The tile fireplace – an enduring classic!
An enduring design classic, the tile fireplace is still a classic keynote feature in modern interior design.
History of the tile fireplace
The tile fireplace has been both a useful aesthetic surround to an essential part of most peoples living rooms, as well as providing a distinctive design ambiance to rooms both period and contemporary.
Whilst the heyday of these fireplaces may have been during the Victorian and Edwardian eras. Properties containing Victorian Fireplace Tiles still survive from the 19th Century, built of sturdy materials and designed to last.
Something of the great heritage of the towns and villages of Great Britain is quietly evoked by a tile fireplace. The fact that interior designers are aware of this fact quickly becomes obvious when you visit some of the newest fashionable British stores or gastro-pubs. It doesn’t take long once you are aware of how frequently tile fireplaces feature, as well as the wider use of these high gloss, high quality tiles in other settings, such as bathrooms.
The trend for “shabby chic” has brought period pieces into modern homes to give what might otherwise be a dull, predictable room interest and variety. Use of tile fireplace surrounds are popular even when surrounding modern heating alternatives like electric fires and gas fires. Here their heat resistant properties are less called for, but by creating an authentic looking fire surround, the new fires look far more comforting and homely. For this reason, our fireplace tiles frequently appear in period and modern interior design publications.
If you are looking to create the ideal tile fireplace, please browse our range of ceramic fireplace tiles or porcelain tiles to see the range of colours available in our tiles. You can also contact us to request a sample as nothing quite compares to seeing the shine and vibrancy of the tiles themselves!