With colder months approaching and darker evenings already upon us, get the warmest place in your house ready with a fireplace surround as stylish as the rest of your mid mod home. We’ve gathered a variety of example for stylistic inspiration and for getting a sense of your options for materials.
Sonja Tillman at Cherokee Brick says, “The best pro about brick is it’s timeless–a brick fireplace is classic. Another great benefit to a brick fireplace is all the different shapes you could create. You could have a small fireplace or a large to the ceiling fireplace.”
Unpolished stone will give you a natural look, whereas more polished finishes will give a sleeker impression. Travertine, pictured above, lends a sense of visual interest and smooth texture in contrast to the rougher brick.
Walnut forms the floor-to-ceiling fireplace feature wall. Like brick, you can paint the wood to cohere or contrast with your space’s color scheme. Or leaving the wood unpainted adds an organic warmth that naturally befits a fireplace.
Tile adds visual appeal and functions as a statement piece wherever you use it, including as a fireplace surround. Megan Coleman, Director of Sales at Clayhaus advises you consult a pro. “When it comes to tiling fireplaces, it is important to keep in mind it will most likely be a focal point in a room, so hiring a skilled tile contractor/installer is key to a successful install, especially when purchasing a custom, handcrafted tile like Clayhaus.”
This is because there are several technical aspects to consider. She elaborates, “There are things to consider like proper grout joint spacing (we recommend 3/16ths) and how to finish off the tile. Will there be trim pieces needed? Will there be exposed edges? Again, consulting a tile contractor is advised. We can produce glazes edges, bullnoses and trims as needed. (you can see our trim options on the Classic field collection page on our website at the bottom).”
Coleman adds that “Metallic glazes show fingerprints, but they can be cleaned off with water and a clean soft linen. But some glazes are less forgiving and metallic is one that is not forgiving. The easiest glazes in our palette are the glossy glazes.”
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