42 fantastic fireplace ideas for all types of fire — from log burners to gas

timber barn living room and dining room with modern steel fireplace
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Fireplace ideas shouldn't just be about keeping you warm and cosy in the colder winter months — they should also help to create character and a strong focal point. 

In many period homes, getting living room fireplace ideas right is key, as these spaces tend to be arranged around the fireplace — this is how the former owners used to keep warm, after all. This means it's an important part of your overall design to get right, whether you're hoping to introduce a log burning stove, a gas or electric fire or no fire at all. 

Amy Reeves

Assistant Editor Amy began working for Homebuilding & Renovating in 2018. She has an interest in sustainable building methods and always has her eye on the latest design ideas. Amy has interviewed countless self builders, renovators and extenders about their experiences for Homebuilding & Renovating magazine. She is currently renovating a mid-century home, together with her partner, on a DIY basis, and has recently fitted her own kitchen.