Fireplaces mean much more than just a way to heat up a room. People are adding them as conversational pieces throughout the home, as you can now find fireplaces in kitchens, bedrooms and even bathrooms. Deciding on the type of fireplace to have — wood burning, gas, ventless, or even alcohol gel fuel — is only part of the process of getting a fireplace. Once the unit is installed, you must also pick out the look of the surround so the fireplace fits into the style of your home.


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Porcelain Tile Adding Dimension and Decorative Style

Masonry fireplaces are probably what you remember as a kid. You sat close to the outcropping of bricks while watching your grandmother use the feather duster on the knickknacks sitting on the mantelpiece. As the decades passed, the types of material used for fireplace surrounds have changed, as porcelain tile came to the scene due to its versatility and beauty.

Porcelain tiles are types of ceramics that are fired at higher temperatures than regular ceramic tile, causing them to be denser and more durable. While they are harder to cut, the tiles are stain resistant, easy to clean and handle foot traffic well, as they can be used for a wide range of applications. While you may normally see these tiles on countertops and backsplashes, they are making their way from counters to flooring and fireplace surrounds to add a touch of elegance and style to the room.


Porcelain Tile That Doesn’t Look Like Tile

One of the newest trends to porcelain tiles is that they can look like a range of other materials. People are placing porcelain tiles as floor to ceiling fireplace surrounds that look like stone or masonry bricks, as the squares come in a wide range of patterns and textures. While some tiles are available in large sizes, the surface can be made to look like smaller brick pieces with grout lines or small pieces of stone stacked together. Selecting from a wide range of colors, this tile can fit perfectly into the aesthetic beauty of a traditional home.

For a more modern flair, manufacturers of porcelain tile can also design the surface to have a metallic texture for homes that want to have an upscale, luxury look. This metallic tile can be placed in a dining room or living room that is open to the kitchen space, as it ties in with the same decor style of the stainless steel appliances.

As wood flooring has become one of the hottest trends for homeowners, one of the biggest problems was placing this flooring up against a fireplace. The flammability of wood does not make it suitable around open flames or fireplaces that give off large amounts of heat. A solution to this problem is porcelain tiles that look like large wood panels or can be made to look like smaller interlocking wood panels to give more dimensional depth. Perfect for contemporary homes, this wood tile can complement the color and grain of the hardwood or laminate wood flooring to give a more seamless look when abutting the fireplace.


Decorative Tile: A Great Option for Fireplace Surrounds

Nobody likes a fireplace that stands out like a sore thumb because of the fireplace surround that doesn’t match your interior design style. Due to the manufacturing advancements made to porcelain tiles, you have a myriad range of options to select from to have the perfect appearance to the surround as it matches the architectural style of the house and the decor theme of the room.


Contact Floor Coverings International Arch City today to learn more about the tile and stone options for your fireplace. We offer free consultations to the greater St. Louis, MO area!


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