The tile and mantel on your fireplace should be special. Often times we move into homes where the fireplace tile matches the travertine floors. If your going to remove one builder grade selection from your home focus on the fireplace. After all it usually is the focal point of the room. No fancy or ornate mill work is required. In fact less is more. Here is some inspiration and tips to make your fire a little brighter.
Tip #1 :: Less is more. A simply Spanish tile with reclaimed wood mantel goes a long way. via style files
Tip #2 :: Painted brick can really brighten a space to help art and other organic elements pop. via jessica helgerson
Tip #3 :: Cover boring drywall with wood panels for a rustic and organic look. via kates creative space