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Tile for the Hearth

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Designer tile is a great material for a hearth, but it isn't always the appropriate one. Fortunately, there are many other masonry products that work well for fireplace decoration, from formal white marble to earthy terra-cotta, and they are all installed using the same methods shown here. The only limitation is that they must be able to stand the heat (and a dropped log every now and then). Here are a few stylish alternatives to the art tile shown in our step-by-step.

Note: All prices per square foot.

Marble

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Marble Arabescato, about $15.75*; Walker Zanger

Granite

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1. Verde Butterfly, about $10; Tile Shop

2. Verde Vecchio, about $22.50; Walker Zanger

Ceramic

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1. Alhambra Batchelder Blend, about $17.55; Walker Zanger

2. Mizu Plum, about $21.40; Walker Zanger

3. Heath Red Granite, about $43.84; Ann Sacks

Slate

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1. Summer Wheat natural cleft, about $8; Artistic Tile

2. Copper Rust, about $6; Tile Shop

Terra-Cotta

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1. Normandie Antique, about $21.95; Walker Zanger

2. Rose Clair, about $12; Ann Sacks

Travertine

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Osso Travertine, about $16.35; Walker Zanger