Jan 15th 2018

Using Kirei’s Reclaimed Coconut Shell Tiles to Give Your Fireplace a New Look

John Stein

If you have a fireplace installed in your living room, family room, kitchen, or bedroom, then you also have an instant focal point for that space.

Fireplaces get a lot of attention within the interior design of a room. Maybe it’s the romantic images they inspire, or maybe it’s just the way they dominate a room. In any case, because they tend to draw attention, it’s important to create a style for your fireplace surround that will be worthy of the attention it gets.

And while you have a lot of choices for what to use to create your surround, using reclaimed fireplace tiles, such as Kirei’s reclaimed coconut shell tiles, gives you not only the unique look and style you’re after, but a conversation starter as well.

Why Reclaimed Material?

Reclaimed material isn’t a new thing; it’s been in use for decades as people continuously discover the value of materials that have had a previous life.

While Kirei’s reclaimed coconut shell tiles weren’t originally used as tiles, they did have a previous life protecting the fruit of the coconut tree, which lends character and interest to any installation.

Reclaimed materials are also an eco-friendly alternative to new resources. Using something that already exists, rather than producing something new, helps cut down on waste and energy usage.

Reclaimed materials also have a unique appearance and character that newer things lack. Old farmhouse tiles, for example, may have a patina that can only come from years of use. Similar to this, reclaimed coconut shell tiles have a lovely variation of color that differs slightly from shell to shell—something that can only come from natural, non-man-made materials.

Using reclaimed materials in your home is both good for the environment and adds instant visual interest and appeal to the area you’re installing it in.

Creating a Fireplace Surround

There are various areas of a fireplace to consider when tiling or finishing the area. The firebox, or area where the flames are housed, is usually surrounded by a decorative facade known as the surround. This is the area where you really want to make your fireplace shine; focus the bulk of your attention here when choosing the tiles and style of the area.

For a more contemporary look, you could extend the surround to the ceiling or height of the area above the firebox with no mantel to break the lines.

In front of the firebox is the hearth, which may be made of the same material as the surround, or finished in a complementary material. Many people also install a mantel or shelf above the firebox, but this is not necessarily required.

Matching Your Surround to Your Interior Design

When creating a fireplace surround, it’s important to consider several different facets of the design. The first has to do with the rest of your interior design; because the fireplace is often a focal point, the surround should emphasize the style of the rest of your room.

For example, a contemporary living room may do better with a sleek, dark surround in a single color, while a Craftsman-style home may look better with different shades of tile inlaid to create a pattern such as a checkerboard or a basketweave. It’s also possible to create a transitional appearance by blending a random mix of colors in different proportions over the area, such as using 60% deep red Losari Leather tiles with 20% Cirebon Natural and 20% Babakan Urban to add depth.

Pay attention to what the dominating colors and tones are in the room, as well as the overarching style to help create an outstanding surround.

Natural Color and Depth

Kirei’s reclaimed coconut shell tiles come in eight distinct colors and sizes, each with a range of variation and movement within the tiles themselves. This allows you to select a shade that will match the rest of your décor or to mix and match colors to create a unique statement on your surround.

For example, create an eye-catching look by inlaying Yogya White tiles in a border one tile in from the firebox within a field of dark Babakan Urban tiles. The black and white effect would complement a contemporary living room, while at the same time, the grain and texture of the tiles would soften the fireplace and give it a more comfortable appearance – the look many people want to achieve for this focal point of their homes.

For a more subtle look, blend two tiles together in a random mixture over the entirety of the surround. For example, using a mixture of Sipora and Alasa in equal amounts will add richness and depth.

Keep in mind, that like any natural material, even using a single color of coconut tiles will give you some degree of color shade variation throughout the surface. It’s these natural and subtle color distinctions that help give the tiles their appeal and creates a look that can’t be duplicated, giving your home the unique style you crave.

Using Kirei to Create a Better Fireplace Surround

Never overlook the importance of the fireplace surround when it comes to anchoring a room’s design. By using reclaimed fireplace tiles you add instant character and appeal to the entire room while making an eco-friendly statement at the same time. Consider using Kirei’s reclaimed coconut shell tiles on your fireplace surround to create a focal point that is worthy of every look it receives.