Here is a list of some materials to give you ideas for ways to make your fireplace your favorite spot in the house.

1. Steel. One of the most popular fireplace surround materials. Steel comes in many different finishes so it can fit with many interiors. A steel fireplace surround often gives a modern, industrial feel to a room.

2. Wood. A less obvious choice for a fireplace surround, considering what you burn, is wood. When building your fireplace, as long as the body is built properly a wood surround won’t be a problem, although you should check your local building codes to see if it’s allowed.

3. Concrete. Concrete as a fireplace surround, with clean lines and natural finishes, brings a contemporary feel to an interior and heats up the space as it retains the heat thrown off by the fire. It’s a resilient material making it ideal for fireplaces and the wide number of colors and textures creates a unique design element in your space.

4. Stone. Stone fireplace surrounds add a rustic charm to a modern interior. They add texture and heat up along with the fire. The stones help to radiate the heat, warming up the interior faster and keeping it warmer longer. It can surround your fireplace in a number of different ways and styles making for a wide range of looks and finishes.

5. Brick. A more traditional fireplace surround, brick can also be used in modern interiors to create a warm and stylish feel. Bricks come in many colors and sizes and can be arranged in different patterns to create a variety of looks that all add texture and warmth to a space.

6. Tile. Tile is a great way to create a unique fireplace surround. It comes in endless materials, colors, sizes, and textures, meaning it can be used in any interior. It can also be a way to achieve looks that are more expensive when built right in. A solid marble fireplace surround, for example, would be much more expensive than a fireplace surrounded by marble tiles.

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