Fan the style flames with an eye-catching fireplace
As the temperature drops and the nights draw in, it’s time to think about lighting the fire and snuggling up. But it’s not just about keeping toasty and warm, the fireplace is a focal point of a room and can make or break a space whether it’s roaring or resting.
There are obviously practical elements to factor in, with regard to where you can locate your fire, and if you’re in a period property, it makes sense to use an existing chimney. If the architectural features, including the fire surround have been ripped out then, head to Chesneys for a reproduction or Lassco for an original salvaged gem.
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Alternatively, if you’re doing a complete renovation, check out the modern fires in the Victorian homes ahead. Even if you’re restoring or reinstating period features, such as cornicing and coving, a contemporary fire can still work well in the space, particularly when combined with clean lined furniture.
Of course, if you like the idea of a real flame but don’t want the bother of maintaining an open fire, a wood-burning stove is a popular and more convenient option. Just check out which models are compliant if you live in a smoke-controlled area (ie many cities and urban areas).
Check out stylish wood-burning stoves with clean air credentials here.
As well as where to locate your stove, think about creating an alcove or an area near the stove where you can store dry logs too. It not only saves you from rummaging in the shed for them on a cold, dark evening, it makes a fetching design feature with added warmth too.
So if you’re looking for ideas on how to enhance an architectural gem, create a contemporary cocoon or make the most of an awkward angle, we’ve got it covered.
A traditionally elegant mantelpiece is updated with some quirky modern accessories.
This herringbone wall divides the sitting area from the bedroom beyond. The idea was to make the house feel cosy, yet cool, which is why this double-aspect fireplace works so well.
Get the look The oak herringbone wall and neon artwork were both designed by Prototype Design Lab. The Mah Jong ottoman/cushion is by Jean Paul Gaultier for Roche Bobois.
Exquisite finishes are evident throughout this revamped villa, such as the reinstated cornices and the crafted window shutters that echo the property’s provenance and combine with modern touches, such as the fireplace.
Get the look This is the Balzac armchair and ottoman by Matthew Hilton for SCP. The rug and Anatolian cushion on the armchair are by Larusi. The buttoned ottoman is bespoke. The Globo box on the ottoman is by Jonathan Adler. The Mick, 1965/1994 RCA Studios Hollywood photographic print above the fireplace is by Gered Mankowitz. For a similar light shade, see the Nymo by Ikea.
Lost period details, such as fireplaces, were reinstated in this home, bringing back a sense of proportion.
Get the look The mirror is from Maison Artefact. for a similar antique light, try O’Keeffe Antiques. The Vitra Eames DSR chairs are from John Lewis. The large painting and the artwork on the lower right are by Liza Giles. The others are by Ray Marsh. Try Chesneys for period reproduction fireplaces.
This modernist, box-shaped Forties home in Paris has been updated with a reconfigured layout and a dramatic fireplace.
Get the look The Limalaya sofa, Ybris round tables and cushions are all from Caravane. The fireplace was created by architect Aida Djahandari.
This project, undertaken by architect Clare Cousins, and her builder husband, Ben, included reworking and extending the living space to replace a previous extension, which had a veranda and French doors cluttering the connection with the garden.
A built-in bench stretches the length of the living room, doubling as a display surface and seating space, with room beneath to stow objects.
Get the look The white glazed bricks are by Euroa Clay Products in Melbourne. Head to tilestop.co.uk for tiles like these. The chopping board and ceramic vase are vintage – try Twentytwentyone for an oversized chopping board and The White Company for a similar vase.
An inset fireplace keeps this space cosy and warm, whatever the weather outside.
Get the look Stovax is a good source of built-in wood burners.
Set against the sultry grey walls, the gothic skulls, antique mirror and winter flowers turn this classic marble surround into a grand gesture.
Get the look: The Fifties railway mirrors and antler skulls are all from Pure White Lines. The walls are painted in Chemise estate emulsion by Farrow & Ball.
This space is deliberately warm and cosy for snuggling up in the winter. The home owner discovered Ellie Cashman’s Dark Floral hand-printed wallpaper on Instagram, and loves the way it feels like being surrounded by an old Dutch oil painting.
Get the look: Above the original marble and tiled fireplace hang a selection of limited-edition beetle vases by Thomas Eyck. On the mantel is one of many Constance Spry for Fulham Pottery vases that the owner has collected over the years. The dogs either side of the fireplace are from McCully & Crane. The rug is by Caravane. The floor is painted in Farrow & Ball’s Railings floor paint.
Period features already been ripped out? Rather than replace them, shake things up with clean lines, cool concrete and a wood-burning stove.
Get the look: The log burner is by the London Stove Company for The Architectural Forum. The concrete wall and floor are by Kote London. This is the Mags sofa by Hay. The vintage Ercol coffee table is from Everything But The Dog. Find a similar Berber rug at Larusi. The inherited standard lamp is fitted with a shade by Next Home
This look is sophisticated but indulgent, the panelling covers the entire walls and ceiling. Painting the fire surround in teal as well offers a fresh take on a traditional style.
Get the look: Find similar wooden statues at Afies Antique Market. The picture light is from Restoration Hardware. The painting is by Irene Zenon. A similar wall colour is Varsity Blues semi-gloss paint by Benjamin Moore. This is the Casey rug from Aronson’s Floor Covering.
A dramatically dark backdrop and elegant painting set the tone here. The discreet fireplace below is beautifully proportioned and brings an earthy touch. You could watch TV on one side, or warm yourself near the fireplace on the other.
Get the look: The painting above the fireplace is by Ronald Lee Anderson from 1960. The concrete poodles are antiques from the Fifties. The vintage Fifties telephone was a New York flea-market find. The Excite speakers in the ceiling are from Crestron. These are custom-made steel-framed glazing windows from Crittall Windows. The TV is concealed in floor using a lift from Inca. This is polished concrete flooring with a light grey matte finish.
Lighter hues come into play on this chimney breast to ensure it stands out against the panelled bookcase (where the gaming consoles are housed). Instead of a fire, the wood burner and lots of books make it cosy.
The house’s abundant wall space allows for lots of accumulated artwork. A piece by Damien Hirste vies for attention.
Get the look: This is the CH25 Lounge Chair by Hans J Wegner for Carl Hansen & Søn. For an original Damien Hirst artwork, check out 1stdibs.com. On the last shelf of the left-hand bookcase is the Copycat table lamp by Michael Anastassiades for Flos.
A hand-painted Fromental wall covering combines gold and teal to make a sumptuous statement. The fire cavity here is lined with brass to complement its rich surroundings.
Get the look:The blue and gold wall covering is Fromental. This Simplified Crillon leather chair is by Soane Britain and the velvet design is the Small Snooze chair by Ochre. The coffee table is from Carden Cunietti, which also made the bespoke bookcases. The central light and side table were sourced by Absolute Flowers & Home.
An original fireplace is offset beautifully beside this heavenly wall mural painted by Frederick Wimsett. Dynamic artworks and quirky objet d'art sit beside adding eclectic elegance.
Get the look: The mural is by Frederick Wimsett. The artwork is by Mary Temperley
A simple wood burner in a pared back scheme is given a boost with the warm textures of brick and sawn timber logs in the alcove beside. The simple print above is a colourful addition that contributes to the restful and relaxing vibe.
Get the look: This is an SCP sofa. The rug is from Designers Guild. These are Serve tables by Hay. The copper tray was found during a trip to Buenos Aires. Hanging above the wood burner is a painting by Australian artist Ian Grant.
Storing the logs below this log burner is not only practical, it's the foundation of the fireplace design.
Get the look: The sofa was made bespoke by Andy Martin. The coffee table is by Jeremy Pitts. The series of artworks is by Peter Blake. These are 222 wall lights by Lampe Gras at Heal’s.
This corner fire is a clever idea in an awkward space. The cool tones of the muted grey concrete surround work beautifully with the warmth of the timber logs.
Get the look: The cushions and sheepskin are from a selection at Cox & Cox.