Fireplace Tiles: Styles, Design Ideas, and Things to Consider

5 Stylish Tile Ideas for Your Fireplace Surround

Traditionally, a fireplace surround is finished in brick because the material is durable and capable of standing up to the heat that’s generated by the fire contained within. But over time, the brick becomes charred and the look might not be what you want for your otherwise chic lounge.

Luckily, you have options. One of the most popular ways homeowners rejuvenate the look of their fireplaces is to tile over the brick with a trendy tile style or design. If you’re thinking about giving your worn-looking fireplace a facelift, then here are five ideas for you to consider.

Metallic Porcelain Tiles

If you’re going for a modern touch, then metallic porcelain tiles will not only deliver that result, but its moody colours will also bring a level of sophistication that can blend with a variety of design aesthetics. Plus, metallic porcelain tiles can be installed with or without grout lines for either a seamless finish, or a more traditional tile design finish.

It is important, however, to use un-sanded grout if you choose to have grout lines because the gloss finish of these tiles will scratch easily if sanded grout gets on the surface. Another consideration – metallic porcelain tiles, for all of their beauty, smudge easily and therefore require more cleaning and upkeep than other choices.

Wood-Effect Porcelain Tiles

If you want a rustic feel in your lounge, then you might be tempted to finish your fireplace with handsome looking wood, but that would be a terrible idea because wood is flammable! If you use wood-effect porcelain, however, you can get all of the beauty and warmth of natural wood in a durable and fire-resistant product. These tiles are even available in “planks” so as to mimic real wood planks.

Sculpted 3D Ceramic Tiles

Sculpted 3D ceramic tiles are back in vogue and when used on a fireplace, they bring a mid-century modern flair to the room. These types of tiles are solid picks if you want to have a one-of-a-kind fireplace with a sculptured finish. Keep in mind, if your fireplace is actually used and not just an architectural element in your home, then the more you use your fireplace, the more dust will settle on the ridges of the tile, which will require more frequent cleaning.

Marble Tiles

There’s a reason why so many interior designers and architects prefer marble tile – the tile complements virtually every design or architectural style. This is because marble tile completely takes on different characteristics depending on how it's finished.

For instance, when it is honed, it lends a relaxed feel to the room, but when it is polished, it stands out as more glamorous or formal. Marble tile is a true classic when it comes to fireplace surrounds, and you can never go wrong when choosing it.

Mosaic Tiles

Mosaic tiles are much smaller than traditional tiles, so when they are used on a fireplace surround, they add visual interest and refined beauty. These types of tiles also come in a very wide range of colours and styles, including metallic and matte; and various shapes, like hexagon and herringbone.

Make European Heritage Your First and Only Stop for Fireplace Tiles

If you’re planning to reface your fireplace, then European Heritage has the tiles and resources you need to do the job right. We even have experts on hand in our showrooms who can provide you with helpful advice on everything from choosing the perfect tile, to installing and maintaining it.

Just visit one of our European Heritage showrooms today, or shop our website online, and get the tile, adhesive, grout, and all of the other materials you need to make your fireplace a standout feature in your lounge.

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