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Fireplaces are a great way to bring nature into the home. A river-rock surround adds texture to the living room. To create this surround, pick rocks of a similar size and shape, stack them, and fill in the spaces with mortar. For a variation of this design, choose rocks of various sizes.
Give your home a new look without all the mess by resurfacing an existing fireplace. To create this tile surround the homeowner covered the original brick fireplace with a layer of mortar. Once the surface was smooth, the brick-shaped tiles were installed. Decorative tiles are strategically placed throughout to break up the expanse of plain tiles.
Ceramic tiles are a good choice for fireplace surrounds because they are heat-resistant, available in a variety of colors, and budget-friendly. For this surround design the ceramic tiles are stacked and a few tiles are installed diagonally to create a unique design.
Get the look of a traditional fireplace without the heating bill. Direct-vent gas inserts warm the home more evenly and are more energy-efficient than traditional wood burning fireboxes. This surround features tiles arranged in a diagonal pattern that complements the wall color and wood floor. The wood mantel with carved designs draws attention to the area. The new mantel, paired with built-in bookshelves on either side, adds extra storage space.
A sleek concrete inset creates a clean and simple fireplace surround that blends into the room. This design takes up less floor space than a traditional fireplace, therefore the homeowners have plenty of room for traffic while entertaining.
Fireplaces create a natural focal point for a room, so use this to your advantage and turn the space into a work of art. The homeowners enlarged the natural surround by creating a drywall frame. Large limestone and slate tiles were arranged over the original brick and drywall sublayer. The mantel tops the 6-foot high fireplace surround and provides ample display space.
Don't let the lack of a chimney stop you from getting the fireplace you always wanted. Create a faux fireplace from simple molding and tile. The designer used high-density polyurethane to create the two pillars and mantel. Once the surround was glued into place (using glue specific to the material), iridescent glass tiles were installed to create the firebox. Brick or stone can be used for similar applications.
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