Outdoor tile gives you a real opportunity to make a visual, mid mod splash. Gather inspiration from these stylish backyards starring some modern tile.


mid century modern outdoor tile
Photo by Bret Gum.

Above, the mosaic square tile in a randomized pattern gives the fountain a modern, pixelated vibe while the lime green tiled wall is bright and easy on the eyes.

the backyard of a charles du bois in palm springs with a pool
Photo by Kelly Peak Photography.

There’s so much to love here, but for now, we’ll draw your attention to the patterned tile on the poolside fountain. The pattern adds interest, fun, and texture without stealing the show.

MCM Pools feat
Photo by Bret Gum.

There’s just no getting over the blue glass tile here. Blues are popular mid century modern choice for a reason: It creates a monochromatic contrast with the water.



mid century pool with retaining wall and outdoor tile
Landscape design by Di Zock Designs. Photo by Bret Gum.

Here, it’s not just the pool but the retaining wall with textured ModCraft tile.

mid century outdoor tile ModCraft
Landscape design by Di Zock Designs. Photo by Bret Gum.

The textured pattern of this ModCraft tile adds depth and contrast outdoor spaces such as an impressive seating area and outdoor kitchen. See our inaugural Exterior & Landscape special issue for more.

mid century modern pool outdoor tile
Photo by Greyshock & Dupont Photography

The elevated wall on the far side of this pool creates an area to really show off the tile. This dreamy blue provides slight contrast with the pool and clear desert sky.


mid century modern exterior and pool
Photo by Jim Brown.

Glass mosaic tile in a variety of shades adds some contrast and geometric mid mod flair, especially with the graduated levels.

mid century modern pool flamingo floaties color block tile
Photo by Artura Blacktown.

Why only use tile on the pool’s border? Using blocked patterns of tile on this pool floor makes it memorable–with or without flamingo floaties.

Outdoor Showers

Fireclay tile outdoor shower
Photo courtesy of Fireclay Tile.

In outdoor spaces prone to water exposure, use materials rated for outdoor use. This outdoor shower’s glazed brick is a sturdy and stylish choice.

outdoor shower Clayhaus tile
Photo by Bret Gum.

Go bold with an outdoor shower in bright, hexagonal, textured tile from Clayhaus Tile.

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