Ideas & Inspiration
A fireplace can add more than 10 percent to a house’s value, while its fire provides a warm and cozy place during chilly months. A hearth or mantel offers many beautiful possibilities for creative decor and this guide reviews some of the most popular fireplace designs.
Tip: Spring and summer can be the best times to shop for and install a fireplace, leaving plenty of time to warm up your home for winter.
Wood-burning fireplaces often have a traditional design. Traditional fireplaces have a rustic look and are usually built into your home’s wall with a faux or natural stone or brick chimney.
Tip: One of the most popular brick fireplace ideas includes adding a coat of paint to freshen up its appearance or covering it with new porcelain tiles.
Wall-mounted fireplaces have a sleek, simple look and fit well in a modern-style living room. While a traditional fireplace can command the center of attention, a wall-mounted one can more readily share wall space with televisions and other accessories.
If you want to convert from a wood-burning fireplace to a different fuel, built-in inserts are an ideal option. Built-in inserts come in a variety of shapes and sizes that can fit seamlessly into your original fireplace opening.
With a two-sided fireplace in your home, you can sit in more than one area and take advantage of the same flame. This modern fireplace style gives your room a sophisticated, upscale look.
Where traditional designs use brick or stone for a warm, rustic appearance, a mid-century modern fireplace takes a minimal approach and can use such materials such as marble or glass.
Contemporary-style fireplaces can emphasize sleekness by using materials such as slate or stainless steel. A contemporary fireplace wall that extends from floor to ceiling makes for an eye-catching interior and is great for gas fireplaces.
Mosaic tiles can offer a beautiful fireplace surround that fits multiple decorating styles. Mosaics offer everything from small detailed designs to vintage graphic looks. Glass and ceramic tile are two popular materials.
Mantels provide a convenient shelf for displaying keepsakes and can also function as a decorative accessory in their own right. Classics include mahogany and oak while crisp white or metal mantels add a contemporary vibe.
Fireplace screens are essential features for both safety and heat efficiency, but they can also enhance fireplace decor. Consider painting a dark screen with a color that pops or find a screen in an eye-catching design such as an Art Deco pattern or a woodland scene.
If you're looking for fireplace inspiration, look no further than your backyard. An outdoor fireplace brings the heat and the feel of an old-fashioned campfire to your outside spaces. Outdoor fireplace ideas include brick, stone, stuccor and other natural designs that can fit elegantly into the environment.
Tools and accessories such as pokers, tongs, shovels and andirons prove essential to maintaining a fire and cleaning a hearth, while also adding fresh design ideas. Items with brass accents may complement traditional or classic decor, while bronze or copper ones could match a more industrial or modern fireplace.