Get Cozy with Brickwork and Stonework Fireplaces

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No matter the season, brickwork and stonework fireplaces add architectural beauty and make a room feel more inviting and comfortable. Here's a look at inspirational brickwork and stonework fireplace designs as well as beautiful fireplace surround ideas that you can adapt for your house.

Stacked Stone Fireplace

If you're worried that a stacked stone fireplace would only suit a rustic interior, this gorgeous example proves the transformative power of a mantel. Crown molding and simple corbel brackets dress up a chunky white wood mantel to make it a refreshing focal point in a transitional family room. It's a smart strategy that works well for both brickwork and stonework fireplaces.

Beautiful in Brick

There are few architectural focal points more iconic than a brick fireplace. Give it your personal stamp for a one-of-a-kind display. The fireplace in this beautiful shiplap-wrapped space, for example, gains softer cottage-style appeal with a whitewash glaze that mutes the red tones of the brick and brings the fireplace surround into harmony with the white furnishings and walls. Before painting or glazing brickwork and stonework fireplaces, thoroughly clean the surface of soot and grease with a 1:1 mixture of vinegar and water, then rinse with clear water. You can also use TSP detergent and water or a small amount of gentle detergent or dish soap and water.

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Cobblestone Creation

Not all stacked stone fireplaces are made from stone cut into brick shapes. This charming design uses dry-stacked cobblestones to bring rustic, handcrafted beauty to a sweet country-style sitting area. A skilled stone mason takes great care in stacking the cobblestones so each nestles tightly against the other -- even achieving a lintel of vertical stones above the firebox.

Modern Flagstone Fireplace

Who knew a flagstone fireplace could fit into a hip, retro-eclectic living room? For this rustic flagstone fireplace, the secret lies in the addition of a crisp white mantel for a fresh spin that works with a hairpin-leg coffee table, midcentury-modern chairs, and contemporary artwork.

A Taste of Italy

Substantial limestone blocks retain natural pits for a sense of antiquity and fit together like a puzzle to become this elegant, Tuscan-inspired focal point. A single rose carved into the keystone adds dimensional beauty and serves as an unforgettable design statement.

Bring style to your fireplace with these mantel decorating and arranging ideas.

Decorate Your Mantel

Bring style to your fireplace with these mantel decorating and arranging ideas.

Stacked Stone Fireplace Veneer

Stacked stone is an ideal material to use for remodeling a dated fireplace, such as this renovated beauty that emphasizes the room's soaring ceiling. Thin slices of real stone cover the old materials and are lightweight to make installation easier.

Brickwork and Stonework Fireplace Combination

You aren't limited to choosing between a brickwork or stonework fireplace. This charming fireplace effortlessly combines an arched brick border around the firebox with the rustic beauty of a stacked stone facade that extends to the ceiling and walls.

Brick Beyond Red

Brick comes in a wide variety of colors in addition to the traditional red shades, so your brick fireplace can complement any color palette. In this Craftsman living room, rich coffee-color bricks -- set in a crisp running bond with white grout -- create a warm focal point and keep the look clean and harmonious.

New Traditions

Create your own twist on tradition with this creative fireplace surround idea. Rather than installing tile or marble around a firebox, use an unexpected dose of stacked stone, and add a white-painted traditional mantel for dramatic contrast.

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