I may have mentioned before that the fireplace is a large focal point in our home. Since the layout is so open from the kitchen, dining room and living room, it forces your eye to go directly to the living room back wall. A fireplace was on our "wish list" when house hunting, so we were thrilled that this home had one! However, we knew the ascetics of it could be vastly improved. So, we added that to the list :)
The fireplace was just blah.
Have you ever been to a tile store? It was completely overwhelming! Thankfully, my mother-in-law was familiar with the products and able to point us in the right direction. The floors and paint colors we choose were warm colors, but I do have a minor obsession with steel grey (a cool tone). I wanted to find something that blended both, in order to bring it all together. TAADAH!
Each piece came in approximately one square foot, which made it a bit easier to install. However, cutting around each edge, lining up the corners and arranging the different pieces so the colors flow well is not an easy task. I will take ZERO credit for this. My brother spent 2 full days putting this together like a delicate piece of art.
We were so excited when the last piece was put on! (Just in time for Christmas decorations!)
(Kyle and my brother also constructed the mantel)
Before & After: