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5 design ideas for fireplaces

TEXT SARAH STUART-RECKLING, DIANA WEMYSS, TONI JAYE SINGER AND MARY JANE HARRIS PHOTOGRAPHS SALLY CHANCE, ANTHONY JOHNSON, CHRISTOPH HOFFMANN, GREG COX, SEAN CALITZ AND GREG COX
Last updated on 23 July 2019

We share five inspiring fireplace designs – from wood-burning to gas and traditional to trendy. Here are a few great ideas for fireplaces. 

Create contrast

Rather than being incorporated into the wall, this fireplace functions as a piece of free-standing furniture. The white surround makes a graphic contrast to the red brick walls and steel chimney.

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Incorporate storage space

This fireplace is an eye-catching feature in this modern living space. The large horizontal alcove not only houses a free-standing grate, but provides storage for wood as well. Another clever idea is the photograph on canvas which hides the TV screen when it’s not in use.

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Keep it simple

If you love a traditional style, but don’t want a look that’s too fussy, recess the fireplace and keep any embellishment to a minimum. Using a dark charcoal paint on the fireplace wall makes it a focal point and creates a good contrast to the warm blaze of these gas flames.

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Use gas as an alternative to wood or anthracite

In this home a gas fireplace in the lounge forms an integral part of the wall design which includes a recess for the flat screen TV and a shelf for displaying collectibles.

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Create a focal feature

Fireplaces should be functional as well as attractive, and the owners of this Houtbay house agree. The fireplace acts as a room-divider and to display artworks and ornaments and, although inspired by an Indonesian style, has a very African feel.

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