60 Must-See Fireplace Wall Design Ideas for 2022 (2022)

“A house with no fireplace is a house without a heart.” – Gladys Taber

A fireplace is definitely the heart of any room, but without a beautiful fireplace wall, it’s simply a heat source. The materials and decorations you place around your fireplace can turn it from a boring feature to the room’s gorgeous centerpiece.

Brick, tile, marble, or stone—all are excellent fireplace wall ideas and can be designed to coordinate with any style of home decor. Look through our gallery of stunning fireplace wall ideas for inspiration on updating the heart of your home.

1. Brick

A classic brick fireplace heats millions of homes around the world. What can you do if you tire of looking at your existing fireplace brick? Paint is one of the easiest ways to update a brick fireplace surround. Thin the paint with water and whitewash the bricks if you prefer a more subtle application.

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Virtually any type of mantel will work in front of a brick fireplace surround. A thick, reclaimed wood beam is a classic mantel idea, especially with rustic or cottage decor. Update your fireplace screen to further enhance your brick fireplace’s appearance.

2. Concrete

Concrete is a fireplace idea whose time has come. Perfectly subtle paired with minimalist decor, smooth grey concrete makes a fabulous modern fireplace surround. It is possible to DIY a concrete fireplace wall, but if you’re new to working with concrete, it’s probably best to hire a contractor.

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Concrete fireplace walls can be tinted practically any color and finished with different types of glazes for a unique room accent. Make sure your contractor uses a heat-resistant type of concrete for the walls and hearth.

Concrete blocks and panels are also great materials for building an outdoor fireplace. Whether you want a basic fire pit or a full exterior fireplace wall, concrete is an excellent choice.

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3. Contemporary

Contemporary fireplace ideas are currently trending, focusing on bold and modern designs. Clean, frameless openings and smooth finishes fit the contemporary definition whether they’re used on traditional or linear fireplace models.

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The linear fireplace represents contemporary trends in both living areas and bedrooms. As the name suggests, linear fireplaces have an elongated shape that can range from 3 feet to over 20 feet in length. Because they are fueled by natural gas, they can be installed without a chimney. Many contemporary fireplace inserts have two sides so they can be viewed from adjoining rooms.

4. DIY

A DIY fireplace makeover may be easier than you think. Update a brick or stone veneer with a layer of paint or stain, cover it with stucco for an all-new texture on your hearth and walls. Replacing the fireplace mantel is usually simple for someone with intermediate DIY skills. If your home includes farmhouse decor, build a fireplace surround out of wood planks.

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What if you really want a fireplace feature wall, but your home doesn’t have a fireplace? One option is to build a faux fireplace in the middle of your longest wall. Watch this video to see what one couple did to create an amazing electric fireplace wall in their living room:

5. With TV

Many homeowners choose to install a TV above the fireplace. It makes sense as it creates a singular focal point for the room. You must follow the directions in your fireplace manual to protect your TV from heat damage.

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Pay attention to scale when choosing a TV to hang over the living room or bedroom fireplace. A screen that’s too large may dwarf the fireplace itself, while a small screen may look completely out of balance.

6. Herringbone

Named after the look of a herring fish skeleton, a herringbone pattern is one that is made up of V-shaped parallel lines. Unlike a chevron pattern, where each “v” ends in a point, the ends of herringbone planks are cut at a 90 degree angle.

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Both herringbone and chevron patterns are great fireplace tile ideas when you want something a little outside the norm. Rectangular marble tile, painted shiplap planks, and bricks are all traditional fireplace materials to arrange in a herringbone pattern.

7. Mantel

A great fireplace mantel adds to your fireplace design and provides a shelf to hold candles, matches, framed photos, and holiday garlands. Plan how grand or how basic your mantel design will be based on which room it’s in and your plans to use it. A simple wooden mantel shelf may be enough in the kitchen or dining room, but a living room fireplace may call for a large mantel with columns.

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Contemporary fireplace ideas may eliminate the mantel altogether. Since modern decor is focused on minimalism, a decorated fireplace mantel may be too much for a modern styled room. However, if you have a TV mounted over the fireplace, you’ll want a mantel to help shield the screen from excessive heat exposure.

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8. Marble

Go with timeless marble if you want to create a truly elegant fireplace statement. A white fireplace with a marble surround will need frequent cleaning if it’s wood burning, therefore a gas fireplace might be more suitable for a light color scheme.

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Black marble makes a dramatic statement and is a suitable material around a wood burning fireplace. Marble is available in a wide range of colors and with great variations in its veining sizes and patterns. If you love the look of marble, but a real marble stone fireplace is beyond your budget, marble tiles or even faux marble panels may provide a similar look.

9. Modern

Modern design is clean and linear with an uncluttered minimalist vibe. These are the goals you should have when deciding what kind of wall fireplace and hearth to include in a modern interior.

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If your home already has a fireplace that isn’t modern enough for your taste, consider the following modern fireplace remodel ideas:

  • Use paint to make a black or white brick fireplace out of an old red one.
  • Replace rustic stone veneer with smooth concrete panels.
  • Remove the traditional fireplace and replace it with a linear gas fireplace.

10. Rustic

Every rustic lodge has a fireplace and your rustic-styled home should follow the lead. An organic quarry stone fireplace warms up a rustic room while bringing outdoor elements inside. Brick and stacked stone are great materials to surround a rustic fireplace, extending it into an entire accent wall feature.

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A simple wood mantel is probably the best choice in a rustic cottage or cabin. Stained wood paneling around the fireplace is another good way to turn a basic wall or corner fireplace into a lodge-worthy rustic accent.

11. Shiplap

Shiplap is everywhere these days, and fireplace walls are no exception. Made popular through the explosion of farmhouse style, these horizontal wood planks add a lot of texture and charm to any room.

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Shiplap is usually painted white, but may be intentionally distressed or even left bare. Completely veer beyond expectations by painting your fireplace shiplap walls deep navy blue or even black. These dark colors add a modern twist to traditional farmhouse style.

12. Stone

Stone fireplaces are just as popular as brick and can be designed to meld with any type of interior design. Natural stone comes in a huge range of colors, from light to dark, and you can find fireplace stone finishes in nearly any hue.

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Stone also provides multiple options for texture and sheen. Matte finish stone tiles, such as travertine, are great outdoor fireplace ideas. Inside, you may prefer glass-like polished granite or even a vertical arrangement of rectangular-cut flagstone.

13. Tile

Tile fireplace walls are common in Tuscan, Spanish, and other Mediterranean-style homes. Hand-painted tile is a colorful accent when applied around the fireplace opening and on the hearth.

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Solid color architectural tiles are a great fireproof choice for all kinds of fireplace surrounds. Get creative with tile shapes, considering everything from squares, to hexagons, to arabesque configurations.

14. Wood

Wood is an economical alternative to stone and tile, and an easy way to update the walls surrounding your fireplace. Horizontal shiplap is a trendy way to add texture and interest to your fireplace, and you can mix it up by nailing the planks in a vertical or herringbone pattern.

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Wood panels, columns, and coffered walls are all beautiful ways to draw attention to the fireplace in a room with traditional decor. Rough wood planks or logs are excellent accents in a rustic home.

Fireplace Wall FAQs

Can you put a TV on the wall above an open fire?

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Yes, although it may seem questionable given the amount of heat a fireplace radiates. Protect your TV by directing the heat away from it. There are three primary ways to achieve this:

  • Build a recessed alcove for the TV.
  • Install a wide, thick mantel.
  • Purchase a fireplace insert with a fan to blow heat out into the room.

What can I put on my fireplace walls?

If you don’t hang a TV over your fireplace, any number of decorative accents will do. A large mirror can make your room appear brighter and larger, while a wreath adds a botanical accent. Use the walls surrounding your fireplace to showcase favorite artwork or family photos.

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FAQs

What is the current trend for fireplaces? ›

Minimalist simplicity is a major design trend in 2022, so clean finish fireplaces are in high demand. Instead of bulky stone hearths or elaborate details, homeowners want fireplaces they can finish right up to the glass.

How can I make my fireplace more attractive? ›

  1. No Heat Required. ...
  2. Fill It With Fire-Ready Logs Anyway. ...
  3. Embrace a More Organic Design. ...
  4. Fake Stacked Logs With a DIY Summer Front. ...
  5. Place Tiered Candles Inside. ...
  6. Cover It With an Ornate Fire Screen. ...
  7. Use It as a Shadow Box to Display a Favorite Object. ...
  8. Handsome Firebox.

What is the most popular type of fireplace? ›

A wood-burning hearth is the standard fireplace used worldwide, as it has been for centuries. It's what comes to mind when most people envision a beautiful fire in a living room. Types of wood-burning fireplace systems are: Site-Built Masonry.

Should I paint my fireplace the same color as the walls? ›

Choose a contrasting shade

Many homeowners do not want their fireplace to be of the same color as their room walls. A homeowner who wants the fireplace to take center stage to highlight its beauty should go for a contrasting color scheme. Most people favor contrasting light colors with the dark and vice versa.

What do you put in front of a fireplace? ›

Pumpkins, acorns, and branches of fall leaves bring the natural elements forward. Warm colors easily stand beside neutral palettes. Garlands of berries, burlap, and cranberries festoon the mantle. Add baskets and chairs to the fireplace front to complete your home's fireplace display.

What is a decorative fireplace? ›

A decorative fireplace is a fireplace that is unable to burn a fire for one of several reasons. The fireplace may have never had a chimney attached, the fireplace may be damaged or too dirty to use or the fireplace may cause too much mess to use on a regular basis.

Should the fireplace wall be the accent wall? ›

Focus: Accent walls must be the focal point of the room to look right. The fireplace creates a natural focal point. Openings: Accent walls should not have windows or doors. Usually, the wall behind a fireplace does not have these features.

What do you put on a feature wall? ›

  1. Showcase your favorite art or print. (Image credit: Future) ...
  2. Theme a group of plates. (Image credit: Future) ...
  3. Learn how to frame. (Image credit: James Merrell / Future) ...
  4. Introduce lustrous texture with a mural. ...
  5. Start with art. ...
  6. Install a tapestry to your feature wall. ...
  7. Don't be too precise. ...
  8. Avoid hanging pictures too high.
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How do you accentuate a fireplace? ›

To further accentuate your fireplace, use colours to set it apart from the rest of the room. Try painting the fireplace wall with an accent colour from your palette, or utilise wallpaper patterns. You can repeat this colour and accents around the room for cohesion.

Are linear fireplaces going out of style? ›

Trend #1: Linear Interior

2021 will see continue to see the strong growth in the number of large, linear, and contemporary gas fireplaces being installed in people's homes. This year will see these large, linear contemporary gas fireplaces placed in less modern styled living rooms and in a wider range of homes.

What color should I paint my fireplace? ›

Neutral colors like white and gray are the most common colors for painting a brick fireplace, but this is a project where you can be creative. Bold and contrasting colors can make your fireplace a true focal point.

Are fireplaces still in style? ›

Fireplaces, which have always been popular in some geographic areas, are coming back as a huge trend for home design. Fireplaces are popular again with designers because they offer a stylish function that homeowners want and the luxurious touch that homebuyers today look for in new homes.

Which is the best fireplace brand? ›

Top Rated Fireplaces & Fireplace Manufacturers
  • Empire Fireplaces.
  • Monessen Fireplaces.
  • Napoleon Fireplaces.
  • Superior Fireplaces.
  • Majestic Fireplaces.
  • Kingsman Fireplaces.
  • Fire Sense Fireplaces.
  • Bio Flame Fireplaces.

What are the two types of fireplaces? ›

There are two types of fireplaces that result in different chimneys: masonry fireplaces and prefabricated fireplaces. Masonry fireplaces are the traditional fireplace that you may envision made up of bricks, blocks or stone.

Should I paint fireplace white or gray? ›

A light gray tone just enhances the warm and cozy fireplace feel. It's a neutral color and allows for flexible decor and furniture, but still stands out against a white wall. Whether it's curling up with a book or hosting a relaxing gathering, gray can give you the subdued vibe and focal point you want.

When painting a room two colors which wall should be darker? ›

Paint walls opposite windows a cool, dark color to absorb light in too-bright rooms. If you want a brighter room, paint a dark color on the window wall with lighter colors opposite to reflect light back into the room.

What Sheen do you paint a fireplace? ›

When painting a brick fireplace, you will want to start by using an indoor acrylic-latex blend paint. The paint needs to be able to withstand high temperatures. As far as what sheen to go with, eggshell is a lower sheen and gives off a warm glow. It is easy to apply and is great at concealing imperfections.

Should I paint my brick fireplace white? ›

Should I Paint My Brick Fireplace? If your brick is dated or you simply do not like it, by all means paint your fireplace. If you have a large expanse of brick or a really huge fireplace that you are considering tearing out, try painting it white first.

How do you make brick fireplace look new? ›

You can change the entire look of your living room with a can of paint by updating the wall and fireplace brick color to coordinate. Gray walls look gorgeous next to a gray painted fireplace. Using a sheer painting technique will help you keep the natural variations in brick color while still taking out the red.

How can I make my brick fireplace look nice? ›

The textures of the fireplace, from the brick surround to the shiplap over the mantel add interest and texture to the room. To add a touch of color without overcrowding the space, add greenery through houseplants and colorful artwork.

Can you use peel and stick tiles on a fireplace? ›

These peel and stick tiles have a high-end look, are heat and humidity resistant, and will stay in place as long as you want them. They are a great solution when you want to update old tile fireplaces without the expense and mess.

Are linear fireplaces going out of style? ›

Trend #1: Linear Interior

2021 will see continue to see the strong growth in the number of large, linear, and contemporary gas fireplaces being installed in people's homes. This year will see these large, linear contemporary gas fireplaces placed in less modern styled living rooms and in a wider range of homes.

Are fireplaces still in style? ›

Fireplaces, which have always been popular in some geographic areas, are coming back as a huge trend for home design. Fireplaces are popular again with designers because they offer a stylish function that homeowners want and the luxurious touch that homebuyers today look for in new homes.

Are fireplaces still popular? ›

According to the 2019 edition NAHB's What Home Buyers Really Want, 55% and 48% of home buyers rate gas and wood burning fireplaces, respectively, as at least desirable. By this measure, fireplaces fall in the middle of the list of decorative features in the NAHB survey in terms of desirability.

Are gas fireplaces outdated? ›

Gas fireplaces have become increasingly popular throughout the U.S. over the past few decades. Far from the unconvincing fake log products of the past, today's gas fireplaces create a hearty-looking fire with glowing embers, tall yellow-orange flames, and ceramic-fiber logs molded to look just like natural wood.

How far should a linear fireplace be from the floor? ›

Linear fireplaces have emerged as some of the best stylish fireplaces that have dominated sales. They are wider units than they are tall and have a thin and extremely long profile. When placed at least 12 inches off the floor, these units make the best visual appeal.

What should I replace a gas fire with? ›

Replacing a gas fire with an electric fire is a more affordable way of heating the home. Electric fires are more energy efficient and cheaper to run than their gas counterparts. You will also avoid the hassle of collecting wood and building up a fire from scratch every time.

Are linear fireplaces efficient? ›

Linear gas fireplaces can be extremely efficient. For the most eco-friendly options look for gas fireplaces that are labeled 'direct vent' or 'vent-free' (sometimes also referred to as 'ventless'). These styles will ensure more of the heat your fireplace produces stays in the house rather than going up your chimney.

Why don t new houses have fireplaces? ›

Modern homes do not have enough draft in order to keep a wood fireplace lit. They will go out. This is because space heaters replaced fireplaces for energy efficiency, so new forms of insulation have replaced asbestos and fiberglass such as foam.

Why are there no fireplaces in new homes? ›

Building a chimney adds to the cost of a new house, so to keep them affordable, they are often left out. In addition to this is the fact that many new builds are designed to be as efficient as possible. More recent building regulations now require homes to meet minimum levels of airtightness.

Do fireplaces increase home value? ›

Return on Investment

A homeowner can often recover over 100 percent of the expenses associated with adding a fireplace upon selling their home. According to the National Association of Real Estate Appraisers, adding a fireplace to home can increase the resale value of the home by as much as 6-12 percent.

Why do houses still have fireplaces? ›

Heating – A fireplace is typically a cheaper way of heating a home, especially if it is central to the home. It's a quick way to warm up the room in which everyone is gathered.

Do people still use wood burning fireplaces? ›

Can You Use Wood-Burning Fireplaces in California? You can use a wood-burning fireplace in some California districts on most days, but it becomes illegal to do so in your area on no-burn days, which typically occur during the winter.

How do you modernize a gas fireplace? ›

To switch things up, you could add blue fire glass, a ceramic fiber charred log set, black volcanic rock cinders, hollyhock birch logs, earth tone mix fire glass, or choose from many other options. New filaments can modernize your gas fireplace and provide fresh enjoyment.

What is the average lifespan of a gas fireplace? ›

Generally speaking, you can get a good ten to fifteen years of use before you need to replace your gas fireplace.

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