A fireplace is a must-have feature for any living room. Not only does it create the perfect focal point to gather around with family and friends, but when in use, it will also heat your living space, creating that cozy glow that makes a house truly feel like a home.
If you live in a contemporary home, choosing a fireplace that will complement the architecture and design of your home is a great way to enhance your space. Contrary to popular belief, modern fireplaces don't have to be boring. In this article, we're sharing 30 swoon-worthy modern fireplace ideas that will make you drool with envy.
Asymmetrical Fireplace Design
This gorgeous fireplace fits perfectly into the corner of this room, making use of a space that could easily be forgotten about. The asymmetrical design makes this fireplace truly unique, with a mosaic stone surround that stretches up to the ceiling and a raised stone hearth that can also be used to place ornaments and accessories.
A corner fireplace is ideal for anyone with a small space. This positioning will allow more space in your living room for an entertainment unit or other furnishings whilst still providing the warmth and atmosphere that a fireplace creates.
Black Industrial Style Fireplace
If you're a lover of modern industrial design, this is the fireplace for you. The surround extends to cover almost the entire wall of the room, blending the fireplace into the architecture of the room.
Simple Gray Stone
This simple but stunning gray stone fireplace creates the perfect focal point for friends and family to gather around in this contemporary penthouse apartment. Nestled into the corner of the wall, this fireplace creates an asymmetrical design.
If you choose to place your fireplace asymmetrically, placing artwork or accessories on the other side will help to visually balance everything out.
Layers of Stone
Simple yet visually pleasing, this layered stone fireplace makes the perfect focal point in this coastal-inspired home. Simple mantles like this can be dressed with ornaments, vases, and other accessories to make them into something truly unique.
Bold and Black
This contemporary black fireplace blends in seamlessly with the black charred wood of the fire surround, which stretches all the way up to the ceiling. The bold design contrasts beautifully against the white walls in this living room, allowing it to really stand out.
If you want to do something similar, you can balance out the look by using black in other areas of the room, such as in the furniture and accessories, which will help create a cohesive look in the room.
Long and Slim Modern Fireplace
In a large open-plan space, size is everything. This long fireplace helps to create a focal point in a very large open-plan space, providing an anchor, and creating a social 'zone' in the room. The surround extends up to the ceiling, adding to the visual scale of the fireplace.
The clean lines of this fireplace work beautifully in a modern interior. With its dark background, this ribbon fireplace provides a stark contrast against the white tile surround. The light-colored stone tiles are set out in a grid format, which adds to the pleasing linear look of this design.
When styling a minimal fireplace like this that features lots of clean lines, try using rounded accessories such as ornaments, bowls, and vases, to offset all the straight lines.
Bespoke Concrete Fireplace
Concrete is becoming more and more popular for use in interior design, and it's easy to see why. Using concrete is a wonderful way to add texture and interest to a fireplace, as the material naturally varies in color and texture.
Concrete is an ideal material for a fireplace. It's strong, naturally fire-resistant, and can be molded into almost any shape you desire.
Stacked Brick Tiles
This ribbon fireplace features a stunning tiled surround that stretches right up to the slanted ceiling in this modern silo home. With a raised hearth that stretches from wall to wall, plenty of space is provided to store accessories, books, and anything else you would like to display.
Modern Industrial Fireplace
This interior does a great job of blending industrial design with a more relaxed, bohemian style. The gray stone fireplace adds a heavy industrial element to the interior, creating a unique feature in the space between the window and the wall. Industrial-style fireplaces are a great choice for anyone who loves clean, minimalistic designs.
This unusual fireplace sits in a cutout section of the wall, which acts as a room divider in the space, visually separating one seating area from the other and creating two clear zones.
Since you can see straight through the fireplace to the other size, this helps make the space feel airy and open, allowing your eye to effortlessly travel across the horizon through both windows.
This striking design creates a unique feature within this modern interior, showcasing a range of different materials, including stone, concrete, brick, metal, and wood.
Using a range of different materials in their natural finishes is one of the best ways to achieve an industrial look in your interior, so this is worth considering if you are designing a fireplace from scratch.
Open Central Hanging Fireplace
This central hanging fireplace is the perfect solution to heat this large barn conversion. If you want your fireplace to provide heat in the center of your room, without having to build a wall or chimney, then this is a great option for you. This may not be a suitable option for homes with small children due to the fact that it's harder to source a fireguard that will stay in place.
Home Gym Fireplace
This fireplace makes this basement home gym feel cozy and inviting, providing a warm comfortable place to workout at any time of day, even in the winter! Stone tiles give this fireplace a sleek, modern look, while a double-sided ribbon fire heats both sides of the space.
A Work of Art
This impressive fireplace is a work of art in itself, created from layers of joint compounds and inks over a course of 7-days, with sanding between each layer to create a unique look and texture.
Turning your fireplace into a unique work of art is a great way to create a showstopping architectural feature in your room. This is an ideal option for minimal interiors, as a fireplace like this stands out on its own and won't need accessorizing.
This stunning fireplace features a black and grey surround of beautiful polished stone tiles. This creates a unique focal point in a room with no TV, providing a warm comfortable space for people to gather and relax.
Using the space around a fireplace for cupboards and shelving is a great use of the space, allowing you to accessorize, and store away any clutter if needed too.
Barely There Glass
A glass fireplace creates a clear divide in this space, zoning off the two seating areas from one another, while still providing heat and a cozy atmosphere to both sides.
This type of fireplace is a great option for anyone with an open-plan space. The glass surround allows your eye to travel through the area, so you don't lose the feeling of openness.
Wood, Stone, and Glass
Here's another example of how using a variety of different materials can have an amazing effect. This modern fireplace has been made using concrete, glass, and different types of wood with built-in feature lighting above to create a mountain design---perfectly appropriate for this stunning Swiss chalet.
Traditional Meets Modern
Although this fireplace uses a fairly traditional style alongside traditional materials, the clean, contemporary design of the stone fire surround works incredibly well with more modern or transitional interiors.
The addition of a natural driftwood mantlepiece is the perfect accessory, adding another natural element to this design, and giving it a beachy feel.
An Open Central Fireplace
This beautiful central fireplace works well in an open-plan interior, allowing you to see right through the space to the mountain view even when you are situated behind the fireplace. The chimney above also provides an additional space where art can be hung, turning this fireplace into a true feature piece.
Modern Asymmetrical Fireplace Design
An asymmetrical fireplace installation gives this space a unique look. The fireplace is situated centrally overlapping both the wall and the shelving, which helps create visual flow around the room.
Your first thought might be to align a modern fireplace with the TV, but installing in asymmetrically can have a striking effect, making the fireplace the focal point, rather than the TV.
A Contemporary Mantle
Here's another great example of how an asymmetrically designed fireplace can work well in a contemporary home. A thick stone mantle provides space for ornaments and accessories on the left, while a wall-mounted TV is placed on the right, balancing out the design.
Herringbone Tiled Fireplace
This striking fireplace features a tiled surround in a grey herringbone design. This draws attention away from the TV ensuring the Fireplace and surround take center stage in this living room.
The cool gray of the tiles contrasts beautifully with the warm tones of the wood, creating a perfect sense of balance in the room.
Elongated Concrete Fireplace
This stylish space features a stone and concrete fireplace that is in keeping with the contemporary architecture of the building. The concrete front creates a sleek horizontal line across the fireplace, whilst creating the perfect backdrop to showcase a piece of modern art.
This modern fireplace features a white and gray marble surround that adds to the lightness of this large airy space.
Using a marble surround on your fireplace can be costly, but the effect is amazing, so it could be a worthy investment if you're looking to create a unique feature in a modern home.
A Dramatic Contrast
A floor-to-ceiling fireplace creates a dramatic look in this transitional living room. The dark color creates a stark contrast against the light-colored walls which makes it really stand out, creating a perfect focal point in this room.
You can get this look at home by experimenting with various shades of gray paint and trying different faux finishes, such as sponge painting, which can add texture and mimic the look of stone, metal, slate, or another look you would like to achieve.
Concrete and Wood
The combination of concrete and wood on this fireplace surround works extremely well. Although the two materials are very different from one another, they complement each other perfectly, creating a wonderful contrast between light and dark.
Concrete is one of the best materials around when it comes to creating a custom-built modern fireplace. The natural gray color and texture of concrete works well with most decor styles and can be formed into almost any shape according to your design requirements.
This striking double-sided fireplace offers heat and a cozy glow to both sides of the room in this contemporary living room. The dark metal panels above the fireplace open up to reveal a media wall which makes this area ideal for relaxing with a movie in front of the fire.
Gray and White Tiled Fireplace
This stunning gray and white fireplace fits this glamorous modern interior perfectly, creating a unique focal point in the room. The tiled surround adds texture and interest and continues up to the ceiling which adds a sense of grandeur to the room.
Using tiled for the surround of your fireplace is a great way to help it stand out as an architectural feature in the room. Tiles are also a great way to update an existing fireplace to give it a more contemporary feel.
Copper and Stone
This unusual fireplace has been installed on the edge of a dividing wall in this space, turning it into a beautiful (and practical) focal point in the room.
With a copper chimney and white stone hearth, this modern fireplace is almost like a work of art, complementing the style and decor of the rest of the space.