Winter may have come and gone (we're not sad about it, either), but that doesn't mean your fireplace is going anywhere. So we gathered up forty five easy fireplace ideas that will make yours look timeless and stylish no matter what time of year it is. From detailed stonework to over-the-top marble and modern mantles, these fireplaces will make any living space interior design goals regardless of whether or not it's snowing outside.
"The brief was to create an uplifting home filled with color, layered with richness and detail, anchored in the past but inherently contemporary," say the designers behind Arent & Pyke. And they definitely achieved the goal in this living room, from the indigo carpet to the sky blue walls and dainty chandelier, all of which lighten the mood of the traditional and ornate fireplace.
The recipe for a Scandinavian-inspired room: sheepskin, minimalist decor, and organic furniture. This streamlined fireplace is the perfect fit for the modern, thoughtfully curated, and layered living room. The built-in wood storage compartment is also super h handy.
If you love eclectic decorating, take notes. All the juxtaposition in this room is working so well—the angular mirror, vivid orange photography, marble fireplace, rustic stool, and geometric pottery are all unexpectedly complemented by the softness of the blush pink chairs.
A stone facade fireplace helps warm up the all white living room designed by Leanne Ford. It gives it midcentury character without feeling kitschy, thanks to the bold mirrored table, arc light, and line drawing duo.
Though the fireplace is simple in this dining room designed by Studio DB, bright and cheerful artwork creates texture and dimension, contributing to the space's sophisticated yet approachable feel. We also love how to the symmetry of the lighting and two gold sconces.
If you want to make a brick fireplace feel new again, a dark paint can be moody and unexpected, like on this inky black fireplace in a Leanne Ford-designed living room. And if the fireplace isn't functional, give it a second life as a makeshift planter.
A black marble fireplace strikes the perfect balance between edgy and timeless. It anchors this living room designed by Arent & Pyke, which get a contemporary lift from the jute rug, modern and bright artwork, and shapely table lamp.
It's hard to believe this ultra-modern dining room setup was an outdated 19th-century brownstone before Elizabeth Roberts Architecture and Design got their hands on it. "The finishes and fittings throughout the house are entirely new, and were designed to refer both to the history of the building, and clients' desire for a contemporary home," says the firm.
While this Upper East Side has traditional roots, interior designer Philip Thomas brings in plenty of fun, from the tiger-print fabrics to the shiny details by the fireplace. Line your mantle with vases of a similar style or color but in different shapes for a similar balance of intrigue and cohesion. The sunburst double sconces and firewood holder reflect the metallic theme without overwhelming the rest of the living room.
Instead of completely renovating an old fireplace, work with the existing design. For example, "bespoke encaustic tiles sit beautifully with the original deep green glazed tiles of the fireplace," say the design duo behind 2LG Studio. Embrace the colors with little decorative pieces in a similar tone.
With a marble base partially covered in with a deep eggplant-hued seat cushion, a cheerful throw pillow, and iridescent mauve carpeting, there's so much attention to touch and texture in this fireplace sitting area designed by Arent & Pyke. And then there's the real showstopper: That fireplace. "Effectively a meditation on curve, tone and texture, the soft sculptural shapes of the built elements, such as the curve of the new fireplace, are complemented by the soft curves of the furnishings," the designers say.
This living room boasts a handsome vibe with clear midcentury roots. To play up the history-rich feel of exposed brick, cover your fireplace with a brutalist screen. Then bring the space to the modern moment with an abstract photograph on the mantle.
We're digging the all-white aesthetic in this Parisian home designed by Leanne Ford. Even the firewood is painted white! We'll let that be a lesson in consistency and attention to detail. The mantle stands out thanks to those Schoolhouse electric sconces and brushed silver plots. And how could we forget that bright red Pierre Paulin Ribbon Chair?
Though simple, this dining room designed by Arent & Pyke adds some playful personality by running with a bird theme. From the antique bird statue watching over the fireplace to the bird's next on the mantle, these little details add a sense of humor to the formal and stylish space.
This humble little fireplace packs a big punch. Australian design firm Hecker Guthrie explains that, "whilst the overall aesthetic is one of minimal restraint, the house overwhelms with its abundance of light and connection to the landscape." Now that's how you make an old-school wood-burning fireplace look fresh.
Arent & Pyke call this space "richly layered with bespoke interior elements that add fun, joy and intrigue" to create "a new visual language for the family home. The quintessential motif of the fireplace, for example, has been introduced as an expansive and inclusive device that draws the whole family together." There's no denying how much life that large plant introduces, too.
For easy, modern elegance, simply prop up abstract artwork on the mantel. This exudes a laid-back charm, as demonstrated in this Hecker Guthrie-designed dining space.
Here's another living room that knows how to honor tradition and think creatively at the same time. Designer Nick Olsen gives classic items—like the Persian rug, chestnut bookcase, mini topiary on the mantle, and ornate mirror above the fireplace—a modern twist with an angular glass coffee table and shiny sky blue ceiling paint.
If you have a fireplace in the master bathroom, dress it up with candles and artwork like you would in any other room, as Elizabeth Roberts Architecture & Design did here. It'll set the scene for romantic and relaxing bubble baths.
A bedroom with a fireplace will ignite the passion like no other. Rather than using stone for the fireplace, decorator Cathy Chapman opted for a more modern design surrounded by a custom blue paint and then brought the stone material to the walls for that old school romance and charm. "The stones used for the walls came from a quarry a couple miles away," she tells us.
Just because your fireplace doesn't work as a fireplace doesn't mean it can't serve some kind of value. Take notes from Leanne Ford and beautify it by added putting a large planter with colorful flowers where firewood would typically go.
Everything in this living room is playing with shape. While the marble mantle and glossy floating shelves are angular and sharp, the coffee table and ottoman are soft and rounded. The use of natural materials makes the room feel rich even though there's not much in it. The facade of the fireplace marries the varying textures and shapes throughout the room.
No matter where you actually live, you can feel like you're in the mountains with a stone and wood fireplace. Designed by Hecker Guthrie, this stylish example adorned with candles and cozied up against a plaid upholstered window seat is probably the only time we'd ever wish for snow in spring.
A large vase with a dramatic, easy-to-maintain floral arrangement by the fireplace will make the entire space stand out. Pampas grass exudes that signature California-cool vibe but still fits in with a modern, neutral color palette, making it perfect any time of year. Just take note from this Catherine Kwong-designed living room.
Could it get any cozier than this living room? With floor cushions, a TRNK houndstooth barrel chair, a h carpet, and aged brick details, this is a room you'd want to curl up in all day, every day. Take note of the tall, large-scale painting, too—it helps accentuate the high ceilings.
This floor-to-ceilings fireplace in a living room designed by Leanne Ford incorporates the best of both a classic mountain chalet and the Malibu coast. Whether there's snow falling or waves crashing right outside that window, we want to be curled up on that linen slip-covered chair.
If you're lucky enough to have a fireplace in your bathroom, take advantage of the extra surface space for your self-care essentials. We love how this master bathroom designed by Arent & Pyke played up the living room vibes with an antique armoire for added storage and then brought in a touch of whimsy with Fornasetti cloud-print wallpaper.
Give us a cozy fireplace and a TV and we're set. All that's missing is the Postmates order. This living room designed by Pursley Dixon Architecture also proves that you can make the same space feel formal and entertainment-ready without having to compromise. This art panel slides over the TV to keep it under wraps when guests are over. And the velvet upholstered swivel chairs make this picture-perfect hearth a refuge on a cold day.
Is there anything more cozy than curling up on floor pillows? This modern fireplace with boho accents is making us wish it were winter. It also promises extra seating next time you entertain and need to include more people.
Imagine lying in this tub with the flames flickering and the sun setting over the ocean. It's what our master bathroom dreams are made of.