A fireplace is supposed to be an attractive focal point, but if yours is grabbing attention for all the wrong reasons, consider giving it a face-lift with beautiful tile. There are plenty of stylish options available that will transform a sad fire surround into a feature you will adore. Are you game? These 25 ideas will inspire you to create a hearthside worthy of cozying up to year-round.
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Herringbone Tile Pattern
When it comes to picking the best tile for refreshing an old fireplace, pattern matters. Interior designer Holly Mathis uses mosaic tile in a herringbone arrangement to update a modestly sized fireplace. The zigzag pattern spices things up without upstaging everything else in the living room.Continue to 2 of 25 below.
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Colorful Fish Scale Tile
This rustic fireplace shared by Tileometry proves that fish-scale-inspired tile is not just for bathroom walls or kitchen backsplashes. Turning the tile sideways toward the bottom keeps the overall pattern from becoming an optical illusion that makes your eyes go funny. Because the tiles shown above are hand-painted, you will notice subtle variations in color.Continue to 3 of 25 below.
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Pretty Pebble Tile
Luckily, her old surround was flat, so she was able to install the stones over the existing tile. The final result is an earthy-styled fireplace that feels more modern than rustic.Continue to 4 of 25 below.
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Fire Resistant, Wood Look Tiles
Because wood is flammable, it is not the best material to use around a working fireplace. However, you can get the look of authentic lumber using porcelain, wood-look tile as shown by Phase 2 Builders. Typically sold in planks, tiles such as these come in a wide range of styles and colors that mimics the real thing including exotic woods and reclaimed timber.Continue to 5 of 25 below.
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Fake it with Peel and Stick Tiles
Dingy, black tile can make a nonworking fireplace feel like a dark hole. Sure, updating ugly is ideal but installing new tiles can easily cost hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars. What to do?
This frugal transformation by Joni at Lay Baby Lay uses inexpensive peel-and-stick tile to turn an eyesore fireplace (left) into a beautiful eyepopper (right). The best part, because you do not need heavy-duty tools for cutting or installing, most do-it-yourselfers can complete a project such as this one in less than two hours. Keep in mind that most types of peel-and-stick tile are not suitable for hot surfaces.Continue to 6 of 25 below.
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Do-It-Yourself Hand-Painted Tile
Hand-painted tile can add pretty, artisanal appeal to your fire surround; but, they can cost up to $50 per square foot. To save a stack of cash, you can steal this hack by Erin at Earnest Home Company. The thrifty blogger painted inexpensive white tile before installing. To do, you'll need a stencil for the pattern and craft paint that is both waterproof and scuff resistant.Continue to 7 of 25 below.
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Sculptural Wall Tiles
Turn back the clock at home by adding a little vintage style to your contemporary fireplace.
For instance, this retro family room by Jennifer Weiss Architecture keeps things fresh with mid-century-inspired, sculptural tile that goes up to the ceiling.Continue to 8 of 25 below.
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Mosaic Tile Fireplace
Jewel-toned tile is a hallmark of the American Craftsman style. So it makes sense that this Craftsman home featured on Mercury Mosaic has a sapphire blue fireplace. The mosaic tile combined with the yellow wall gives the living room a cheerful vibe.Continue to 9 of 25 below.
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Eye-Catching and Colorful Cement Tiles
Cement tiles have been adorning stylish floors for centuries. They are incredibly durable, and you can find them in a wide range of colorful patterns. How are the designs created? The pigments are mixed into the cement and then poured into a mold to set.
Cement tiles are also perfect for fireplaces, especially if you are interested in turning the one in your home into a chic centerpiece. A good for instance is this remodel by Kate at Centsational Style that features a pretty Moroccan-inspired print.Continue to 10 of 25 below.
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Glazed Square Tile
In this one-bedroom apartment designed by Indie & Co., tiles transform a nonworking fireplace into a new architectural feature. The glazed, green ceramic tile complements the soft pink walls while calling out the natural greenery. The natural fiber rug and handwoven wall hanging both give the space a splash of Scandinavian style.Continue to 11 of 25 below.
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Oversized Subway Tile
Can't find the perfect tile? Shop your local classifieds. Before updating this fireplace, Stephanie at Swing N Cocoa scoured Craigslist to find the material of her dreams at a deep discount. The oversized subway tile gives the traditional mantel a modern twist. This winning project costs less than $200!Continue to 12 of 25 below.
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Modern Farmhouse Fireplace
This farmhouse-inspired fireplace makeover by Studio McGee features a yellow tile back panel in an attractive herringbone pattern. Notice how the pop of buttery color jumps out against the crisp, white brick.Continue to 13 of 25 below.
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Beachy, Stained Glass Tiles
The fireplace in this California cottage remodeled by Charmean Neithart Interiors reflects the beachy vibe of the living room with Caribbean blue tile. Stained glass tiles in a unique shape called Pisces cover the fire surround. The outer hearth is made of a glazed subway tile. In the foreground is a vintage, bamboo chair.Continue to 14 of 25 below.
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Gorgeous Carrara Marble
When it comes to enduring style, you cannot go wrong with gorgeous Carrara marble. An object lesson is this refashioning by Jamin and Ashley at The Handmade Home. When they replaced their builder-grade mantel, they also updated their fire surround with the timeless material in a classic hexagon shape. To make the alluring tile pattern pop, they used dove gray grout.Continue to 15 of 25 below.
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Classic Basket Weave Tile
Updating an outer hearth can perk up an old fireplace. A fantabulous for instance is this makeover by Mary Elizabeth at For the Love of Character. She replaced the brown brick that was in front of her fire surround with marble tile in a traditional basket weave pattern. To give the new hearth a clean finish, she added a white marble trim.Continue to 16 of 25 below.
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Patterned Cement Tiles
Check out this showstopping fireplace by Veneer Designs. The handmade cement tile features a geometric pattern inspired by an ancient Aztec design. The Moroccan-inspired rug picks up the tile's eye-popping design.Continue to 17 of 25 below.
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Add Some Pizazz with Grout Paint
After refreshing this outer hearth with arabesque tile, Camila at Effortless Style gave it a colorful character with orange grout. No worries about the shade becoming passe because updating it is a snap with grout paint. So that you know, some grout paint manufacturers will custom match colors.Continue to 18 of 25 below.
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Faux Stone Tile
Do you love the look of natural stone but not its price tag? This fireplace by Laura at Make Life Lovely fakes it using inexpensive, faux stone tile, which weighs around 75 percent less than the real thing. Tiles like these are available in a wide range of realistic colors and natural textures with either a flat or organic edge.Continue to 20 of 25 below.
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Brick Style Tile
The star of this living room remodel by Kristin at Hunted Interiors is the big brick tile in a magnificent shade of taupe. The herringbone pattern hearth contrasts beautifully with the white mantel while picking up the colors of the decorative accessories.Continue to 21 of 25 below.
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Colorful Arabesque Tiles
Remodeling does not have to be hard. In fact, removing old tiles may be easier than you think. When updating this fireplace, Caitlin at DIY With Caitlin used a baby jackhammer to demolish the original tiles. The task from start to finish took less than 30 minutes. Afterward, she installed the turquoise, lantern tiles and finished things off with gray grout. The frosting on the cake is the mantel made from reclaimed wood.Continue to 22 of 25 below.
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Classic Subway Tile Never Gets Tired
When remodeling this fireplace in an open concept home, Kellie at Nest of Posies used tiles that matched the materials seen in her kitchen. The fire surround matches her classic subway tile backsplash. The remnant stone tiles covering the outer hearth mimic her Carrera marble countertop.Continue to 23 of 25 below.
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Slim Brick Wall Tiles
A beautiful marble mosaic made up of thin brick tiles in different textures add subtle pattern to this stylish fireplace by Amy and Sean at Heart to Hearts. To avoid playing up the grout lines, the blogger selected a grout color that blended in with the tile.Continue to 24 of 25 below.
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Mix-and-Match Tiles for Visual Interest
If matchy-matchy décor isn't your thing, mix things up with two different types of tile. This fireplace transformation by Vineta at The Handyman’s Daughter combines Carrara marble (outer hearth) with a multihued glass mosaic.Continue to 25 of 25 below.
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Refresh Your Existing Tile with Paint
First, she sprayed the firebox with black, high heat paint. Next, Julia painted the old tile flanking the fireplace light gray. To make her paint project appear realistic, she highlighted the grout lines with white paint.