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 31 ideas will inspire you to create a hearthside worthy of cozying up to year-round.
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Go Colorful With Paint
This gorgeous fireplace designed by Mary Patton proves that sometimes all you need is a fresh coat of paint to transform a space. This fireplace initially was covered in beige tiles that were in need of an upgrade, yet rather than installing brand new ones, she opted to paint both the tile and mantle in this striking color blue (and she used automotive paint to do it!). The result is an eye-catching focal point that brings an energetic feel to the space.
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Small White Tile Paired With Dark Wood
Creating strong contrast can invigorate a fireplace and bring it to life. For a rustic feel, choosing small, white tiles paired with a dark wooden mantle does the trick.
If you want to try something a little more frugal, inexpensive peel-and-stick tile can turn an eyesore fireplace into a beautiful eyepopper. 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 3 of 31 below.
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All White Mosaic Tile
This gorgeous fireplace designed by Finding Lovely makes a strong case for an all white-fireplace (minus the gas insert). The white tile is the mosaic mother of pearl mini bricks from The Tile Bar, surrounded by a white wooden mantle and built-ins. The mosaic effect is a work of art in itself and creates a soothing, clean impression.Continue to 4 of 31 below.
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Herringbone Tile Pattern Behind Small Wood Burning Heater
When it comes to picking the best tile for refreshing an old fireplace, pattern matters. Interior designer Paula of Home by Polly uses white subway 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 5 of 31 below.
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Oversized Gray Porcelain Tile
Appearances can be deceiving, and also can make or break a space. This modern-style living room boasts high ceilings and midcentury modern furniture, along with a contemporary fireplace. The gray tiles look like concrete at first glance, yet a closer look reveals they are porcelain tiles! Perfect for if you want the appearance of stone or concrete without the additional cost and heaviness.Continue to 6 of 31 below.
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Overlapping Tiles for Depth and Texture
This elegant setup from LA Designer Affair proves how tile design doesn't have to be flat or repetitive. The overlapping white tiles create a 3-dimensional effect that adds texture and depth to an entirely white fireplace. If it looks complicated, it doesn't have to be—designs like this are often available in peel and stick options.Continue to 7 of 31 below.
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Tiles That Look Like Brick
While brick fireplaces are lovely to look at, they also tend to be pretty permanent, or at the very least, challenging to change out. Tile is an easier way to get a similar appearance with relative ease. The gray tile at the base of this fireplace pairs well with the modern wooden border and black interior—all while looking sleek and timeless.Continue to 8 of 31 below.
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Oblong Black Tiles and Floral Designs
The fireplace is the perfect way to make a bold statement, and we love this work of art from Lauren Ashley of LA Designer Affair. While the floral graphics are absolutely eye-catching, the added presence of the oblong, shiny black tiles adds an extra level of elegance.
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Decorative Small Tiles
Decorative small tiles are an easy way to add pattern and visual interest to your fireplace. Cement decorated tiles stand the test of time and can come in a variety of designs. The living room shown here boasts a set of artistic tiles to match the English Country theme—and are a perfect fit.Continue to 10 of 31 below.
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Black Tile Outline with White Hearth
The classic black and white color scheme is loved for its high contrast and dramatic appearance—so why not apply it to your fireplace? The smoky black tiles surrounding the fireplace juxtaposed against the white wooden mantle is a classic pairing that adds a bit of an edge to this rustic living room.Continue to 11 of 31 below.
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Colorful Mantle With Decorative Tiles
This stunning layout proves that the fireplace can serve well as a focal point. The gorgeous decorative tiles involve a gothic-style atmosphere, and paired with a soothing purple mantle creates an artistic design that really captures your attention.Continue to 12 of 31 below.
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Subway Tile With Dark Grout
A brick appearance is always appreciated for a fireplace, especially for a farmhouse aesthetic. Equally so, subway tile has become such a prominent option for those opting for a more modern appearance. This fireplace is the best of both worlds—the white layout paired with the dark grout in between gives a slightly edgier lift to a typical brick (or subway tile) option. A good note to keep in mind: grout paint manufacturers will often custom match colors, so you can opt for any shade your heart desires.Continue to 13 of 31 below.
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Red Herringbone Inside, Stone on The Outside
Rather than tiling the outside, using fire-safe tiles inside a fireplace can create a surprising effect. The red herringbone pattern here creates a warm appearance and is highlighted well by the white stone surrounding the outside and creating the mantle.Continue to 14 of 31 below.
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Small Fireplace Surrounded by Decorative Tiles
Having a small fireplace doesn't mean you can't decorate it accordingly. This small woodburning stove is nestled perfectly amongst a decorated tile inside the space and the hearth, yet still makes a big impact.Continue to 15 of 31 below.
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Small Tile Fireplace With Marble Hearth
Small skinny tiles in a muted color scheme paired with a marble hearth reflect a Scandinavian open concept in this living room. The wooden mantle shelf is simple but effective and feels minimalist in the best possible way.Continue to 16 of 31 below.
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Floor to Ceiling Textured Tile
Floor-to-ceiling fireplaces make quite a statement on their own, but how they are decorated really makes an impact. The textured tile used by The Home Consultant draws attention without being overbearing. Using the textured tile in a neutral color can help add interest to a space without being overpowering.Continue to 17 of 31 below.
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Simple Black Square Tile With Matching Black Mantle
An all-black fireplace is the perfect amount of drama, especially in a modern or eclectic style room. The combination of black tile with the black mantle is bold yet simple, with small golden accents that fully highlight the color scheme. Just a few square black tiles were enough to create a daring concept that fits perfectly in this colorful, artistic living room.Continue to 18 of 31 below.
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Neutral Tiles in a Cottage Living Room
This entire living room gives quaint, relaxing vibes in the best way. The fireplace boasts a neutral set of tiles with a wooden white mantle, which adds a softness to the space. Choosing neutral tiles with patterns, even subtle ones, can help bring the room to life.
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Blue Herringbone All the Way Around
Herringbone is an exceptionally popular choice for fireplaces and backsplashes. This gorgeous navy fireplace tile arranged in a herringbone pattern proves that adding a little color can't hurt—and can create a moody, modern, and refreshing style to a popular idea.Continue to 20 of 31 below.
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Olive Green with Textured Gray Tile
Soft, cloudy gray square tiles mesh perfectly with the olive green wooden mantle surrounding them. The tiles feature a subtle pattern that is easy on the eyes and doesn't take away from the rest of the fireplace.Continue to 21 of 31 below.
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Spanish Fireplace With Handcrafted Tile
This remarkable fireplace proves that handcrafted tile certainly shouldn't be slept on. Michael Keck's living room (as seen on Emily Henderson Design) showcases eclectic vintage pieces, yet the fireplace was designed in the 1930s. He hasn't opted to change it, and it's easy to see why. The Spanish-themed influence is absolutely stunning.Continue to 22 of 31 below.
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Rust Colored Tiles with Golden Screen
Pairing rust-colored tile with a golden leaf screen is both charming and dazzling to look at. The earthy tones in the tile help ground the mostly light, neutral, living room.Continue to 23 of 31 below.
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Stunning Arabesque Tile
Arabesque tile is a perfect addition to you want to avoid the straight, rigid presentation of typical style. The curved lines add elegance and sophistication and look great in almost any space. The way the white tile with dark grout is paired with a deep blue mantle and reflective accents has us completely in awe.Continue to 24 of 31 below.
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Contemporary Gray Tile Fireplace
Choosing tile doesn't have to completely match the style of the room—you can feel free to mix and match. This is reflected perfectly in this space designed by Thomas Guy Interiors. The room itself gives a traditional, almost vintage vibe, yet the gray tiles lining the fireplace radiate a contemporary feel.Continue to 25 of 31 below.
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Ceramic Decorative Tile
Decorated ceramic tile is one of the most durable and versatile options available, which makes it ideal to use for your fireplace. The subtle pattern here stands out against the shiplap walls, yet the beige color scheme keeps it from appearing too busy.Continue to 26 of 31 below.
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Small White Square Mosaic Tile
Going for an all-neutral color scheme can often mean getting playful and distinct with your decor ideas. The gorgeous mosaic-style tile on this fireplace glistens and adds a refining presence to the rest of the white and beige-colored furniture. Adding textures can upgrade a simple color scheme with ease.Continue to 27 of 31 below.
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Calming Gray Large Tiles
Choosing larger tiles rather than smaller ones can be a big asset when designing your space. While small tiles may be overwhelming or feel too segmented, bigger tiles can appear seamless much more easily. Additionally, larger tiles can give the illusion that your fireplace is bigger than it is, which is always a bonus.Continue to 28 of 31 below.
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Colorful Pattern Tile
Don't be afraid to experiment with different patterns in your living room, especially where your fireplace is concerned. The colorful patterns on the fireplace shown here are noticeably different from the rug, yet the repeated blue circles also show up in the round table and circular chandelier. The result is an eclectic yet soothing space.Continue to 29 of 31 below.
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Tan Herringbone for a Faux Fireplace
If you're working with a faux fireplace, tile is your best friend. This tan herringbone pattern fills in the space and adds to the neutral color palette. Rather than looking out of place, the result is a work of art in itself.Continue to 30 of 31 below.
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Eclectic Starburst Tile Pattern
An eclectic theme is the perfect setup to play around with unique designs and colors in your living room. This fireplace designed by Brexton Cole Interiors incorporates a starburst pattern around the fireplace and extends to the hearth. Enveloping the tile is a black mantle that adds the optimum dose of drama, and is accentuated well by the pops of color in the artwork sitting directly on top of it.Continue to 31 of 31 below.
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Zellige Tile With Marble Hearth
This stunning convex fireplace designed by Andee Hess of Osmose Design is gorgeous on multiple levels. The arched, convex shape of the fireplace already adds a unique flair, but the zellige tiles (ceramic, handmade tiles that are glazed) truly set it apart. Zellige tile is an excellent option if you enjoy a classic but not rigidly perfect look—no two tiles look the same, so the colors and textures between each tile differ slightly. Completing the look with a marble hearth truly enhances the already display.