Fireplaces don’t just have to sit against the wall. Get creative! The placement of a fireplace in a room can create a large impact on the feeling of the room. For example, if the fireplace is centered in the room with symmetrical bookshelves on both sides, this will create a traditional, formal feeling. Fireplaces are also often the focal point of a room, so wherever it is placed it will become the feature wall, and furniture grouping will follow. This is an important aspect to consider when space planning.
Below are six options of where to insert fireplaces to inspire your next renovation or project.
1. Focal Point on Wall
As mentioned earlier, installing a fireplace centered on the wall flanked with bookcases or windows on both sides is one of the most tried and true placements. A symmetrical balance creates a traditional feeling which is great for a formal space like a living room.
A fireplace can also be artfully placed asymmetrically against the wall as seen below. This fireplace extends to the top of the ceiling, creating a sharp, dynamic line. The fireplace has a contemporary design with clean lines, devoid of any embellishments.
2. Room Divider
A fireplace can also act as a room divider. This doesn’t mean that the room will feel closed off, instead it can harmonize the space. In the photo above, the fireplace insert is transparent which in turn opens the space, allowing light from the windows to shine through.
Corner fireplaces are great solutions for small spaces or unique layouts. There’s also often an unused nook that could be the perfect spot for a corner fireplace. With all the great designs and options out there, a corner fireplace could easily enhance the functionality and aesthetics of your home.
4. Part of a Staircase
Stairs are often an overlooked feature when designing a home. Combine the design of the stairs and fireplace into one and you have an instant architecturally interesting home. The spandrel (or triangular area beneath the stairs) is often wasted space, left empty or used as storage. Tucking a fireplace into that nook can be an interesting design feature that can increase the value of your project.
Something about a suspended fireplace is effortlessly cool. The history of suspended, 360-degree fireplaces dates back to the late 1960s. Dominique Imbert, a former professor (who also had a passion for metalwork), was in the process of restoring a farmhouse in the south of France when he came up with the iconic design of the Gyrofocus. This fireplace won the “world’s most beautiful object” at the 2009 Pulchra Design Awards, beating out hundreds of designs. Many suspended fireplaces today take inspiration from the Gyrofocus, and still retain a curved shape, giving these products a very modern, futuristic feeling.
An outdoor fireplace is a must for those who enjoy entertaining. You can elevate your space by adding a sculptural built-in piece like the image above or install a fire pit as a centerpiece in the middle of a furniture grouping.
Rakini Bergundy was born in a little surf town called Houhai in China and loves writing. She’s passionate about dogs, home renovations, and politics.