A striking and functional fireplace is a wonderful way to finish any space, particularly a living room, but with so many incredible ideas to choose from, it can be difficult to know where to start, which is why this guide has been created.
Modern fireplaces manage to effortlessly combine the traditional practicality of a fire with more streamlined and eye-catching aesthetics, making them common sense additions to absolutely every home, even those that normally wouldn't look quite right with a warm blaze in the hearth. After all, not everybody likes the look of cast iron grates and chunky mantles, so modern fireplace ideas have a real place in today's interior design arena.
Regardless of whether a wood or gas-fired option is desired, or even a faux fire that is powered by electricity, this guide has some terrific suggestions included and should make the process of choosing a modern fireplace so much simpler.
When it comes to modern fireplace design, a lot of people are selecting options that give the look and ambience of a standard log fie, but with the added convenience of being gas-fired. Of course, this isn't going to be a suitable solution for everybody, as rural locations are often without a gas connection, but for anybody living in a more urban setting, a gas fire is a terrific idea.
All the gorgeous good looks of a working fireplace, but with none of the mess. What could be better or more modern? Nothing, when brushed metal trims and a slimline mantle is included to finish the whole installation. This picture is a perfect example of how homely yet contemporary a fireplace can look.
When an extremely contemporary fireplace design is the only thing that will do, flush-fitting inset options are absolutely the way to go and because they look so incredibly beautiful, they are often mounted in such a way as to replace a television as well. We certainly don't think there's a TV programme that can compete with the good looks of a style such as this one!
In terms of fireplace ideas, modern inset boxes are really rising in popularity right now and though they will incur specialist fitting fees, they are more than worth the investment. Negating nothing in the way of heating potential, while creating an absolutely incredible focal point, these long, lean and dramatic designs are adaptable enough to work in a new build home or even a rustic property that could use a little updating.
Any modern living room with fireplace potential can be brought to life and warmed up no end, even if the space seems a little awkward or weirdly shaped. A great example of what we mean is this delightful corner inset fire, which takes full advantage of a jutting wall space and it has even leant itself to a clever little complementary log store.
So many people seem to be labouring under the misconception that to have a fireplace, a proper hearth and central position is needed, but this project aptly demonstrates that even the most unusual walls and rooms can be made to accommodate a terrific modern fire, if a little ingenuity and innovative design is employed.
Fireplace mantels are a fantastically traditional motif that heritage homes love to showcase but they are in no way mandatory! Here, we see a period home in London that has a contemporary fireplace fitted, without a mantle, but the overarching sense of luxury and showmanship isn't lost at all, thanks to a decadent marble surround being included.
Fitting flush to the wall, the marble here adds in a sense of traditional glamour and really frames the fire itself, just without a shelf for displaying trinkets and accessories. By using a small coffee table as a display stand instead, the fireplace itself has been kept simple and sleek, which allows the functionality to shine through. We feel warmer just looking at it, so who actually needs a mantle these days?
No rustic or country home is complete without a gorgeous fireplace, but that doesn't have to mean that a dirty hearth and messy grate have to be tolerated. Modern designs are absolutely mastering the art of combining effective heating with stylish aesthetics and, as an extra touch of genius, can even be likened to hearty woodburner styling too.
This amazing fireplace has all the charm of a woodburner but has been finished in such a way as to offer a contemporary feel that really livens up what looks to be a lovely country property. Set into a dedicated chimney breast, this black metal box creates such a neat and ordered aesthetic but still manages to be the cosy heart of the home. Contemporary meets rustic; who knew that such a thing could exist and work so well?
Taking inspiration from an outdoor fireplace can lead to some fantastic interior fire installations, as this futuristic little design proves! Given that this is, in essence, a simple woodburner style of fireplace, experienced DIYers could potentially fit something like this themselves and then have a professional come along to sign off on the work and declare it safe to use.
A suspended fire is a very contemporary idea and appeals for many reasons, chief amongst them being the fact that they take up so much less space than a standard fire, complete with large heart and chunky mantle. For smaller properties or even holiday homes, a modern fire like this one could be the perfect solution to the issue of getting enough heat, without swallowing up lots of floor space or compromising on style.
While the installation here is not an electric fireplace, it does give a good idea of how stylish they can be. Things have come a long way since old fashioned designs that simply illuminated a few fire stones inside a hearth and now, electric fireplaces offer all the gorgeous good looks of a real fire, just without any of the running costs, mess or maintenance. This makes them ideal for homes that want the look of a fire, but don't necessarily require an extra dose of heating. New builds that could use a little more personality are the ideal recipients for a well designed and realistic decorative electric fireplace.