The memories you will make around your fireplace with loved ones are special, unique, and everlasting. Make sure your fireplace design is equally so. Ditch the classic fireplace look and consider tile. This versatile material can be a game changer in transforming and freshening up your fireplace. With a beautiful tile fireplace, you’ll be tempted to light a fire even in the height of summer. Let’s take a deeper dive into exploring fireplace tile.
Choosing the type of tile to use for your fireplace is not an in-the-heat-of-the-moment decision. First, you’ll need to consider the different components of a fireplace where you can install tile.
The firebox is the most important part of a fireplace; after all, it is where the fire itself takes place.
The hearth is the floor area that is positioned in front of the firebox on the floor.
The surround is comprised of everything else that surrounds the firebox, hence its name. This also includes the mantel.
Once that’s settled, you’ll need to decide on the type of tile you want. There are three main types of tile: porcelain, stone, and ceramic.
Porcelain tile is extremely popular and comes in a large variety of colors and patterns, guaranteeing that there is an option that’ll work with your home. It’s durable, easy to clean, and has a great track record of withstanding high temperatures.
Stone tile can give you that traditional look but in a new, exciting way. This durable, easy to clean, and heat-resistant option includes natural stones like marble and granite, which can give your fireplace a classic, elevated vibe.
Ceramic tile is another great option. However, you’ll need to make sure to get a thick slab, as it can crack under the heat of the flames. That being said, if you’re able to buy a thicker slab, it’s easy to clean and comes in a large variety of colors and patterns.
Now it’s time for the fun part—choosing your fireplace tile look! Here are five tile trends to consider for your fireplace that won’t burn a hole in your wallet.
1. Contrasting Color Tile/Grout
Using both black and white tile and grout is a great way to make your fireplace a statement piece in your home. This is a classic look that stands out while not overpowering the room. Another popular contrasting color option is blue and white—if it fits the existing color scheme of the room. Additionally (and especially if you go with the contrasting grout option), you can get uniquely shaped and sized tiles that will diversify your fireplace look and feel.
2. All-White Tile
This seemingly neutral option is anything but. This sleek look can give off a variety of vibes. For example, you can opt for the NYC subway feel when you choose glossy, rectangular-shaped tile and white grout. Or go more modern with a white penny-tile design or another micro-tile shape. If modern doesn’t appeal to your taste, no worries; embrace the vintage look of traditional white tile squares. Needless to say, there are quite a few options when it comes to all-white tile, all of which have the potential to look fabulous in your home.
3. Bold Color
An obvious solution to having a standout fireplace is to go with not only a unique material but also a bold color. Consider colors such as royal blue, emerald, or a deep shade of purple. You’ll want to be aware of where the color will pull your eyes when you first enter the room and how it will compete with or complement other colors in the space.
4. Patterned Tile
Mosaic tiles are a gorgeous option for your fireplace. They also can add more depth and texture to your room. If you go with a super-loud print, we recommend using bigger slabs of tile, so there is less breakup in the print. If you want to do something simpler than that, go with colorful, smaller-sized tiles. Some popular patterned tile designs include chevron, star prints, and decorative.
5. Stone Tile
This durable option has so much variety. From natural stone types, like granite and marble, to more unknown kinds like red herringbone, you can make it look as regular or as rugged as you desire by choosing the right shape. You can opt for bigger circular stones to add a layered texture or stick with smooth stones for a more modern look.