Fireplace Design Ideas that Will Inspire You

in Design Ideas by Roxie Leigh

Design Ideas that Will Bring Your Fireplace to Life

We occasionally get questions from homeowners about design ideas for updating their fireplace. The questions range from the finishing materials used in our brochure photos to can they paint or replace the dated brass accents on an aging unit.

Whether you want to freshen up an existing fireplace with a change of mantel, a bit of paint, a full design overhaul, or replace the unit and create a masterpiece. There are a lot of ways to upgrade and endless materials to choose from.

We’ve chosen to feature our DelRay Square fireplace in this post because it is extra flexible when it comes to finishing materials. The DelRay allows combustible facing to be installed right up to the glass opening. It’s also compatible with the Cool Wall Advantage heat management kit, so you can finish it with just about any material available.

Let’s dive right in and explore a few gorgeous options for finishing a fireplace.

Design Idea: Warm & Rustic Natural Wood

DelRay Square 38 with Grey Herrinbone liner and Birch logs

Nothing brings cozy into a room like natural, unpainted wood. It’s at home in every room and elevates every style from simply clean to an overstuffed leather library. Both modern and rustic, using wood in a space makes it instantly feel homey.

A natural, unvarnished pine plank will also “honey” and deepen as it ages, bringing even more warmth to a space. The simple faux mantel shown here is an almost invisible detail shelf where you can showcase small décor pieces.

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Fireplace: DelRay Square 38
Liner: Grey Herringbone
Media: Birch Logs
Finish: Pine Shiplap

Relaxed and monochromatic, whitewashed wood panels bring an airy toned-down glamour to a neutral room. This look is clean and unobtrusive, perfect for minimalists and people who prefer a more subtle effect.

Casual enough for farmhouse but still contemporary enough to be right at home in the Scandinavian inspired room of your dreams. A simple white stone hearth and painted wood mantel complete the soothing layered neutral palette.

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Fireplace: DelRay Square 46
Liner: Ash Fluted
Media: Birch Logs
Finish: Whitewashed Reclaimed Wood

DelRay Square with Grey Ledgestone liner and Split Oak logs

Earthy reclaimed wood and crisp white shiplap lend a weathered lived-in vibe to an otherwise modern room. Merging traditional and contemporary looks is a hot trend right now and Modern Country House strikes the right note with the strategic use of authentic materials.

The darker furniture and otherwise light color scheme make the room feel balanced. The use of organic materials makes the space extra inviting, striking a balance between old and new.

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Fireplace: DelRay Square 38
Liner: Grey Ledgestone
Media: Split Oak Logs
Finish: Raw Reclaimed Wood Plank + Shiplap

Design Idea: Creating Drama with Tile

DelRay Square 46 with Grey Ledgestone liner and Beach media

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Fireplace: DelRay Square 46
Liner: Grey Ledgestone
Media: Beach Scene
Tile: Soci Waterjet, Metro Pattern Grace Blend

Nobody loves a patterned tile more than Drew Scott of the Property Brothers. With almost unlimited shapes, patterns, and colors to choose from, you can make your fireplace a stunning and colorful focal point.

In both rooms shown here, the pop of pattern and harmonious color adds a lot of interest. The eye is immediately drawn to the hearth, which makes the room feel warm and inviting. For an over-the-top showstopper, you could go with a bright contrasting color instead.

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Fireplace: DelRay Square 42
Liner: Red Brick
Media: Split Oak Logs
Tile: Marazzi D_Sengi, MOUS Starlit Blend

DelRay Square 42 with Red Brick liner and Split Oak logs

DelRay Square 42 with Ash Fluted liner and Twilight media

The perfect expression of monochromatic drama. Merola’s beautiful satin glazed elongated hexagon subway tile is the ultimate in contemporary style. The subtle texture of black tile with dark grout might sound boring in theory, but the result makes a powerful statement.

Pairing the tile with a dark fireplace liner and media is stroke of genius as well, drawing the eye to the flame. Warm wood accents and a light color palette keep this bold look from overpowering the room.

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Fireplace: DelRay Square 42
Liner: Ash Fluted
Media: Twilight Scene
Tile: Merola Tile, Kite Black

More Fireplace Design Ideas

No matter which material you choose, check with your installer and refer to the fireplace owner’s manual to make sure it’s compatible.

See more fireplace design ideas and finishing material selection

If you want to display artwork or install a TV over the fireplace, check out our handy TV installation guide

Commercial Quality

Professionals planning a custom residential or commercial fireplace project, please contact the Montigo sales rep in your area.