No matter what room your fireplace occupies, it's sure to be the focal point. And if you carry modern design throughout your home décor, why wouldn't you apply the same touches to such an important part of your space? While fireplaces are technically meant to be warm and cozy, there's no reason they can't also be cool and contemporary.
To keep things cohesive with your current décor style, we've rounded up 25 modern takes on the traditional hearth that offer the best of both worlds: Homey yet sleek and decorative yet functional. Whether you're looking to update an original structure or add one to your contemporary build, here's proof you don't have to sacrifice cozy vibes in the name of clean lines.
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Clean and Minimal
Clean lines and minimal decor are the touchstones of modern decor. This super simple fireplace carved into a bright white wall is textbook modernism.Continue to 2 of 25 below.
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A Modern Update
If you're working with an outdated hearth, a couple of simple updates will modernize its look. A subway tile facade and glass doors feel fresh and look right at home in contemporary spaces.Continue to 3 of 25 below.
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Outside The Box
Fireplaces have long donned a simple square design, so switching things up instantly makes it feel contemporary. This shorter, narrow shape that doubles as a credenza feels like an upgrade from the basic fireboxes of yesteryear.Continue to 4 of 25 below.
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A Stone's Throw
A white and black marble with graphic veins running throughout is the most modern material you can find in nature. Incorporate it into your contemporary living room in a big way, like the marble fireplace in this beautiful space.Continue to 5 of 25 below.
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Work of Art
You wouldn't buy a work of art that doesn't boast depth and visual interest, so why settle for a fireplace that lacks those exact elements? This sculptural mantle fits into this space like another piece of art.Continue to 6 of 25 below.
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We love the no-fuss elements of modern design, and this fireplace embodies the best of its minimalistic charm. Fitting this glass firebox flush into the wall makes a statement without all the frills.Continue to 7 of 25 below.
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There's no color palette more modern than the achromatic pairing of black and white. If you're working with an older chimney, you'd be surprised by the impact a can of paint can make. Give your whole room and mantle a fresh white coat and accessorize with black accents for a contemporary upgrade.Continue to 8 of 25 below.
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If your fireplace is the focal point of your living room, make it look like one. The slatted wall surrounding this chimney makes it a beautiful centerpiece for your entertaining space.Continue to 9 of 25 below.
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Get In Line
If geometric shapes and interesting angles are your design aesthetic, lean into them in a way that feels modern. Opt for a beveled frame around your fireplace rather than a straight boxy type.Continue to 10 of 25 below.
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Cut It Out
If you blink, you might miss it—but in the best way. This fireplace in this living room is carved out of this architectural configuration using negative space for a take on an indoor fire pit.Continue to 11 of 25 below.
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When in doubt, paint your existing traditional chimney with a fresh coat of matte black paint. The result will be contemporary, and the best part is it'll camouflage all traces of smoke. It's a win-win.Continue to 12 of 25 below.
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Big and Tall
If you're lucky enough to have high ceilings, we say, use them to your advantage. Why cut the potential of your fireplace short (we mean this literally and figuratively) when you can elongate the structure to reach your high ceilings? Visually, it'll make your room look taller and your chimney more modern.Continue to 13 of 25 below.
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A chevron-pattern tile framing your minimalistic fireplace makes an original chimney look modern, especially in this mix of dark gray tones.Continue to 14 of 25 below.
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What better way to juxtapose a warm and cozy fire than with a cool concrete overlay? This cement living room melts our modernist hearts to stone.Continue to 15 of 25 below.
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There's nothing like a dual-sided fireplace that can be enjoyed in two rooms at once. This minimalist design is carved out of a single wall with openings on both sides, making it visible from each one.Continue to 16 of 25 below.
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The decor around your fireplace is just as important as the design of your fireplace itself. This minimal setup, including an oversized print, and graphic, black mantle shelf only make this mantle look even cooler.Continue to 17 of 25 below.
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Take Up Space
While it's common for some to camouflage their fireplaces, this one unapologetically takes the focus by way of negative, making it look even more incredible. Refraining from hanging up art or styling a mantle makes this living room look super modern and minimal.Continue to 18 of 25 below.
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Coming Up Short
Most fireplaces mantles hit about eye level, but this modern design makes a shorter mantle height look totally contemporary. Using the space above the mantle to fit an oversized canvas is a smart design move.Continue to 19 of 25 below.
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Keep It Open
Fireplace doors and screens can make the look of your design feel outdated. Rather than covering up your modern fireplace, keep it open and exposed for a more contemporary feel.Continue to 20 of 25 below.
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Having a Ball
Burning firewood is so last year; these days, ceramic spheres are all the rage in the contemporary home decor space. Not only do they look cool, they provide a modern flare while also being eco-friendly and fire-safe.Continue to 21 of 25 below.
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The truth is designing your dream home comes with its restrictions. Whether it be structural constraints or layout limitations, you can't always have a fireplace positioned smack-dab in the middle of your space. Not to fret—this living room is proof a firebox in the corner boasts the same effect.Continue to 22 of 25 below.
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Wood-burning fireplaces can be dangerous, messy, and difficult to maintain. Try a modern electric version that lights with the flick of a switch sans smoke and flames. And if heat is your main concern, these produce the warm and toasty feel of the real thing.Continue to 23 of 25 below.
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Make it Multifunctional
If you have a wood-burning chimney placed in an awkward part of your space, build around it and use it to your advantage. This custom build doubles as a room divider for this open-concept modern loft.Continue to 24 of 25 below.
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Just because your fire is confined, that doesn't mean you can't play with the proportions of your fireplace. While the burning area is limited, you can still experiment with the size of your fireplace opening, like the extra-large alcove in this space.Continue to 25 of 25 below.
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Installing a high-shine stone from floor to ceiling further establishes this fireplace as the living room's focal point. Furthermore, pairing the stone with the black fireplace makes it feel totally at home in its little built-in alcove.