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How to Create the Perfect Cozy Living Room with a Fireplace Surround

One of the most sought-after features in a home is a cozy fireplace. Given that this weeks temperature is hovering around frigid single digits - brr!! 🥶 - I felt like it was an appropriate time write about how to make your home feel warm and cozy. Specially, let's explore some of the options you have when it comes to fireplace surround design!

We’ve all seen a standard brick fireplace (maybe you even have one!), but what are some other options do you have when it comes to a fireplace surround design?

A fireplace doesn’t have to be just a simple addition to your living space. It can be a statement piece that elevates your home's overall design and aesthetic. That's where a custom fireplace surround comes in. 

Below you'll find materials and design ideas can transform your fireplace into a centerpiece that exudes elegance and sophistication. If you're looking for a perfect blend of warmth and grandeur, then read on to discover the world of fireplace surrounds.

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What Is a Fireplace Surround?

First let’s define what a fireplace surround actually is. A fireplace surround refers to the decorative elements that (literally) surround and frame the opening of a fireplace.

It typically includes the mantel, hearth, and any additional design features such as tiles or stone work.

The purpose of a surround is not only to enhance the appearance of your fireplace but also to protect your walls and floors from heat damage.

Now let's dive into some fun material options for your new fireplace surround!

Stone Fireplaces

One classic and timeless option for fireplace surrounds is stone. Natural stones like limestone, granite, and marble can add an air of luxury to your home, thanks to their unique texture and veining. Limestone, for instance, is a versatile choice that can create a traditional or modern atmosphere depending on how it's finished. Meanwhile, marble boasts a classic and elegant appeal that's perfect for a palatial home. Granite is another stone that's renowned for its durability and stunning veining patterns that make each piece one-of-a-kind.

Tile Fireplaces

Tiles are another popular choice when it comes to fireplace surrounds. They are versatile materials that can create intricate designs and patterns to match your home's theme. Glass tiles, for instance, are perfect for contemporary homes that want to achieve a modern vibe. Meanwhile, ceramic tiles can bring a rustic or Mediterranean feel that's cozy and relaxing. Porcelain is yet another option that can mimic the look of natural stone, but with added durability and practicality.

Wood Fireplaces

Wood fireplace surrounds have a unique quality that exudes warmth and coziness. They can create a rustic or traditional atmosphere that's perfect for homes that want a homey and inviting vibe. Wooden mantels, for instance, can be customized to match your home's overall aesthetic, with various finishes and stain options available. Wood trim can also add a touch of elegance to your fireplace in modern or classic styles.

Brick Fireplaces

This article wouldn’t be complete without at least mentioning brick. Although common, especially here in the Midwest, brick is a popular material for fireplace surrounds due to its durability and timeless aesthetic. It can create a cozy and rustic feel, reminiscent of traditional cottages or cabins. However, brick can also be used in modern homes to add a touch of texture and warmth. They come in various colors and patterns, allowing you to customize your fireplace to fit your personal style. 

Design Tip: Does your red brick fireplace feel dated? If you’re looking for a quick fireplace refresh, my favorite technique is to apply a limewash finish over existing brick. It tones down the red and creates a modern-meets-classic look that’s gorgeous and timeless.

Metal Fireplaces

Finally, metal fireplace surrounds can bring an industrial and edgy vibe to your home. They are perfect for modern and contemporary homes that want to add a sleek and minimalist touch to their interiors. Materials like stainless steel, brass, and copper can create a luxurious ambiance that's unique and unexpected. They can also provide a reflective surface that makes your fireplace the focal point of your living space.

Design Considerations

While materials play an important role in fireplace surround design, we also need to consider the space it is in. For example, if you have a vaulted or tall ceilings in your living room, having the fireplace surround go up the entire wall will add a dramatic effect. It accentuates the height of the room by drawing your eye upward to create a show-stopping accent in your space.

If on the other hand, you don’t have a tall room, or the wall is wider than it is tall, you can add cabinets to both sides of your fireplace to make a smaller room look more upscale. It also will give you additional storage space in your living room, providing a space to house electronics, blankets or books.

Final Thoughts

Creating a cozy and luxurious ambiance with exquisite fireplace surrounds can be an exciting journey that lets you express your unique design style. With the wide range of materials and designs available, this statement piece will add value and style to your home.

Whether you go for natural stones, porcelain tiles, wood mantels, or metal materials, the key is to select a surround that resonates with your personal style and complements your home's overall aesthetic. The result will be a warm and inviting atmosphere that's perfect for those cold winter nights. 

Stay warm and cozy, friends!

Hi, I'm Amy, and I help clients design their dream home. With streamlined interior design services that focus on personalized designs and project management, we'll take the stress out of building a new home or large renovation project. Let's create a home that is designed perfectly for you and make your dream home a reality.


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