outdoor space an elegant, inviting feel. Whether you use it as your outdoor kitchen's backsplash or on the top of an outdoor table, glass tile will help to modernize the look of your space. Here are a few tips to get you started.

Types of Glass Tile

Glass tile comes in a variety of shapes, sizes, and color combinations. You can opt for traditional 1" x 1" square tile such as Egyptian Glass or a bolder, innovative pattern such as Intertwine. Whether you decide to go with simple or a complex pattern, you can use Daltile selections to create accents in strips, sheets, and mosaic designs. Create a new take on tiled backsplashes with horizontally configured glass tile. Illumini Lake Random Mosaic is an example of a design that's edgy and colorful. If you like color and pattern in tile, check out Uptown Glass.

Combine glass tile with metallic looks including stainless steel, copper, and bronze for a contemporary flair. Daltile's Tiger Eye options demonstrate how mixed media works in tile design, and the range of glass tile and accents offers countless options for your home and outdoor living space.

Where to Incorporate Glass Tile

Check manufacturer recommendations to find out where you can successfully install glass tile. In general, it's a good idea to put outdoor tiles where they will be protected from severe weather. Egyptian Glass™ is a great choice for outdoor backsplashes and counter tops. If you want an exotic look, consider mixing glass tile in multiple sizes and colors. It can also be used to create designs with other materials including ceramic and cement.

Glass tile is best used on walls and as accents. When selecting options, first consider the scale of your outdoor area. Visually balance tile color and size with the surface area. Avoid combining too many bright colors in a large expanse of space because it can compete for attention with other decor features.

Be sure to coordinate glass tile with existing outdoor features, too. Choose an option that complements the color of your home, patio, or deck. If you have a pool or water feature with tile, you can incorporate its colors into your outdoor space. Pair accents with your outdoor furniture, planters, and landscaping.

Caring for Your Glass Tile

Use window or glass cleaner on glass tile and wipe it with a soft cloth. Avoid using abrasive cleaning implements and products. Regular washing can help prevent accumulations of dirt that dull glass surfaces. Also keep tile grout clean with glass-compatible household cleaners. A grout sealer and cleaning up immediately after food preparation can help you avoid stains.

Whether you have a simple patio with a table or an ornate outdoor kitchen, adding glass tile is a great way to enhance your outdoor space. The eye-catching qualities of glass will add a unique, contemporary feel to your design. If you're ready to have your outdoor space stand out from your neighbors', check out Daltile's gallery of glass designs and start planning your outdoor makeover today.

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