According to designer Jeff Lincoln, fireplaces belong in every home — no matter the location. This indoor/outdoor space has a relaxing and chill vibe, so a fireplace was an absolute must. The sculptures on the mantle give one last feeling of home as guests make their way to the pool.
This living room designed by Anthony Barrata is the ultimate place to kick back and relax on rainy (or lazy days). The intricate stonework on the fireplace serves as just another statement-making piece among the patterned wallpaper, vibrant cushions, and patchwork chairs.
If you're a fan of neutrals, Martha Angus and Katie McCaffrey are the designers for you. After mixing the perfect off-white paint shade, the designers decided the fireplace needed a refresh. Then they spruced up the living room with a geometric rug, bright yellow chairs, and fresh flowers.
This study, designed by Joe Lucas, has the moody blues. The varying textures gives this fireplace a rustic feel, a stark contrast to the home's bright, waterfront design.
Marble isn't just for floors and countertops. Designer Angie Hranowsky brightened up this South Carolina living room by adding a splash of white to the wood molding and of course, substituting marble for brick on the eye-catching fireplace. Who needs artwork when you have a fireplace that stunning?
Designer Barbara Westbrook made this Tennessee farmhouse extra cozy hanks to the addition of a classic wood-paneled fireplace. Tin sconces, piled books, and comfortable chairs make this picture-perfect fireplace a refuge on a cold day.
Fireplaces add elegance to any room. In this Georgian-style living room, designer Mary McGee left the fireplace in it's original white shade despite painting the walls a soft canary yellow. Even though the hot pink chairs and glitzy chandelier may be the statement pieces, the fireplace gives the room a touch of comfort.
When combined, blue and white are elegant — and skew on the sweet side. Lee Ann Thornton made the fireplace a part of the wall decor by using a similar hue. To add interest, she incorporated pops of bright green and aubergine.
Designer Alexandra Angle brought character to an otherwise standard fireplace in this charming New Jersey home. With a touch of white paint and patterned tiling, the fireplace became a focal point in this light and airy living room. The color choice is a nod to the homeowner's passion for boats and marine life.
An antique Argentine mirror draws the eye to the impressive limestone fireplace in the living room of a Spanish Colonial Revival. Generous Kent sofas by Hickory Chair, upholstered in Perennials' Rough 'N Rowdy, offer comfortable yet chic seating around the custom coffee table. Brass side table from Galerie Negropontes. Louis XVI fauteuils in Galbraith & Paul's Tulip, a velvet. The walls are painted in Benjamin Moore's Morning Light. Sisal rug, Fibreworks.
Designer Meg Braff oriented the seating in this Colonial Revival house in Lattingtown, New York, around the fireplace. "When there's a fireplace in a room, you want to be around it," Braff says. "You can imagine a fire even if there isn't one." A large-scale coffee table from Meg Braff Antiques & Decorations anchors the sofa and the chairs, and a vintage chartreuse leather wing chair adds snap
Cool evenings make fires a must, even in summer. "There's a camping-out feel that's very attractive," designer Markham Roberts says of this living room in a Pacific Northwest home. At rafter height, galvanized-steel light fixtures with botanical cutouts, designed by the original architect James Cutler, cast a gentle glow on Douglas fir timbers.
In the covered outdoor living room of a 1920s Santa Monica, California, home, designer David Dalton created a relaxing year-round space with insulated Sunbrella curtains and a fireplace decorated with custom Talavera tiles by Mission Tile West.
Designer Markham Roberts warmed up the "not-so-great room" in this Greenwich, Connecticut, house with tufted fireside chairs of his own design. The designer placed the furniture in groupings throughout the room to make it easier for entertaining big groups of people. "Several intimate arrangements are also the answer for when a family member wants to curl up alone with a cup of tea," Roberts says.
Designer Benjamin Dhong envisioned the living room in this San Francisco home as a serene retreat. "That's why the walls are a little darker and there are big lounge chairs by the fireplace," he says. "At then end of the day, drink in hand, they can put their legs up on that wonderful ottoman. The zebra brings in a tiny bit of edge that doesn't intrude."
In this Los Angeles home, designer Peter Dunham gave an unexpected twist to this bathroom. "I flipped the positions of the bedroom and bath, which is why the bath now has the fireplace," he says. "In a rather plan way, it's extremely sexy and luxe, isn't it?" With the simple addition of an antique grate, Dunham made a mundane fireplace special. The photo, by Miguel Flores-Vianna, is from .
An outdoor fireplace on the roof deck is a big attraction. "We've hosted many great parties up there," architect Gray Davis says of his house in upstate New York. Outdoor furniture by Restoration Hardware.
In this formal Alabama living room, Tracery Interiors opted out of traditional furniture in front of the fireplace. "Although we contemplated putting a traditional pair of sofas facing each other in front of the fireplace, we decided on an antique French daybed facing a smaller-scale sofa," designer Paige Schnell says. "The effect is still balanced and formal, but more interesting than matching pieces would have been." The firm also swapped a heavy limestone mantel for a more delicate antique surround.
Inspired by the work of sculptor Louise Nevelson, California woodworker Althea Patton created the living room fireplace of a weekend house in coastal Marin County with wood from the home's renovation as well as various woodworkers' shops. "It's not a traditional art piece, but we think of it as art," designer Kim Dempster says. Fellow designer Erin Martin adds, "The fireplace is the heart of the home. This is where you sit around and tell stories."
A fireplace and overhead heat lamps make it possible to entertain on the loggia year-round in this California bachelor pad designed by Parrish Chilcoat and Joe Lucas. It's furnished with a Provence love seat in synthetic wicker and St. Barts teak lounge chairs—all from —an Brommö deck chair, a white-painted African table from , and Brantley lanterns from .
In his Los Angeles kitchen, designer William Hefner put in a small fireplace. "It's great. Like most people, my wife and I come home at night and go in the kitchen," he says. "The kitchen is really the only room we use during the week, so it had to have the things we wanted — a view of the yard and a fireplace. If we're spending so much time here, let's be able to build a fire and really enjoy it."
Antique meets modern in the living room of a San Francisco Victorian designed by Ken Fulk. He chose a black-and-white palette, softened with neutrals and natural textures. The chimney breast, which is papered in 's black Yacare Crocodile, adds sex appeal. "It looks great, that texture, and it's fun," Fulk says.
"Libraries are like powder rooms — you can go a little crazy!" says Benjamin Dhong of the room in a California house. He designed the green ottoman with Moorish-style legs, covering it in Varese velvet from Designers Guild. The mirror above the fireplace hides a TV. Long mirrors on either side have frames in Arabel's Brussels velvet.
The dining room fireplace in a California home is embellished with fanciful vintage Baguès sconces. The glamour doesn't stop there — the designer added a large mirror and crystal sconces above.
In the library of a Michigan lake house designed by Martin Horner, the black-granite mantel (made by Atelier Jouvence) offers a dramatic contrast to the tile, from Artistic Tile.
In the living room of this Colorado log cabin home designed by Thom Filicia, the massive stone fireplace is a big draw on a cold winter's night. A pair of fur-covered Caribou lounge chairs from Shimna flank George Smith's tufted Knight ottoman.
To achieve the study's paneled effect in this traditional Georgian manor, Tom Scheerer had bookcases custom-made to match the faux-bois Chene wallcovering by Nobilis. A view of the quaint fireplace can be seen best from the desk.
"Everything in this room has a story," designer Podge Bune says of the Hampton's beach cottage's living room. "The painting of women on a beach was the first thing my husband and I bought when we came to New York. There's a portrait of my dad when he was a little boy, a photograph that my son took when he went to save the gorillas in Uganda. We all have certain things that are important to us and we travel with them, like a snail with his shell."