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Jun 26

Stockett Staff

Choosing Natural Stone for Your Fireplace Surround

by Stockett Staff

Let the beauty of natural stone add a stunning statement to any room

A natural stone fireplace can make a beautiful centerpiece. The sheer customizability of the fireplace is only limited by your imagination. You can choose something sleek to match a modern design philosophy, or go with a charmingly rustic look to live up to your cozy aesthetic.  

However, just like every other choice you make during a room remodel, building a custom natural stone fireplace comes with plenty of questions. Chief among them is how to choose the perfect material for the piece. You want something that simultaneously blends in with your design philosophy yet stands out from the rest of the room.

Not sure what type of stone to use? Here are a few of our favorite materials.


The always elegant marble is one of the most beloved choices for a natural stone fireplace surround because of the many possible color combinations the material offers. Choose among a wide variety of colors, from creamy neutrals and subtle earth tones to jade greens and scarlet reds. You’re sure to find something that matches whatever you have planned for the room.

As a bonus, marble is easy to care for. Just make sure to wipe it down with soap and water every other day, though note that the material is fragile and can chip easily.

Although a marble countertop can be scorched by hot objects, you don’t have to worry about that with a fireplace surround. Marble is heat resistant, and if the fireplace is properly built and maintained, not enough should heat escape it to cause any damage. This heat resistance makes marble a fitting pick for any kind of fireplace, including gas, electric and wood-burning fireplaces.


Those looking for a more modern look might want to consider a granite fireplace surround. Both appealing and affordable, granite can be found in many colors including white, black, beige, blue and red.

Granite is also durable and bacteria resistant—perfect for couples with children or those who plan on entertaining frequently. Like marble, granite is heat resistant and can withstand gas, electric and wood fires. Cleaning is easy, too. All you need to do is seal the material regularly and wash it down with soap and water.


Incredibly unique in appearance and texture, soapstone mainly features in grey, blue, green and black colors. This is a much more limited palette when compared to marble or granite, but the sheer uniqueness of the material more than makes up for that.

Formed from a combination of extreme heat and pressure, soapstone is practically indestructible. However, given the softness of the material (it feels like soap), soapstone may be prone to cracking.

Care and maintenance of soapstone is a bit more involved than that of marble, but still simple. To keep the stone uniform across its surface, you’ll want to treat it with mineral oil from time to time.

Have any other questions about choosing a natural stone for your next fireplace surround?

Here at Stockett Tile and Granite, we’re more than happy to answer any other questions you may have. We serve the Phoenix and Scottsdale, Arizona areas. Give us a call at 480-443-1988, or get in touch through our online contact form to schedule a commercial tile consultation. You can also visit our tile showroom in Phoenix, Monday-Friday from 7:30 am to 4:30 pm.

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