I know it’s spring, and so it’s kind of a funny time to be posting about fireplaces, but the nights are still chilly, right? The fireplace is the central piece of a living room – you can create a sense of community, coziness, and all-around warmth with the fixture, even when it’s not lit. When I was condo hunting, I immediately dismissed a condo if it didn’t have a fireplace (gas or natural). It was important for me to have that piece as part of my living space.
HGTV has some excellent design ideas for fireplaces, taking all style tastes into account:
•Natural Beauty. A soaring stone fireplace is an impressive and rustic focal point in this living room. To reduce the scale of the stone and add interest, a long mirror is placed above the mantel. Use the fireplace as a jumping off point for the room’s palette, by selecting the hues of sage, stone, taupe and caramel from the fireplace stones.
•Raise It Up. A sleek stainless steel gas fireplace is installed at the perfect height to enjoy from anywhere in the space. Surrounded by a beautiful stone facade, the fireplace is the perfect combination of contemporary and natural.
•Illusion of Grandeur. Paint the wall over the mantel the same color as the surround to give a fireplace more presence in a room. When a fireplace is flush with the floor, place a beautiful screen in front to provide ambience and safety.
•Striking Focal Point. Floor-to-ceiling glass and marble mosaic tiles in brown, gold, cream and grey tones are a spectacular setting for an elevated gas fireplace. The contemporary focal point adds both visual and physical warmth to the room.
•Classic Centerpiece. Sophisticated moldings are combined with a marble-tiled surround for a traditional fireplace. To allow the space to be a conversational area as well as a space to watch television, Candice hides a television behind a piece of remote-controlled artwork so it’s out of sight when not in use.
•Pure Luxury. A simply elegant fireplace surround is painted cream to offset the dark wallpaper in the dining room. Raised off the floor, the visual warmth of the fireplace can be enjoyed from each seat around the table. The fireplace is also flanked with mirrored panels that add depth and dimension, as well as reflect light into the room.
•Contemporary and Streamlined. The show-stopping feature wall is a modern arrangement that boasts a long, linear gas fireplace and a massive surround of grey and white marble mosaic tiles. Not only is it eye-catching, but it brings much-needed warmth into the space. The fireplace is flanked with a custom-built cabinetry unit that holds a big-screen television, media equipment, books and some display items.
•Crowning Jewel. A true glam centerpiece of the room — the fireplace surround is covered with silver dollar-sized stainless steel tiles and above the mantel is a glittering ebony quartz.
•Cozy Gathering Spot. The fireplace, which features a wood mantel and is clad in a beautiful circular glass tiles, anchors the room. Traditional beadboard panels above the fireplace add texture.
For more tips and insider info from Candice check out, Q&A With The Queen of Divine Style, Candice Olson.