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16 Fireplace Ideas: Beautiful Ways to Create a Cosy Room

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Fireplace ideas, just like the homes they reside in, can come in all shapes and sizes. 

A key element of a snug, bedroom or open-plan living space, the way a log burning stove or gas/electric fire is presented will make in impact on the overall interior design. 

No matter if your home is traditional oak frame or modern new build, we've selected some beautiful examples of fireplace ideas to get your creative juices flowing. 

1. Adding a Modern Fireplace to a Living Room

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If you're designing from scratch or updating an existing fireplace, the key is to ensure the chimney breast, surround and mantel (if you're having one) are proportional to the room as a whole. 

This is especially true of modern fireplaces, where styles and trend might adapt and change how you feel about a certain shape — just think about the garish brick and stone clad beasts of the '50 and '70s. 

While wide and putting a twist on traditional inglenook fireplaces, this contemporary fireplace blends seamlessly into the room at large. 

2. Opting for Traditional Fireplace Ideas

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Traditional fireplaces for solid fuel, gas or woodburning stoves are generally made up of two hearths (one front and one back), a fire surround and, last but not least a chimney breast. 

While more can be added for decoration or for various practical reasons, use these of your starting point when looking for fireplace ideas to spark a design. 

A minimalist yet timeless look has been created for this log burner by using a stone hearth with no mantle or fire surround, meaning the stove does all of the work to add character and warmth to the interior. 

3. Choose the Perfect Fireplace Surround

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Adding a fire surround can be a quick update to any fireplace, but make sure the wood or veneer is of decent quality to ensure a fresh look thats worth the time and money. 

4. How to Find the Right Fireplace Remodel Idea

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Existing fireplaces aren't to everyone's tastes but there are certainly steps homeowners can take to makeover and update an ugly duckling. 

Plastering, tiling, brick cladding or even painting, as in this example, can drastically remedy a dated fireplace. Using a bulky fireplace to showcase his woodburning stove and to create a broken plan interior design was another ingenious idea by this homeowner when remodelling his mid-century home. 

5. Creating a Fireplace Without a Fire

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Now this might seen like an oxymoron, but in modern, more efficient homes fireplaces can be redundant and a real fire seldom lit. 

Consider adding visual warmth to an empty fire using inset candles, LED strip lights or simple some decorative logs. 

6. Ideas for Modern Gas Fireplaces

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An eye-catching feature, this gas fireplace (Adam Manola Fireplace Suite from Fireplace World) costs £389 and requires no recess, meaning it can be installed in the perfect spot in a connected home. 

7. Make the Most of a Vaulted Ceiling with a Fireplace and Chimney Breast Wall

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This show-stopping self build utilises the chimney breast to divide the open plan space, while making the most of the vaulted ceiling

8. Mix and Match Modern and Traditional Styles for a Welcoming Fireplace Finish

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A unique fire surround, inset log burner and Scandi-inspired hearth are paired with a modern take on a log basket, creating an individual and timeless fireplace. 

9. Consider an Open Fireplace for a Cosy Room

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While woodburning stoves offer a certain charm, an open fire is without a doubt one of life's simple pleasures. 

This characterful fire pit creates an alternative to a regimented and boxed in fireplace — and it beautifully completes the cosy aesthetic to the rest of the room. 

10. Electric Fireplace Ideas Don't Have to Lack Personality

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Electric fires, while without the inherent visual appeal of a gas or solid fuel stove, are a cost-effective way to shake up elements in a living room or snug — add instant charm to an electric fire by installing an oak beam or mantel. 

(MORE: Best Electric Log Burners)

11. Transform a Stone Fireplace with a Modern Insert

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Although recent trends drifted away from larger stone-clad chimney breasts, the current love of mixing mid-century and modern styles definitely works to the advantage of inter-war homes. 

Striking the perfect balance, this living room stays true to it's '60s roots while adding some modern pizzazz in the form of a gas insert. 

12. Add a Splash of Colour with a Tiled Fireplace

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Adding tiles to a fireplace is a great opportunity to create colour and material variation in a room. 

These pale blue tiles (from Walls and Floors) have raw edges for a rustic finish that blends perfectly with the exposed brick and black painted walls. 

(MORE: Opening Up a Fireplace)

13. Create a Slate or Brick Fireplace using Slips or Cladding

Inset fireplace ideas

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The slate fireplace here is the perfect modern counterpoint to the traditional oak frame structure of the home. 

14. Corner Fireplaces Offer Room for Something Special

Corner fireplace ideas

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This two-sided fire is lined by a contemporary anthracite frame while a monochrome tile and stone plinth elevate the design to a unique feature. 

15. Create a Focal Point by Installing a TV Above a Fireplace

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Bold blue walls, a woodburning stove and a binge-worthy box set make this snug room perfect for a night in. 

By placing the TV on the dark wall means it is slightly concealed, putting full focus on the stove below. 

16. Modern Chimney and Fireplace Ideas

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Remember, fireplaces don't have to be boring. Designing a chimney breast and fireplace that makes a room feel individual is difficult but inherently worth the time. 

The floor-to-ceiling glazing of this self-build frames the inside/outside fireplace feature beautifully while log store on both sides add character. 

(MORE: Log Store Ideas)

Editorial Assistant Amy began working for Homebuilding & Renovating in 2018. She has an interest in sustainable building methods and modern rustic interior design. She is on the lookout for a potential step onto the property ladder in the form of a budget renovation project, but for now settles on filling her Pinterest board with ideas for the future.