A fireplace instantly adds welcoming warmth to your home. We’ve rounded up some stylish examples with great ideas to steal.

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Centre of attention

The position of this fireplace at the centre of the room established the symmetrical style of Tania and Miles Dally’s living room and the clean lines of the surround complement the sophisticated, modern design. The generous plinth around the bottom provides a good spot to sit and enjoy the warmth.

Twice as nice

Instead of having the fireplace on the far side of her large, open-plan living area, Monique Mann of Patina Interiors placed it in the middle so that it can heat both the dining and living areas. The natural stone surround gives it presence, ensuring that it’s in proportion to the large space.

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Burning desire

If you don’t have a fireplace, then consider a woodburning stove like this one in a country retreat designed by Lisa Walters. But, keep in mind that with a design like this, the flue will need to be inserted through the ceiling or an exterior wall.

White hot

The fireplace was one of the few original details that Tim and Donna Tanner opted to keep when they renovated their Durban home.  “An ornate fireplace always makes an interesting focal point,” notes Donna who gave it a contemporary makeover by painting it white and arranging a set of lanterns in front.

The right angle

For this home in the foothills of the Drakensberg, a fireplace was a must, but the owners didn’t want to draw attention away from the views through the glass doors. To solve the problem, The Design Group chose an angled model that fits neatly in the corner.

Contemporary chic

In keeping with the modern style of this home, the fireplace was set flush with the timber clad wall which continues right up to the roof of the double volume living room. Design by Graphic Gurus and construction by QBS Construction.