Slate tile offers natural fine grain and pleasing neutral hues that make it ideal for the fireplace surround in both trendy and traditional homes. Regardless of whether you're designing a living room from scratch or replacing an old surround in a transitional project, timeless materials like slate are well worth the investment. Let's look at a few slate tile options—and a couple of must-see stone-look tile options—for inspiration.
As your personal preferences change over time (or seasonally), it's easier to alter a living room landscape or backdrop that boasts both warm and cool neutral tones. Try to create an ageless setting with savvy permanent fixtures. After all, you can always add bold color with the accent cushions, curtains, and area rugs. For example, consider going with an Olympus Slate fireplace surround. Its astute neutral hues are perfect for coordinating with various flooring materials, wall paint, furniture, and metals, such as hardware and light fixtures. You and your guests will be mesmerized by the bits of silvery glass set in the tile's stone as they capture the flicker of the fire.
Image features Slate in Indian Multicolor in 1 x 1 on the fireplace.
Tibetan Slate is just one of numerous suitable Stacked Stone options that can help build a contemporary country, rustic, or classic setting. If you opt for the rich, warm hues of Tibetan Slate for your fireplace surround, form a striking balance with pops of black through statement chairs or framed artwork. Include plenty of off-white elements in the decor, too—pure white can be too stark or contrasting against the slate's deep-brown warmth. Finish off the space with creamy white, golden, or rich-brown paint that's pulled from the fireplace surround, and go with a floor tile that's darker to anchor the room.
To expand on a traditional look, versatile flagstone tops the list of fireplace surround materials. The irregular shapes found in the Slate Collection feature a mix of warm and cool shades that can project a timeless charm. Pull colors from the fireplace surround when choosing wood-look planks for the flooring, fabrics, and wall paint to ensure an attractively cohesive design. A room with a monochromatic color scheme and a mix of shapes—rectangular flooring and irregular-shaped wall tile—can awaken your space with visual energy.
Some tile looks like real slate, and comes in a number of colors and sizes, but is actually made of long-lasting porcelain. Slate Attaché, for example, comes in a large-format 12 x 24 tile, which can provide minimal grout lines and a streamlined effect over a vast fireplace wall. To finish a more modest surround, look to the mosaic option.
If you're going for a clean, pale scheme in your living room, and you want an all-around dependable product, check out the Cliff Pointe collection. The tile's warm tones help develop a cultural vibe when used on the fireplace surround, while the cool shades it comes in can add to industrial or minimalist spaces that use streamlined decor.
Slate is a classic, versatile material for framing a fireplace—regardless of your style. Start with these inspirational ideas, and when you're ready, get a close-up look at your favorite tile options by visiting your local Daltile showroom or slab yard.