Investing in a fireplace is something many homeowners consider to be essential. In fact, some of them list the fireplace as one of their major criteria when looking for a new home. They are on the right track after all because experts believe that this heating structure not only contributes to the beauty of a home but adds value to it as well.
Of the numerous fireplace designs available today, it sure is a challenging task to pick the best one that will suit your home. As a hint, homeowners first need to come up with at least an idea of the kind of fireplace they like to have in their house. There are various resources to do this such as magazines, the internet and friends you know who are into interior designing or home remodeling.
If you’re after a clean look, the tile fireplace designs are ideal for you. As tiles normally come in squares, their straight lines can achieve that simple and clean yet elegant appearance. It’s important to note here that tiles today come in a wide variety of patterns, textures, colors and sizes. The size of the tile is a matter of personal choice.
Tiles are made from different materials such as ceramic and marble. For the ceramic tiles, they are available in the plain colored types, the textured and plain colored, the textured and patterned ones as well as the plain and patterned types. Do a little research on this and you’ll be surprised at the range of selections that you can choose from.
As always, designing an interior space takes the color scheme into consideration. So it’s either you base the color of your fireplace to your overall interior design or you can use the fireplace as a focal point and base the overall design scheme on it. You can also choose to use just one color and pattern for your preferred tile fireplace design or you can use another shade to accentuate the surround area. Another option is to mix the plain colored tiles with the patterned ones. Again it depends on what you like.
To achieve a continuous and smooth look, you may want to minimize the grout lines or the spaces in between tiles. You can use the larger 12-inch tiles or use those with very clean edges for this purpose. For a simple tile fireplace design, using just one color for the surround including the mantel is perfect. Or you can accentuate the corner area using the patterned tiles just to break the monotony.
But for homeowners who are more outgoing, a mix and match style is suitable. With mix and match, the choices are many. You can even do away with using only the square tiles as you can actually incorporate the rectangular tiles as well for a more stylish and out of the usual effect.