Spanish tiles have been around for a long time and their charm is still alive and well today. These tiles can be found gracing the exteriors and interiors, especially fireplaces, of homes all over the world.
The fireplace will always be the focal point of whatever room it is in. With the fireplace being the focal point for your room, it should be considered a tool to add a cool factor to your home rather than just a source of heat.
Fireplace tiles are an important component of many fireplaces. This is because they help to create a welcoming and attractive hearth. Using quality fireplace tile helps in the maintenance of the fireplace as well as the protection of your floors, walls, and home as a whole.
The name "Spanish tile" is used to refer to a wide variety of tiles with classic Spanish and Mexican designs. Spanish tiles are so popular among many buyers and they just request them based on their appearance, without specifying the material, dimensions, or color.
ProTip Takeaway: Spanish tiles have a unique feature which is that they're all handmade. So if you're thinking about using Spanish tile in your fireplace, this is one thing you need to keep in mind.
Raw materials. Spanish tiles are made using clay and ceramics which means that homeowners have more choices in terms of fireplace tile durability, strength, and lifetime following installation.
Tile design. Classic Spanish and Mexican designs are often characterized by a lot of colors and shapes. These tiles are available in different shades of red, blue, and yellow. They also have unique abstract petals expanding outward. You will also find tiles with geometric patterns reminiscent of Spain's and Mexico's baroque churches.
It's widely used. Due to their design, Spanish tiles provide vibrant color and a unique mood when placed on a fireplace or anywhere else in the house. For walls and floors, more beautiful and intricately patterned tiles can be used. The placement of Spanish tiles in the center of the living room floor or on an accent wall can sometimes give a room personality. (Floristics, 2008)
ProTip Takeaway: Patio floors and garden walks can also benefit from Spanish tiles.
Fireplace tile is now being used in a variety of finishes, designs, and materials to cover even the chimney. Ceramic Spanish tile can be used in different places in the home and also provide a variety of uses and benefits. Spanish tiles were traditionally used as wainscoting.
They're still popular for full-wall coverings today and they're also fantastic for use in any home. They can be used in fireplaces, backsplashes, worktops, showers, and bath accents. They can also be used in swimming pools, fountains, windows as well as stair risers, and floor accent tiles.
Spanish tiles offer more versatility and value than any other material, in addition to their wide range of uses. Spanish tiles are known for having the most vibrant colors and a broad array of designs. They're a high-end tile with a delicate cut that results in very clean corners and straight sides with no rough edges or chips.
They never need to be waxed, polished, or buffed. Their color is permanent and abrasion-resistant. Ceramic tile allows you to create whatever design element you want because there are so many colors, patterns, and tile sizes to pick from. (Wescover, 2020)
The fireplace surround, the region right below the mantle that surrounds the fireplace box, is an area where tile is placed. The tile is usually placed with 12 inches of space around the edges. For a Spanish tile fireplace, 12×12 tiles are commonly used.
If the fireplace area to be covered is larger than 12 inches, then the right size tile should be picked to fill in the space with the fewest number of cut tiles. There are other tile sizes that can be used such as 13×13, 16×16, 18×18, 20×20, and 24×24.
In most cases, there isn't enough space surrounding a fireplace to construct a really complex pattern. Straight, diagonal, staggered, and brick joint tile patterns are the most popular around a fireplace. (Tile of Spain, 2021)
Above the mantle. Spanish tiles can be installed above the mantle. The height at which the tile is laid is entirely up to you. The tile can sometimes be put all the way to the ceiling, giving the illusion of higher and taller space.
The hearth. The Spanish tile can also be laid on the hearth if the fireplace has one. You can choose to tile the hearth to match the nearby floor covering. By doing this, you will protect the floor from the flying sparks that can come about when real wood is burned in the fireplace.
ProTip Takeaway: Hearths can also be designed to be sat on, like a raised box. The face and seat area of the hearth can be tiled or built of a different material.
A corner fireplace. If you have a corner fireplace you can also use Spanish tile to create a great focal point. If the tiles are all the same color, using porcelain or glass tiles is an excellent choice. Doing this will make the transitions from corner to edge look as natural as possible. (Gradanite Tile, 2021)
Tiling a fireplace can be done by a professional to save time and energy. However, if you would like to take on the project as a DIY the result can be something for you to be proud of. This is a how-to instruction for placing Spanish tile on a fireplace to add a little drama and intrigue to your hearth.
What you’ll need:
Snap cutter or wet saw
Notched and margin trowels
Nails or screws
STEP 1: layout your project
Step 2: Cut and install the backer board
STEP 3: Arrange the tiles
STEP 4: Fit And Trim
STEP 5: Prepare the Opening Edge
STEP 6: Attach the Mortar
If you're planning to tile a fireplace, think about how much area you'll have to work with and how many full pieces you'll be able to fit in. It will be easier to find the proper tile if you do this ahead of time.
If the DIY Spanish tile fireplace installation is too much, you can always get a professional to get the work done perfectly.
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