Warm up by the Fire

Brr.... it's so sold here! We keep getting more and more snow, 2 snow days and a delay so far this week. I am feeling so ready for spring. In the meantime I just keep thinking warm thoughts and admiring some beautiful fireplace designs. If you have a fireplace and are looking for some inspiration to update yours, here are some ideas! These will focus mostly on different fireplace surrounds and in the next few weeks I'll talk about how to style the mantle ;) 

Classic Brick:

Brick is a timeless, versatile, and modest fireplace material. It can be whitewashed to soften the look and still show texture, or just painted an opaque color for a solid modern look. 





Tile is another popular choice that is just as versatile plus it's extremely customizable. It can be used to add subtle patterns such as the herringbone or diamond, or it can add a splash of color that ties into the rest of the room. 









An elegant and formal material, it offers a seamless look with subtle pattern and color. This can be used for a simple surround area or carried up the wall for a dramatic statement. 





Cast Stone:

For a very formal and custom look these cast stone fireplaces provide a strong presence and intricate details. 


Stacked Stone:

Another classic fireplace material is a great way to bring some architectural details inside and provide a natural look. It can go from a small surround framed by molding, to a full surround with stone hearth, to a full wall. 




In Summary...

I hope these fireplaces helped you defrost this morning and give you a sense of what material options there are. There are so many ways to make this part of your home truly a beautiful centerpiece!


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Reader Comments (2)

Great fireplaces. I am looking into purchasing a fireplace myself. I wanted actual real bricks for decor but I was told that fake ones will work just as well.
May 28, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterSasha Ray
Thank you for reading! If you are installing a real fireplace check with a qualified installer about materials and clearance code. Usually a brick veneer is fine as long as there is enough clearance from the firebox, again depending on material (real brick vs. synthetic). Good luck!
May 29, 2014 | Registered CommenterAndrea Valle

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