Add a homey, sophisticated touch to a room with a warm brick fireplace. With the right elements of design, a mantel to match the room's style, and a little decorating, a brick fireplace can be an amazing focal point in any space.
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A natural brick fireplace surrounded by a classic white mantel draws attention to the simple fireplace in a colorful room. The design of the white mantel echoes the window frames and doorway as well as the grout lines between the brick, giving the room a cohesive design. Similar to the vibe in the rest of the room, the brick on the fireplace gives it a casual tone.
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Light-color bricks on the fireplace in this sunroom allow the space to remain neutral, and bridge the gap between the dark floor tiles and the white paneled ceiling. The bricks match the facade of the house for a cohesive look. The tall fireplace draws attention to the high ceilings and the beam detailing in the room, and the transparent back of the fireplace opens the room to the outdoors even more.
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The stone backdrop of this fireplace matches the walls in this living room, making it blend in rather than stand out. A simple frame of red bricks around the opening of the firebox draws attention to the fireplace and accentuates its curved shape. The brick base and floor area around the fireplace differentiates it from the basic wood floor, and a light-color grout also makes the brick stand out. A reclaimed wood mantel above the fireplace contributes to the room's rustic, natural look.
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A white brick fireplace gives a clean, sophisticated look to this living room. Light gray walls and the simple, white fireplace contrast the dark furniture and area rug. The plain black doors on the firebox and the sleek TV mounted above stand out against the crisp white bricks, and the elevated hearth adds more dimension to the room. Brick fireplace designs bearing a dark or dated finish can easily be updated with paint. Click the link below to learn how.
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Even in small doses, brick adds texture and interest to a fireplace design. Here, a restrained use of brick allows other elements to shine, while bringing just the right amount of texture to the otherwise sleek, crisp room. The white brick matches the white shelves, but differentiates the hearth and, like the blue wall above it, draws the eye to the center of the wall.
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Reaching New Heights
Red brick surrounds a tall fireplace, reaching more than halfway up the wall. The large firebox design minimizes how much brick is used, creating a focal point fireplace, rather than an overwhelming expanse. White board-and-batten walls balance the brick and give the room a lighter tone.
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Brick is usually seen in traditional or rustic spaces but with a sleek treatment, it looks right at home in a contemporary design. Here, a white brick fireplace adds a warm, yet contemporary touch to this living room. A simple white mantel provides display space, but maintains the clean aesthetic of the fireplace.
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Pairing wood with brick in a fireplace design is the ultimate way to create visual warmth. In this living room, a single outline of bricks around the firebox gives an earthy look to the room in a discreet, simple way. The natural color of the bricks reflects the different tones of the wood in the room and adds to the basic, natural feel.
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Brick Breaking Tradition
This firebox breaks tradition by using bricks to create a chevron pattern as opposed to the basic, stacked design. Varying shapes and sizes of the light-color stones on the hearth and fireplace surround is more organic, contrasting the orderly brick pattern in the firebox.
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Modern Black Brick
Black bricks put a contemporary twist on a traditional material, which fits in perfectly with this sleek living room. Pale walls paired with dark furniture and bold patterns give this room a very modern, sophisticated feel. A white mantel stands out against the scheme of the rest of the room, but basic black bricks incorporate the dark, modern look in a unique way.
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Mix Up Traditional
Give a traditional brick fireplace a little extra flair by adding variety to the layout of the bricks. Changing the orientation of bricks creates a dynamic look, as do bricks that jut out from the facade of the fireplace. Here, protruding squares are unique accents that look like corbels for the mantel shelf.
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Rather than built into a room-length wall, this fireplace stands between two living areas. The thick pillar is made up of dark toned bricks. Varying gray tones on the bricks add dimension to the fireplace and juxtapose the light, cheery colors in the rest of the room.
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Elegant and Weathered
Weathered, antiqued bricks surround this living room fireplace to contribute to the elegant style of the space. The light color palette and formal furniture and decor lend sophistication to the room. Bricks add a rustic touch while still matching the room's old-world theme.
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