A fireplace is a natural focal point in a room, but it can get lost among paint colors and furniture. Tiling is an easy way to bring attention to your fireplace. Choosing from among the many tile styles and designs can be overwhelming, but using your home's style, as well as your personal style, to choose the right tile for your fireplace will make the decision easier. Depending on your comfort level and tile type you use, tiling can be a do-it-yourself project.
Black Ceramic Tile
Make a traditional fireplace the room's focal point by creating drama and depth with square black tiles. Black tile is versatile, simple, and clean, which allows it to easily fit into a traditional space. When used between the mantle and log area of the fireplace, the juxtaposition will immediately draw attention to the fireplace and make the space appear fresh and updated without looking overly modern. (See Reference 1)
Patterned Glass Tile
There are many glass tile patterns that can make the fireplace an exciting part of any room. The glass adds shine as well as a sense of motion to the room. Using a circular mosaic glass tile around a fireplace creates a vintage-inspired look. Transform a traditional fireplace into a contemporary statement piece by tiling your fireplace using rectangular glass tiles in a herringbone pattern. A herringbone pattern is commonly used in flooring, but using it on a fireplace makes a classic pattern appear exotic (See Reference 2).
Bold Patterned Ceramic Tile
Remodelingcenter.com suggests numerous fireplace ceramic tile designs in large, bold patterns. A bold pattern around the fireplace brings color into the room without necessitating that the color be on the wall. Such patterns can also add depth and texture to a traditionally flat fireplace. An added bonus is that a boldly patterned fireplace doubles as a piece of art. Patterned ceramic tile includes raised-leaf and bas-relief patterns and can fit with many home styles.
Slate tile makes a room feel cool, earthy and contemporary. This tile is available in various colors and sizes. Large slate tiling is commonly used to create a fireplace that looks like a single sheet of slate because there is usually only a thin grout line between the large slate tiles (See Reference 3). Small mosaic slate tile allows for more varied natural tile colors and more distinction between each tile.
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