Large tiles or mosaic tile for fireplace surround?

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I'm refacing an old 70's brick fireplace; covering the brick with backerboard and tile. ( I can't afford slabs of granite). I am building a painted white mantle with side columns in a shaker style. I like the look of mosaic or strips of tile for the area directly around the opening. (I dislike subway tile from "living" in the NYC subway), but a friend told me the mosaic and other "net"'backed tiles will make it look like a backspace. Any advice? The 15 x 15 tiles look too big!

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  • KattywhampusLOL KattywhampusLOL on Aug 08, 2017
    Well Ellie, I absolutely LOVE the look of boho and a fireplace surround in boho style certainly would NOT look like a backspace or backsplash. Here is a link to show you what I mean:
    So MY vote s for mosaic ... pattern and color of any type is more interesting and mood altering than a plain color, and in mosaic you can let your own style shine through in colors and dsigns that YOU like ;) OWN your home completely ;) Let it show who YOU are! Thanks for using Hometalk for answers! Good Luck!

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    • KattywhampusLOL KattywhampusLOL on Aug 08, 2017
      Good for you Ellie! When i was growing up both of my parents always encouraged me to be the individual I am and not go along with peer pressure (I think at one point in my life they were both proud and concerned about the rbellious nature i had developed when it came to being "a lemming" LOL), and when I got my own apartment my aunt came over and said she didn't like the way I had arranged my furniture and to get rid of my pet rats (yes, I had 19 pet rats from the pet store because I couldn't stand the thought of them bing fed live to the snakes). I said to her, "Auntie, with all due respect to you, I think I need to remind you that because I have respect for you and do not pay your bills nor support you in any way I do not come to your house and tell you what you should or should not do in your own home. I would appreciate it if you show me the same respect in my home." Well, she left and never came back. Sigghhh, however she DID understand that my home was a reflection of ME and who I am (she just didn't want to see my rats in their cages LOL). Ellie, stand tall and proud and let your SELF shine through in all you do. You are (as is every one of else) an individual, one of a kind, cannot be replicated work of art that can actually EXPRESS itself; so do it. You aren't meant to be like everyone else. :)

  • Johnavallance82 Johnavallance82 on Aug 08, 2017
    You can buy smaller tiles , and odd tiles. Check out your local Tile shop, they may have a Deal!

  • Mumandp Mumandp on Aug 08, 2017
    Granite and Marble are so over rated and can be a pain to maintain. You could do both the large tile and mosaic combined, with the mosaic framing the Fireplace and the larger tiles on the outer part of the facia. This would look stunning with the Mantle You are building too it will be a one of a kind beauty!!
    I hope You will post pic.s of the before and after and the process involved.
    Be confident and always measure 2 or 3 times before cutting anything!! Blessings, Michelle

  • Pandalana Williams Pandalana Williams on Aug 08, 2017
    Have you looked at the faux stone. It is really lightweight; looks like real stone; easy to install.

  • Ell28059677 Ell28059677 on Aug 08, 2017
    It looks good in some settings, but it wouldn't go with the rest of my design. Though I'd like to try it someplace else in my house! Thanks for responding!

  • Michelle Michelle on Mar 02, 2021

    Depends on the style of your home. If it is a Craftsman- a period type tile would be great.