Corner fireplace designs are extremely popular today. Due to the current trend in downsizing, homeowners are seeking ways to make the most efficient use of less square footage. Whether in new construction or retro-fitting an existing home, a corner hearth is a great way to maximize the use of a room's available space. In addition, its placement in the corner increases the visibility of the fire from virtually anywhere in the room!
Above: Bodart & Gonay's Prisma Fireplace
Though available in a vast array of materials, the corner fireplace designs featured here are limited to
bricks and stones. Nevertheless, they reflect a wide range of styles and configura- tions, as well as varying
levels of craftsmanship and detailing.
For example, the charming design with undulating brick coursing shown in the example at right is ideal for a
cozy and casual cottage or cabin. By com- parison, the relatively simple rectangu- lar design with a bed of glass
crystals pictured below, left, is appropriate for more of a contemorary setting. Below, right, the symmetry,
formality and meticulous attention to detail make this beautiful brick corner fireplace de- sign a perfect
candidate for a traditionally-styled home.
For a more rustic and rugged appearance, the following designs with arched fireboxes are a great complement
to a more relaxed lifestyle -- or even a weekend getaway. The
fireplace pictured below, left, uses stones of varying sizes and shapes to create an imposing corner design.
The smooth, rounded contours of the river stones used to craft the fireplace pictured below, right, are enhanced
by a rustic log mantel shelf that ties it, aesthetically, to the log walls of the room.
As with brick, stone can also be used in more formal settings . . . . . . in styles ranging from traditional to
contemporary. The contemporary European-inspired designs that follow are crafted from uniformly col- ored and
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