Bring the heat with our 12 best fireplace tile ideas

May 12, 2022 4 min read

If you are fortunate enough to have a fireplace in your abode, you would no doubt be aware of what a talking point they are. Fireplaces are not just a practical way to warm those crisp winter nights – they also provide a unique opportunity to really make a design statement. One of the best ways to achieve a fabulous-looking fireplace is with tiles, so we’ve gathered some red-hot fireplace tiles inspiration to help you on your decorating journey.


1. Make it 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 tones from light to dark, these tiles are a sophisticated and timeless choice that work particularly well with the grand nature of fireplaces (and at a fraction of the cost of real marble). Don’t want to go all out? Creating a border around your fireplace entrance and then filling the rest with a bold black or white tile can make the space pop.
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 to the elements. Stone-look and terracotta-look tiles have the benefit of creating a natural aesthetic without the abrasive texture of the real material.
  
3. Mosaic memories
Who doesn’t have a soft spot for mosaic tiles? These detailed little beauties come in all the colours of the rainbow, meaning you can go for a white and bright look, something neutral and nonchalant, or a poppin’ statement hue to make your fireplace the central feature of the room.
4. Colour contrast
Keen to turn your fireplace into a work of art? Selecting a bold coloured tile that contrasts with your existing tonal scheme can make any fireplace stand out for all the right reasons. Is the room rocking a neutral theme? Pick a strong accent colour you like for the fireplace. 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 for a cosy atmosphere? Going for a tile with a natural tone and finished with a slight texture – such as slate or pebble – will ground your design and add additional warmth to the room. These sorts of tiles really tie in well with homes where wooden decor features, as the natural appearance of the tile weaves in with the genuine texture of wood.
6. Why not wooden?
Seeing as an actual wooden fireplace would be a recipe for disaster, why not create the same effect with wooden-look tiles? Going for rich, earthy tones and a faux-timber texture amps up the cosy factor while not pulling too much focus from the rest of the room.
7. Top to toe
Depending on how your fireplace is built, opting for a floor-to-ceiling tiling job can really take the aesthetic to a whole new level. This works particularly well in industrial-chic styled homes, where a tall panel of chic tiling in neutral tones (concrete-look, anyone?) can really set the tone.
 
8. Follow the pattern
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, not to mention the many different varieties mean you can go as subtle or bold as you’d like. If you don’t want to go all in with a pattern, you can also use patterned tiles to create a border around the opening of the fireplace for just a hint of attitude.
 
9. Super-size me
Tiling your fireplace doesn’t have to come down to stacks of smaller tiles – going for a larger size can create quite the dynamic effect. Something like big terrazzo-look tiles laid seamlessly to create an overall pattern can look seriously chic and effortlessly modern.
10. Eye-popping effects
One of the easiest ways to create a fireplace with a little something extra – but without going overboard – is to use textured or 3D tiles. Usually available in a wide range of neutral tones, these textured tiles can blend seamlessly into your existing palette while adding an element of visual interest.
 
11. A touch of class
For those who prefer to keep things classic without running into “boring” territory, hexagonal or herringbone tiles are a perfect choice. Straying from the typical square shape can add interest and intrigue to your fireplace tiling, while still maintaining a look that oozes sophistication. These types of tiles also come in a wide range of colours, so you can team according to your existing theme or make a statement if you wish.
12. Feeling fishy
Another fireplace tile idea that blends just the right amount of sophistication and sass, going for a fish-scale shape can instantly elevate your space. With many hues to choose from, you can keep it subtle with neutrals or really make a statement with something bright and bold – either way, this alluring shape will add instant interest.

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