Country living room with cream wood burner
Create the classic cosy country living room by arranging comfy sofas around an authentic fire. A cream finish adds a gentle twist to a classic woodburner, while a wooden mantel shelf is adds a gentle contrast. Keep a stack of logs in the alcove to keep the fire going, fold up cosy throws and blankets, snuggle down and enjoy the glow.
Open plan living room with double sided wood burner
If you’re planning to knock down a wall in order to create an open-plan living area think about keeping the existing chimney breast frame and install a log burning stove. It will create wonderfully cosy centre-piece and will heat the whole area. Be sure to enlist the help of a trained contractor who will make sure the structure is safe and built to the latest regulations. The results as seen here in this quaint country cottage are stunning and can be enjoyed from all angles of the room.
Neutral living room with natural textures and gas fire
This modern living room has been made warm and soothing with aid of an authentic looking electric fireplace. Commision a carpenter to build a faux wall and cut out a recess for the fire. Fit symmetric shelving either side to mimic chimney breast alcoves. Introduce pattern and texture with tonal patterned wallpaper and then use layers of biscuit, mocha and chocolate using natural materials. The result is a scheme that is multi-dimensional, not flat, as well as super cosy.
Period style bedroom with painted yellow mante
As well as the type of fire you choose, the surround and how you decorate it is just as important. The classic style of this period fireplace and wooden mantelpiece has been spruced up with a fabulous coat of zingy yellow paint so it stands out against it’s neutral grey back drop with a punch.
Inglenook fireplace in French country scheme
Large open fireplaces or Inglenooks as they are often known are the ultimate indulgence for cottage living. They were originally used in houses to cook, and for people to gather in for extra warmth but these days they are purely decorative and atmospheric. Their grand appearance is the epitome of rustic cosiness and looks the part amongst beamed ceilings and snuggly comfortable sofas. You need to have sufficient permanent ventilation into the room to ensure that the fire can work safely with a good draught up the flue.
Modern living room with exposed brick chimeny breast
An exposed brick chimney breast is a popular decorative fireplace style right now. It demands attention, adds texture and lends itself well to not only rustic but modern schemes as it give a nod to the industrial trend. It particularly looks the part in this relaxed living room as creates a focal point and balances the eclectic scheme. If your fireplace is not in use, light up the hearth with a quirky novelty LED letter light as an extra highlight.
Contemporary white and pink living room with cut-out fireplace
- A fireplace can be just as cosy in a contemporary scheme. This ultra modern style has been sliced out of a dividing wall to create a super chic feature which burns a long ribbon of gas flame. A large canvas adds interest to the smooth plain wall above.
White living room with traditional black fireplace
Take inspiration from your fireplace to decorate your whole room. This black mantelpiece and wrought iron woodburner have become the stunning focal point as well as starting point in this monochrome living room. You’ll need to use a specially formulated heat resistant paint finish on any firesurround. The soothing pale backdrop lets the layers of grey stand out making the fireplace an integral part of the scheme.
A fireplace needn’t be in use to become a stylish focal point of a room. The decorators of this open plan living room have utilised it’s disused fireplace and chimney breast by using the open hearth for book storage and mounting a flat screen TV above, making the cosy space perfectly practical for modern family living. Painting the breast a soothing blue gives it even more presence in this comfortable space.
White living room with mid century furniture and fireplace shelving
Give a classic scheme extra pizzazz with a bespoke shelving unit mounted above a traditional fireplace. It will create a stylish and unique focal point. Combine soft cream with fresh pale shades of blue to create a country look that is perfect for a family living room, then add interest with a four tiered shelving unit painted the same neutral shade as the chimney breast behind. Use the various cubby holes to display an array of attractive accessories for a look that is fresh and feels contemporary.