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Consider giving your fireplace a creative and eye-catching look with beautiful tile. Available in almost endless colors, textures, and patterns, tile can bring a distinctive look to a dull surround.
Brick-inspired tile around the fireplace in this kitchen sets a rustic tone, adding instant age and character to the space. The traditional material complements the surrounding white cabinetry and black countertops.
Tile embedded with small pebbles brings a nature-inspired texture to this fireplace. Pairing white pebbles with gray grout and a simple white mantel lends a clean, contemporary look to the space.
Use smaller tiles to create a border on the inside and outside edge of your tile surround. Here, textured tile was used to make the border stand out. Similar texture on some of the larger tiles adds interest and ties it all together.
Choose tile depicting an image you love and repeat it to create a distinctive pattern that ties to the theme of your room. Blue boat imagery on the tile surrounding this fireplace was the perfect pick for the nautical-themed room.
Consider using the same tile on your floor and fireplace to give the space a cohesive look. Featuring tile all the way to a vaulted ceiling, this fireplace makes a real statement. The large-scale pattern keeps it from looking too busy.
Find a tile you absolutely love? Rather than using a small amount around the perimeter of the fireplace, consider taking it up the entire wall. Here, the homeowners opted to forgo a mantel and other artwork to give full attention to the tile.
Asian-look tiles suit this room's Eastern character. The hand-painted figures continue across grout lines, giving the appearance that the tiles were pieced together like a puzzle. Plain black tiles are mixed in to keep the fireplace from being too busy.
Black tile offers stunning contrast to a white fireplace. Here, high-gloss black paint on the tile and grout adds a modern edge to the otherwise traditional fireplace and space.
Visually connect your fireplace to your floor by using the same tile in both places. Here, ceramic tile featuring warm terra-cotta tones warms up the room’s white fireplace and built-ins. The tile’s curved application around the fireplace provides contrast to the square tiles on the floor.
Bring the warm, natural feel of wood to your fireplace surround by using wood-tone tiles. Stacking logs inside the fireplace emphasizes the look. Here, a white mantel keeps the fireplace from looking too rustic for a modern space.