Ingenious Fireplaces: Trends in Fireplace Design

The hearth has always been considered the heart of the home. Now there are more ways than ever to work a fireplace into your design.

Here are a few fireplace ideas to consider for your home.

Minimalist Contemporary

The simple hearth-less, flat front fireplace is the perfect fit for a more contemporary or transitional design. They are flush with the wall and don't have to be the center of attention. This design continues a clean line throughout the space that defines the minimalist style.

Extraordinary Materials

Fireplaces aren't confined to stone or brick anymore-though these materials are a classic. You'll see shimmering glass mosaic tile, metallic panels, and even wood. Wood-look tile makes a unique statement on the fireplace. It brings warmth and richness to the space.

Wood-look tile on the fireplace is one of the hottest trends in home design. It's unexpected and stunning. Marazzi's Montagna 4 x 28 tile is an ideal choice. Its narrow width brings a contemporary-classic look to the fireplace that looks great in many different configurations like herringbone or staggered joint.

Use rich Caramello to add warmth whether or not the fire is roaring. Or opt for Soft Maple for a neutral color scheme with incredible detail. Both feature a hand-scraped aesthetic and a beautifully varied grain that's hard to tell apart from real wood.

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Two-Sided Fireplace

The double sided fireplace has openings in two different rooms. That's double the warmth and double the atmosphere. It doesn't require much more time or budget to open up the other side of the wall, but you will need a special fireplace insert.


A fireplace in the center of the room makes this style truly the center of attention. It gives a bit of a lodge or rustic feel especially if you have an open floor plan and large windows.

Accent Wall Fireplace

Another hot fireplace design is one that extends beyond the fireplace. Instead of framing the fireplace with a special material, take it all the way up to the ceiling or cover the entire wall. The merging of the accent wall and fireplace is a great way to get both without overwhelming the space with busyness. Use wood-look tile for a plank wall feel or go with an intricate glass or stone mosaic.

Storage Nook Fireplace

Many fireplace designs include a storage nook above or below the fireplace for wood. It brings a rustic touch that sets the tone of the space. It doesn't matter that you're never going to use the wood—it's just a well-thought-out detail. Ensure that your logs are similar in shape and size for a finished look.

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