Fireplace tiles
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August 18, 2012 in Design Dilemma
We are in the middle of a home extension project. In the living room, there's an expansive wall with a "modern" fireplace. We have a frame box at the fireplace.

We want to make the fireplace the focal area of the living room by installing tiles that make it pop. We're planning to paint the walls on either side with something "warm". Any suggestions on the colors?

Thanks.
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Cynthia Taylor-Luce
I would love to see you make the fireplace pop with large marble slabs or tiles with definite pattern. There's nothing prettier than natural variation of stone, and it can look quite modern and avant garde (and timeless too). Once you have established the colour of the fireplace, the rest of the colours will flow from that. Do you already have your furniture? If so it will need to be taken into consideration. Otherwise you have a blank slate.
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zenhome
The photo above is stunning, but Calacatta marble in a slab that size is very pricey. As well as the stone itself, the fabrication and installation would cost a small fortune. Perhaps this would fit into your budget, but to be more cost efficient large format marble tiles would also look very nice.
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karen paul interiors
I love the sheer beauty of marble as Cynthia has shown and it is so timeless. If you like something a little more modern using several types of materials for a good textural quality and if you like the feel of an asymmetrical look, I have one of my favorites I've posted.
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zenhome
That is a lovely fireplace too Karen!
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We are leaning toward large, long tiles. Another question that we have is that whether we should add a trim to the edge of the box. We've seen metallic trim in showrooms and they look great. Other suggestions? Thanks.
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benjijk
a lot of wood porcelain tiles do come in long planks - http://tiledaily.com/category/porcelain/wood-porcelain/ A great choice for a unique fireplace.
A light variety of travertine is also available now in porcelain with beautiful variation - http://tiledaily.com/2012/08/06/antico-series-travertine-porcelain-tile-2-shades/

For a more modern fireplace, definitely take a look at metallic porcelain tiles. http://tiledaily.com/category/porcelain/metallic-porcelain/
0 Likes   August 20, 2012 at 12:47PM
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COASTROAD Hearth & Patio
Solus has several neutral colors in their concrete tile line: http://www.solusdecor.com/colours/

I personally am a big fan of "portobello" which is a warm grey.
(I think the color below is "nori")
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Regency Fireplace Products
Porcelain tiles are more affordable than the Solus concrete ones, there is a good selection of 12x24"tiles out there. Surround / trim wise... if the fireplace manufacturer offers it, I would go with it - it also helps hide the edge where the tile meets the side of the firebox. For more ideas you can see our Idea gallery http://www.regency-fire.com/Buyer-s-Guide/Idea-Gallery.aspx
1 Like   September 27, 2012 at 11:02AM
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benjijk
For something modern, I would also recommend a matter black tile - http://tiledaily.com/2012/05/25/matte-black-porcelain-tile/
And another choice could be black or bronze in this style - http://tiledaily.com/2011/11/23/square-drop-textured-porcelain-tile/ just ideas...
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Here's the work in progress..
2 Likes   October 16, 2012 at 9:29PM
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Regency Fireplace Products
Looks great! What is the white part? The fireplace faceplate?
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