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How to make a feature of your fireplace

Feature fireplaces are the magic ingredient in your living room, do it right, and you can turn the blandest space into a room that wows.

The Victorians were well acquainted with the idea of making a feature of their fireplaces by using colourful and vivacious tiles to decorate it. The modern equivalent is to make the whole chimney breast into a piece of art, using highly decorated wallpaper, murals or fabrics to give personality to the room. But more recently we’re seeing the use of decorative tiles on the chimney breast to create that all important feature in stylish homes, hotels and restaurants. The slate effect Mont Blanc Multi offers a really striking addition to a fireplace.



Textured tiles are fabulous on a living room feature wall, and the Cut Argento Muretto, with its lovely grey-beige-white colouring, will do justice to any fireplace. The Gorge is another lovely tile that gives loads of character due to its texture but is a little less uniform in look. Both of these lovely tiles give the added depth and interest needed in an otherwise featureless room but sit comfortably with period features. They’d both look good on a plain wall, as well as emphasising a striking modern fireplace. 

For something a little less textured but which is still abundant in character and drama in your living room, consider something dark and moody like our Split Face Décor tile in black. This gently textured matt porcelain tile would particularly suit a contemporary living space. 

Simple and sophisticated

If you already have an elaborate period fireplace, then you might consider a wall tile that is neutral in colour and style for the chimney so as not to clash horribly, and allow the fireplace to take centre stage. Our Nimes stone-effect wall tiles add an industrial and modern feel to your home, which beautifully complements contemporary furniture and fittings but creates a lovely backdrop to a period fireplace.

For something that makes a real statement, one cost-effective solution is to use simple metro tiles placed in an interesting herringbone pattern. Our Bevelled Brick Red wall tile, offset with a dark grout to maximum the definition of the tiles, will give you a bright and interesting fireplace that will not fail to impress.    

A little bit glitzy

Whether you have a period property or a semi-detached town house, don’t be afraid to add some glitz to your home. It doesn’t have to be gaudy. Our Skyline slim mosaic wall tiles have just a cheeky glint of glimmer, which will add glamour to your fireplace without being overbearing. 

You may already have an existing period fireplace, or perhaps you have only a blank chimney breast, but with a little bit of creative flair and confidence, you can turn your fireplace into a fabulous feature. 

Why don’t you create your own unique artwork in your living room with tasteful wall tiles?