Fantasizing about a dream home? Some imagine a large backyard complete with a swimming pool and spa, others see a rustic mountain home with quaint details, and a select few dream of a home with a fireplace in the living room.
A fireplace is a modern luxury that boasts not only an envy-worthy style; it's also one of the most practical interior design additions to any home. Just picture yourself curled up on the couch, wrapped in a cozy throw blanket with a good book in hand, and a roaring fire ablaze nearby. It's the ultimate hygge dream.
So whether you already have a fireplace in your living room and are looking for some décor inspiration or you're still daydreaming about your future abode, keeping scrolling to take a look at 23 swoon-worthy living rooms, complete with a fireplace.
A large fireplace sits in the center of this Pacific Palisades living room, beneath a round mirror and surrounded by potted plants. The space feels fresh and inviting, thanks to a myriad of thoughtful touches, including textured throw pillows, green botanicals, and natural wood accents like the exposed beams on the ceiling and window frames. It's not a bad spot to cozy up with a cup of tea near a crackling fire at the end of a long day.
Pick up a Paintbrush
Never underestimate the power of paint. Thanks to a top-to-bottom paint job, this dark green den is giving us all the chic and moody feels. And we'd venture to guess that massive brick fireplace didn't look half as stunning before the makeover. Mid-Century Modern styling takes this space from good to great—all that's missing is a fuzzy throw.
Be sure to invest in the right type of paint that can withstand the intense heat a fireplace puts out, both inside and outside the firebox.
This modern black and white living room is positively dripping with effortless luxury. But what really turns our heads is the asymmetrical fireplace and adjacent paneling that's just offbeat enough. Floating shelves on one side balance a raised hearth extending to the opposite wall. The lesson? Don't be afraid to take risks like playing with asymmetry and balance.
Think Beyond the Hearth
If you don't have the space for a traditional fireplace with all the bells and whistles, fret not. A freestanding fireplace can be just as cozy and more modern, to boot. We love the way this black wood stove pops against fresh white walls and colorful artwork, and enhances the overall Mid-Century Modern vibe in this Portland, Maine, living room.
Keep It Minimal
Take note: traditional and minimal design can play nicely together (very nicely). The proof's in this living room where traditional elements like built-ins with intricate molding and vintage furniture are balanced beautifully by minimal styling and a sleek, in-wall fireplace that's to die for. It's also further evidence that fireplaces don't have to be extravagant.
Serve up Drama
Swanky is the word that came to mind when we first laid eyes on this ultra-modern space. From a sprawling stone wall to channeled velvet armchairs to a ribbed rug, this room is all about texture. In contrast, the sleek black fireplace complete with sparkling fire glass nearly pops off the wall, serving up so much drama.
Dress the Mantel
There's nothing quite like a dressed mantel. It's the perfect spot for your favorite knick-knacks and can be changed up seasonally (thinking of you, evergreen garlands). Take notes from this dramatic French living room that contrasts the traditional architecture and trumeau mirror with playful, modern decor, including wood hands and a sculptural glass cloche on the mantel.
This oversized sculpted hearth is a testament that fireplaces are not one-size-fits-all. The proportions of this fireplace could easily overpower the room, but a fresh white paint job keeps it in check. Look closely and you'll see modern glossy stones that take the place of wood here, leaving the built-in log nook underneath open for extra books, a pile of blankets, or a super cozy pet den.
This living room is a prime example of an updated modern traditional space. It features a neutral, textured rug to frame the room filled with stylish leather and wooden furniture. At the center of the far wall, in between floor-to-ceiling windows with navy shades, is a white fireplace. Above the mantel, the wall is styled with an orderly gallery wall. It's an incredibly well-thought-out space that leaves no corner unstyled.
Build a Wall
This contemporary Florida living room boasts an impressive fireplace. Unlike more traditional fireplaces, this modern take on the design element features a floor-to-ceiling installation complete with a textured stone-look wall in dark gray that also includes the massive TV. It's a sleek yet soothing space with sharp, modern lines.
Bump up the Contrast
For an entirely modern and dramatic look, consider a fireplace surround in inky black like this one that extends from the floor all the way up to the high ceiling. We love the intense contrast against the whites and creams throughout the rest of the room. A narrow alcove underneath holds logs for an extra functional and stylish touch.
Play up Vintage Charm
This Nantucket residence is brimming with charming, traditional décor with a chic farmhouse flair. It's obvious the fireplace is the star of this living room—it immediately catches your eye with the elegant herringbone design lining the inside of the furnace. Above the mantel, a round mirror hangs on the wall flanked by two small sconce lights. The accessories are all tied together in shades of blue, an excellent contrast with the red-orange upholstered coffee table.
Think Outside the Box
This funky cottage-style living room is as cozy as it is elegant. Exposed dark wood beams on the ceilings contrast with the crisp white walls and work to frame the living area. While the sofa, coffee table, and accent chair each have their own design merits, it's the fireplace that truly catches the eye. It features an intricately carved design in an unusual shape that feels playful and eclectic.
Ditch the Logs
This styled-to-perfection living room brings together the best elements of rustic and contemporary design, including a fireplace featuring both modern tiles and painted wood planks. For an extra touch of innovation, rather than hold wooden logs to stoke a fire, this fireplace is filled with concrete spheres for a style unlike any other.
To use a decorative log replacement, you'll need to have a gas-burning fireplace. Always double-check with the manufacturer before making any changes to your fireplace.
Reface That Fireplace
While you might associate living room fireplaces with wooden or marble materials, don't knock the artfully tiled fireplace look until you try it. This calming space proves how dynamic and visually interesting the design element can be. The rest of the room is outfitted in natural tones and muted colors, which keeps the artsy fireplace front and center.
Show Off Your Collection
If you've got a fireplace that is more for looks than anything else, it's not always easy figuring out how to style it. We love this unique idea of using it as extra book storage, spotted in a designer's historic Virginia home. Pile up your favorite volumes, pick a few to show off in front, and voila. Just make sure your fireplace is completely inactive.
Light a Candle
Another idea for non-working or even faux fireplaces is to fill them with an array of candles, like in this fresh living room. The warm glow replicates the ambiance of a fire without all the fuss and muss. Aim for candles in varying heights and arrange them tallest on the inside, shortest on the outside. Here, a decorative stump makes a great pedestal and looks extra cool with wax drippings.
Bold design calls for an equally bold fireplace treatment. Finish your fireplace surround in a bright color for an infusion of personality, like in this eclectic living room. The eye-catching teal hearth jumps right off the walls and is exactly the punch of fun this funky space needs.
Tuck It in the Corner
With a view like that, the living room fireplace isn't even the focal point of this beautiful space. Multiple wooden elements tie the room together, including the coffee table, a pair of leather chairs with wooden frames, the ceiling, and a tower of logs stored in a cozy nook in the wall next to the fireplace. Above the simple fireplace are two graphic art prints to complete the dynamic living room.
Bring in Earthy Elements
There's something inherently cozy about rustic interiors, like this moody Connecticut living room. Is it just us, or does that natural stone fireplace just invite you to curl up with a blanket? It's the perfect rugged touch to balance all the plush surfaces around the room. Earthy elements like this are a sure-fire way to up the coziness factor.
Practice Graphic Arts
If you prefer to make a louder statement, turn up the volume through modern graphic elements. Let this living room be all the inspiration you need with its intense floral wallpaper and geometric tile fireplace surround. We can only imagine how gorgeous those shiny gem-like tiles would look against dancing flames.
Classic architecture meets light and airy design in this refreshing living room. A fireplace painted the same white as the surrounding walls creates dimension without overpowering the space. Our favorite element, though, is the pile of wood stacked within that adds subtle pattern and an earthy, rustic element—another great way to style a non-functional or purely decorative fireplace.
Bring the Party to You
If you're the friend who always hosts, you know how important it is to be ready for guests on short notice. This inviting living room has all the classic elements of a great space for entertaining: plenty of seating, a high-tech media center, and a sleek, minimalist fireplace for ambiance. A disco ball is the cherry on top of this perfect party room.