by Christy Heitger-Ewing

Summer is the ideal time to spruce up exterior living spaces with tiles and pavers. Robin Bradford, Showroom Designer for Daltile, first establishes the look clients would like to achieve – concrete, wood, or natural stone.

“We have a lot of options within those categories once we hone in on their preferred style,” explains Bradford.

Daltile has a new product called Metro Impressions, an 8×8 paver tile that is a modern artisan update to a terracotta. It comes in a wide variety of colors, including the cooler grey tones that are currently all the rage.

“People like the contrast of the cool mixing with the warm because it looks so natural,” explains Bradford. For homeowners desiring a wood plank look, Saddlebrook XT exterior tile offers a coefficient of friction rating for ultimate slip resistance and is an excellent choice. There’s also Dignitary, a thicker product that is a 2 cm exterior paver with a sedimentary slate look.

“You obviously can’t put a wooden deck near a pool, but this enables homeowners to make it appear as if you have,” says Bradford. “Combining wood, water, and nature adds warmth.”

Metro Impressions also has a coordinating wall tile that Bradford describes as a “show stopper.”

“It’s got this awesome metallic glaze over it,” she says. Though it cannot withstand the elements, it’s a great option if, say, you have an entertainment area in the lower level of your home that opens up to the backyard.

“This would make an excellent coordinating tile to use on a bar or accent wall to tie together the indoor and outdoor,” says Bradford.

Visit the Daltile showroom at 9901 Kincaid Dr., Suite 400A in Fishers or call 317-841-0833 to refresh your exterior spaces this summer with updated tiles or pavers. For more inspiration, check out Daltile online at