Fire has captured our imaginations from the earliest times to today. From huddling around cooking fires to hosting elegant gatherings in front of electric fireplaces, we’ve come a long way in style and purpose. As we continue to spend more time at home, here are some of the hottest trends in fireplace design to inspire you.
1. Marble Fireplaces
This timeless material has always been in vogue, but more so in 2022. With homeowners wanting to add a luxurious touch to their living rooms, marble-clad fireplaces are the go-to design motif. Marble comes in many different colors and patterns, adding elegance and character to otherwise basic fireplaces.
2. Minimalist Fireplaces
With simplicity as a significant design theme in 2022, minimalist or low-key fireplaces are a major trend. Instead of intricate craftsmanship or bulky motifs, minimalist fireplaces are plain and neutral-colored to blend with the wall. The intent is to keep the focus on the flames instead of the detailing.
3. Stone Fireplaces
Stone fireplaces offer an easy way to add texture or break the monotony of neutral-hued walls. Stone adds a rustic touch to the fireplace and a contemporary, nature-inspired element to the room decor. Using a contrasting stone against a neutral background can create a dramatic focal point in the space.
4. Room-Divider Fireplaces
As more family members work from home, separate spaces that offer privacy have become an important consideration in home design. Fireplaces have a role in this trend as they can double as room dividers while retaining a warm and cozy home environment.
5. Space-Saving Fireplaces
Recent years have taught us the importance of functional, multi-purpose home furnishings. While the average fireplace size has increased to a popular 74-inch width, space-saving considerations have prompted designs that integrate fireplaces into large-screen TV walls, giving living rooms and bedrooms a modern appeal.
Bonus: Water Fireplaces
The latest innovation is water-based fireplaces (or waterplaces?), which turn tap water into a fine mist that is illuminated to resemble flames but does not produce heat. While these fireplaces are intended solely for the visual effect, they offer the side benefit of a safe way to “play with fire!”
Warm Up Your Home in Style!
Having a fireplace in your home is a wonderful thing, particularly on chilly days. With an array of fireplace styles to complement or change your home design, consulting with an interior designer is a great way to explore which options are best suited to your plans. ♥