Even though we're the first to say that the kitchen is the heart of a home, that honorable title belongs elsewhere in a Craftsman bungalow: the fireplace.
Craftsman style homes are cozy through and through, thanks to wood trim, built-ins, small, intimate rooms, and yes — the fireplace. Traditionally these homes are built with dark woods and decorated with earth tones, but these days you can find renovated Craftsman homes with painted white trim and lighter, airier colors. The good news? When it comes to zhushing up your Craftsman fireplace tile, the world is really your oyster.
Ahead, we're sharing six craftsman fireplace tile ideas that will have you ready to relax with your favorite fireside book and a glass of wine in no time.
1. Go geometric.
This colorful and quirky Craftsman home showcases an updated fireplace surround, which still manages to feel true to the home's traditional roots thanks to original built-ins. The featured Ann Sacks tile actually keeps the spirit of many original Craftsman fireplace tiles, thanks to its color palette and bold style, but the geometric pattern feels fresh and current. To recreate this look, keep the walls light and neutral to ensure the fireplace remains the focal point.
Get the look: Ann Sacks Modern Field Tile, $79/square foot
2. Choose an updated classic.
It's hard to say whether this fireplace tile from a charming bungalow — as seen on Style By Emily Henderson and designed by Leanne Ford — is original or updated; that's how timeless it feels. While the classic subway tile is only one solid color, the finish allows plenty of color variation, keeping the overall look interesting and perfectly patinaed. Pro tip: Style with modern artwork on the mantle for the perfect juxtaposition.
3. Keep it simple.
If you're on a budget or hoping for a project with minimal labor, look no further than this Craftsman fireplace tile idea from Lay Baby Lay for The Home Depot. Subway tile is classic enough to fit in with most any home style, and this transformation can be finished within hours!
4. Embrace tradition.
A traditionalist at heart will love this handcrafted tile as seen on Arts and Crafts Homes, inspired by an original Craftsman cottage style. To recreate this look, bring in just a few patterned tiles among solid pieces. This keeps your eye moving all around the surround, and lends an extra special touch.
Get the look: Carreaux Du Nord Owl Tile, $46/tile
5. Opt for light and bright.
If you're partial to neutrals, this Craftsman tile fireplace idea from Nick + Alicia will be right up your alley. Mini herringbone marble tiles provide texture and just enough contrast against the bright white wood trim of this classic fireplace. To recreate this style in your living space, keep textiles light and airy, while mixing in a piece of wood furniture for warmth.
6. Add boho flair.
Jolene of JL Interior Design proves just how dynamic a Craftsman-style home can be with this vintage boho makeover. A bold-patterned fireplace tile remains cohesive with the colorful living room thanks to its neutral palette, and the traditional built-ins keep it feeling integrated with the original architecture of the home. To recreate this streamlined style, keep the tile consistent on the surround and the hearth.
Get the look: Fireclay Tile Sintra, $35/piece
Caitlin is the former social media manager and staff writer of TheEverygirl.com in Chicago, now working as a freelance writer from her laptop in New Zealand. She loves soulful, collected interior design that feels like a warm hug, English Breakfast tea, and trips to the theatre.