Updating old brick fireplace
For more on these and other beautiful tiles, see The Art Tile Buying Guide.
There's something so homey about a stone fireplace, bringing to mind cozy nights spent with loved ones in front of a blazing hearth.
Sharp, detailed models come in kits that lock together with a few twists of the Phillips-head. For full step-by-step instructions on how to update your fireplace, see How to Install A Mantel.
The chimney is permanent, but the mantel's just a front.
Use them as an accent with plain subway tile, or mix a handful in with monochromatic squares to make your fireplace surrounds spring to life.
Inspired by early-20th-century styles, these low-relief polychrome tiles are made using the Spanish cuenca process, in which individual glazes are poured by hand into the depressions formed by raised lines in the clay.
See How to Choose a Salvage Mantel to learn how you can find and refurbish a find of your own.
Why is it that the mantel always gets all the attention?The doors come in standard sizes that fit in any flat firebox opening.