Updated cladding to complement fireplaces

by Darren
Updated cladding to complement

Tile Africa offers a variety of quality and trendy tiles to make a fireplace the most artistic feature in the room.
“Whatever the weather, a fireplace is a natural focal point in any room,” says Debra Retief, marketing manager at Tile Africa.

People naturally gravitate to rooms with fireplaces and use them to stay warm in winter. Given their role in the home, it’s really important to get this feature right and give it the opportunity to not only play a functional role but the role of a showpiece too.

The old favourite, traditional wood-burning fireplaces, are generally clad with brick, hemmed in with wood or painted, but opting for something different, tile makes for an exciting, updated look. Available in almost endless colours and styles, tile can bring a distinctive look to an otherwise dull fireplace.

“Just be sure to check with a tile consultant or masonry professional to determine what materials and application are best suited for your specific fireplace,” notes Retief.

A twist on tile
Taking a step up from plain-looking tiles, Tile Africa offers a unique pebble style range of tiles in a variety of colours which can be used to clad fireplaces.

“Depending on your preferences and the look you are trying to create in the room, you can choose either a stacked pebble or flat pebble style tile. For instance, if you’re looking to create a more natural look, the stacked pebble tile will work better. If a more sophisticated, clean space is what you’re after, a flat, neutral-coloured pebble tile offset with grey grout will probably appeal more to you,” explains Retief.

Marble luxury
To really make a statement, should the budget allow, a fireplace clad with marble tiles creates a grand impression.

“Generally speaking, marble tiles work well in rooms where they can be extended in a large-scale pattern all the way to the ceiling. What’s more, is that marble tiles come in a variety of colours, which means they can be easily incorporated into most settings,” Retief adds.

Keep the rustic feel
Although there are myriad modern fireplaces available on the market, there’s nothing quite like a traditional rustic, wood-burning fireplace.

“Sandstone tiles are particularly well suited to rustic settings,” Retief points out. “The texture and golden hues associated with sandstone immediately impart a rustic quality, which is hard to beat and can be easily paired with wooden furniture and simple, natural tones.”

To get this look, Tile Africa recommends Riven cladding, which is hand-chiselled from natural materials including slate, travertine, marble and quartz.

Follow through
Once the fireplace or the walls around it has been cladded, Retief recommends finishing it off with a few accessories and appropriate furniture in order to enhance the fireplace and create a cohesive look.

Tile Africa
Tel: 0800 002 783
Website: www.tileafrica.co.za

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