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. 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 with the simple twist of a mantle or even simply a coat of paint. Modern looks range from futuristic mid-century looks to more industrial styles. Continue on for a list of some of the latest looks in fireplaces.

1 – 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. This fireplace makes quite the statement!

2 – 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.

3 – 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 twisted columns and clean molded edges 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.

4 – Tall and slim

While you may hope and dream you’ll have a roaring fire in your home, sometimes you just don’t have the square footage to make it work. Fireplace trends are showing several new options for those who want the look and feel of a fireplace but may not have the space. From condos to townhomes to apartments, solutions like this thin and trim custom wood-burning fireplace can give you all the look of a beautiful mantelpiece while working within your specific space limitations.

5 – Corner fireplace

Forget about those spec house corner fireplaces that looked like an afterthought! The new trend for corner fireplaces is to keep all the warm convenience of a fireplace while also maximizing decor potential. The new corner fireplace trend focuses on dynamic furniture layouts to keep the fireplace at the heart of your design.

6 – Pass-through

Pass-through fireplaces appeared on the scene a few decades ago as a novelty, but now they’re being built into home design in a truly show-stopping way as is seen in this gorgeous contemporary stone masterpiece. Often used to unite living and dining spaces, or even living and kitchen spaces, these fireplaces have moved beyond trend to staple in high-end traditional, farmhouse, modern, and rustic home designs. This is a look that can work with wood-burning or gas inserts, or as glassless gas fires as seen here.

7 – Light brick

You may have thought this look was left in the 1980s, but it is back in a big way. Pale brick from whites to grays to light pinks and blues are popping up in fireplace designs everywhere, like this stunning number with a free-floating bench seat. If you happen to have a pale brick fireplace, consider a new mantel or even just a fresh paint job for your existing mantelpiece to show off your trendy fireplace.

8 – Mixed finishes

Sometimes you have a perfectly functional fireplace that just needs a little spruce up. If you’re looking for a creative treatment for the standard gas fireplace insert you inherited in your present home, mixed finishes like this wood, stone and tile matchup can create tremendous visual interest and give your living space a conversation-starting focal point. Think about on-trend eye-catching tile, unique wood or stone finishes, and even plaster finishes to make this look truly your own.  To get the best combination of materials, it is best to contact an interior designer for help.

We hope you’ll agree that any of these trending fireplace styles will serve to enhance the look of your home and give you a warm and cozy space that you and yours can truly enjoy!


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