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Giving your fireplace an ultimate facelift with mosaic art

(4 min read) The autumn season usually marks the ending of any type of redecorations and home interior reconstructions among other things, with one small but meaningful exception — fireplace. The autumn season is actually the best season for treating your good ole fireplace with a fabulous facelift (I say this in my best Ruel Paul voice)!

Gorgeous fireplace mosaic artwork
Glass mosaic dogwood branch and irises. Fireplace Mosaic Artwork by Designer Glass Mosaics.

Considering the fact that the first fireplaces as such were developed in medieval times when someone thought of chimneys as a solution for carrying away smoke. Soon enough experiences showed that the well-known rectangular for was superior, that a particular depth was most suitable, that an iron grate provided the needed draft, and that splayed fireplace cheeks enhanced reflection of heat. Those charming early fireplaces were usually made of stone and brick, and carved wooden mantles.

Colorful and beautiful mosaic fireplace.
Colorful mosaic fireplace created by Jolino Baserra.

Nature-inspired fireplace mosaic artwork.
Wonderful nature-inspired fireplace surround created by Tatiana Isotov.

Since the 15th century and maybe even a bit earlier, a slab of cast iron was developed as a fireback to protect the fireplace wall from the intense heat. These were usually heavily decorated and ornamented. In the later centuries, the fireback was less and less used, until it finally gave way to the firebrick.

Gorgeous fireplace mosaic artwork.
A gorgeous fireplace designed by Louis Millet and George Washington Maher in 1901.

The usage of the firebrick enabled a variety of decorations, so although today’s fireplaces kept their original form, they look much more imaginative than their predecessors. Considering the fact that the open fireplace is the oldest in-house heating and cooking invention it is no wonder that soon enough people begun decorating it with mosaic artwork as one of the oldest art forms out there.

Eclectic fireplace mosaic design.
Eclectic style mosaic fireplace.

Charming and elegant fireplace mosaic design
A charming mosaic fireplace designed by Theodore Ellison.

Mosaic fireplaces are by far the most beautiful types of fireplaces on the market. They are created by applying mosaic artwork to the surrounding fireplace face. Because of the intense heat, the best fireplace mosaic materials for the hearth of the fireplace are the hard ones, such as porcelain tiles and a variety of stones. As for the fireplace surround, it can be mosaiced with a large variety of materials like glass tiles and many others.

Stunning and simple mosaic artwork for fireplace.
Simple but eye-catching mosaic artwork. Mosaic Art by Bon Ton.

Beautiful monochromatic fireplace mosaic design.
Lovely monochromatic mosaic fireplace.

Aside from being simply gorgeous and captivating, mosaic fireplaces are also easy to maintain. Wooden frames that have to be polished and coated with lacquer almost every year if you want them to look tidy. Iron frames darken with time and end up looking dry and boring. With mosaic, you can be sure that you will have a neat and attention-grabbing artwork for decades.

Marvelous fireplace mosaic artwork
Marvelous mosaic fireplace in Yves Saint Laurent’s Marrakech home.

Mosaic art will never get old, boring, or dingy and it can be swiftly cleaned and refreshed, so if you are thinking of embellishing your fireplace, mosaic is the way to go.

Exclusive mosaic fireplace.
Unusual mosaic fireplace at Casa Navas in Catalonia, Spain.


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M. Belosh

M. Belosh

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29 Comments

  1. Neely Moldovan
    October 21, 2020 at 3:24 pm — Reply

    That would be so cool! The grey with sunflowers is for sure my favorite!

  2. Stephanie
    October 21, 2020 at 3:26 pm — Reply

    Oh, what a cool idea! This is the first house I’ve ever owned with a fireplace (I live in the south, it doesn’t get cold enough for one here), but it doesn’t look anything like these ones. They are all gorgeous, but I think the one you have listed as “lovely monochromatic” is my favorite. I would just need different colors to match my living room decor.

  3. Emily Terrell
    October 21, 2020 at 7:09 pm — Reply

    These truly are inspirational! I loved the one by Tatiana Isotov the most. Adds style and flair without too much energy.

  4. Heather
    October 21, 2020 at 9:35 pm — Reply

    I would totally do this if we had a fireplace. Sadly, in Florida, not many people do.

  5. Lyosha
    October 22, 2020 at 3:27 am — Reply

    wow! this really makes fireplace stand out!

  6. Nikki Wayne
    October 22, 2020 at 5:19 am — Reply

    Nice designs,I love the monochromatic and nature inspired fireplace

  7. Krysten Quiles
    October 22, 2020 at 6:33 am — Reply

    My fireplace currently just has brick, a mosaic would be super cool!

  8. Dan Jay Reyes
    October 22, 2020 at 7:31 am — Reply

    These are cool fireplaces designs. Thank you for sharing this post.

  9. Papa Jack
    October 22, 2020 at 8:21 am — Reply

    This is fabulously made in the living room. This makes me stay more in this place.

  10. Sandy N Vyjay
    October 22, 2020 at 9:19 am — Reply

    This post makes for fascinating reading. Fireplaces always have a certain romantic aura and a vintage charm that is so enchanting. These are some really exquisitely desingned fireplaces with such vibrant mosaic art.

  11. Knashz
    October 22, 2020 at 11:57 am — Reply

    It’s crazy how mosaic art can make anything look really good! Maybe even better!

  12. Tammy
    October 22, 2020 at 12:30 pm — Reply

    Oh my gosh these are gorgeous! I don’t have a fireplace but it’s something I always wish I had…guess I’ll be adding some of these to my dream home board 😉

  13. Myrah Duque
    October 22, 2020 at 12:38 pm — Reply

    GIVING YOUR FIREPLACE AN ULTIMATE FACELIFT WITH MOSAIC ART IS ON TOP OF MY LIST THIS YEAR! THANK YOU.

  14. Ave
    October 22, 2020 at 1:25 pm — Reply

    Wow! These fireplaces are real masterpieces! I wonder how long does it take to create one. My favorite is the monochromatic fireplace.

  15. Jay Aguirre
    October 22, 2020 at 4:02 pm — Reply

    Wow, this is gorgeous. When well-executed, it can really transform a home! I love these styles. So beautiful.

  16. Kileen
    October 22, 2020 at 4:16 pm — Reply

    What a wonderful and beautiful idea in transforming and upgrading your fireplace. I love mosaic art so much and this is such a great idea!

  17. Yee
    October 22, 2020 at 5:33 pm — Reply

    What a fantastic idea! I never thought of using mosaics to add some glitter and style to the fireplace. Saving this for when we do change our fireplace

  18. Kuntala Bhattacharya
    October 22, 2020 at 5:40 pm — Reply

    These are dream fireplaces.What a wonderful and fascinating designs, I love them all.

  19. Mayuri
    October 22, 2020 at 6:46 pm — Reply

    Oh wow! I really liked these fireplace designs. These will definitely uplift the ambience of the room.

  20. Rosey
    October 22, 2020 at 9:43 pm — Reply

    Wow it’s such a fancy way to upgrade. I imagine the mosaic like that would be a great conversation starter as well.

  21. Mae
    October 23, 2020 at 7:27 am — Reply

    Thank you for these wonderful ideas! The mosaic art will surely make any fireplace look stunning! I will keep this in mind since I love how it brings character to the fireplace.

  22. Monidipa
    October 23, 2020 at 11:08 am — Reply

    I love fireplaces you know. I always wanted to have them, but in India, we don’t need it!

  23. Celes
    October 23, 2020 at 11:52 am — Reply

    I learn so much about mosaics from your posts. We do not have a fireplace, but I am still dreaming of making a few mosaics incorporated into my living space.

  24. Christa
    October 23, 2020 at 3:26 pm — Reply

    I never thought of adding mosaics to the fireplace. These are al so gorgeous, but I’ve gotta say that Yves Saint Laurent’s Marrakech home is style goals.

  25. Laura Schwormstedt
    October 24, 2020 at 11:06 pm — Reply

    Oh wow these fireplaces are so beautiful and unique – such a wonderful way to bring art and colour into the home

    Laura x

  26. Tiffany
    October 29, 2020 at 7:31 pm — Reply

    These fireplaces really stand out! I just fell in love with the monochromatic design. It would look fabulous in my living room.

  27. Ana Smith
    October 30, 2020 at 5:45 pm — Reply

    I never knew fireplaces can be transformed into these awesome masterpieces. This is an enlightening article, thank you!

  28. Yanitza
    November 8, 2020 at 11:22 pm — Reply

    These are so impressive! Great idea to bring some spark and style to the fireplace area.

  29. Krizzia Scollon
    November 11, 2020 at 5:42 pm — Reply

    Never thought of this. Seems good to try!

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