13 Brick Fireplace Ideas for a Rustic Focal Point

a large brick fireplace in a room
(Image credit: Simon Maxwell)

There's something special about the right brick fireplace idea. Whether you've got an open fire, a log burning stove or just an empty hearth, the warmth and texture of bricks really adds to the cosiness a fireplace creates. 

But, there's not only one way to do a brick fireplace. In fact, as these 13 fireplace ideas go to show, there's many ways to design one. From the way you choose to create your exposed brick feature to the colour, style of brick and what you surround it with, there are many decisions to make which inform the effect your brick fireplace will have on the room. 

Hugh Metcalf

Hugh is editor of sister title Livingetc.com and former digital editor of homebuilding.co.uk. He has worked on a range of home, design and property magazines, including Grand Designs, Essential Kitchens, Bathrooms, Bedrooms and Good Homes. Hugh has developed a passion for modern architecture and green homes, and moonlights as an interior designer, having designed and managed projects ranging from single rooms to whole house renovations and large extensions. He's currently renovating his own Victorian terrace in Essex, DIYing as much of the work as possible. He's recently finished his kitchen renovation, which involved knocking through walls, and landscaping a courtyard garden, and is currently working on a bathroom renovation.