There are some homes that have a very small fireplace that does not have any type of mantel or surround to go with it. These are the most simplest an boring types of fireplaces. However, they give you the advantage to be creative and do something different and unique. Rather then spending $2,000 to $3,000 on a stone or wood surround why not create one using tile.
Tile fireplace surrounds are not commonly seen and if not done right may look very tacky and odd. However, it gives you the ability to save hundreds of dollars by creating something that you can control and design all on your own. With the right tools and tiles at your fingertips you can create one that is under $1,000.
Many people will use tile on their floors and along their bathroom walls. This means that there are hundreds of various styles and colors that you are able to use. You can use the large or small tiles, one color or multiple, and even use the decorated antique tiles.
When creating a tile fireplace surround you need to measure the area around the fireplace and mark it. This will give you the necessary guidelines to know how large or small it will be and where you should start. Using multiple colors to create a very specific but unique design is going to be very tricky.
The best way to do this is to use graph paper. Each square is a tile and the empty squares will represent the white tiles. Fill in where the colored tiles will be and then transfer this layout to the wall. Now all you have to do is place your tiles into their respective square.
If you do not have the time or the patience to set up this surround on your own then it is possible to hire someone. This will cost you more – but you will have the satisfaction in knowing that it will be higher quality and it will be done right the first time.
Some people believe that the tile surround will look even better when other materials are surrounding it. Using wood or stone fireplace surrounds will turn the tile into a type of backdrop for the fireplace. This is a great way to create a more dramatic look.