Even though it’s blazing hot outside here in Dallas, Texas that doesn’t mean your fireplace shouldn’t look fabulous. You’ve finally redone your kitchen and maybe even the powder bath, but that fireplace is an eyesore. We are here with some different fireplace designs that we think you are going to love. And even if you don’t, this should help you realize there are more options than you think! Let’s take a look at some of our favorite fireplace designs through the years.
Mixed Tile and Wood
Wooden, and even plaster, surrounds are seen everywhere! With plaster, you can design right up to the firebox, but wood needs to be some distance away from the heat – for obvious reasons. So, most people will use this wall space to place some good-looking tile! The easiest update is to simply replace the tile, and possibly restain or repaint the wood surround to match your new color scheme. That’s what happened here! Fresh paint livens up the room, and tile from Soci’s Valencia collection create a more contemporary look.
All Stone Surround
Just like above, this surround only covers a small portion of the wall just around the firebox. The difference is that it is made out of a single material: a stone slab. Your options are limitless here with stone as long as you find the perfect slab to fit your style. The surround is also very thin (either 2cm or 3cm, depending on your slab thickness) so it doesn’t take up a ton of floor space or protrude too far into the room. The downside? You need a mantle in order to set anything down, so find a good one! We actually decided on a quartz material here, Cambria’s Beaumont from their Coastal collection. We also used the material on the hearth below.
Repurposed Brick Wall
Do you have a full brick fireplace or at least an entire brick-faced wall like we did in this home? A much more traditional style, brick has been used forever for fireplace designs, so we see these a lot. Typically, they are the standard red brick and don’t necessarily match the rest of a client’s updated or more transitional and modern aesthetic. Luckily, there is something pretty easy you can do without having to rip it all out. Keep the brick and simply paint it a new color, like this gorgeous Sherwin Williams Sticks & Stones that is also perfectly named to surround a fireplace. This also used to have a very bulky bricked mantle, so we took just that section out and replaced it with a pine mantle and stained it with Sherwin Williams Weathered Teak to create some interest.
Floor to Ceiling Tile
Want to create the perfect focal point in your family room? Consider a simple tile surround that you love. Create a dramatic effect by then using that tile on the entire wall, or even just the bump out where the flu is. This space had a more midcentury modern style so we chose a fun 1×1 tile mosaic with a splash of color. This is the Inkwell Black blend from Hakatai. Although it doesn’t seem to be made anymore, there are lots of colors and mixes to choose from. Find one that matches your style!
Getting inspired? Take a peek at some of our other recent lookbooks: like Cabinetry for Other Rooms, these Unique Bathroom Vanities, and some Kitchens we love and why!