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14 Impressive Fireplaces That Feature Tile in a Big Way

Ignite inspiration with these striking tile fireplace surrounds to find the look that suits your décor.

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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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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.

Metal tile

This brushed copper metal tile (available at
)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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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.

Oblong limestone tile

These elongated limestone tiles (available on
) 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.

Large geometric tile

Tiling a large area calls for a large-scale print. Taking the 12-by-12-inch ceramic tiles (available at
) 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.

Navy tiled wall

Design and photo by Studio Muir

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
) against the vintage fireplace makes it even more eye-catching.

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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.

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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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
) is actually a more cost-conscious porcelain.

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.

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.

Triangular tile

Design by Gina Rachelle Design and photo by Max Maloney

This tiled fireplace puts triangles in the spotlight. These six-inch tiles (available at
) can be used with a monochromatic color scheme as shown or mixed up for some contrast.

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.

Moroccan-inspired tile

High-contrast black and white handmade tiles (available at
) 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 Inspiration

Tile can be a fresh alternative, even for a fireplace.