It doesn’t matter if your fireplace doesn’t work if it’s still a valuable piece of equipment. It’s possible to get creative with an empty fireplace even if you can’t start a roaring fire, but you’ll need to know how to style it. There are many creative ways to remodel empty fireplaces, whether you’re looking for solely decorative purposes or something more practical. One of the ways to do this is by retiling your fireplace.

It’s possible to tile any fireplace as long as the walls are flat, sound, and strong enough to support the weight of the chosen tiles; nevertheless, the type of tile you choose and the spacing between the source of heat and said tiles must be taken into consideration.

Learning about tiles

To prevent cracking and discoloration from occurring in the long run, it’s preferable to keep hot tiles out of direct sunlight and away from heat sources altogether. 5.5 inches from the heat source is a reasonable distance for installing tiles. It’s crucial to use the correct glue and grout. We propose using the Palace Heat Resistant Adhesive to secure your tiles and then grouting with the BAL Micromax2 because this grout can tolerate temperatures of up to 1832 degrees Fahrenheit. A cement-based substance is required if your fireplace gets hotter than this.

However, if the heat source is more than 8 inches distant, porcelain tiles are recommended. In the same way, fire-resistant bricks can absorb the heat without passing it to the surrounding region, and this material can do the same.

A guide to fireplace interior design

Because its size, shape, and finish all affect the overall appearance and feel of your room, it’s critical to consider a fireplace when designing a space with one.

Decide if you want it to be the room’s focal point or if you want it to disappear into the background. A simple matt tile in a regular layout pattern with a complementary grout can help your fireplace blend into the environment. A sizable ornate floor rug, wall art, or even a sofa influenced by architecture can become the room’s actual center point once you’ve achieved this.

Make sure the type of the fixture and the tiles you select combine with your room’s plan and the overall impression you want to create if you want it to be a focal point.

Different Styles

Traditional fireplaces, such as the original Victorian models, provide you with more latitude when it comes to tiling around the outside because there is less heat to contend with. Ceramic tiles are an excellent option because they can be sized, colored, and finished in various ways.

To achieve a modern and minimalist look, choose a monochromatic color scheme with a painted wooden surrounding.


To afford a remodel for a fireplace is not always a sure thing. Instead of changing your fireplace, make the entire wall around it the focal point. Pattern and interest can be added to a room by using patterned wallpaper or a tiled wall.