18 Stunning Stone Fireplaces for Every Style

Light gray stone fireplace in middle of decorated living room

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While brick and tile fireplaces have their time and place, stone fireplaces are stunning additions to a home. From cast limestone to stacked marble, nothing heats up a room like a beautiful stone fire surround. To help you discover the best option for your home's style, we gathered up the chicest stone fireplace ideas for every taste.

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    Ledge Stone

    ledgestone fireplace

    Amy Leferink at Interior Impressions

    Simply put, stone fireplaces consist of either manufactured or natural materials. This fireplace in the living room designed by Amy Leferink incorporates the latter. 

    The natural colors of the stone blend perfectly into the neutral color scheme of the rest of the room. Capping off the display is the floating wood mantel that beautifully complements the textured materials surrounding it.

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    Fieldstone Fireplace

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    Milk and Honey Life

    This fieldstone fireplace from Milk and Honey Life brings a rustic feel to this corner of the minimalist living room. In a nutshell and as the name implies, fieldstones are rocks collected from fields. Because they do not have naturally flat sides, the stones are usually minimally shaped to fit together before installation.

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    Enameled Sheetrock

    sheetrock fireplace enameled white stone

    Amy Leferink at Interior Impressions

    In this charming living room from Amy Leferink, this sheetrock stone in lovely hues of gray and white adds an understated, elegant twist to a small fireplace. The enameled finished was professionally installed (she doesn't recommend trying to attempt that feat yourself!). The white cabinet surround helps transform the smaller fireplace into a larger, more functional structure.

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    White Stone Fireplace

    white stone fireplace

    Design: Mindy Gayer/Photographer: Vanessa Lentine

    The larger-than-life fireplace in this living room from Mindy Gayer gives a rugged, rustic feel to this mostly-white space. The various sizes of stone were layered and adjusted to fit together seamlessly, and it effortlessly functions as the focal point of the room.

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    Dark Stone Fireplace

    stacked stone floor to ceiling fireplace

    Hannah Tyler Designs

    The dark stone fireplace in this cabin from Hannah Tyler Designs is beyond stunning. The dark tones work perfectly with the wood plank walls, giving a very natural feel. The fireplace extends all the way to the ceiling, even ending at a slant to match the roof. Additionally, the fireplace makes its home in a cozy corner—giving a perfect base to arrange the rest of the room around.

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    Bluestone Fireplace

    half stone fireplace

    Amy Leferink at Interior Impressions

    In a coastal home by interior designer Amy Leferink of Interior Impressions, a scene-stealing bluestone fireplace truly takes center stage—by being in the center of the room.

    What exactly is bluestone? It is a generic term for describing limestone, sandstone, or even architectural concrete in blue-gray shades. 

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    River Stone Fireplace

    tan river stone fireplace

    Morse Design

    River stones are a lovely material for creating a modern farmhouse-inspired fireplace. In this cozy living room by Morse Design, waterworn rocks were carefully assembled to create a unique yet cohesive surround for the fireplace.

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    Floor to Ceiling

    textured stone fireplace

    LA Designer Affair

    This living room from LA Designer Affair strikes the perfect balance between modern and rustic. The floor-to-ceiling, neutral stone fireplace gives the living room a dash of rugged appeal without feeling countrified.

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    Black Marble

    black marble fireplace

    Whittney Parkinson Design

    If you're going for something more polished than rustic, then opting for a stone fireplace with a marble mantle is an ideal way to go about it. This living room by Whittney Parkinson Design features stunning brown built-ins and comfortable furniture, yet the black marble adds a dose of drama that is hard to miss.

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    Colorful Stone Fireplace

    blue stone fireplace

    Jessica Nelson Design

    Rather than sticking with a standard neutral color, stone fireplaces can also boast some soothing, cheerful colors. This living room from Jessica Nelson Design boasts a serene bluestone fireplace that appears smooth and polished—adding some understated elegance to the space.

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    Stripe Marble Fire Surround

    marble stone fireplace

    Britt Design Studio

    The star in this thoroughly modern living room by Britt Design Studio is the marble fire surround. Its mesmerizing pattern turns what could be an ordinary-looking fireplace into an eye-catcher. The additional wood columns forming the mantel build on the sophisticated look that pairs exceptionally well with the marble.

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    Limestone Fireplace

    white stone fireplace

    Whittney Parkinson Design

    Limestone is a highly heat resistant and durable stone that is relatively easy to clean making it an excellent choice for a fire surround. In this stylish ​living room decorated by Whittney Parkinson Design, a herringbone patten fireplace with limestone surrounding mantle brings on the cozy.

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    Painted Stone Fireplace

    painted warm gray rock fireplace

    Home Consultant

    Creating a cozy living room around an outdated, stone fireplace can feel nearly impossible. But that does not mean you are stuck living with unflattering. This transformation by Julian Porcino of Home Consultant uses neutral paint to refresh a fire surround. If you plan on updating your firebox too, you will need a paint that can withstand up to 1200 degrees Fahrenheit.

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    Faux Stone Fireplace

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    LeClair Decor

    If you love the look of a stone fireplace but aren't as big of a fan of the cost, a faux stone fireplace option is a perfect solution. This fireplace from LeClair Decor looks like heavy concrete, yet is actually two separate pieces interlocked together and painted to give a stone-like appearance.

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    Modern Fireplace

    Modern stone fireplace

    Cathie Hong

    Cast limestone fireplaces do not have to be crazy ornate to be showcased. In this home by Cathie Hong, a modernist-inspired fire surround in a gorgeous shade of black is a stunning architectural detail that exudes timeless style.

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    Marble Surround

    stone marble fireplace

    Design: Emily Henderson/ Photo: Sara Ligorria-Tramp

    If you are looking for a no-regret design idea guaranteed to stand the test of time, you cannot go wrong with a marble surround. An example is this fireplace brimming with enduring style in a chic home by Emily Henderson. The marble helps add dimension to the fireplace, surrounded by an all white mantel and wall.

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    Rustic Stone Fireplace

    rustic stone fireplace

    Becca Interiors

    In this living room by Becca Interiors, the rustic stone fireplace is the focal point. While this type of fireplace could look dated, the addition of a wooden mantel paired with a contemporary art piece makes this space feel cozy and woodsy but still modern.

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    Plaster Stone Fireplace

    stone fireplace covered in plaster

    Design: Emily Henderson/ Photo: Sara Ligorria-Tramp

    If you like the idea of a stone fireplace, but prefer something more on the subtle and organic side, you can opt to apply plaster over your existing stone. Emily Henderson took that approach while updating her mountain home's living room. What started as bubble rock was covered in a German schmear, giving a fresh look to the typical stone fireplace appearance.

  • Does a stone fireplace hold heat longer?

    A natural stone fireplace tends to hold the heat longer than other kinds of fireplaces, helping to keep the room warmer for a longer time.

  • How do you clean a stone fireplace?

    You can either hire a chimney sweep to clean your fireplace or employ some of your own elbow grease to keep it clean. You can use a vacuum cleaner to "dust" the fireplace surround once in a while, but at some point, some further cleaning will be needed. To clean the stones well, use a small amount of dish soap, such as Dawn, in warm soapy water and a sponge. Rinse with another sponge and plain water.

  • How often should ashes be cleaned out from a fireplace?

    If you are using your wood-burning fireplace regularly, ashes should be removed from the fireplace on a weekly basis. But don't take all the ash out! The Chimney Safety Institute of America recommends that you leave a one-inch layer of ash to protect the firebox's floor, and that layer of ash will also hold the hot coals, thus helping add more heat to the fire.

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  1. The Ultimate Guide to Using Your Fireplace Properly & Efficiently. Chimney Safety Institute of America.