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10 fireplace tile ideas to add color, texture and personality to any room

by Monika Bürger

Tiled fireplaces are a growing trend right now, while we still appreciate the beauty of a marble surround and the detail in an ornate wooden mantle, tiles are fast becoming the go-to material for updating a tired-looking fireplace. And they aren’t just being used within in the interior of the fireplace but coming out onto the surround, the hearth, and chimney breasts.

It’s a style that can suit all, from rustic encaustic tiles that are perfect for modern country homes, to sleek and simple large-scale designs for a more minimalist aesthetic. ‘Who says gorgeous tiles are just for bathrooms, think outside of the box when it comes to tiling your fire surround it’s the easiest way to give it a facelift.’ says designer Abigail Ahern. ‘From pearlescent tiles to gorgeous herringbone patterns, from porcelain tiles emulating wood to a beautiful selection of glazed tiles. Tiles literally transform any fireplaces into the most fabulous architectural feature.’

Agreed. So we’ve pulled together all our favorite tiled looks and fireplace ideas to inspire you to add some instant color, pattern, and texture to your space.


Tiled fireplace in rustic living room
(Image credit: Paul Massey)

If you have inherited an old fireplace that’s not quite to your taste or is in need of an update, tiles can quickly transform a hearth with color and pattern. Consider creating a subtle clash of styles by tiling the firebox and hearth of an original fireplace with more a more contemporary tile.

See how in this living room, that’s actually quite contemporary in style despite being in a period home, the original features have been given a modern twist – the woodwork with a coat of steely grey and the fireplace with the blue tone geometric tiles.

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White tiled fireplace in rustic living room
(Image credit: Armelle Habib)

Tiled chimney breasts seem to be everywhere right now. A much more interesting way to do a feature wall than with paint or wallpaper, tiles add that 3D texture that works so well in softer rooms like living rooms or bedrooms. They are also a nice way to cover up the most traditional, rustic brick chimney breast for a more minimalist design

Think about tiling the chimney breast, as well as the fireplace, surround to really make the fireplace a focal point of the room.’ says Fired Earth’s Creative Director, Colin Roby-Welford. ‘Chevron or herringbone layouts are perfect for contemporary chimney breasts and fireplaces since they have a crisp, architectural finish and they’re ideal for introducing subtle pattern and a sense of texture to a scheme. For a more decorative look, Mexican or Moorish-inspired designs offer an alternative to the classic Delft designs that have graced fireplaces for centuries.’

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Boho style living room with tiled fireplace
(Image credit: Karine Monie)

It’s not always a case of ripping out what was once there, sometimes you need to give original fireplace tiles a chance. See if you can clean them up and work them into your room’s style. In this boho-style living room, you’d never think the original bland, beige metro tiles that lined the fireplace would work, and yet they do, adding warmth to the crisp whites of this neutral living room.

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White living room with square tiled fireplace
(Image credit: Paul Craig)

Zellige tiles are having a bit of a design moment right now and their imperfect nature and varying colors and glazes are a lovely way to add texture to any room. They are really hard-wearing, hence why they are so popular in kitchens and bathrooms, and they are heat resistant too so work well in fireplace surrounds. Consider using them to add depth to a modern living room and take the floor to ceil on a chimney breast, or even just as a surround they would add plenty of soft, natural texture.

Express your style all over your home with a feature-worthy rug. They’re made from a woven, polyester chenille for a soft and textured look. Plus, choosing from our wide array of designs, you’re sure to find just the rug to match your decor. Rugs are one of the best, attention-grabbing pieces to design a room around. Use the colors within the rug to help choose art prints, furniture fabric and accent pillows.

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Bedroom with dark blue embroidered wallpaper and green tiled fireplace
(Image credit: Lisa Stanton)

Fireplaces aren’t just for living rooms, they are such a cozy addition to a bedroom too, and in period properties you’ll often find they are already an original feature. The simple design and square teal green tiles of the fireplace in this bedroom designed by Lisa Stanton feel quite contemporary, despite being original to the house. The simple wooden surround was updated with white paint, and the tiles were cleaned up to become a real focal point of the room. 

The fireplace is original to the house, as is the embroidered wallpaper.’ says Lisa. ‘To juxtapose the more layered details of the old house we chose furnishings that were open airy and casual and then placed modern artwork above the mantle.’

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Modern white living room with day bed and fireplace with black painted floorboards
(Image credit: Matthew Williams)

If you have an unused fireplace, rather than staring into a dusty abyss, tile the space to make it more of a feature. Tiles make disused fireplaces so much more functional too – they are easier to keep clean and you can add in decor like logs, plants, flowers, and vases to add extra interest to the empty space.

The black matte zig-zag tiles, with the matching black grout, used here add some interesting texture but don’t overwhelm the already bold and busy space.

Add throw pillows to whatever room needs an extra dose of comfy. Individually cut and sewn by hand, each pillow features a double-sided print and is finished with a concealed zipper and faux down insert. Keeping an assortment of throw pillow designs on hand is the easiest way to give any space an instant refresh. Available in four sizes.

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Grey living room with green tiled fireplace
(Image credit: James Merrell)

With old Victorian and Edwardian fireplace designs, you’ll often only have a small space to tile running down either side of the fire. So with such small surfaces, why not go bold with the color? See how the green metro tiles in this cool grey living room both stand out, adding a much-needed pop of bright color and yet blend into this space, adding a hint of color where it’s needed but not taking up all the attention.

Fireplace tiles are a great place to add impact in your room and introduce color and pattern on a small scale.‘ says James Arkoulis, Creative Director of Howard Design. ‘As a focal point, it’s an ideal place to make a statement. We would suggest being bold and choosing something that you will enjoy looking at all through the year. We love Balineum for its amazing range of handmade tiles!

A true statement maker. Our versatile mid-century modern inspired credenzas are great for use as TV stands, armoires, bars, office cabinets or the perfect complement to your bedroom set. The vibrant art printed on the doors will make your piece pop in any setting. Available in a warm, natural birch or a premium walnut finish.

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Living room with black herringbone tiled fireplace by Bert & May
(Image credit: Bert & May)

The tiles you use for the surround needn’t always match the hearth tiles, bring in more pattern and texture by choosing different styles with a similar color palette. Picking something more statement for the hearth means you can go bold at ground level without the pattern overpowering a room. 

Take inspiration from this fireplace tile idea and go for a monochrome scheme for the wall behind the wood burner (or for the surround if you have a fireplace) and pick up that same color but in a pattern for the hearth.

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Pink bedroom with fireplace and walk in closet
(Image credit: James Merrell)

Not too long ago we would never have advised painting tiles, but now with new innovative paint formulations designed to stick to these glossy surfaces and last, it can be a quick and easy way to update a fireplace. It’s a weekend project that even a DIY novice can do, just be sure to clean your fireplace tiles first and always read the instructions on your paint tin – lots of brands offer tile specific paint that doesn’t require priming or sealing but is always best to check the steps they recommend. 

The tiles in this fabulous pink bedroom were painted the same shade as the surround and a very close match to the walls to create an eclectic, monochrome space.

Our blackout window curtains are a denser alternative to your standard window curtain, blocking out most light and proudly featuring your favorite designs. Whether you live in a busy apartment or a peaceful neighborhood, it’s always nice to have the option to shut out the sun and relax inside by the candlelight. Available in either single or double panel options. A double panel features the same design on both panels. The bottom edge of curtain includes a 2″ pocket that can be used as a hanging pocket, but beware that the artwork will be upside down for any non-patterned designs.

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Fireplace with parquet flooring surround and neon light
(Image credit: Matthew Williams)

Switch traditional ceramic tiles for floor tiles and recreate this fabulous herringbone fireplace surround. It’s quirky and unexpected but doesn’t feel out of place and adds so much texture and coziness to the space with all the different wood tones. The pop of neon makes it less rustic and more contemporary but this is a look that could work with so many styles, so simple really and yet so effective. 

Find somewhere soft to land. Our floor cushions are the super comfy and style-forward option for the boho side of us all. They’re UV coated to protect against fading and water resistant so you can avoid scrambling to bring them inside whenever there’s a touch of weather. Grab a few to have on hand whenever seating is hard to come by or for a fun option for kids to use out in the yard.

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The starting point with choosing tiles for a fireplace is always to make sure that the tiles you have in mind are suitable for fireplaces and hearths since heat can cause cracks, melt adhesives, and damage glazes, while smoke can discolor tiles. Even suitable tiles should be kept a minimum of 30cm away from direct contact with flames or the main heat source.‘ explains Fired Earth’s Creative Director, Colin Roby-Welford.

Look for tiles that enhance the welcoming sense of warmth created by a blazing fire on a chilly day. For example, iridescent glass mosaics or copper-colored tiles will look particularly mesmerizing when they’re shimmering in the golden glow of a crackling fire. There’s also something pleasingly ‘elemental’ and natural about seeing flames surrounded by richly colored metallics, wood-effect planks, or timeless stone.’

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