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.

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Mix and Match

    A built-in fireplace gives you the freedom to create whatever kind of look you want with the mantel. Search for a freestanding mantel with vintage charm for a unique look. As shown here, the dimensions don?t have to match perfectly. The higher mantel adds an element of interest to the room.

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Instant Update

    Painting your fireplace surround can completely change the feel of a room. Take a traditional brick fireplace and give it a sleek update with a few coats of black paint. Here, the black is a bold contrast to the natural brick, as is the bright turquoise ceiling.

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Cozy Comfort

    Painting your fireplace surround can completely change the feel of a room. Take a traditional brick fireplace and give it a sleek update with a few coats of black paint. Here, the black is a bold contrast to the natural brick, as is the bright turquoise ceiling.

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Classic Good Looks

    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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Old and New

    Building a mantel from salvaged materials is not only eco-friendly; it also gives the fireplace an aged, one-of-a-kind look. Here, a barn beam is used as a mantel. Paired with the sleek, contemporary fireplace, the room has a cozy feel that seamlessly incorporates the best of old and new.

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Such Great Heights

    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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Black and White and Green

    Both the white surround of this fireplace and the black TV are in sharp contrast to the bright green walls of this room. The natural brick around the fireplace is paired with a classic white mantel for a coordinated look that?s offset by the peppy green walls surrounding it. The TV appears as a pleasing centerpiece over the fireplace, because it?s surrounded by a frame painted the same color as the walls.

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Minimalist Approach

    A fireplace that blends in with the rest of the rooms creates a sleek look. This clean and simple fireplace design takes up less floor space than a traditional fireplace, allowing for more seating space in a small living room. The wall above the fireplace is painted the same color as the other walls to achieve a blended look, and a simple hanging mirror serve as a minimalist mantel.

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Rustic Elegance

    A fireplace adds an element of coziness to a bedroom. Here, the mantel is the same color as the wall, which allows the natural brick to pop. The surrounding furnishings, a bench with flowers, and an oversize Windsor chair add soft rustic touches that complement the simple style of the bedroom.

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Asymmetrical Charm

    Typically, mantels are the same length as the fireplace surround. But some cases call for a different arrangement. Here, because the fireplace isn?t centered on the wall, the mantel was extended to add visual interest to the rest of the wall beyond the fireplace. Lofty branches arranged in a vase lead the eye upward to emphasize the room?s soaring ceiling. Items of varying heights across the rest of the mantel balance the tall branches.

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Varying Wood Tones

    A combination of natural-color tiles and richly stained wood makes this fireplace the focal point of this family room. The dark surround stands in contrast to the room?s light maple trimwork and bookcases, but the stain is repeated on the coffee table, side table, and chair legs to create a cohesive look. Tiles in the same color family as the walls and woods serve to unite the fireplace with its surroundings.

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Regal Elegance

    A carved limestone surround on a fireplace gives a room a feel of regal elegance. For a dose of simplicity, an understated mirror tops the ornate mantel, reflecting light and keeping the room open and airy.

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Beautiful Screen

    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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Stand-Alone Fireplace

    For living spaces with an open floor plan, try a freestanding fireplace that can be seen from multiple angles. In this open space, the fireplace serves as a divider between the kitchen and a seating area.

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Tile Style

    Color-coordinate your fireplace with the rest of a room by using tile. Here, the single color of tile frames the fireplace and helps it stand out, but the color also ties to the wall and gives a feeling of unity throughout the room.

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Color Statement

    Simple yet stunning millwork, a shallow mantel, and green and brown tiles showcase the wood-burning fireplace's sophisticated country style. The painted tiles add a pop of color while continuing the living room?s palette. When placing a TV above a mantel, keep other accessories to a minimum.

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Vintage Verve

    Marble, while cool and crisp, lends an old-world vibe with its solid presence and rich veining. Here, the weathered wood panels on the mantel provide a warm contrast to the stately marble and keep the space feeling welcoming. The panels, along with the other accessories, continue the antique look of the vignette.

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Dinner and a Fire

    A dining room fireplace adds a warm, welcoming glow to a dinner party or simple meal. Make sure to keep comfort in mind when it comes to a dining room fireplace: Seat diners far enough away from the fire so they won't get overwhelmed by the heat.

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Casual Comfort

    Painted brick helps create this clean fireplace surround. The simple white millwork, a shallow mantel with neutral accessories, and mirror on the wall above also contribute to the casual, comfortable look of the room.

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Brick Fix

    Bricks create a simple frame for a fireplace. Yet this go-to material is also versatile, as it can create different looks depending on the treatment it receives. Here, the milky taupe-color brick offers a classic look and adds texture to the smooth planes of the built-ins surrounding it.

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Throw a Curve

    For a room with straight lines, an arched surround adds an unexpected touch to a classic fireplace. The same tile used on the floor outlines the curve, tying the two elements of the room together.

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Quick Fix

    A simple wooden surround painted white dresses up any fireplace. Brick also draws attention to the fireplace. Here, the mantel was raised to match the height of the draperies, adding another level of interest to the room.

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Updated Style

    For a look that is classic yet updated, try a mantel that uses traditional elements with cleaner lines. This shelflike mantel is supported by two columns -- a classic silhouette -- but it is devoid of any millwork or carvings, resulting in a crisp, contemporary style.

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Floor to Ceiling

    This striking floor-to-ceiling fireplace serves as the living room's focal point and needs little adornment. The painted brick stands out from the blue wall and demands attention while still creating a warm vibe that draws the room together.

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Work of Art

    Take advantage of a fireplace's ability to draw attention to one spot in the room. Hanging a piece of artwork centered above the mantel guarantees it will gain attention. A simple frame will keep the focus on the artwork.

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Corner Fireplace

    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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