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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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.Continue to 2 of 18 below.
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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.Continue to 3 of 18 below.
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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.Continue to 4 of 18 below.
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White Stone Fireplace
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.Continue to 5 of 18 below.
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Dark Stone Fireplace
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.Continue to 6 of 18 below.
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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.Continue to 7 of 18 below.
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Floor to Ceiling
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.Continue to 9 of 18 below.
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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.Continue to 10 of 18 below.
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Colorful Stone Fireplace
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.Continue to 11 of 18 below.
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Stripe Marble Fire Surround
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.Continue to 12 of 18 below.
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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.Continue to 13 of 18 below.
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Painted Stone Fireplace
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.Continue to 14 of 18 below.
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Faux Stone Fireplace
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.Continue to 15 of 18 below.
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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.Continue to 17 of 18 below.
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Rustic Stone Fireplace
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.Continue to 18 of 18 below.
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Plaster Stone Fireplace
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.
The Ultimate Guide to Using Your Fireplace Properly & Efficiently. Chimney Safety Institute of America.