35 Brick Fireplace Ideas for Any Design Style

red brick fireplace
The Spruce / Christopher Lee Foto

A brick fireplace is one of those cozy home features many folks covet, and contrary to popular belief, it isn't just for farmhouse-style or traditional-style homes: A brick fireplace can fit seamlessly with any design style with the right finishes and accents and can even become your home's eye-catching focal point. Whether your style is rustic or modern, a brick fireplace is a standout architectural feature you can transform or decorate with a little creative thinking.

Unlock your existing brickwork's stylish potential (or even give it a makeover) with our inspiring ideas that fit any design style.

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    Exposed Brick Wall

    A large traditional brick fireplace in a living room

    Home Consultant

    This living room is filled with beautiful architectural features, from the wooden ceiling beams to the arched doorway, but the oversized, exposed brick fireplace that takes up a majority of the wall is the show-stopping feature in this living room. If you're lucky enough to have a brick fireplace like this in your home, you can let it shine by keeping furniture and accent colors simple.

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    All-White Beauty

    An all white fireplace in an dining area

    Ashley Montgomery Design

    This little dining nook seems much larger than it is because the white walls and all-white fireplace brighten up the space. 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.

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    Slanted Brick Fireplace Design

    An angled floor-to-ceiling brick fireplace

    @dwellaware / Instagram

    Your brickwork can go all the way up to make your space feel dramatic if you have a tall ceiling to work with. The slant in this ceiling takes this brick fireplace from ordinary to stunning, especially against the white wall backdrop.

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    Adding Curved Elements

    White brick fireplace with a curved screen

    Britt Design Studio

    If you already have a brick fireplace that you love, decorating it with the right accents will enhance its design aesthetic even further. If your living room is filled with square or rectangular shapes, like this living room with its brick fireplace and rectangular wainscoting accents on the wall, add round or curved elements to the room to counteract the look. Here, Britt Design Studio placed an arched bamboo-shaped fireplace screen for added visual appeal.

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    Mediterranean-Style, Arched Brick Fireplace

    An arched fireplace surrounded by brick

    Design by Emily Henderson / Photo by Sara Ligorria-Tramp

    A brick fireplace is the perfect focal point in any style home, including Mediterranean-style. Here, Emily Henderson added pops of teal to her living space for added color that still allows the fireplace to remain the main focus of the living room.

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    White-Framed Black Brick Fireplace

    A living room with a black fireplace

    Arbor & Co.

    It's no design secret that pairing black and white accents creates a beautiful contrast. Here, Arbor & Co. framed a brick fireplace painted in black with a white mantel and built-in storage that enhances the design of this neutral living room.

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    Standout Black Accents

    A black fireplace against a white wall

    Home Consultant

    The first thing that catches your eye in this sitting area is the beautiful black brick fireplace. The black fireplace pulls all the other beautiful accents in the room together, from the industrial-style sconces to the pattern in the pillows.

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    A Dramatic Effect

    A black brick fireplace with black shiplap accent

    @flippingnuts_ca / Instagram

    If dark and dramatic is your personal design aesthetic, there is no reason your home's design style shouldn't reflect that. Here, Flipping Nuts paired this beautiful black brick fireplace and black shiplap with a custom-made, natural wood mantel and mustard accents for a design that's one-of-a-kind and aesthetically pleasing.

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    Dramatic Black Fireplace

    A floor-to-ceiling black brick fireplace in a corner of a living room

    Hannah Tyler Designs

    When you have a living room that allows in plenty of natural light, you can play with dark, moody colors and still have a space that feels open and bright. Here, Hannah Tyler Designs updated their large brick fireplace that was once an eyesore with black paint. The makeover was easy, budget-friendly and adds an interesting element to the room without making it feel crowded and dark.

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    Fireplace Built-Ins

    A white brick fireplace with built-in shelving

    Design by Velinda Hellen / Photo by Sara Lagorria-Tramp

    The original fireplace in this Craftsman-style home was already a beautiful white brick with built-in shelving, but the tile in the hearth needed to be replaced. Here, designer Velinda Herren for Emily Henderson Design replaced the old tile with large black tiles to create a beautiful contrast with the white fireplace and walls. The combination brings a modern touch to this cute bungalow.

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    Painted Brick Fireplace Wall

    A white fireplace with an antique style brick wall accent

    Jessica Nelson Design

    You may love the original brickwork on your fireplace or the wall behind it, but if you're looking to brighten up your living space, a little paint goes a long way. Painting the brick with chalk paint will give it an antique look and brighten up a room without completely covering the beautiful color of the original bricks.

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    An Inviting Fireplace Design

    A living room with a brick fireplace and wood mantel

    Becca Interiors

    The first thing you notice in this living room is the warm colors and textures of the fireplace. The combination of the red brick surround and natural wood mantel creates an inviting feel in this coastal-inspired living room.

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    Sleek Black Fireplace

    A floor-to-ceiling black brick fireplace

    Design by @jkath_designbuild / Photo by @alyssaleephotography

    A brick fireplace can feel outdated depending on the condition of the brickwork and if it overpowers the rest of the room's design. Instead of renovating the fireplace, try refreshing it with black paint. It will transform your fireplace into a statement piece instead of an eyesore, especially when you have a beautiful oversized fireplace like this one.

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    A Small Fireplace With a Big Impact

    An arched black brick fireplace

    @cookiesanddecorbypam / Instagram

    Painting your fireplace black creates a dramatic effect no matter how big or small your fireplace is. This arched brick fireplace is small but mighty and an easy makeover like this only takes a couple of DIY hours to complete.

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    A Beautiful Shape That Shines

    A dimensional white brick fireplace

    Ashley Montgomery Design

    This fireplace brickwork makes an impactful design statement with its one-of-a-kind shape. Traditional red brick can sometimes take away from the other elements of the fireplace, but this white paint color provides a clean and simple canvas so the shape of the fireplace shines.

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    Traditional Brick Fireplace

    A brick fireplace in a corner of a living room

    @sugarandspice.interiors / Instagram

    The traditional neutral brickwork on this fireplace makes this the perfect backdrop to decorate for each season. The brickwork carries through to the hearth for a cohesive, flowing look, while the dark wood mantel and surround add a rustic look.

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    A Contemporary Spin

    A fireplace in a home office with a faux antique finish

    Charbonneau Interiors

    Normally, you wouldn't think a brick fireplace would fit seamlessly with a contemporary-style room, but this home office proves otherwise. The limestone finish on the fireplace allows the brick to blend into the wall to create a grand, sophisticated room that has plenty of texture and eye-catching features.

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    Small Space Fireplace Design

    A living room with a brick fireplace


    Having a small space doesn't mean your brick fireplace is a waste of square footage or an eyesore. COTTAGE + SEA's living room proves that a brick fireplace can still brighten up a small living room. The brick border adds a traditional feel to the room while the white surround and mantel brighten and open up the space.

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    A Nostalgic Wood-Burning Fireplace

    An all white fireplace with a white brick surround and hearth

    Design by Emily Henderson / Photo by Sara Lagorria-Tramp

    The smell of a crackling wood fire is a nostalgic memory for many. If you want to bring that feeling to your home, like Emily Henderson did in this living room, the chopped wood in the fireplace should be the main focal point of the room. Emily painted the entire fireplace white, from the mantel to the brick surround, to help the black firebox and chopped wood stand out.

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    Neutral Color Palette With Depth

    A contemporary living room with a gray brick fireplace

    Design by Blakely Interior Design / Photo by Andrea Pietrangeli

    The painted gray brick surround of the fireplace brings some depth to this living room designed by Blakely Interior Design, while still keeping with the neutral color palette. The gray brickwork against the white mantel is a refreshing, contemporary update on the traditional look of red brick.

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    A Brick Wall for Displaying Your Plants

    A furnace with a light gray brick accent wall

    @leafandlolo / Instagram

    Even without a true fireplace, you can get that brick fireplace look with a brick wall and a furnace. Here, Leaf and Lolo instantly brightened up her living room with a light gray brick wall that's the perfect spot to display all her houseplants.

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    Herringbone Brick Pattern

    A fireplace in a dining room

    Mary Patton Design

    A little brick adds a lot of charm; the herringbone pattern of the brick hearth adds a charming twist to this modern sitting room. It pulls together in the colors from the artwork over the mantel and the warm tones of the rattan dining chairs.

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    Navy and White Combo

    A floor-to-ceiling white brick fireplace

    Ashley Montgomery Design

    A navy and white color combination will never go out of style. This floor-to-ceiling brick fireplace painted in white is flanked by sleek navy cabinets that balance each other well in this midcentury modern style living room.

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    Eye-Catching Firewood Storage

    A large white brick fireplace with firewood storage

    Tina Ramchandani and Winter McDermott

    Not only is this white fireplace a stunning backdrop for the trio of black and white prints, but the white brick allows the wood burning fireplace and firewood storage to take center stage in this living room design by Tina Ramchandani and Winter McDermott.

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    Old World Charm

    A farmhouse style fireplace with a limestone finish

    Kate Marker Interiors

    The limestone finish on this fireplace design adds an Old World charm in this light and airy living room, while the wood mantel matches the ceiling beams for a complete look. To keep with the Old World charm look, designer Kate Marker dressed up the mantel with simple black and white prints and one large mirror to open up the space even more.

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    Brick in the Living Room and Kitchen

    A brick fireplace and matching kitchen backsplash

    Charbonneau Interiors

    The multicolored brick wall of this living room is the main focal point of the room. To keep things interesting, the brick changes into a herringbone pattern on the fireplace surround that's framed by a white mantel. The same brickwork is carried through to the adjacent kitchen to make the two spaces feel like one open area.

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    Shabby Chic Fireplace Nook

    A shabby chic living room with a blue furnace and floral wallpaper

    @pretty.thrifty.home / Instagram

    Shabby chic design style features vintage-inspired furnishings and decor elements that have been collected over time. This fireplace nook in Pretty Thrifty Home's living room includes antique items on the mantel, a vintage-inspired floral accent wall, a vintage fabric pennant garland and a bright blue furnace that's the perfect addition to the Belfast brick fireplace.

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    A Vintage-Inspired Fireplace Design

    A brick fireplace accented with blue artwork

    Design and Photo by Sara Lagorria-Tramp

    At first glance, this seems like an ordinary fireplace, but when paired with the right artwork and furnishings, the fireplace design transforms into a one-of-a-kind design element. Here, Sara Lagorria-Tramp added a Hmong embroidery above the mantel for a pop of color, and placed a vintage grate (a family hand-me-down) in front of the fireplace for a collected-over-time look.

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    Spanish Colonial With Rustic Touches

    A white fireplace with a brick hearth

    Calimia Home

    The plaster on this fireplace is common in Spanish Colonial architecture. Its simplicity and texture add an organic and refreshing look to any living room. The plastered brick in the unused firebox of this minimalist living room is decorated with a wicker basket and is the perfect balance when paired with the colorful artwork and plants.

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    A Mantel Update

    A sitting room with a traditional brick fireplace

    Design by Blakely Interior Design / Photo by Andrea Pietrangeli

    You don't have to cover all the original brickwork to brighten and update a space. A new fireplace surround and mantel instantly upgrades this sitting room without completely covering up the beautiful brickwork of the original fireplace.

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    Distressed Brick Facing

    A living room with a traditional brick fireplace surround

    @stonecottage2250 / Instagram

    If you don't currently have a brick fireplace but covet one, adding even a small brick accent gives the same charming look and is a fairly easy and budget-friendly DIY project. Here, Linda of stonecottage2250 covered the original plaster fireplace surround with distressed bricks that adds a homey feel to the living room.

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    A Historic Tudor-Style Fireplace

    A Tudor style white fireplace

    @heirlooms.co / Instagram

    Many Tudor-style homes feature light-colored sandstone fireplaces, and Lauren Hawley's historic Tudor home features this same look with a white plastered brick fireplace framed with a sleek black mantel. The design is true to its historic roots yet has an updated feel.

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    A Kitchen Fireplace

    A white brick fireplace in a kitchen

    Britt Design Studio

    The white brick fireplace allows the natural light that's trickling in from the skylight above to bounce around and brighten up this cozy kitchen designed by Britt Design Studio. The kitchen backsplash pulls in colors from both the fireplace and cabinetry that helps the different style elements come together.

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    An All-White Design

    A white fireplace with a white brick surround

    Design by Calimia Home / Photo by Karla Garcia

    If you love the contrast of black and white design, don't forget about the fireplace. This living room, designed by Calimia Home, features a fireplace with a black firebox and all-white fireplace brick surround and ornate mantel that creates a beautiful contrast.

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    Farmhouse Style Fireplace

    A white brick fireplace with a floating wood mantel.

    Blue Copper Design

    Even though this isn't a working fireplace, it still gives that warm, cozy feeling of a wood burning one. The firebox holds chopped firewood that makes a design statement against the white brick fireplace backdrop. The floating wood mantel and matching ceiling beams add warmth to the space.

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    Industrial-Style Brick Fireplace

    An industrial-style brick fireplace

    Design by noverohomes and designed_by_jill

    Separately, the distressed brick, raw wood mantel and metal hardware detailing are beautiful, but when these elements are put together, it takes the wow factor way up. This fireplace design by interior designer Jill Fritz proves that brick is beautiful in any style home, from traditional to industrial-style.