Bold white and gray stripes take this plain fireplace to the next level. The wide stripes serve the role of large-scale pattern in the room's design. Small and medium scale patterns come in on the rug, pillows, and window valances, and balance the visual strength of the stripes.
A gridwork of molding adds texture to a stark white fireplace while keeping in step with the contemporary aesthetic. The black firebox echoes the shape of the TV above and also follows the contemporary design mantra.
The right fireplace materials can set a contemporary tone. Here, the look is achieved with a stacked-slate fireplace with a soapstone firebox and a cast-concrete hearth. The same slate and concrete wrap around the corner of the room to create a cozy custom bench.
A reclaimed-wood mantel turns a plain white fireplace into a focal point in this master bedroom and brings an industrial vibe to the sleek design. Simple accessories in sculptural shapes flank the TV for even more contemporary flair.
A traditional brick fireplace gets a simple makeover with cream paint. The clean-lined mantel also modernizes the traditional design, as do contemporary sconces.
This streamlined white fireplace blends seamlessly into the white wall. An assortment of accessories would distract from the fireplace's clean aesthetic, but a set of uniform glass candleholders dress up the mantel without commanding too much attention.
Simplicity can be stunning when it comes to contemporary fireplaces. Here, a modern, clean-lined fireplace is amped up with a simple wood mantel that encases the fireplace from the mantel to the floor.
Matte soapstone gives this fireplace its unique look. Free of adornment, the slender white mantel is sleek and provides a high-contrast counterpart to the black slate.