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
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.Continue to 2 of 36 below.
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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.Continue to 3 of 36 below.
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Slanted Brick Fireplace Design
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.Continue to 4 of 36 below.
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Adding Curved Elements
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.Continue to 5 of 36 below.
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Mediterranean-Style, Arched Brick Fireplace
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.Continue to 6 of 36 below.
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Standout Black Accents
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.Continue to 8 of 36 below.
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A Dramatic Effect
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.Continue to 9 of 36 below.
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Dramatic Black Fireplace
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.Continue to 10 of 36 below.
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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.Continue to 11 of 36 below.
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Painted Brick Fireplace Wall
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.Continue to 12 of 36 below.
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An Inviting Fireplace Design
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.Continue to 13 of 36 below.
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Sleek Black Fireplace
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.Continue to 14 of 36 below.
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A Small Fireplace With a Big Impact
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.Continue to 15 of 36 below.
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A Beautiful Shape That Shines
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.Continue to 16 of 36 below.
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Traditional Brick Fireplace
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.Continue to 17 of 36 below.
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A Contemporary Spin
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.Continue to 18 of 36 below.
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Small Space Fireplace Design
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.Continue to 19 of 36 below.
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A Nostalgic Wood-Burning Fireplace
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.Continue to 20 of 36 below.
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Neutral Color Palette With Depth
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.Continue to 21 of 36 below.
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A Brick Wall for Displaying Your Plants
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.Continue to 22 of 36 below.
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Herringbone Brick Pattern
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.Continue to 23 of 36 below.
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Navy and White Combo
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.Continue to 24 of 36 below.
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Eye-Catching Firewood Storage
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.Continue to 25 of 36 below.
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Old World Charm
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.Continue to 26 of 36 below.
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Brick in the Living Room and Kitchen
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.Continue to 27 of 36 below.
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Shabby Chic Fireplace Nook
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.Continue to 28 of 36 below.
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A Vintage-Inspired Fireplace Design
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.Continue to 29 of 36 below.
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Spanish Colonial With Rustic Touches
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.Continue to 30 of 36 below.
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A Mantel Update
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
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.Continue to 32 of 36 below.
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A Historic Tudor-Style Fireplace
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.Continue to 33 of 36 below.
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A Kitchen Fireplace
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.Continue to 34 of 36 below.
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An All-White Design
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.Continue to 35 of 36 below.
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Farmhouse Style Fireplace
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.Continue to 36 of 36 below.
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Industrial-Style Brick Fireplace
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.