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Fireplace Styles and Design Ideas

Add an element of warmth and a focal point to any room with a fireplace. Picking the right design, materials, and mantel will ensure your fireplace commands attention while complementing the space.


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    • Finding the Perfect Fireplace

      In any room, a fireplace stands out as a focal point. Taking that into account, it's important to plan properly so your fireplace complements the space and existing furnishings. Choose the design, materials, and mantel carefully so they command attention but don't look out of place.

      Explore these fireplace styles and designs to help you create a look that suits you.

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    • Laid-Back Posh

      Style: Traditional

      A basic, yet classic fireplace adds comfortable sophistication to this living room. The stately profile of the mantel is eye-catching, but transitions nicely into the neutral room, thanks to its light limestone composition. Trendy Belgian linen fabrics and rustic reclaimed wood lend a designer polish, but the TV mounted above the fireplace signals that the room is suited for relaxing.

    • How to Style a Mantel

      No matter what your fireplace, the right accessories and mantel arrangement can make it sing. Follow these tricks for creating the perfect arrangement.

    • Two-Sided Warmth

      Style: Country French

      Recalling a look of a French chateau, this fireplace exudes rustic elegance. The stone wall suggests centuries-old patina, as does the reclaimed mantel and the trumeau mirror that crowns it. A double-sided design allows the family to enjoy the warmth of a fire, whether they’re relaxing in the living room or eating in the dining room. The curve of the firebox mimics the arched doorways, separating the two rooms on either side of the fireplace and providing design continuity from space to space. Scaled-back furniture in subtle materials relaxes the opulent look, while silks, cashmeres, and ornate antique accessories bring the country French look full circle.

    • Natural and Casual

      Style: Cottage

      The light tones and beach-inspired color scheme of this casual living room give off an airy and comfortable vibe. The simple and natural stone surround of the fireplace adds to the natural, beachy tone in the room. The mantel is more of a slight ridge that extends around and frames the fireplace with symmetric shelves and lantern lights. The minuscule mantel keeps the fireplace simple rather than gaudy, allowing it to easily fit into the room’s laid-back tone.

    • Classic Good Looks

      Style: Traditional

      With a clean, classic mantel, this fireplace exudes casual elegance. Brick adds texture, but the light color helps maintain the clean look. A mirror above the mantel reflects light and adds to the open and airy feel of the room.

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    • Tall Order

      Style: Transitional

      The combination of wood floors and furniture, rusted accents, and a tall stone fireplace gives this living room a natural, earthy look. The height of the fireplace accentuates the high ceilings and gives the room a larger feel. A stone slab takes the place of a mantel, separating the firebox area from the rest of the fireplace that extends toward the ceiling. The tall firebox also emphasizes the room’s large size.

    • Modern and Cozy

      Style: Modern

      This industrial-style loft is given a homey feel with a combination of wood tones and soft whites. The fireplace maintains the modern look with its simplicity and design. Vertically stacked logs that reach to the ceiling add a unique visual to the room.

    • Such Great Heights

      Style: Modern

      An elaborate mantel isn't the only way to draw attention to a fireplace. A dramatic surround can also be eye-catching. Here, the brick from the fireplace extends from the floor to the ceiling; for added drama, it's painted in a color that contrasts the walls. Adding height to the fireplace can also help a room feel larger by visually extending the walls upward.

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      Beautiful Screen

      Style: Cottage

      For an affordable update, add a decorative screen to dress up a basic fireplace. Screens come in a wide variety of styles to fit the character of any room. The scrollwork screen here pairs nicely with the side table and fits the refined feel of the space.

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      Corner Fireplace

      Style: Cottage

      In some rooms, the fireplace isn't on the largest wall. To give the fireplace presence in the space, orient the furniture arrangement to accommodate the fireplace's location. Even though this fireplace is at an angle, the furniture is arranged in a square to maximize the floor space afforded by the living room. Arranging furniture at an angle can sometimes give a room a chopped-up look, making it feel smaller.

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      Light and Cozy

      Style: Traditional

      A fireplace gives this outdoor room a more comfortable, homey feel. The traditional stone work offers timeless appeal and follows the design of the patio's archway openings. A wooden mantel adds another natural tone to the room, offers a nice change of pace in materials, and stands in contrast to the expanse of stone.

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      Mimicked Design

      Style: Country French

      Elaborate and regal prints on the rug and chairs translate into the stonework design of the fireplace in this country French living room. The wood floor and red-orange tone decor gives the room a warm feel. Minimal decor on the mantel prevents the bold designs from being overwhelming.

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      Highlight Simplicity

      Style: Traditional

      In a room with entirely neutral finishes, a dark-stained mantel demands attention. On either side of the fireplace, scrollwork draws attention and is visually connected by square notches that go across the bottom of the mantel. The rest of the mantel is simple which connects with the room's contemporary, straight-lined furniture. An ornate mirror plays off of the mantel's woodwork and gives the room dimension.

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      Instant Style Switch

      Style: Traditional

      Marble tiles laid in a herringbone pattern make this fireplace surround feel elegant. A traditional mantel gets a facelift with a contemporary bubble art piece made up of several round mirrors. The gold edges of the mirrors add a subtle hint of glamour that sets the fireplace apart from the rest of the living room.

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      Working With White Wash

      Style: Cottage

      When paired with shiplap walls, this patinaed fireplace has a seaside and nautical look. A subtle wash of white paint helps to blend the fireplace with the walls for a cohesive cottage-style look. Atop a clean, white mantel are a few simple accessories including a framed quote, and two mercury vessels. A sculptural deer head gives the fireplace an even bigger presence while not overpowering the space.

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      Stunning Neutrals

      Style: Traditional

      A travertine fireplace surround gives this elegant fireplace slight definition without using bright color. The traditional mantel is decorated with all-white accessories including a shapely mirror. Pale gray walls make all of the white molding and accessories pop without the help of saturated hues. This fireplace proves that contrast can be created with soft neutrals and still have a stunning look.

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      Drab to Fab Transformation

      Style: Transitional

      To take a dated fireplace from drab to fab, all it took was white paint. With a combination of smooth and textured brick, the fireplace still catches the eye without the use of color. A television atop the mantel helps to define the fireplace as the focal point of the room. A round vase connects the fireplace to the room's existing color palette of neutrals with pops of coral and turquoise.

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      Fake It With Faux Stone

      Style: Craftsmen

      In this outdoor room, the fireplace is the natural gathering spot that connects the family. The fireplace’s expensive-looking stone is actually cultured stone veneer (just an inch and a half thick) and is a light alternative to stone. The hefty mantel is same color as ceiling panels and helps to visually connect the fireplace and ceiling. Green and blue glass containers decorate the fireplace and help to give the space a lighter, breezy feel.

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      Chalk It Up

      Style: Traditional

      To cover up a less-than appealing yellow fireplace surround, chalkboard paper was applied. Before applying chalkboard paper to any fireplace, make sure the paper is placed far enough away from the points where flames can reach. Hand-drawn bricks give the fireplace a whimsical feel that melds with the mantel’s traditional molding and woodwork. This is an easy and inexpensive way to quickly personalize any fireplace to fit your own style.

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      Built to Blend

      Style: Modern

      By blending this fireplace into the existing wall, it seems to take up less space which makes the entire room feel slightly larger. A hefty reclaimed-wood beam defines the fireplace and creates a ledge to set modern art and vases. By keeping the mantel uncluttered, the flat screen television remains a focal point and looks like it is meant to be there.

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      Seeing Stripes

      Style: Modern

      Unconventional horizontal stripes cover this fireplace and give the entire room a whimsical touch. Using classic, neutral colors like white and gray keeps the fireplace feeling chic, not childish. A gas insert makes the space feel modern and sleek and keeps in line with all the straight lines found within the living room.

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      Screen Time

      Style: Traditional

      A fireplace screen is an accessory that serves a purpose while also being stylish. Fireplace screens keep embers and sparks from getting on flooring or furniture. The intricate scrollwork of this screen helps to emphasize the molding of the fireplace and compliments a geometric mirror quite well.

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      Simple Storage Spot

      Style: Craftsmen

      Against plain walls, this red brick fireplace has a rustic and warm feel that brings instant character to the room. Even though the homeowners might not use the fireplace as a heat source, it still serves a purpose and becomes a niche to store magazines and other reading material. With its clean lines and simple look, the fireplace can be decorated with several accessories without looking too cramped and cluttered.

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      Simple Yet Stunning

      Style: Traditional

      An all-white brick fireplace commands attention in this room just by its sheer size and shape. Sharp stair-step sides lead up from the mantel to the chimney and add subtle visual interest. Since the shape of the fireplace is simple and geometric, one elegant arch is sure to be noticed.

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      Sleek and Subtle

      Style: Modern

      A simple white fireplace is accentuated with modern woodwork in overlapping square patterns. The sleek look is continued with a gas-burning insert and flat screen TV hung just above the fireplace. The straight lines of the fireplace let the subtle woodwork shine through and gives the entire room a contemporary and chic feel.

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      Go For The Gold

      Style: Transitional

      To spruce up a plain white brick fireplace, brass andirons are used. The solid pieces add a sculptural element to the fireplace as well as some much-needed shine. A gold-colored mirror echoes the color of the andirons and helps to soften the fireplace's look by bringing in circular shapes and pattern.

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