Fireplaces are without a doubt one of the most versatile design elements that you can work with. While it may not be practical to add a fireplace to spaces that do not have one, although it is possible if you do not mind the time and expense of doing so, if you do have one already you can do so much with them to give a room a total overhaul in look and feel. Many times the fireplace can be reworked to give you a whole new dimension to your room, other times a simple coat of paint and some careful accessory choices can give the fireplace, and subsequently the whole space, a totally different feel.
A little inspiration can go a long way when you are looking for ways to rework your fireplace and the room around it. Here are some of the more interesting ways we have found to take a fireplace that is rather basic and rework it into a dramatic show stopper.
A Breath of Fresh Air
This two-sided fireplace brings both indoor and outdoor enjoyment for the family. A pair of fireproof glass doors on the outside close to keep the elements out when the exterior side is not in use. Perfect for sitting with a glass of wine with friends, curling up with a good book on a rainy afternoon, or toasting marshmallows with the kids, this ingenious idea can bring a whole new level to gatherings. The large windows on either side feature deep stone seating. The glass panels can slide open to provide even more indoor/outdoor unity.
Do it The Scandinavian Way
This harshly simplistic space features the fireplace in two ways, the oversized saucer fireplace itself along the back wall is heavy iron for long-term heating, covered in antiqued copper for a stunning look. The extra-wide opening of the fireplace lets the beauty of the flames be the main focus. Along the side wall, the wood box mimics the fireplace itself, the long narrow rectangle of the wood box completing the oblong opening of the fireplace for visual variety. The interior of the wood box is lined with black granite tiles that sit in stark contrast to the white plaster of the large rectangular wall that surrounds it. The minimal furnishings in this space are not only a nod to the simplicity and cleanliness of Scandinavian designs but are also intended to make the fireplace, and to a lesser degree the wood box the center of attention.
Less Really Can Be More
In this space, the fireplace is also being made the center of attention. This modern fireplace uses clean square geometry, to draw the eye toward the firebox. This fireplace is, of course, gas and that opens up the possibility for more impact by using different types of stones inside the firebox to create a stunning rockscape. Notice how the black side panels are set off by the stark white walls and how the use of the gray granite in two different linear directions gives the fireplace a solid and hefty look that anchors the entire space. Elsewhere in this room, granite candle holders draw the flames out into the gathering space and unify the look. Notice how the narrow stones lining the firebox have been carefully chosen to mimic the blond color of the finished wood floor once again creating a sense of oneness among the elements of the space. This room, and this fireplace are all about light, airy, and clean.
An Added Touch Makes A Big Impact
Here the fireplace itself is accentuated by a pair of wonderful fireplace sconces. These sconces which share the same wood as the mantle, bring an already earthy looking fireplace setup even more flair. Notice how the hearth, however, is a totally different stone that the surrounding stones of the mantle back. This not only provides for a visual statement, but also gives the firebox a stage to present the star of the show, the flames. This is a wood burning fireplace, and off to the side, unseen is a firebox that is lined with the same stone as the hearth. The wood of the mantle and the sconces is carried around the room in several accent shelves, and the valance covering the mechanics of the vertical blinds over the French doors off to the left of the picture you can just see the edge of the valance in the photo. The sconces were picked carefully to complement the rectangular geometry that is going on throughout the room. The sconces add a bit of interest to the fireplace wall, even when the fire is not going, making the fireplace still the main focus of the space even when not in use.
Who Says Kitchen Fireplaces Have to Be Quaint
There is so much going on in this space that is exciting, it’s hard to know where to being. Of course, once again the fireplace is being made the main focus of the room, but in this case, it is being done ins such a unique way. First, the fireplace itself is being set off by the large accent spaces on each side of it. The breakup tile pattern attracts the eye and then moves it toward the firebox, which is lined in black enameled metal and set inside a black metal screen. The black color is perfect as it picks up the black of the glass cooktop as well as the black with brown veins marble island that resides on. Notice how the island and the overall hearth space of the fireplace are identical in size. The fireplace is set above the ground here, high above the ground, in fact, its center of the height of the wall. This is telling those in the room that the kitchen is the heart of the house, and the fireplace is the heart of this kitchen. Another reason is that the wood box is located underneath the hearth and is lined with identical black enamel metal and has an identical black mesh screen that rolls across the opening. The brass simple rail pot rack over the cooktop picks up the browns of the marble veins and is a perfect reflector for the light of the fire. The white walls play off of the breakup tile as well as the black of the cooktop, island, and firebox with its mesh grate.
Tile Work Can Makeover a Boring Fireplace Wall Economically and With Impact
Sometimes the best way to make the fireplace the main focus of the room is to not focus as much on the fireplace itself but rather the surrounding space. Here we see excellent use of tiles to make the fireplace wall itself the attention grabber in the room. Exciting fireplace tile ideas can come from all types of inspiration, in this case from a herringbone throw blanket that adorns a beloved antique chair facing the fireplace. The weave of the blanket is overstated by the extra large tiles set into the herringbone pattern on the wall. To each side of the fireplace wall additional tiles in a color that complements both the ice cream white of the herringbone pattern tiles and the muted chrome of potion doors on the sidewall give a stayed balance to the impactful pattern.
Some Times It Really Is This Simple
In the period between the 1940’s and the late mid-1970’s brick fireplaces were all the rage in the United States. Almost every new home had a brick fireplace. The intent was to be able to provide that classic feel of having a fireplace in the home, while maintaining a lower construction cost and also bringing in the popularity at the time of bricks in esthetic design. As such, today there are painted brick fireplace setups in abundance, and the good news is that they above all other types of fireplaces, lend themselves to artistic expression. Here the design was simple, basic black to give the already large room a bit of an anchor space. The unique design of this fireplace, filling the entire end wall of a basement rec room presented a bit of a problem since it didn’t have a mantle. The addition of a cherry oil rubbed mantle gave a breakup to the black, which otherwise could have been overwhelming to the space. The choice of bond wood flooring which was complemented by the similarly colored wood stools of the gathering island in the center of the room, also helped to give balance to the bold black of the painted brick fireplace wall. The high shine silver oversized vases balance the extra long mantle which as favorite stage production poster replicas framed on the other end.
Make The Fireplace the Core of an Awsome Space & Gain Stability
This oversized room was a real challenge to make functional, especially with its unusual shape and sharp angles, but the addition of this double sided fireplace made it easy to see how the space could be separated into a main gathering area, and a smaller more intimate area behind for the family time. The snack bar of to the left side of the picture balances out the fireplace quite well, and serves both areas of the space equally. The stone of the fireplace surround picks up the same feel of the wood of the exposed beams and the window casements and door frames while being just different enough that it makes it clear that the main focus of the space should be the fireplace.
Take Outdoor Fireplaces to a Whole New Place, Literally
We are all familiar with the concept of outdoor living rooms in the backyard, but this setup shows something a little different, outdoor living space in the front yard, how much fun is that. If you have a large front yard and are in a neighborhood where you feel connected to your neighbors then this might be the perfect idea for you. Here the deck has been put in place of the traditional front porch and the focal point is the large outdoor fireplace that acts as both a gathering location, as well as a privacy wall of sorts. The deck itself is surrounded by planting beds filled with aromatic flowers. The simple brick herringbone pattern of the deck is carried up to the top of the fireplace on both levels. The large firebox will provide lots of space for roasting marshmallows and hot dogs, but also for providing both ambiance and lots of warmth on those chilly evening while enjoying a glass of wine either with friends or even alone. This is a great way to bring the idea of an outdoor fireplace to the next level.
A Centrally located Fireplace Can Be the Anchor Large Spaces Need
This double-sided fireplace in unpainted brick is the perfect way to bring a bit of industrial design to this oversized living space. The finished wood floors here pick up the same tones as the bricks of the fireplace and they are carried up the stairs thanks to the treads as well as the hang rail and short banister. The fireplace firebox gives up its black to the custom lighting fixture in the living room area and to the ceiling fan of the dining room. If you notice the drop poles of the kitchen island pendant lights got into the black scene as well. This was not coincidental, the fireplace was intended to be the highlight of this shared function space and the positions of the black elements along the ceiling in a linear way mimics the linearness of the tall fireplace wall. This same liner rectangle is copied yet again by the triplet of triple windows as well as the walls between them. The fireplace is the star of the show here to be sure. Everything has been placed to make sure that it is a focal point, no matter what furniture layout comes along.