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The Fireplace: A Hot New Trend in Cement Tile

04 / 06 / 2020


2x8 subway 'Bone' encaustic cement tile , 5/8 inch thick, 5.28 square feet per box (48 tiles in each box)
Bone white 2×8 subway encaustic cement tile from Zia Tile




We get it. You’ve been scrolling through Instagram photos of stunning tile installations, secretly wishing you had a reason to redo your floors. Don’t “accidentally” take a sledgehammer to your existing interior just yet. There are ways to incorporate trendy cement tile that don’t require a full remodel. One of our favorite ideas? Jazz up your fireplace!


The fireplace has always been hailed as a centerpiece of the home; the central placement and prominence of the hearth makes your fireplace the perfect candidate for a living room refresh. It’s a great way to play with bold patterns or bright colors without overwhelming the rest of the space, and it’s a super easy way to add some personal style to your living room (or anywhere else you might have a fireplace!)





Burn, Baby, Burn!



Encaustic cement tiles are an ideal material for fireplace surrounds. They’re incredibly durable, and ornate patterns like our Porto design lend themselves well to smaller, prominently featured spaces like the fireplace. Our handmade cement tiles are known for another feature that sets them apart in the tile world; patina. As cement tiles age, they naturally develop a gorgeous antiqued finish – add in a little wood-smoke and you’ll have a fireplace that is trendy AND timeless. As far as tile trends are concerned, this is a bandwagon you’re definitely going to want to jump on.



2x8 inch subway 'Terra Cotta' encaustic cement tile , 5/8 inch thick, 5.28 square feet per box (48 tiles in each box)
Terracotta 2×8 subway encaustic cement tile from Zia Tile, Los Angeles





From Powder to Ka-Pow!


Cement tiles are handmade, one at a time, and that means no two tiles are exactly alike. Each unique piece harbors tonal variation with a marvelously matte textured finish. The tiles are made by layering a combination of white Portland cement, marble powder, fine sand, and natural mineral color pigments. They’re then placed in a handmade brass mold and the layers are bonded together by a hydraulic press. The coolest part about the process is that they’re never actually fired. That means they are way better for the environment, and leave a much smaller carbon footprint than fired ceramics.





Installation options? Easy-Peasy.


Let’s start with a few ways to add a spark to that fireplace! If you want a simple pop of color or pattern, consider tiling the hearth. It’s the small space on the floor in front of the fireplace and an easy place to lay tile. It’s also a great way to give your space a touch of personality without breaking the bank.



Our Los Feliz tile installed by Girl and Grey for her mid-century fireplace hearth.



Another great place (and personal favorite) is the fireplace surround. This is the area below the mantle that surrounds the firebox and has traditionally featured decorative tile designs throughout the centuries. Whether you’re building from scratch or rehabing an existing fireplace,  the surround is the perfect place to get a little more adventurous. Showcase a range of styles – from art deco to Spanish modern; scandifornian or minimalist monochrome; with cement tile, options for pattern and color are nearly infinite. And it’s a great way for a small space to have a big impact. 


Porto encaustic cement tile in midnight+bone.



If you’re really looking to make a statement, bring the tile all the way up the wall. Patterned cement tiles can add a ton of dimension to a plain over-mantel. This will also create the illusion of a higher ceiling and a larger fireplace. Also, consider using contrasting tiles to differentiate the separate parts of your fireplace. This not only adds a touch of playfulness, it also adds visual depth.





Tile That’s Made for You – Literally  



We believe in showcasing your individuality, which is why we offer our encaustic cement tiles in 100+ colors and designs. We know that each client is unique, and we strive to provide something for everybody. For cuts, we have 4”x4” squares, 2”x8” subway, diamonds, hexagons, and our new, deco-inspired Nouveau tiles. The color possibilities are practically limitless – from our yellow and white-striped Cannes tile, to our earthy-pink Delta Moon, you’re bound to find something that compliments your décor. Plus, if you find yourself scrolling and still don’t see what you’re looking for, (there’s no shame in being picky) we also offer a range of custom shapes and designs.



Are you a homeowner, designer, or contractor? We work with all of the above. Talk to us about your project ideas, and we’ll help you find the best Cement Tile For Fireplace for you. Our handmade encaustic cement tiles are crafted by skilled artisans and made with the highest quality materials. We ship all over the world, and we’re always excited to walk our customers through their tiling process. Whether you’re looking to add a pop of pattern to your fireplace hearth, or you’re finally ready to tackle that multi-story pizza oven you’ve been daydreaming about – no vision is too big or too small. 




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