10 Latest Fireplace Looks

Hearth and home are terms forever entwined. History and literature are littered with the heartwarming images of families gathered around a roaring fire. While we tend not to rely on our fireplaces for heat or cooking anymore, fireplaces still remain an integral part of most home design. Whether traditional wood-burning, free-standing wood stoves, or natural gas or propane inserts, the romantic visual center of most living spaces is the fireplace. Just because the fireplace has been a home fixture for centuries does not mean it is spared the whims of fashion. Trends in fireplace looks come and go, as they do for many home fixtures.

So what’s trending in fireplace looks today? Traditional looks are always in style, though often tweaked for the moment — often with the simple tweak of a mantle or even simply a coat of paint. Modern looks range from futuristic mid-century looks to more industrial styles. We’ve got a list of some of the latest looks in fireplaces.


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1 – Reclaimed wood beam mantelpiece

Reclaimed wood beams can turn a basic spec home brick fireplace into a farmhouse fireplace stunner. This is also a great look for industrial or rustic decor. Depending on how strong your DIY skills are, this can even be a weekend makeover project.


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2 – French Chateau style fireplace

If you’re looking for that feel of old world charm without the expense or rough edges, this French Chateau style fireplace look may work for you. Thick columns and smooth planes make this a look that works with many decor styles from traditional to farmhouse to contemporary. This style is an excellent way to give your room a lived-in historical feel while still giving you lots of transitional and contemporary decorating options.


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3 – Oversize mantelpiece/chimney

One way to dress up a standard size gas insert fireplace is to build out the mantel and chimney to make the piece feel much larger and more grand. This is a beautiful example of how to do just that, turning a classic insert into a stunning focal point for your living space. Note the built-in entertainment outlets on the mantelpiece to enable television mounts, a great way to use the space efficiently.


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4 – Woodstove nook

If a free-standing wood-stove is more to your tastes, this nook idea may give you the best of both worlds. This allows you to slightly recess the stove so it’s not taking up valuable real estate in your living space and also to dress up the area behind it with bricks or stone, as was done to stunning visual effect here. This gives your living space the feeling of a built-in fireplace with the heating advantages of a free-standing wood stove.

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