Stone fireplaces can enhance any home's style. If you appreciate the old-world character of cobblestone, there's no need to keep it outside and underfoot. Using the stones to frame your fireplace draws the eye to the texture when matched against soft, beachy decor.
For a nostalgic touch and increased function, consider a fireplace with a cutout arch. This clever storage trick makes chilly trips to the woodpile a thing of the past, and built-in seating keeps you cozy.
This modern dining room pays homage to retro style. The slate hearth adds texture to the gray walls while complementing the wood and gold finishes found on the dining set.
No mantel? No problem. Dress up a drab hearth with a rich coat of paint and an ornate mirror. Built-in bookshelves center the firplace and add a touch of character.
With its charming blend of form and function, this fireplace complements the home's cozy country ambience. A wooden mantel and natural decor add to the rustic charm.
If you long for the look of an arched fireplace but fret over the cost, it's easy to work around it. Simply arch stonework around your existing square firebox, and cover any exposed metal under the curve with matching stone.
Give your new fireplace a kick of green and some historical character by using salvaged materials. Reclaimed wood makes for a perfect mantel atop aged stone, and an antique bench adds character.
Trap ash with a sleek fireplace screen. This one blends right in with the dark hearth, allowing the decorative mantel and bright walls to pop.
A fireplace stretching to the ceiling is eye-catching, but stone contrasting with wood adds drama, especially against white paneling. Create unity between the two materials by incorporating them into other aspects of the room.
This transitional living room marries contemporary furniture with a country-classic hearth. Sleek wood paneling above the fireplace can even fit a television.
This stone hearth evokes the snug comfort and relaxed ways of a vacation hideaway. The rough-cut fireplace surfaces complement the lodge-style home.
Made from cobblestone, this fireplace serves as a focal point for the eclectic room. The hefty mantel is a good counterpoint to the heavy stone surround and provides ample display space for an array of items.
Cultured rock runs top to bottom, accenting the height of the vaulted ceiling. If you plan to extend the stone fireplace facade clear to the ceiling, as shown, consider using cultured stone; this manufactured material is much lighter in weight and easier to install than natural stone.
This contrast-creating ornate fireplace juts into the room. The mirror atop the mantel reflects the rest of the room, making it look bigger.
This stone hearth adds cozy warmth to a traditional bedroom. The ornate fireplace screen and eye-catching painting create just the right amount of drama.
Gray stones and glass windowpanes combine to create a stunning backdrop for this contemporary wood-burning fireplace. Fresh greenery brings a touch of the outdoors in.
This great-room fireplace surround pairs perfectly with an exposed ceiling. The generous scale of the hearth complements the size of the room.
Its alignment with the kitchen island and dining room table keeps this striking fireplace in view. The artwork above the mantel adds a simple, powerful touch.
This exquisitely carved limestone facade is clearly classic, fitting well in a formal living room. A neutral color scheme keeps things beautiful, not boring.
Rough-hewn stone covers the fireplace surround, overmantel, and hearth in this casual gathering area. A thick, solid mantel punctuates the rustic facade without detracting from it.
This simple fireplace perfectly complements the architecture of this great-room. A single oil painting adorns the mantelshelf, and extending the neutral-color shelf from wall to wall marks the width.
This classic fireplace gets a modern makeover when paired with bright colors. A large painting, flanked by fresh flowers, creates a focal point in the room.
This small hearth is nestled into an eye-catching stone wall. The Art Deco gates and large French doors keep the room modern.
The light firebrick that lines this firebox is lighter, smoother, and neater than the brick used to face a fireplace or chimney. Modern building codes demand firebrick for one simple reason: It withstands heat.
A thick layer of soapstone makes up this small hearth. The stone soaks up the fire's heat and then slowly releases it, warming a room many hours after the flames have died. Soft and sleek here, soapstone can also be used for a rougher, rugged look.
A fresh take on Pueblo style, this massive stone fireplace with a raised hearth reflects the colors and textures of the desert. The Southwestern look makes it perfect for a patio.
This stunning granite mantel speaks for itself in a traditional living room. A gold-framed oil painting above the mantel draws the eye.
The bright white stone and blue accents of this fireplace emit a cool tone while also bringing warmth and comfort to the modern decor. Pops of color cheer up the space.
Hot days in the desert lead to cooler nights, making this indoor-outdoor porch the perfect spot for a fireplace. Comfortable furniture makes it easy to get cozy.
This fireplace with custom millwork gives the look of natural-stone masonry. A golden mirror adds charm.