Welcome warmth and style into your home this winter with these 10 fireplace ideas from Seeff
It’s the perfect time to update your home and make use of a fireplace. Whether you plan on making it the focal point of your dining room or deciding between purchasing modern or traditional, a fireplace gives your home a sense of character.
There is a lot you can do with a fireplace to make it look aesthetically pleasing and take your home to the next level.
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Idea 1: The Brick Fireplace
Having a brick fireplace part of your home is luxuriously timeless, a popular trend and a classic addition to your home.
- When red bricks are left unpainted and exposed, brick fireplaces will give your room a more rustic feel.
- For a more contemporary and modern appearance, smooth over the fireplace bricks and paint them with bold or neutral colours such as ivory, white or black.
- If you really want your fireplace to take center stage, choose paint colours that contrast with the rest of the room.
Idea 2: The Stone Fireplace
Whether artisanally made or crafted from natural materials, stone fireplaces are in-demand and a charming design element to add to your home.
- Stone fireplaces range from marble, granite, limestone to textured river stones, fieldstones, and more.
- To modernise your stone fireplace: paint the stone with a trendy colour, or decorate the mantel with modern decor. You can also renovate the hearth with new tiles, stone, or a fresh coat of paint.
Idea 3: The Eclectic Fireplace And Fireplace Mantel
The style you choose for the design of your fireplace’s hearth and mantel will depend on your taste. For example, eclectic is a combination of different styles which includes time periods and design components in a way that still makes sense to your home.
Here are 3 ways to create an eclectic-style fireplace.
- Mix unexpected colours. For example, bring in bright red accessories for your mantel to contrast with the bluestone of your fireplace.
- Pick and choose design elements you love, and bring them together. Combine a traditional Victorian fireplace design with modern art or choose a vintage rug to contrast with the sleek, modern white of your fireplace mantel and surrounds.
- Mix textures. For example, a faux fur rug will be a striking contrast to the smooth stone of the fireplace mantel above it.
Idea 4: The Traditional Fireplace And Fireplace Mantel
Having a traditional fireplace design isn’t new, but it is still seen in older properties today. A traditional fireplace is usually made from brick or stone and borrows inspiration from the fireplaces of older time periods. Here are 3 ways to create a traditional fireplace.
- Ornate and intricately designed fireplace mantels (this is from the early Victorian era).
- Wood-burning - as wood is the traditional fuel source.
- If you want a fireplace that’s reminiscent of a rustic, cottage-style fireplace: don’t paint the bricks (or stone) and keep the mantel’s design simple.
Idea 5: The Modern Fireplace And Fireplace Mantel
Keep your home trendy with a modern fireplace design. Here are 3 ways to modernise your fireplace and fireplace mantel.
- Choose a gas or electric fireplace instead of a wood-burning fireplace. Or decide to opt for an environmentally-friendly fireplace.
- Granite, concrete and smooth stone are all modern materials you can use to build your fireplace and mantel.
- Linear fireplaces, elevated fireplaces, tall fireplaces and fireplaces with clean, straight lines are all modern fireplace designs.
Idea 6: The Minimalist Fireplace And Fireplace Mantel
When you want to achieve a striking fireplace without overwhelming the whole room. Having a minimalist fireplace may do the trick. Here are four ways to create a fireplace that suits your minimalist lifestyle.
- Keep the fireplace mantel uncluttered.
- Keep the fireplace’s surroundings uncluttered and decorate sparingly.
- Avoid patterns and multiple colours. Stick to one or two colours.
- Avoid brick or unpainted stone, as this can look busy. Instead, paint the fireplace mantel, hearth and surrounds so that it’s smooth and clean.
Idea 7: The Focal Point Fireplace
Living room ideas to make your fireplace the focal point of the room.
- Use colour to highlight the fireplace and set it apart from the rest of the room.
- Remove other furniture and accessories from around the fireplace, so that your eye is drawn to it alone.
- De-emphasise other elements in the room with muted colours and smooth textures.
- Turn the other furniture in the living room so that they lead towards the fireplace, even if they’re only slightly pointed towards it.
Idea 8: The Modern Dining Room Fireplace
If you’re looking to incorporate a fireplace into your dining room, without compromising comfort or style, these two ideas might inspire you.
- Build a fireplace between rooms (as pictured above). It could separate a kitchen and living room, or even a bedroom and sitting area.
- Since round tables are a 2021 modern dining room trend, position a round table in front of your fireplace and the fireplace will make mealtimes a more cosy experience.
Idea 9: The Tiled Fireplace
Ceramic tiles are inexpensive and durable which make them a popular design choice for the mantel and hearth.
- Tiles are available in every colour and pattern. You can create a modern fireplace, a rustic fireplace and everything in between.
- Geometric patterns give a modern appearance. Smooth matte tiles in natural shades (white, cream, ivory) are minimalist. Marble tiles are elegant and luxurious, while wood-like tiles give the room an earthy, natural feel.
Idea 10: Unique Architecture
The following ideas are all about the architecture of your fireplace.
- Change the location. A fireplace isn’t only for dining or living rooms. It can be built into your bedroom, outside patio or even bathroom.
- A tall fireplace (pictured above), an outdoor fireplace, a linear fireplace in the wall or a fireplace with storage units built around are just a few unique options for the architecture of your fireplace.
"Please note: All building conversions and renovations must always be subject to local bylaws and building regulations."