Hot Looks for a Tiled Fireplace
So you’ve decided to reface your fireplace, and you’re leaning towards tile because it’s durable, easy-care, and generally affordable. But beyond its functional benefits, tile offers beautiful possibilities that span the whole design spectrum, from traditional to contemporary and everything in between. Here, 14 ideas for tiled fireplaces to help you hone in on the style that’s right for your own space.
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1. Lower-wall tile installation
Think outside of the box when installing tile! This living room features a sapphire blue arabesque tile (available at The Home Depot ) that extends well beyond the width of the fireplace, posing a nice alternative to tiled fireplaces that usually extend vertically up the wall. A neat line of chair rail molding caps the whole thing off nicely.
2. Metal tile
This brushed copper metal tile (available at overstock.com )is a modern alternative to classic ceramic subway tiles, especially when installed in a vertical grid. Since the grout lines are non-existent, the color-blocked look makes even a minimalistic fireplace a focal point.
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3. Dramatic slate wall tile
Monochromatic slate tile spans the whole fireplace wall in this living area—the perfect foil for the striking flooring and overall light and bright space. Oversized tiles also lend a modern look and feel.
4. Oblong limestone tile
These elongated limestone tiles (available on daltile.com ) are the perfect shape to accentuate the height of this fireplace. Light grout and a neutral tile color keep the pattern from feeling too busy.
5. Large geometric tile
Tiling a large area calls for a large-scale print. Taking the 12-by-12-inch ceramic tiles (available at daltile.com ) all the way up to the ceiling highlights the height of the room. Using patterns in the room’s other furnishings lends cohesion and keeps the room from feeling chaotic.
6. Navy tiled wall
Tiling every inch of the fireplace wall in navy blue creates a dramatic backdrop for a marble fireplace surround. The contrast of the modern 2-by-8-inch tiles (available at fireclaytile.com ) against the vintage fireplace makes it even more eye-catching.
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Design and photo by Studio Muir
7. Small-scale herringbone tile
Herringbone is a classic pattern that suits a wide variety of décor styles. Opting for a darker grout celebrates the intricacy of the pattern. Bonus: A small-scale pattern like this will likely come in sheets that make installation easier.
8. Cement tile
Even if you’d prefer to tile your fireplace surround with a neutral, solid color, the tile material can be all that’s needed to add some interest. This fireplace utilizes cement tile to warm up an otherwise simple design.
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9. Faux marble tile
Get champagne chic on a beer budget! The colors and veining of this tiled fireplace surround suggest marble, but the material (available on overstock.com ) is actually a more cost-conscious porcelain.
10. White arabesque tile
For understated elegance, these white porcelain arabesque tiles (available at The Home Depot ), grouted in white, almost fade into the background. Tiling the entire raised hearth makes the space feel like no detail was spared.
11. Mosaic tiled wall
The tiled mosaic wall begins above this fireplace, serving as a piece of permanent artwork. The colors of the glass and marble pick up the wood tones of the cabinets that flank it, making the tile (available at The Home Depot ) seem tailor-made for the home.
12. Triangular tile
This tiled fireplace puts triangles in the spotlight. These six-inch tiles (available at fireclaytile.com ) can be used with a monochromatic color scheme as shown or mixed up for some contrast.
Design by Gina Rachelle Design and photo by Max Maloney
13. Star-studded cement tile
This blue and white fireplace tile would make anyone starry-eyed. The geometric pattern is carried down to the hearth for a striking statement in an otherwise stark space.
14. Moroccan-inspired tile
High-contrast black and white handmade tiles (available at overstock.com ) add a dose of Moroccan flair to this space. Painting the mantle and surrounding trim black instead of the typical white frames the tile job nicely.
Tile can be a fresh alternative, even for a fireplace.
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