Explore an exciting array of unique fireplace design ideas and photos to find one that is just right for you. One that fits the style and scale of your room . . . . . AND your budget!
For an incredible piece of history, the stunning handcarved mahogany mantelpiece pictured below is hard to beat. Created for the dining hall of the French ocean liner, Armand Behic, in 1891 . . . . .
the elaborately carved overmantel is somewhat similar to that found on another luxury ocean liner launched little more than
a decade later in 1912. A large carved panel contain-
ing a clock surrounded by female figures was the centerpiece of the grand staircase on the Titanic.
Available from Galerie Marc Maison in Paris, France
If you prefer a rustic or casual look, the fieldstone fireplace pictured below, left, may be more to your liking. Flanked on each side by young white birch tree trunks and capped with a timber mantel shelf of rough-sawn pine, this cozy composition brings the outdoors inside.
If an exotic "Arabian Nights" fantasy is more in sync with your style, the unique design pictured below, right, will not disappoint. Crafted with stone from Mexico, this custom surround features a gas-fueled flame on a bed of fire glass.
Above Left: Design by Indeed Decor Interiors, Polson, MT
Above Right: Durango Stone Surround by F.O. Buck, Paradise Valley, AZ
For a truly out-of-this-world look, the space age design of Napoleon's Tureen (pictured below) fitted with a custom rocket ship counting down to "liftoff" will mesmerize your guests for hours on end!
Whether starting from scratch, remodeling an existing hearth and surround, or looking for that special accessory item to put the finishing touch on your fire space, the options are virtually limitless . . . . .
It can be as simple and inex-
pensive as adding a personal-
ized fireplace grate with your
family name . . .
or a brilliantly colored stained
glass fireplace screen.
It can be hand-crafted tiles, in a variety of styles, around your firebox opening . . . such as this lovely Tiffany-inspired tile design (below left) or these sleek contemporary Italian tiles (below right).
For even more color, it can be a tiled or painted mural of a favorite land-
scape or theme over your mantel or firebox opening, such as in the two examples below.
You can even create your entire "mantel" and surround from tile, as shown in the following two examples. The fireplace on the left is subtle and sub-
dued, while the one on the right shouts "LOOK AT ME!!!"
If you'd prefer just a little splash of color
to liven up your fireplace, a rather simple fireplace design idea is to find an artist skilled in faux painting to provide just the right touch, as demonstrated by the in-
credibly realistic example on the kiva at right.
For an authentic Old World look, you may want to add a striking antique 19th century chimneypiece of hand carved walnut (below left) or delicate marble mosaic accented with hand forged wrought iron (below right) from Westland London.
If you want a more casual look . . . . a place where you can simply kick back and relax . . . a soaring,
rustic stone fireplace with cascading ivy and sooth-
ing waterfalls, such as in the design at right, may be just what you need to relax your mind and invigorate your spirit . . . . .
or perhaps a sleek -- and unique -- contemporary design is what you have in mind, such as the Cyclone from Heat n Glo, pictured below . . . . .
. . . or the revolutionary and futuristic Solaris, pictured at left -- also from Heat n Glo.
The possibilities for fireplace design ideas are endless . . . . . limited only by your imagination!
It is important to note that you don't need a big budget to create a fireplace, or fire space, that is uniquely your own. One that reflects your personality and individuality.
For example, the two fireplaces pictured below are very similar in compo-
sition, but worlds apart in overall look and feel. Made up of very simple -- and inexpensive -- elements and materials, each one is very unique and distinctive in its own right.
Coordinated with accessories that express the flair and unique individuality of "their" respective homeowners, each fireplace also reflects the distinct personality of its owner. While the one on the left has a somewhat sleek and sophisticated, even daring, contemporary look . . . . . the cottage style design on the right -- though no less distinctive -- has more of a playful, fun and funky look!
Following are two more examples of fairly cost-effective fireplace design ideas -- particularly with an existing hearth and surround -- to infuse it with your unique personality and style, and add an element of drama to your fire space.
The charming round arched windows flanking the
stone hearth on the left add architectural interest and bring in much needed daylight to what was previously a dark and dank basement. Moving up a few floors to the attic, the dramatic multi-paned windows provide a perfect surround for the sim-
ple but elegant fireplace on the right!
Looking at photos of fireplaces in celebrity homes is another great way to get ideas
for your fireplace design. The stunning contemporary at right takes center stage
in Anjelica Huston's Venice, California liv-
In stark contrast to the design at right is the classic Old World grandeur of the fire-
place surround pictured below. The focal point of rocker Rod Stewart's Beverly Hills living room, it features classical detailing and formal symmetry.
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