First time tiling… and I’ve got a very visible part of the room to practice on!
We really liked these tiles from Fired Earth – “Umbria Sandstone” – they’re porcelain but manufactured to look like natural stone. This is perfect for our hearth, as we have very rustic rough exposed stone to blend into an otherwise cleaner-cut room.
First problem — they’re too thick to cut with a normal “score and press” tile-cutter, so I purchased a cheapo circular saw type wet-cutter. Second problem, the irregular edge that looks so good on these make it more difficult to line up and measure. Other than that, everything went swimmingly.