How I Found the Perfect Fireplace Hearth Tile

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Have you ever found yourself agonizing over the perfect tile? Selecting tile can be paralyzing. I know, I’ve been there. Sometimes getting started is the hard part. Never mind the sheer volume of tile choices out there. In my case, once I started looking for the perfect tile for our fireplace hearth and saw all the options out there, it became clear what I wanted and needed for the area. So, after weeks of searching, I finally decided on a tile for the fireplace hearth. And I’m sharing all the tiles that made the cut (so to speak), the tile we chose as the winner, and how I found the perfect fireplace hearth tile. I can’t wait to install it.

This journey began last November with a long-overdue fireplace mantel and overmantel project. The mantel makeover turned our blah little fireplace into a show-stopping focal point. Of course, this led to another project, prepping and painting the fireplace brick surround. And on this leg of the journey we’re addressing the fireplace hearth, an area covered by 4×4″ terra cotta tile that now stands out more than ever and not in a good way. To complete this part of the project, I needed to spend some serious time looking for the perfect tile. Something neutral (maybe white marble with lots of veining or gray or black porcelain), affordable, and tough enough to stand up to stacks of firewood, kindling, and a dog who enjoys lying (and drooling) on the cold hearth.

Thankfully, both Home Depot and Lowe’s have large online selections of porcelain and marble tile from which I was able to narrow down the choices.

Fireplace Hearth Tile from The Home Depot

How I Found the Perfect Fireplace Hearth Tile - Tile samples from the home depot
  1. Newport Pier Matte 12.2 in. x 24.02 in. Porcelain Floor and Wall Tile
  2. Carrara White 12 in. x 12 in. Polished Marble Floor and Wall Tile 
  3. Sterlina Silver 5.83 in. x 11.81 in. Polished Marble Look Porcelain Floor and Wall Tile
  4. Montauk Black 12 in. x 24 in. Gauged Slate Floor and Wall Tile
  5. Nero Marquina 12 in. x 12 in. Polished Marble Floor and Wall Tile
  6. Vaugn Gray 12 in. x 24 in. 10mm Polished Marble Look Porcelain Floor and Wall Tile

Fireplace Hearth Tile from Lowe’s

Tile samples from Lowe's
  1. Carbon Matte 12-in x 12-in Unglazed Porcelain Hexagon Floor and Wall Tile
  2. Nouveau Greige Hexagon 8-in x 8-in Matte Porcelain Encaustic Floor and Wall Tile
  3. Satori Absolute Black Polished Granite 12-in x 24-in Polished Natural Stone Granite Floor and Wall Tile
  4. Nero 12-in x 12-in Polished Natural Stone Marble Hexagon Marble Look Wall Tile
  5. Satori Nouveau Nero Hexagon 7-in x 7-in Matte Porcelain Encaustic Floor and Wall Tile
  6. American Villa Noir Black Veined 12-in x 24-in Glazed Porcelain Marble Stone Look Floor and Wall Tile

Any one of the gorgeous tiles above would have worked to transport our fireplace hearth into the 21st century. But I felt like it wouldn’t hurt to check out just one more store before I placed my order. After all, I’m looking for the perfect tile for our fireplace hearth.

Fireplace Hearth Tile from Floor & Decor

I headed to Floor & Decor and was not disappointed. There are so many tiles in a variety of styles, colors, sizes, and materials. I found four large-scale tiles to add to our list of choices; two 12″x24″ and two 16″x32″ – all of them ideal for our 21″x 62″ hearth. The best part was that I could buy individual tiles to take home with me. Perfect.

You might be wondering “doesn’t having more choices complicate the decision-making process?” I wondered the same thing and had to ask myself if bringing home four tiles was the right answer. Did I mention they’re huge? And heavy? However, the ability to see the large-scale tiles on our hearth actually made the process easier. I liked all the tiles so much; I couldn’t stop looking at them, adding tile spacers between tiles, and rearranging them. Plain and simple, I was smitten. I narrowed the decision down to the two larger tiles. Specifically the 16″x32″ Intermezzo Nero (left) and Jasper Black (right).

How I Found the Perfect Fireplace Hearth Tile -The finalists - Intermezzo Nero (left) and Jasper Black (right).
The finalists: Intermezzo Nero (left) and Jasper Black (right).

Our Perfect Tile: The Winner

But ultimately, after seeing them in place, one really stood out. And, the winner is Jasper Black! We fell for the soapstone look of Jasper and the movement of the veining. Since these tiles are large-format, we’ll need just four tiles to complete this project (if all the cuts go according to plan, which will take two people since the tile is so heavy). And, at the low price of $14.77 per tile, it’s also ridiculously affordable. That’s how I found the perfect tile for our fireplace hearth, by seeing it in the space. Consider this leg of the fireplace journey complete!!!

Stayed tuned for tutorials as the fireplace hearth project unfolds.


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