Design inspo: Cool fireplaces to keep you warm this winter

Who doesn’t love curling up in front of a fireplace?!

With the cooler weather starting to set in, it’s the perfect time to share a round up of the most beautiful fireplaces we’ve ever seen.

So whether you’re about to put in a fireplace and are looking for ideas, or just loooove drooling over gorgeous spaces, keep scrolling for this round up of cool fireplaces.

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Patterned tile

For an attention-grabbing fireplace, it’s hard to beat the impact of a patterned tile.

There are plenty of options on the market now, from classic petal shapes to floral, geometric and lantern shape, just to name a few.

Geometric black and white tiles around fireplace
Jaclyn Johnson, Photography Jessica Bordner
Blue petal tile fireplace
Designed Meredith Thayer, Photography Joyelle West
Black and white wave pattern tile around fireplace
Designed Ana Claudia Schultz, Photography Nick Glimenakis

Herringbone tile

Timeless and beautiful, herringbone tiles are always a good idea! Depending on the colour, size or finish, you can make these work in virtually any style of home from Victorian to coastal, and contemporary too.

We also love that chevron tile used on the full wall of that fireplace below — so luxe!

Black fireplace
Designed Jane Kim, Photography Nick Glimenakis
Chevron tile fireplace
Designed McKimm, Photography Derek Swalwell


Whether it’s a concrete slab base like the fireplace below or a full concrete render fireplace, there’s no denying this material is a fab choice.

If you want to achieve a contemporary interior, concrete is versatile and cost effective. You can even add oxides to tint the render a different colour, such as white or black.

Concrete plinth fireplace
Designed McKimm, Photography Derek Swalwell
Concrete render fireplace
Techne Architects, Photography Tom Blachford, Build Loc Build
Render fireplace
Architect Jake Niksto, Build Litchfield Builders, Kisha Gianni

Solid stone slab

Be still beating heart! Mmmk, if you really want to amp things up and create a big design statement, you can’t beat solid stone!

Understated luxe and serious sophistication are guaranteed with this timeless and beautiful material. Use stone to surround your fireplace or as a plinth to anchor your fireplace. This is our favourite look so we’ve gathered plenty pics of cool fireplaces using solid stone below.

You can also achieve the same visual impact by using extra large porcelain panel tiles in a stone pattern (more on this below). This material is more cost effective than solid stone and requires zero maintenance too.

Dreamy fireplace with solid stone plinth
Designed Canny Group, Photography Dave Kulesza, Styling Bea and Co Styling.
Contemporary solid stone fireplace cool fireplaces
By Tecture_, Photography Peter Clarke Photo, Furniture Side Project_Project, Styling Swee Design, Build Built by Wilson

Victorian fireplace

If you’re lucky enough to have period features in your home, celebrate them!

While traditional woods may feel a bit heavy in a contemporary home, a lick of white (or black) paint can instantly propel these beautiful fireplaces into the 21st century.

Cut stone

A classic but firm favourite for fireplaces is cut natural stone — from darker varieties like slate or bluestone to lighter shades like sandstone.

Traditional sandstone clad fireplace
Design CM Studio, Photography Caroline McCredie, Build BAU Group Construction

Moroccan tiles

If you really want to make your fireplace the focal point of the room, the stunning range of glazed and patterned Moroccan tiles will certainly achieve that.

And when one tile isn’t enough, why not layer 3, 4 or 5 different types?!

Moroccan tile cool fireplaces
Architecture MA+HG Architects, Photography Janis Nicolay

Square tile

The latest ‘It’ shape in tiles is square — particularly those with a colourful or glazed face.

If a bold colour is too much for you, check out how fab a simple white or black square tile can look around a fireplace.

Zellige tile around fireplace cool fireplaces
Design K Interiors, Photography Vivian Johnson
Black square gloss fireplace
Designed Lindye Galloway, Photography Chad Mellon

Brick tile

Another classic shape is brick or brick tiles but with the range of new finishes and colours, you can easily put your own modern spin on this look.

We love how Michelle of Bask Interiors used a straight stack in the Hampton reno living room below.

Brick tile fireplace
Design K Interiors, Photography Tom Kitz Gallery
Bask Interiors modern tiled fireplace cool fireplaces
Styling by Michelle Hart of Bask Interiors and Be and Co Style / Photography by Martina Gemmola
Retro style cool fireplaces
Designed Working Holiday Studio, Photography Carlos Naude retro cool fireplaces

Metal cladding

Bold moves here by Canny Group in their Barn house project. They allowed the full-height rusted metal-clad fireplace and vaulted ceiling be the heroes in this space. The combination of rustic materials paired with polished finishes is so dreamy!

Rusted metal cladding around cool fireplaces
Designed Canny Group, Photography Derek Swalwell

Large panels

Extra large porcelain panel tiles are the latest thing. They instantly create a high-end look and can be used anywhere from bathroom tiles, to kitchen splashbacks and of course, fireplaces.

This stunning living room has used a bluestone-look panel but you can find them in concrete, marble, travertine and so many other patterns.

Cool fireplaces large bluestone tiles around fireplace
Design Kristina Lynnem, Photography Tracey Jazmin

Which of these cool fireplaces is your favourite? Tell us in the comments below!

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This article was originally published in April 2019


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