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15 Unique Fireplace Tile Ideas

Layla Sawyer -

If you’re fortunate enough to have a fireplace in your home, you’re probably aware of what a focal point they are. Fireplaces are not just a practical way to warm winter nights — they also provide a unique opportunity to really make a statement. One of the best ways to achieve a fabulous-looking fireplace is with tiles, so we’ve gathered some red-hot fireplace tile inspiration, plus shared some tips for keeping them looking their best.

15 fireplace tile ideas for every home

1. Classic marble 

If you want your fireplace tiles to convey all-out opulence, a marble-look tile is the way to go. Available in a wide range of colours, these tiles are a timeless choice at a fraction of the cost of natural marble. Don’t want to go all out? Create a border around your fireplace entrance.

2. Set in stone

Perfectly complementing the earthy vibes of a crackling fire, stone-look tiles are an ideal choice to create a warm and welcoming atmosphere that still aligns itself well with the elements. Stone-look tiles have a natural stone look without the abrasive texture and size inconsistency.

 

 

3. Mosaic magic

Who doesn’t have a soft spot for mosaic tiles? From kit kats to fish scales, there’s something for everyone. These detailed tiles come in all the colours of the rainbow, meaning you can go for a white and bright look, something neutral and nonchalant, or a statement hue to make your fireplace the central feature of the room. 

4. Contrasting colours

Keen to turn your fireplace into a work of art? Selecting a bold-coloured tile that contrasts your existing scheme can make your fireplace stand out for all the right reasons. Does your room have a neutral theme? Pick a strong accent colour you like for the fireplace hearth. It’s also a great opportunity to select a feature colour that you can then work into existing accessories in the room — think couches, lamps, cushions and throws to match. 

 

 

5. Keep it natural

Keen on a cosy atmosphere? A tile with a natural tone and look — such as Carrara or terrazzo — will ground your design and add additional warmth to the room. These sorts of tiles tie in nicely with homes with timber decor features, as the natural look of the tile weaves in with the texture of wood.

6. Taste of summer

Terracotta tiles are a favourite for a reason. The sunbaked earth tones — red, ochre and burnt umber — bring warmth into your living room. Lay them on your hearth, or they’re also perfect around your fireplace. It's a simple touch that makes you feel like you’re in the Mediterranean.

7. Top to toe

Depending on how your fireplace is built, opting for a floor-to-ceiling tiling job can really take your space to a whole new level. This works particularly well in industrial-style homes, where a tall panel of tiling in neutral tones (concrete-look, anyone?) can really set the tone.

 

 

8. Minimalism

Just because it’s a fireplace doesn’t mean it has to be rustic! Introduce clean lines and modernity to your space. Large-format porcelain tiles with a matte finish will instantly elevate your fireplace. Feeling bold? Geometric patterned tiles in black and white are a clean and classic choice.

 

 

9. Geometric gem

Some people like square tiles, some like subways and others like hexagons! Hexagon tiles add a playful vibe to fireplaces that can be tailored to your preferences. Experiment with different colours and sizes.

10. Pattern perfection

Want your fireplace to really stand out? Go bold with patterned tiles all over! Encaustic-look tiles immediately draw the eye and add interest to a space. If you don’t want to go all in with a pattern, you can use patterned tiles to create a border around the fireplace's opening for a hint of attitude.

 

 

11. Big impact

Tiling your fireplace doesn’t have to involve stacks of smaller tiles — going for a larger size can create quite a dynamic effect. Something in the 200mm+ range can be laid seamlessly to create a pattern that can look cool and modern.

12. Timeless favourites

Sometimes, classic is the way to go. Subway tiles in a timeless white or neutral colour will never go out of style. For a vintage feel, consider a herringbone pattern. Looking for something more unique? Introduce patterned tiles for extra personality.

13. Hearth shapes

Fireplaces are shedding their boxy ways! The hearth, the area in front, can take on unique shapes to match your style. Circular hearths make a bold statement, perfect for conversation areas. We love this semicircle hearth using our Coogee Antique Green Kit Kat Mosaic Tile!

 

 

14. Something new

Straying from the typical square shape can add interest and intrigue to your fireplace tiles while maintaining a sophisticated look. Try a penny tile for your hearth! These tiles come in various colours, so you can team according to your theme or make a statement.

15. Playful fish scale

A fish scale tile could be just the thing to add a bit of interest to your space. Colour-wise, you can keep it subtle with neutrals or make a statement with something bright and bold. Either way, they’re sure to make your fireplace feel fresh and fun.

Fireplace tile maintenance and care

Feeling inspired? Great! Once you’ve committed, all that’s left to do is maintain. Here are some tips to clean and care for fireplace hearth tiles:

  • Embrace the dustpan: Soot happens! After a cosy fire, grab your dustpan and brush to sweep away any ash or debris. This will prevent buildup that can stain or scratch your tiles.
  • Spot clean: Notice a little smudge or fingerprint? A damp microfiber cloth is your best friend for everyday cleaning. For tougher grime, create a gentle cleaning solution with warm water and a few drops of dish soap. A light touch is key — avoid scratching the tiles or using abrasive sponges.
  • Deep clean occasionally: This part’s up to you! Some people like to clean with natural products (e.g., vinegar and water), and others prefer store-bought supplies. Both are good options; just make sure whatever you’re using is gentle enough to not damage your tiles.
  • Be responsible: Fireplace hearth tiles are designed to handle heat, but exposure to extreme temperatures can cause damage over time. Avoid placing super-hot objects directly on the tiles (instead, use a fireplace wall stand for your tools), and make sure your decorative tiles aren’t in direct fire.

Ready to turn up the heat?

Fireplace tiles are a fantastic upgrade for any home. Choose your favourite tile style from these options, and get ready to transform your fireplace! Ready to get started? 

TileCloud has a wide selection of high-quality fireplace tiles ready for a place on your hearth. Choose from a range of shapes, colours and finishes and tile a masterpiece you’ll enjoy for decades.

Fireplace tiles FAQs

What are the most important factors to consider when choosing fireplace tile?

  • Heat Suitability: This is crucial! Make sure you choose fireplace tiles that can withstand high temperatures without cracking, warping, or emitting harmful fumes. For example, porcelain tiles are a great option for the hearth because they are low-porosity and won’t become susceptible to cracking. This makes them a smart and safe choice for your fireplace.
  • Durability: There’s no denying fireplace tiles face wear and tear. This is one thing you really shouldn’t skimp out on — only purchase tiles from reputable sources who can guarantee a safe and long-lasting product.
  • Style: Fireplace tiles are gorgeous! Think about the overall aesthetic of your space and choose tiles that complement your home. Take inspiration from this article and start planning your dream fireplace!

Are there different tile materials for different parts of the fireplace?

Yes! Areas directly exposed to flames shouldn’t be tiled. However, for the hearth and surrounds, materials like porcelain and ceramic offer more flexibility.

Can I install fireplace tiles myself?

You can definitely tackle a DIY fireplace surround tile and hearth installation! With a little planning and the right tools, you can create a beautiful and personalised fireplace yourself.

What materials should I avoid around the fireplace?

When it comes to fireplace tiles and materials, choose wisely! Avoid fire hazards like wood, vinyl, laminate and carpet.

Layla Sawyer

Layla is a creative at heart, with an Advanced Diploma in Interior Design and being the Senior Marketing and Ecommerce Coordinator here at TileCloud she has a passion for staying up to date with the latest trends within the industry. Known for going down a rabbit hole on Pinterest and being a sucker for a good mood board to kick off any project.