Fall is in full swing, so let’s talk fireplaces. They can be built in all shapes and sizes, the finish combos are nearly endless, and they are a defining (yet sometimes underrated, tsk tsk) element of the overall style of a space. Keep on scrolling to peep some of our all-time favorite fireplace designs. After all, the “hearth” of the home deserves to be a real stunner.
Let’s start clean and simple. Concrete has long been boxed into the “Industrial Modern” style category, but it’s really sooo versatile. We give it a cool farmhouse vibe by pairing it with a board and batten overmantel finish and warm stained wood elements.
Speaking of Industrial Modern, when’s the last time you saw a fireplace surround made entirely of sheet metal? I love this style because it’s a statement piece built right into the home. We chose to finish our version with a brick-look ceramic hearth, and it cozies that stark steel look right up. (I feel like I’m missing out on a great Blue Steel reference here? Whatever. We’re talking about fireplaces anyway.)
Time to throw some texture into the mix via brick. Oh, brick. Always timeless, never boring (in a Ventura home, for sure). There are countless ways to stack it, fun accent patterns to throw in the mix, and it looks great with literally every style, no matter how antique, retro, or contemporary. We are all suckers for painted brick currently, but our favorite alternative is a heavy smeared mortar layered on top of a darker brick for that well-used/well-loved look.
Pro tip: brick makes for a dreamy backdrop for the artwork you love to mount above the fireplace too.
Shaping a fireplace can take it to a whole new level. That can mean designing a surround in a shape other than the boxy standard or tapering the overmantel and breaking the typical 90-degree angles. It may be as subtle as a pretty cut-away, or it may mean going a little extra with it and adding on firewood storage. ← (this last one is a definite seasonal favorite…there’s something so nice about having a place to display firewood all through the wintry seasons!)
Why not be a little whimsical with a ceramic tile finish? Break a flooring stereotype with wood-look tile plank on the wall. Subway tile looks sleek in more places than just backsplashes and showers walls. And it doesn’t matter if it’s delicate and neutral-hued, or vibrant and graphic – decorative accent tiles are sure to make you look a little closer. And give you heart-eyes.
Ultimately, if all else fails, shiplap will never ~not~ look amazing on a fireplace. Paint it, stain it, leave it raw.
“If the world seems cold to you, kindle fires to warm it.” — Lucy Larcom.
(“And make sure those fires are kindled in a sweet-looking fireplace.” – Georgia Erbe)