A living room with a fireplace is infinitely more attractive then one without. Homeowners and guests alike are easily drawn into a room that features a fireplace, especially during those chilly months. Even if your fireplace isn’t wood burning it still creates that feel of a time long ago when the area around the fireplace was the gathering place for relaxation, work and conversation.
Our gallery below features 44 living rooms with stunning examples of how a fireplace can be accented and decorated to coordinate with the surrounding space. There are also pictures of those rooms where the fireplace itself is all the decoration that is needed.
The decor of this classy living room makes you feel like you are in a cottage by the sea. The fireplace is sure keep everyone cozy and warm on a cold evening. The glass mosaic tile surround in its palette of white and gray complements the space perfectly.
This cozy living room features a long, ribbon fireplace that located at the base of the decorative stone feature wall. A large sectional provides seating on three sides that ensures that everyone will be able to find a great spot to watch television.
Installing a fireplace in the corner of the room frees up valuable floor space that would otherwise be used by a traditional fireplace installation. It also allows the fireplace to be seen from all angles of the room, creating a warm and inviting atmosphere.
This contemporary living room features a custom wood paneling that surrounds a traditional fireplace. The dark fireplace surround provides a dramatic contrast against the white mantle which makes it a the perfect focal point for this space.
This fireplace features a buildout that has been clad stone tile that extends from floor to ceiling. Within the buildout is space for a flat screen tv that sits above the sleek, gas fireplace. The stainless steel surround adds a touch of glamour to this contemporary space.
This rustic living room features a beautiful, velvet sectional with studded details. The fireplace provides a rustic contrast to the finer details in the space. It also adds both visual, and physical, warmth to this elegant retreat.
A fireplace can be made to fit seamlessly in a room by the installation of bookcases on either side. The sleek stone surround coordinates beautifully with the surround custom cabinetry and dark wood floors.
This minimal living room features an alpine fireplace that draws attention to the room’s high ceilings. The stacked installation of the dark gray tile also references the simple design style seen in this space. Floating cabinets and shelving are seen on either side of the fireplace adding visual weight and much needed storage and display options.
This spacious living room features a ribbon fireplace with an unusual treatment. The copper surround adds a bohemian vibe to this space and coordinates beautifully with the burgundy couch and class, Eames reclining chair.
A modern space will feature lots of natural materials in the flooring, wall treatment and furniture. An ideal place to feature natural materials in a way that creates a focal point is by applying them on the fireplace surround and walls. This space displays this well in the simple staggered stone surround and the blond wood wall treatment on either side.
This fireplace has been clad in a gray-brown tile that features subtle veining in a darker tone. The fireplace unit itself contrasts dramatically against the neutral tile work and creates an eye-catching feature in the space.
There are so many cladding options when it comes to fireplace design. This lofty space features a matte treatment surrounding the fireplace itself. This creates a great focal point, as well as a dark and moody feel in this otherwise ethereal space.
The scale of this fireplace is ideal for the square footage of this sitting room. Because there is limited horizontal space it is great that the designer choose to carry the fireplace surround upward. By drawing attention to the height of the ceilings the space feels infinitely larger.
Large, open-concept spaces require furniture and architectural details that reflect the size and shape of the room. This lengthy ribbon fireplace does just that by spanning the length of the living room area. Across from the fireplace the sleek, white sofa reflects the horizontal lines of the fireplace.
This transitional space contains both traditional and contemporary furnishings with a touch of the eclectic. The fireplace itself features a sleek tile surround and a simple white mantle that coordinate beautifully with the dark hardwood floors and light gray walls.
This ribbon fireplace and surround separate the living area from the dining area. However, a glass partition provides a sight line from one space to the other. The glass also reflects the light and visual warmth created by the fireplace to allow it to expand throughout the entire floor.
This class fireplace has been given new life with a modern design. The horizontal lines of the paneling above and the large hearth both reflect the modern aesthetic of the space. A niche for firewood, located to the right of the fireplace, makes maintaining the a fire convenient and easy.
The layout of some living rooms doesn’t allow for a clear view of the fireplace. However, a fireplace still adds warmth and a cozy ambience wherever it is located in the room. Even in this space, with the fireplace located behind the sofa, the fireplace is a striking addition that creates a welcoming atmosphere and dramatic architectural detail.
A traditional, wood-burning fireplace is a wonderful addition to the cold winter’s day. The crackling of the wood, the pleasing smokey aroma and welcoming warmth appeal to the senses and make this living room a space that would be difficult to leave.
This country home features a fireplace with a genius detail. There is a glass panel located at the back of the fireplace to allow those who are sitting outside to take advantage of the view as well. Thus, the fireplace can be enjoyed from inside the home or outside.
Choosing a dark material or paint color to clad the fireplace is ideal when you intend to install your flat screen television in the space above. By doing this you allow the television to recede into the space behind it. This can be especially beneficial for night-time viewing as it creates more of a theater experience.
Fireplaces with a build-out usually jut out from the wall providing enough space on other side to install custom, or ready-to-assemble, bookcases on either side. This balances the weight of the fireplace and provides desirable space for open and closed storage.
You may be tempted to completely transform your fireplace during a living room renovation. However, a fireplace with a traditional stone application, as seen above, does provide texture and interest, as well as old-world charm. So think twice before you dismantle your fireplace mantle and consider how you might incorporate it into the renovation.
A fireplace mantle should reflect the design of the fireplace itself and the materials used to clad it. The fireplace seen above features an application of rustic, textural stones and coordinating hearth. Therefore, the installation of a worn section of timber is the ideal choice for the mantel as it is complements the stone perfectly.
Corner fireplaces are great for freeing up floor space for other furniture and cabinetry. The space above shows how the fireplace creates its own focal point, without being encumbered by a large flat screen in the space above. The space flows easily from one area to the other by the application of the same paint color throughout.
This living features a number of rustic details from the unique, woodsy chandeliers to the hand-scrapped hardwood flooring. However, the prime focus of this room is its prominent, stone-clad fireplace. The heavy stone of the fireplace is balanced in the large furniture pieces, woodwork and rich colors of the space.
A classic brick fireplace can be given new life without the need to remove the brickwork. By surrounding the brick, as seen above, with a mantel, header and trim panels, the color of the brick is allowed to shine through without it overwhelming the space.
If you want your fireplace to pop then consider painting the trim work, mantel, legs and space above the mantel a contrasting color from the rest of the space. The fireplace displays the drama of this type of paint treatment. The dark gray coordinates perfectly with the stone fireplace surround and black trim surrounding the box.
There are a few tricks to creating architectural interest in a living room lacking any eye-catching details. The installation of a fireplace and flanking bookcases adds a much needed focal point to this living room. It also provides a central location to position furniture.
The space above a fireplace mantel is often dark as lighting is not always installed in this location. If you intend to display artwork or decorative items on and above your mantel you may want to consider installing sconces. This will allow the selected artwork and objects to be seen easily, as well as drawing the eye upward.
There are times when it is not safe to use a fireplace for its traditional intent. However, this does not mean that it cannot be accented by other items. When a fireplace doesn’t contain a fire it is save to accent it with decorative objects as it is still an attractive focal point.
A see-through fireplace is a great way to divide an open-concept space without having to erect an entire wall. It allows the warmth and light of the fireplace to be enjoyed from two rooms, as well as giving both spaces a common architectural element.
This fireplace has been inset slightly between flanking custom cabinetry. The application of coordinating woodwork details and paint color pulls each of the areas together to create one cohesive focal point. The space above the mantle is the ideal place to hang a painting.
This fireplace takes this cozy sitting area from ordinary to memorable. The placement of two, spacious chairs in front of the fire creates the ideal location to enjoy a cup of coffee, glass of wine or a good book in the morning or night.
This living room is full of beautiful wood detailing. The design of the fireplace and bookcases reflects the layout of the coffered ceilings seen above. The fireplace features a section of neutral stonework and custom mantle, legs and header that reflects the woodwork seen on the ceiling.
This grand living room features a fireplace of equal stature. The large, stone fireplace takes advantage of the vertical space by stopping just below the upper windows. Comfortable window seats have been installed to fill the space on either side of the fireplace build out.
In homes where the living room and kitchen run into each other without a natural separation it is important to maintain certain details in both rooms. The fireplace has been designed to coordinate with the Shaker-style cabinetry of the kitchen by installing woodwork with a similar design and color.
It is amazing how a fireplace can take a small room and transform it into something much grander. This fireplace creates a gorgeous focal point for the room. The woodwork featured around the fireplace adds texture and richness to the space as well.
Depending on the design of a fireplace and its mantel, you may only have limited space to install tile. This is a great opportunity to experiment with something a little bit pricier and more interesting. The fireplace above displays this well in its use of a geometric, gray and white tile.
This modern space features a beautiful, see-through fireplace that can be seen from both rooms. The build-out has been clad in a honed material that is simple, yet striking in its simplicity. The dark gray fireplace surround adds contrast while adhering to the neutral color palette of this space.
This living room features a fireplace with a glamorous Marble surround. The glossy marble easily draws the eye toward the center of the room and provides a color palette for the selection of furnishings and textiles throughout the space.
This fireplace features woodwork that has been applied to the area surrounding the fireplace, the mantel and the space above. It has been painted a soft white to coordinate with the rest of the trim in the room. The entire design, from fireplace to furnishings creates a calm and welcoming ambience.
This contemporary living room is awash in brown and gray tones. In coordination, the fireplace also features these colors in its hearth, stonework and mantel. The choice of neutral stonework allows the homeowners to accent the fireplace as the decor and furniture of the room changes.
In addition to the beautiful view seen from this room, the fireplace itself also creates a striking focal point. The warm colors seen in the room’s upholstery coordinate beautifully with the stonework of the fireplace. And the roaring fire seen within draws one to sit in this space to take advantage of the view and warmth of the fireplace.