Fireplace Designs and Decorating Ideas
Cozy white built-ins lighten the look of this focal point slate fireplace. A wood mantel nods to wood tones elsewhere in the room, but its simple design keeps the focus on the stunning slate. The sofa faces the French doors to maximize the views beyond, but it's also still a comfy spot to take in the fireplace and view TV.
Rustic simplicity characterizes this white fireplace. Monochromatic accessories, down to the birch logs in the firebox, stay in step with the rest of the room's color palette, while an oversize gothic window-turned-mirror gives the simple tableau presence.
This living room is warm, comfortable, and sophisticated -- perfect for relaxing or entertaining. The limestone fireplace is the focal point of the room, with the elevated stone hearth, and white wraparound mantel. A white mantel contrasts the stone surround, and corresponds with the pops of white throughout the room. Furnishings in grays and light taupes reflect the tones in the fireplace for an overall cohesive look.
Fade to Black
Glossy black paint dresses up this nonworking fireplace. A few black accessories help transition between the striking black facade and the surrounding white walls. Plant life introduces color and organic appeal.
Paired with built-in storage units, this white fireplace becomes a natural anchor point for the living room's furniture arrangement, thanks to its substantial expanse. White sofas and chairs arranged in a U shape are positioned to have a view of the fireplace. The room's light color palette keeps in step with the white finish of the built-ins and fireplace mantel. A black fireplace surround adds stark contrast, which is softened through repetition of the black lanterns on the shelves and dark furniture legs.
Proving it doesn't take much to make a statement, this fireplace stands out for its understated, yet glamorous approach to fireplace design. Solid brass fishlike andirons and an oversize mirror bring an ornate touch to a stunningly simple white brick fireplace.
Not satisfied to sit simply in the background, this sleek fireplace comes to the forefront, thanks to painted on stripes. The electric fireplace is equally sleek and has the added benefit of not needing a chimney.
Combining materials ensures a dynamic, customized look. This weathered fireplace mantel contrasts the white brick walls, giving the living room a cozy, cottagelike look. Pastoral artwork keeps with the room’s style and adds striking color to the neutral space. The black gate keeps the firebox enclosed, contrasts the light tones of the room, and adds to the room’s rustic look.
Details make this ordinary fireplace setup stand out. The substantial stepped cornice mantel piece is supported by fluted columns, creating classic appeal. Soft mint green walls add subtle color, which coordinates with the artwork above the mantel, to create a perfectly coordinated look. A fireplace screen adds an extra layer of detail.
Branch out from brick and give tile a spin on your fireplace surround. Available in almost endless colors and styles, tile can bring a distinct look to a dull surround. Consult your local tile shop or masonry pro to determine what materials and application are best suited for your specific fireplace.
Turn a dark fireplace wall into a crisp focal point with paint. Especially in rooms with low ceilings, a dark fireplace can make a room feel cavelike and look dated. To paint a brick fireplace, clean the surface with a wire brush and nonsudsy trisodium phosphate (TSP) to loosen grime, following the instructions on the package. Next, apply a stain-blocking primer to hide any soot stains. After the primer is dry, paint the fireplace. High-gloss paints will resist soot. High-temperature paints can be used on metal surrounds, but don't paint the inside of the firebox.
Open floor plans are a staple of modern homes, but can sometimes limit the cozy factor. Rather than built into a room-length wall, this fireplace is stationed in the center of the room, creating a room divider that doesn’t completely cut off the two living spaces from one another. The thick pillar is made up of dark tone bricks in varying shades of gray. The firebox itself is basic with a simple black chain curtain and no frame. Varying gray tones add dimension to the fireplace. The dark color juxtaposes the light, cheery colors in the rest of the room, creating a thoroughly modern look.
A wooden fireplace surround is unexpected in this white living room, but it adds a sense of warmth and a natural touch. The dark wood tone contrasts the white room, but gives off a calm, homey feel rather than a stark, modern look. The carvings on the sides of the fireplace and the mantel add detail and character. Dark artwork above the fireplace and black accessories on the mantel repeat the rich tone of the fireplace, creating a sense of rhythm in the living room.
For a look that is classic yet updated, try a mantel that uses traditional elements with clean 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.
Maintain a sleek, clean look by recessing your TV into the wall above your fireplace. Work with an electrician to relocate or add outlets so you can plug the TV in behind the unit, rather than having the cords hang down in front of the fireplace.
A fireplace makes this screened-in porch livable no matter what the season. The cultured stone veneer on the fireplace is a light alternative stone, with all the aesthetic properties of the actual stone. Variegated tones and textures match the room's neutral color palette and add dimension to the room. Soaring from floor to ceiling, the fireplace accentuates the room's height.
Marble has long been a luxe material for kitchens and baths. This fireplace brings the material into the living room. Pairing the material with shades of gray used throughout the space exudes casual elegance.
Integrating firewood storage into the fireplace itself is a space-saving way to ensure you’re always ready to throw another log on the flames. Storing firewood in a nook next to the fireplace, or in this case, beneath the raised hearth, eliminates the need to find a place for the wood elsewhere.
Make a statement with simplicity. This fireplace wall is dressed in smooth granite and skips the mantel and ornamentation altogether. Incorporating wood tones and plush fabrics will soften the look of stone and make the living room feel less severe.
Cozy and Quaint
A simple white fireplace is the perfect addition to this quaint, pastel living room. The comfortable warmth added by the fireplace complements the light colors and cottage style, giving a cheery and cozy feel to the room. Deeply grooved paneling, rafters, scalloped arches, and other architectural features are bathed in white, and the fireplace falls in line for a uniform look. The white brick fireplace surround and stately, molded mantel add to the homey vibe. The strongly structured mantel is to scale with the space's soaring height, which ensures the fireplace is not lost in the lofty expanse of the living room.
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.
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.
This large, simple fireplace surround corresponds with the room’s color palette and design, for an overall look that flows together effortlessly. The thick fireplace frame is painted the same color as the horizontal planked wall and the blended approach allows the slate surrounding the firebox to be the real standout. Simple and minimal mantel decor maintains a clean look.
A light, simple fireplace puts the finishing touch on this dining room. The washed and aged wood of the fireplace surround blends into the room’s monochromatic color palette. A dark firebox and hearth break in the monochromatic scheme. Bucolic wallpaper envelops the room, and the part of the pattern positioned above the fireplace mimics the look of a landscape painting.
Red brick is a classic fireplace material, but if you're looking to create a lighter look, pair the crimson material with light-color walls. Here, white board-and-batten walls mesh with a traditional brick fireplace surround.
A carved limestone surround on a fireplace gives a room the 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.
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 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.
Painted brick helps create this clean fireplace surround. The simple white millwork, a shallow mantel with neutral accessories, and a mirror on the wall above contribute to the casual, comfortable look of the room.
Simplicity meets stunning in this fireplace design. Stone installed along an entire wall commands attention in this light, neutral living room. A simple fireplace consists only of a firebox, leaving out a surround and mantel, which allows the details of the stonework to truly shine. The basic walls, neutral furniture, and simple decor are carefully selected to not distract from the multitone stones. Blue accessories pick up on the gray-blue stones scattered through the stonework, adding dimension to the neutral room.
Frame the Firebox
A black firebox against a white fireplace and wall can either look like a dark hole or a framed figure. In this case, the basic white fireplace serves as a frame for a distinct black firebox. The lack of a mantel ensures that the dark firebox is the focus. Dark lanternlike light fixtures on the sides of the hearth and the coffee table in the center of the room mimic the black of the firebox, giving it a cohesive look.
A 300-year-old mantel stately stands as a focal point in this Tuscan living room, where curves and decorative details are key features. The fireplace is open and has a large firebox, which creates an even greater dramatic flourish. Details throughout the room, such as the antique furnishings, warm color palette, and mix of patterns, set the perfect scene as the old-world mantel's new home. Similar curves are also seen in the flowerlike design on the black gate that separates the firebox from the rest of the room. Curved molding around the base of the mantel adds detail and elegance.
A fireplace adds a comfortable, homey feel to this outdoor patio. The stone fireplace and walls contrast the wooden beams and ceiling, but remain in step with the natural look, while keeping the room cozy and grounded. A narrow, raised hearth gives the fireplace a traditional look, but takes up less floor space, leaving room for a wider walkway. A basic mantel, fabricated in the same stone as the fireplace, provides space for simple decoration without being too overbearing.
Stretching from the lofted ceiling to the floor, this fireplace is a showstopper, thanks not only to its height, but also to the gorgeous stonework and strikingly simple wood mantel. A metallic frame and solid band of stone accentuate the firebox, but the large metal door, which rests on the wooden mantel as art, gives the fireplace a large, grand appearance.
A creative design and brick layout will give your fireplace a unique, custom look, even if you are cladding your fireplace in a basic material. Collect images of designs you like and work with a mason to help bring your vision into reality.
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Consider the inside of your firebox part of the fireplace design, especially if the box is wide and commands a lot of space on the wall. Here, tile arranged in a herringbone pattern gives the fireplace extra style. Work with a mason to determine which materials will withstand heat inside a firebox.
Up the Wall
Take fireplace tile to the next level by installing it from floor to ceiling. The tile on this bedroom fireplace, while all white, gets its presences thanks to a unique geometric design.