Fireplace Styles and Design Ideas

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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.

Finding the Perfect Fireplace

In any room, a fireplace stands out as a focal point. So it's important to plan properly to ensure 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 and your home.

It's Slated

Style: Modern

A fireplace material can bring an open floor plan together like no other feature. How so? By repeating the material on other surfaces. Here, slate gives the fireplace surround an edgy persona, and the material is utilized again in the adjacent kitchen's countertops. A built-in bench ups the fireplace's function, adding seating and firewood storage.

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

How to Style a Mantel

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

Shell Out

Style: Cottage

A tabby fireplace with noticeable bits of shell perfectly captures seaside style in this living room. Such a distinct and regional fireplace material benefits from aligning decor and design elements. Oceanic blues, sisal, and rope accents and plenty of sun-bleached woods cohabitate nicely with the fireplace design.

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.

Texture Talk

Style: Traditional

The deep molding profiles and grass-cloth insets take texture to the next level on this fireplace facade, which is traditional in design but fashion-forward in taste, thanks to unique details and impeccable styling.

Two-Faced Fireplace

Style: Eclectic

Glossy white tile, a kitchen backsplash staple, looks just as polished on a fireplace facade, and a black firebox and hearth pack a visual punch. And who says a fireplace needs a mantel? Here, a water-well pulley suspended from the ceiling is displayed as art in lieu of a mantel vignette.

Elegant Display

Style: Traditional

Beautiful molding and intricate fretwork showcase classic style on this fireplace design. Marble surrounding the firebox elevates the look, while a slim profile keeps the structure from overpowering the airy living room.

Two-Sided Warmth

Style: Country French

Recalling the 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 surrounding the fireplace adds to the natural, beachy tone in the room. The mantel is a slight ridge that frames the fireplace with symmetrical shelves and lantern lights. The minuscule mantel keeps the fireplace simple rather than gaudy, allowing it to easily fit the room's laid-back tone.

Drama, Drama, Drama

Style: Traditional

Rich chocolate brown envelops everything but the mantel on this dramatic fireplace wall, proving that you can't have too much of a good thing. With such a strong statement, it's best to tightly curate your accessories, sticking to just a few repeated forms and colors.

Classic Good Looks

Style: Traditional

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

The Whole Picture

Style: Eclectic

A fireplace is more than just a mantel and firebox. When incorporated into the wall design, the results are a showstopping focal point. Here, horizontal paneling emphasizes the room's two-story design and vaulted ceiling. The white fireplace surround pops against the warm wood but relates to the white ceiling and trimwork -- a design win!

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 suits the room's large size.

Fresh Throwback

Style: Modern

Large bricks laid in a straight-stacked pattern project a retro vibe, as does the sunburst sculpture, while a coat of warm sand-hue paint updates the fireplace design in this charming vintage-meets-midcentury living room.

Modern and Cozy

Style: Modern

This industrial-style loft gets a homey feel from a combination of wood tones and soft whites. The fireplace maintains the modern look with its simple design. A narrow stack of logs that reaches to the ceiling adds a unique visual to the room.

Built-In Asset

Style: Modern

TVs and fireplaces have become inseparable partners since the advent of flat-screen models. And while this pairing can be a design no-no, there are ways to make it work, as this wall so perfectly showcases. The TV has space to breathe, as the wall above the fireplace extends across the firebox as well as an adjacent built-in bookcase. Shelves frame the TV, adding visual interetest around the screen so it isn't just a floating black box.

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 around the fireplace extends from floor to ceiling; for added drama, it's painted a color that contrasts the walls. Adding height to the fireplace can also help a room feel larger by visually extending the walls upward.

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.

Material Mix

Style: Modern

Go ahead and mix materials. Your fireplace will thank you. Here, a marble hearth and stainless-steel fireplace surround contrast the warm walnut cabinetry. Even when using a mix of materials, unification is important. This mantel matches other wood tones in the room to relate the fireplace to the rest of the elements.

Light and Cozy

Style: Traditional

A fireplace gives this outdoor room a comfortable, homey feel. The traditional stonework 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.

Highlight Simplicity

Style: Traditional

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

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 round mirrors. The mirrors' gold edges add a hint of glamour that sets the fireplace apart from the rest of the living room.

Working with Whitewash

Style: Cottage

When paired with shiplap walls, this patinaed fireplace has a seaside, nautical look. A subtle wash of white paint helps to blend the fireplace brick with the walls for cohesive cottage style. Atop a simple white mantel are a few minimal accessories, including a framed quote and two mercury vessels. A sculptural deer head gives the fireplace a bigger presence without overpowering the space.

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 soft neutrals can create contrast and a stunning look.

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 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.

Fake It with Faux Stone

Style: Craftsman

In this outdoor room, the fireplace is the natural gathering spot that connects the family. The fireplace's expensive-looking facade is cultured stone veneer (just 1-1/2 inches thick), a lightweight alternative to stone. The hefty mantel is same wood tone as the ceiling panels and visually connects the fireplace and ceiling. Green and blue glass containers decorate the fireplace and give the space a lighter, breezy feel.

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 from 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.

Built to Blend

Style: Modern

By blending this fireplace into the existing wall, it seems to take up less space and makes the entire room feel 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 television remains a focal point and looks like it is meant to be there.

Seeing Stripes

Style: Modern

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

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 and furniture. The intricate scrollwork of this screen emphasizes the molding of the fireplace and complements the geometric mirror.

Simple Storage Spot

Style: Craftsman

Against plain walls, this red brick fireplace has a rustic and warm feeling that brings character to the room. Even though the homeowners don't use the fireplace as a heat source, it still serves a purpose as a niche to store magazines and other reading materials. With its clean lines and simple look, the fireplace can showcase several accessories without looking too cramped and cluttered.

Simple yet Stunning

Style: Traditional

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

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 insert and TV hung just above the fireplace. The straight lines of the structure let the subtle woodwork shine and give the entire room a contemporary and chic feel.

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