Cozy season is right around the corner, and what better way to prepare than to upgrade your fireplace? Whether you plan on entertaining and want to wow your guests, or simply want to snuggle up on the sofa, you’re sure to enjoy a new-and-improved hearth. We’ve gathered these fireplace makeover ideas for you to consider, plus 17 fireplace tile ideas to get you started.
Add a Mantel
If you don’t have one already, a mantel is a stylish and useful addition to your fireplace. Choose between different materials and colors to match your existing interior decor, and then use your mantel to display artwork, photos, candles, and other decorations.
You won’t believe what a difference such a simple upgrade can make!
Installing shelves surrounding your fireplace is another way to add display space and create additional storage.
Add a Tile Surround
Tile can completely transform your fireplace. If your fireplace has nothing surrounding it, or is surrounded by brick or stone that doesn’t match your decor, consider adding a tile surround as an upgrade.
Ceramic tile comes in a seemingly limitless amount of designs for you to choose from, so you can find something that matches your home’s aesthetic — or something that makes a statement of its own (such as the tile above). What’s more, ceramic tile is flame-resistant, so you don’t need to worry about it burning, melting, or giving off toxic fumes if exposed to fire.
Add a Tile Wall
Consider making an even bigger design impact by tiling the entire wall surrounding your fireplace. A tile accent wall is often the only decor element you need to “make” a space.
Tile the Inside and Surrounding Flooring
Fireplace floor tiles can add a focal feature to your living areas. If you have a decommissioned or purely decorative fireplace, tile the inside of it! Tile inside fireplaces is a stylish way to decorate a non-working or faux fireplace.
Fireplace Tile Ideas
If you plan to hire a tile installer or are all fired up about any DIY fireplace makeover ideas involving tile, your next step is to choose a tile design. Perhaps one of these 17 fireplace tile ideas will spark your imagination.
White Tile Fireplace
A white tile fireplace surround is a great start, no matter what other trends you may want to incorporate into your space: a farmhouse look, minimalism, or hygge, for instance. Plus, you won’t have to worry about your paint colors clashing with your white tile fireplace if you ever repaint down the road.
Black Tile Fireplace
There’s something especially cozy about a black tile fireplace surround. Darker colors create a more intimate mood, and flames really pop when contrasted with black tile.
Gray Tile Fireplace
Blue Tile Fireplace
Looking to make a statement with your fireplace surround? A blue tile fireplace might be just what you need. Blue tile works with many color schemes but still stands out enough to make a strong design impact.
Green Tile Fireplace
Green tile is becoming increasingly popular and, as the photo above shows, is an attractive option for fireplaces. A green tile fireplace surround can be a moody dark green, a natural variegated green, a contemporary bright green, or a neutral pastel green. Need we go on? This stacked subway style lends a contemporary flair that also pairs well with the biophilic design use of natural fibers.
Stone Tile Fireplace
Stone tile fireplace surrounds are as timeless as they come. Fireplaces with stone-look surrounds work equally well in traditional design schemes and more contemporary styles, such as industrial looks.
Marble Tile Fireplace
We can’t think of anything classier than a marble tile fireplace surround. Marble-look tile instantly elevates your decor’s sophistication.
Marble tile fireplace surrounds are especially appealing thanks to advances in large-format gauged porcelain tile panels/slabs, which enable you to create an entire floor-to-ceiling fireplace surround with XXL tile and minimal grout lines.
[Related: Tile Trend Ideas: Modernized Marble]
Subway Tile Fireplace
Subway tile looks great just about everywhere, including fireplace surrounds. Go with a classic white subway tile fireplace surround or incorporate color for a more contemporary look.
Mosaic Tile Fireplace
Mosaic tile lends itself well to smaller applications, such as fireplace surrounds.
While many people choose to make use of mosaics’ numerous tiles to incorporate multiple colors, shapes, and even textures, understated mosaic tile fireplace surrounds are equally impactful. For example, the rounded shapes and soft colors in the mosaic tile fireplace surround above create a dreamy, elegant look.
Herringbone Tile Fireplace
The fun zig-zag shape of herringbone tile makes for a unique fireplace surround. Pair your herringbone tile fireplace surround with a neutral color to let the pattern itself do the talking, or incorporate colors for an even more creative design.
Wood-Look Tile Fireplace
You might assume that a wood look is off-limits for fireplace surrounds, but that’s not necessarily true. Wood-look ceramic tile is flame-resistant, so you can get the look of wood without the flammability concerns.
And thanks to ceramic tile’s versatility, you could even use the same wood-look tile for both your flooring and fireplace surround, creating a seamless, minimalist look.
[Related: Tile Trend Ideas: Refined Natural Wood Looks]
Hexagon Tile Fireplace
Neutral or colorful, big or small, you absolutely cannot go wrong with hexagon tile for your fireplace surround. We love this mosaic white hexagon tile fireplace surround and the vintage vibe it creates for the space.
Note: If you have a wood-burning stove rather than a traditional fireplace, tile the wall behind and/or the flooring below your stove to help create a fire-resistant stage that shows off the beauty of your stove.
Patterned Tile Fireplace
Patterned tile fireplace surrounds are the perfect option to lend a little creativity to your space. Your options for fireplace tile patterns are vast, from florals, to geometric designs, to Art Deco looks.
Vintage Fireplace Tiles
Looking to create a vintage look? Options for vintage fireplace tiles and antique fireplace tiles include various Victorian tile designs — such as Arts and Crafts tiles, mosaic hexagon tiles, penny round tiles, botanical tiles, and geometric designs — as well as the Delft tile pictured above.
We find Delft tile fireplace surrounds to be especially fitting, since one of the original uses of these tiles was to reflect heat around fireplaces.
[Related: Tile Trend Ideas: Industrial Chic Tile]
Fish Scale Tile Fireplace
It turns out that fish scales are just as at home on a fireplace as they are in the sea. This marble-look fish scale tile fireplace is the perfect mixture of playful and polished.
[Related: Tile Trend Ideas: Think Outside the Box]
Moroccan Tile Fireplace
Moroccan tile certainly creates a statement fireplace. Moroccan tile fireplace surrounds can incorporate bright colors, multiple shapes, or geometric patterns.
[Related: Get Cozy With These Outdoor Tile Fireplaces]
It’s Time to Get Cozy
We hope that one of our fireplace makeover ideas has set your creative side ablaze, and that you’re ready to upgrade your fireplace with one of the above tile designs.