by Christy Heitger-Ewing
“Oftentimes when people think of fireplaces, they think, ‘I’ve got to do marble tile or split face,’” says Robin Bradford, Showroom Designer with Daltile. “Not true. There are other ways of thinking about what you can put around your fireplace.”
For instance, there is Geometric Fusion, which is an 8×8 tile that comes in four colors and features a blend of metallic, matte, and glossy finishes all in one. With a mix of nine different patterns, it’s designed to be installed completely at random for an intentionally deconstructed look.
Another option, the Ambassador Random Strips, Bradford calls, “a porcelain answer to the split face that’s so popular on fireplaces now.” A modern look, it has a monodirectional grain to it with just a subtle sparkle and is available in four colors.
There’s also a 12×12 ceramic tile called Memoir that has a look of an encaustic concrete and comes in two patterns and two colors. One pattern is more geometric while the other is more of a traditional floral.
“It adds an historic touch to a fireplace surround,” explains Bradford, who also mentions Emerson Wood, wood plank tiles that have a modern cube option with a wire brushed look. “It’s a wood look done in a geometric pattern with a mesh backing,” says Bradford.
Whether you have 20-foot ceilings and want to take the look all the way up the wall, or you are updating a traditional home with just 12 inches around the face of the fireplace, Bradford can direct you to the right tile choice based on your style and space. Visit the Daltile showroom in Fishers for a fabulous update to your fireplace. For more inspiration, check out Daltile online at daltile.com.