This is a great question that I have never talked about on my blog, so here it is:
“The current tile I have around my fireplace is pinky-beige left over from the tucson brown era. I plan on removing the existing tile and would like to replace it with something a little more timeless. I know from reading your other posts that timeless tile is very limited. Would it be alright to install white, off-white or cream subway tile for the fireplace surround? If so would you do the same 3X6 size you generally recommend for a kitchen backsplash?”
And I said yes and yes!
Yes you can happily use subway tile and yes 3×6 works great.
Groundbreaking right? ; ) ; )
Since a fireplace surround inside a mantle is usually not much more than 12″, a smaller scale tile looks better than a large one.
Trendy fireplaces are just as hard to decorate around as trendy kitchen or bathroom finishes. So let’s take look at some lovely, classic fireplaces shall we?
I have been in many homes with Carrara marble surrounds that have been there forever!
No one ever wants to rip them out? That’s how you know it’s classic.
Colour is certainly trendier, however if you stick to a simple, classic white or cream mantle (above), it’s cheap enough to switch out the surround when you change colours.
This is pretty as well (above) but I personally prefer smaller tile on a fireplace surround like this.
White 4×4 tile repeated on the backsplash too.
Love this green tile with a medium brown stain.
There are lots more ideas beyond subway tile here on my ‘Fireplaces’ Pinterest Boards.
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