Fireplace Tile Surrounds That Grab Attention In Cool Ways

The fireplace is more often than not the focal point of the space it’s in and that has to do with its very nature and essence, not necessarily with the way it looks. That, of course, is not to day that looks should be neglected. Quite the opposite: since it stands out whether you want it or not, you might as well turn your fireplace into a feature worthy of attention. We hope with this idea we can inspire you to plan a makeover and with that in mind we’re going to check out a few fireplace tile options.

Different fireplace surround types based on material

The biggest difference in design and style when it comes to a fireplace surround or mantel is made by the materials used. There’s quite a few options to choose from and a lot of different and interesting ways in which several can be combined or used to create unique designs. These are the most common ones:


A limestone surround would suit pretty much any type of fireplace so whether you prefer a traditional look or something more modern, this is a material that you can count on. Limestone is available in a few different natural colors which makes it a good option if you’re going for a subdued and classic look.


As mentioned numerous times before, marble is a timeless material. It has a unique beauty which allows it to look magnificent in any type of space and décor provided it doesn’t clash with its surroundings of course. A fireplace surround made out of marble will add an elegant and sophisticated look to the room but won’t overpower it. You can find marble in a variety of different colors and each piece has a unique pattern.


The advantage of choosing wood as a primary material for your fireplace surround is that you can match it to the furniture, the flooring or other features present in the room which in turn allows the fireplace to fit and to blend in more easily. At the same time, wood has a natural warmth and is very versatile. It can be stained or painted in order to obtain a custom appearance.

Cast iron

A cast iron surround would most likely give the fireplace as a whole a traditional or retro vibe which is often desirable. Although it’s not a material known for its warmth, it does a great job at imprinting a comfortable and cozy ambiance around it. You should also consider this material if you’re going for more of a modern-industrial look.

Fireplace Tile Surround Ideas

Dining area fireplace tile surroundView in gallery

It’s not just the materials that matter when it comes to a fireplace surround but the overall design, the proportions and the way in which it’s integrated into the room as well. Here for example the fireplace surround takes up a big portion of the wall, in a way creating an accent wall in itself. It features a beautiful herringbone tile pattern with a dark finish that contrasts with the wall behind it. This elegant interior is the creation of studio Singlepoint Design Build.

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In this case, the tile fireplace surround is designed to be similar in color to the wall which allows the fireplace to blend in more naturally. This is a desirable strategy when dealing with a fairly small room because it prevents the fireplace from overpowering the space and looking too big. Check out CR Gas Logs & Fireplaces for more inspiring designs and ideas.

Living room modern fireplace tile surroundView in gallery

In a modern setting defined by minimalism, it’s best to keep things simple. We love the design strategy used in this living room. The fireplace blends in and has a stylish surround that matches the furniture as well as the wall behind it. It looks and feels like a part of the entertainment center and in fact it is which is a great way to integrate it naturally into the room.

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Rather than covering this fireplace surround in dark brown tiles that match the wall and the furniture in the room, the strategy here was to go for a light beige tile that highlights the fireplace and turns it into a vivid focal point for the space. Although beige is a neutral and subdued color, it stands out quite a bit in this case. Check out studio Heat ‘N Sweep for more beautiful fireplace designs.

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Marble is an extremely versatile material which can be used in lots of different situations to add an elegant and glamorous touch to a space while also maintaining a simple appearance. Black marble was used here to create a stylish surround for this fireplace which doubles as a space divider. It’s a double-sided fireplace which studio Birdseye Design turned into a gorgeous focal point for this open concept living room.

Electric fireplace and large tiled wallView in gallery

Another beautiful idea is to have the fireplace completely built into the wall with a very sleek and minimalistic surround rather than a prominent one that takes up space. Such a design is perfect for a modern or a contemporary interior, like that of this magnificent bedroom designed by Corr Contemporary Homes.

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A simple stone surround can add a lot of character to a fireplace without necessarily putting a lot of emphasis on it. In this living room by studio Elms Interior Design the fireplace surround features a beautiful wavy pattern in warm neutral colors which go really well with the light gray walls.

Rock style tiles for fireplace surroundView in gallery

Metal and stone are two powerful materials with very different characteristics. They contrast with one another but they also complement each other. Studio Bruns Architecture chose this combination of materials to enhance this stylish ribbon fireplace and to turn it into the centerpiece of the room.

Herringbone Tile Pattern

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Spice things up a little with fireplace tiles arranged in a herringbone pattern. The zig-zag lines add a playful touch to the design and allow the fireplace to stand out in a simple, almost modest manner. The pattern is reminiscent of rustic decors and this also brings a little bit of coziness into the room.

Turquoise Fish Scale Tile

Turquoise Fish Scale Tile FireplaceView in gallery

Fish scale tiles don’t need any outside help to stand out and although they’re most commonly found on bathroom walls and on kitchen backsplashes, they can also look awesome on a fireplace. These turquoise fireplace tiles are pretty funky and they’re arranged in a very interesting way. You can try something similar for your own fireplace and you can even mix and match two or more colors to create a fun arrangement.

Pebble Tiles

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Pebbles are cute and can be used in lots of cool ways to make spaces look fresh, beautiful and connected to nature in a very special way. That being said, you can update an old fireplace using a pebble tile kit and the transformation would be awesome. Depending on the type of pebbles you use, the fireplace can look rustic or modern but either way it will be very charming.

Wood-like tiles

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Some tiles mimic the look the wood and they do a very good job in this sense. They can be used to make tiled floors look warm and elegant but they can also be used to cover walls or why not fireplaces…Such a makeover would be pretty simple since the tiles are pretty big and usually rectangular, mimicking wood planks. Also, they’re not flammable like real wood is.{found on sticksandstones}.


Blue mosaic fireplace tilesView in gallery

Mosaic tile can be really cheerful and it’s definitely eye-catching which is actually a good thing since the fireplace is designed to stand out anyway. There are several different options to choose from. Mosaic tiles come in various sizes, color combinations and even patterns or materials so find the combo that works best for your fireplace and your home in general.{found on bdgdesigngroup}.

Subway tiles

Subway Tiles Fireplace DesignView in gallery

Is a fun and eye-catching fireplace surround is not exactly what you have in mind, perhaps something more simple and classical would be a better option. In that case, one suggestion would be to opt for subway tiles. Use simple white tiles for a classy and elegant vibe.

Glass tiles

glass Tiles fireplace

Today, glass tiles are commonly used in pools, kitchens, spas and bathrooms but they’re also known to look beautiful in kitchens and, in some cases, on fireplace surrounds. Glass tiles are elegant and come in all sorts of delicate colors as well as in some vibrant nuances. They also come in a variety of shapes and sizes so pick the ones that match your style.


Marble Tiles Fireplace decorView in gallery

You can’t really go wrong with marble. It’s a truly timeless material, always elegant and always beautiful. It’s also very versatile and can be used in an infinite number of ways in interior design, including on kitchen counters, backsplashes, flooring, shelves and even fireplace surrounds. You can use marble tiles to update an old fireplace or to cover up the entire fireplace wall.

Basket weave tiles

Basket Weave Tile fireplaceView in gallery

The type of tiles you use, the material they’re made of, their finish and color are all important but so is the manner in which you install them, more exactly the pattern. An interesting option is that sense is to arrange the tiles in a basketweave pattern. There are actually several different options in this case and these are two of them.

Faux stone tiles

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Just like there are tiles that mimic the look of wood, there are also tiles that look like stone. These faux-stone tiles can be installed on walls to make spaces look rustic and cozy and they can of course also be used to update a fireplace surround. Faux-stone tiles are not only for rustic interiors. In fact, they’re most common in modern and contemporary spaces.

Porcelain tiles

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Since you’re not limited to any kind of specialized fireplace tiles, that means you’re free to use any type you want, hence the vast array of materials, forms and sizes you can choose from. Since porcelain tiles are so common and come in so many different patterns and colors, that makes them prime candidates for fireplace makeover projects.

Colorful tiles

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Since there are so many different options to choose from, there’s lots of room for creativity when decorating a fireplace. You can pick tiles that match the walls, the floor or elements in the interior decor of the room such as the window treatments, the furniture or the lighting fixtures. Think of fireplace tiles as another kind of wall decorations.

3d tiles

3D fireplace tiles living room with orange couchView in gallery

Did you know there are also 3D tiles that you can use in your interior design projects? Well, there’s actually more than one way in which you can interpret that so check out this elegant fireplace surround to understand the design direction we were referring to.

Metallic tiles

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Speaking of less common tile types, metallic tiles are pretty special too. We’re talking about tiles made of actual metal, not just about metallic colors. You can use this variety of fireplace tiles in interiors with industrial design accents.

Weathered steel tiles

Corteen Steel fireplace tilesView in gallery

Weathered steel tiles deserve a separate mention, the reason for that being their special and very distinctive appearance. Such a fireplace tile surround would naturally have a strong industrial character. Seeing it in the context of a contemporary bedroom is actually not that surprising.

Stacked stone

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Naturally, a fireplace decorated with stone tiles brings an earthy flair into the space and looks elegant and beautiful. It may not be eye-catching in a very dramatic or obvious way but it contributes to a very pleasant and welcoming overall ambiance. For a customized look, stack the tiles in an original manner and create a unique pattern.

Hand-painted tiles

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You can also make your fireplace tile surround look special by choosing to use hand-painted tiles. They have a nice artisanal character and they’re individually unique. Since they’re each hand-painted, there can be small differences between the tiles in terms of color and certain imperfections can also be present but like with any other handcrafted item these imperfections are actually the details that give the tiles character. Also, the really cool thing in this case is that you can paint the tiles yourself.

Granite and wood

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When choosing your fireplace tiles, think of them not only in strict relation to the fireplace but also to the wall surrounding them and the entire room. It’s import to see the big picture and to create pleasant and enjoyable combinations of materials, finishes and colors. Here, for example, you can see a mixture of granite and wood which look exquisite.{found on dhd}.

Stenciled tiles

How to stencil a fireplace honeycombView in gallery

If you want to create the illusion of tiles without actually using any, there’s actually a very simple solution: use a stencil to paint your fireplace surround and make it look like it’s covered with tiles. First you clean and prep the fireplace, then you choose the paint that you want to use, apply the base coat and once it’s dry you secure the stencil in one of the corners and you start stenciling making sure the paint is not dripping. Remove the stencil, realign it and continue until you frame the whole fireplace. Find out more about this on infarrantlycreative.

White brick surround

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A brick two sided fireplace surround is not exactly a great option for a contemporary interior design defined by simplicity and clean and chic colors and forms. If you paint the fireplace surround white, however, it’s a whole different story.