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Top Fireplace Design Ideas

Hello fellow design lovers!  Outside my window today there is some winter-like weather raging.  It is cold and miserable and windy…summer is definitely over for this year.  I, however, am hunkered down inside, staying cozy and warm with the fireplace blazing.  Watching the lovely dancing flames got me to thinking about fireplaces, fireplace designs and my own fireplace design idea wish-list.

Many houses these days are fortunate to have a fireplace built-in as part of their living room design.  For those who don’t, there are great electric fireplace options available so one can be added after the fact.  Fireplaces are great focal points for your living room design and add an inviting quality to the space. Because they are so central to the room’s aesthetic, it’s important to give some thought to your fireplace’s design and materials so it doesn’t look out of place.  You want your fireplace to complement and enhance your living room decor and furnishings, not work against them.

When we think fireplace, a lot of us tend to think square shape, brick or stone surround and a mantle.  If you want to change things up a bit though, here are a few details to think about when considering a fireplace design update.

1. Shape

Traditionally, built-in fireplace inserts were pretty square.  This is still the most commonly installed shape you’ll find in most homes.  The square insert remains a great option and can be reinvented by changing up what’s installed around it.  Some homeowners are switching things up a little bit by adding a contemporary interior to the traditional square shape.

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If you are looking for something more contemporary, there is a trend towards linear fireplaces.  The linear look is very clean and sleek, giving your decor a modern and polished feel.

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2. Mantle

Mantles are a fireplace staple.  Painted or stained, floating or full surround, mantles have been a fixture in fireplace design from the beginning.

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Freshen your mantle with a coat of paint to brighten it up or add a pop of colour for a personal touch.  Paint the wall over the mantel the same color as the surround to give your fireplace more presence in the room.

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You can also try switching out your current mantle for one with a touch of rustic charm.  Rustic, farmhouse decor is a super popular trend throughout the home.

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For a modern twist, maybe go without a mantle.  Contemporary fireplace design focuses on simple, uncomplicated details for a fuss-free decor.

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3. Inlay

If you have a more traditional fireplace surround, you still have lots of options to consider.  Painting brick or adding a modern tile insert can give your fireplace design new life.

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There seems to be a lot more emphasis on adding character theses days, as homeowners look for tiles with personality.  Inay tiles with intricate patterns, colour variation and unique shapes seem to be the trend.

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4. Full height fireplace walls

For the last number of years it’s been popular to continue the fireplace surround  beyond mantle height, all the way to the ceiling.  This could be with tile or stone or even moulding details.  Adding the extra height really add emphasis to the fireplace and gives the room some drama.

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5. Accent wall

Adding design details don’t have to be limited to around or above your fireplace.  Some fireplace designs include the entire wall around it.  Give your space an unexpected, whimsical touch by painting unconventional horizontal stripes.  Or apply some wall paper above or around your fireplace to add some texture or other decorative patterns.

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Bring some texture into your design by adding a wood accent wall.  This growing DIY trend can add a warm rustic touch to contemporary spaces.

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What’s your favourite fireplace design?  Drop me a comment below and let me know what you think.

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